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BABE RUTH was a band that formed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, in 1971. Guitarist Alan Shacklock founded this progressive rock band. They had a rhythmic, bluesy, guitar orientated sound capped off by the blistering vocals of Jenny Hahn. Rounded out by Chris Holmes (keyboards and organ), Dave Punshon (piano), Dave Hewitt, (bass) and Dick Powell, (drums) this British band always put on a great live show.

Jennie Hahn's raw powerful vocals, and Alan Shacklock's magnificent guitar work made for a true signature sound. With very varied eclectic tastes they covererd song like FRANK ZAPPA's "King Kong", and Curtis Mayfield's "We People Darker Than Blue".

They enjoyed moderate commercial success in Britain, Canada, and the States, but were plagued by personnel problems, and lack of radio airplay. When vocalist Jennie Hahn left the band for parts unknown, the band lost direction and never regained its initial success. I became aware of them through Boston progressive radio where their great song "The Mexican" became a minor hit.

Their 1972 album "First Base", with its cover art by famed YES artist, Roger Dean, remains one of my most favorite albums to this day. I suggest you give this album a listen, because it is simply one of the best rock albums of all time.

Although long gone, BABE RUTH should never be forgotten.

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3.66 | 100 ratings
First Base
1972
2.60 | 30 ratings
Amar Caballero
1973
2.91 | 24 ratings
Babe Ruth
1975
2.45 | 23 ratings
Stealin' Home
1975
1.53 | 13 ratings
Kid's Stuff
1976
1.90 | 14 ratings
Que Pasa
2007

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4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Babe Ruth
1977
2.17 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
2.89 | 7 ratings
Grand Slam: The Best of Babe Ruth
1995
3.57 | 9 ratings
First Base / Amar Caballero
1998
3.27 | 7 ratings
Babe Ruth / Stealin' Home
2000

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 First Base by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.66 | 100 ratings

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First Base
Babe Ruth Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Babe Ruth would shift from being a hard-edged progressive rock band to being a hard rock band with a few progressive touches on subsequent albums, but this debut finds them at their proggiest, with a capable cover version of Frank Zappa's King Kong - one of the most intricate and technically challenging compositions from the original Mothers of Invention era - demonstrating their strong capabilities as a group. The album's sound is unique in the band's back catalogue due to the aforementioned hard rock emphasis of their subsequent releases, which is a shame because had they persisted in this direction I think they could have been major names on the prog scene.

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 Stealin' Home by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.45 | 23 ratings

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Stealin' Home
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Review by maryes

2 stars BABE RUTH "Stealin' Home" is (in my humble opinion) an album which only figures in P A pages, because make part of band discography, due the music in "Stealin' Home" is far from something in terms of progressive-rock... in fact is only a reasonable hard-rock album. In attempt do not be so rigid, I can mention very brief moments in whole album, which seems close of progressive music, in the track 4 "Two Thousand Sunsets" a ballad where the progressive impression is more made by the strings arrangements and not by the band execution, the track 8 "Caught At The Plate" a type of dialogue between the electric-piano and the synthesizer. I don't consider this 2 moments enough to recommend this disk for none prog fan. My Rate is only 2 stars !!!

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Review by maryes

3 stars In their first studio album "First Base",the British band BABE RUTH presents a hard-bluesy prog sonority, but in my point of view in spite the album bring to the audience some great musical moments like in the track 3 "King Kong" , track 4 "Black Dog" and the track 5 "The Mexican" , where the band shows their great skill in terms of execution and composition... the other tracks that compound the album suffer a very common problem which affect other bands of same period, the tendency to use repetitive rhythms and almost none variations, a good example of this tendency is the last track "Joker" where the rhythmic section arrangement are very boring. Therefore, although I recognise the great capacity of the musicians ( like I said before), my rate is only 3 stars !!! However, I want stand out that this album figures in my collection !

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 Amar Caballero by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.60 | 30 ratings

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Review by Sinusoid
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2 stars The name Babe Ruth has a different meaning depending on whom you ask, and some music aficionados will direct you to this English hard rock group, likely to their debut album FIRST BASE. I happened to get the clean-up album AMAR CABALLERO first, a decision that hasn't been that rewarding.

Let's start with the standout great track of the album that is the one that gives AMAR CABALLERO its title. I've heard their song ''The Mexican'' and this sounds sort of like a sequel to that song (the peppy middle section anyway). The nine-minute mini-epic flows rather smoothly and the acoustic guitar ballad at the beginning puts the listener in the right mood. Fantastic finish.

But where to go with the rest of the album?..it sounds like Babe Ruth couldn't decide if they wanted to be Parliament crossed with Motown or Renaissance without a rhythm section. The quiet ballads (''Broken Cloud'', ''We Are Holding On'' and ''Baby Pride'') are below average to put it nicely. The others are mediocre at best including a couple of forays into some of the most unbearable vocals on the heavy prog circuit. Maybe there was humour intended, but it makes no difference with me if I've already curled into a cringing position.

If you really want to hear the prog rock in this, just get the title track unless you have a penchant for subpar Motown funk-rock. The band sounds absolutely confused on which musical direction to take, and the listener absorbs this confusion almost by default.

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Review by Sagichim
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars I have known this album years before i got into progressive rock and never consider it to be more than a good rock album. there are some prog elements here but i wouldn't call it a prog rock album. what presented here are great rock songs with every song has the addition of an element making it more interesting than your usual rock album , like the addition of brass like trumpet , saxophone , oboe , violins or some piano and keys. the band likes to include some latin tinged lines and some intricate jazzy riffs with their rocking guitar on top. they fuses their rock songs with some ballads which gives the whole album a more varied atmosphere. but what's holding this album , for me , being more complete is the fact that some of the songs are streched too much just of the sake of being long , which kind of making the album loose its punch.

'wells fargo' openes the album with a terrific start , this one sounds much more complete from the rest , and is a good example of the band showing their style adding the trumpet in the mix and turning the track to a full blown party!! great stuff and i wish they kept doing it like this. another good example for making it right is 'king kong' showing their intricate jazzy lines executed with guitar , keys and piano all together , very good . this song being instrumental contains solos of keys and guitar , all good. but tracks like 'the runaways' , 'black dog' , 'joker' all suffer from over extensivness ( which is a common disease ) when actually nothing is happening , and the song looses it's effectiveness , bringing the album down. although they are good songs with good ideas they could have been so much better. especially the runaways with its beautiful melody carried out with piano and some orchestra instruments . gentle and beautiful but would be better and to the point if it were shorter. another thing is vocals , sung by janita haan are not that great , she's not a bad singer but i don't like her when she strain her self , comparing her to janis joplin is an insult.

This is a nice addition to anyone's collection. 3 stars.

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First Base
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Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Can't say that I like the likes of Wells Fargo, but I suppose it's a good energic Jazz song. I like next one more, The Runaways is a ballad of some kind and even if it's not, it is for me. Long, with second half graduating in a same way as "Starship Trooper by Yes is. King Kong is a long jamming piece which doesn't forget to Rock. Just don't think of fellow UK'rs Led Zeppelin, when listening to Black Dog - this song is completely different and the song, Janita's vocals even more, reminds me of Sandrose, while The Mexican simply is. Nothing more needs to be about the song. And Joker? Fine ending piece I say. Good album,

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 Kid's Stuff by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1976
1.53 | 13 ratings

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Kid's Stuff
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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Well, I finally found a copy of this album after waiting for years to give it a chance. A friend got a remastereed CD version and I must say that Kid´s Stuff was not nearly as bad as I initially thought it would be based on the ratings this record got here at PA. By this time the band had lost the two last original members, singer Janita Haan and bassist Dave Hewitt. With Bernie Mardsen as their leader now they moved on recruiting Ellie Hope and Ray Knot their replacements. The results? Well, not really their best LP ever. But not really bad either. There are some good stuff, but generally the feelingof losing Haan was too much.

Hope has a good blues voice, but replacing an iconic and powerhouse singer like Haan was really beyond most mortal beings. Besides, the band seemed unsure on which way to go musically too (a problem that plagued Babe Ruth for far too long, and together with the constat line up changes, pratically destroyed their chances to made it big after their stunning debut a few years before). So while most of the tracks are good hard rockers, there is some funky and soul stuff creeping in too but NOT disco as some reviewer here claimed. You know, there is a difference between funky and soul to disco, specially the bass and drums patterns and definitly, Babe Ruth did nothing disco in their career. But the black danceable rhythms were indeed featured both on Kid´s Stuff and, to a lesser extent, to their previous one. Songs like Sweet Sweet Surrender, Oh Doctor and Since You Went Away are very much influenced by those musical forms. If you´re open minded person and/or like funky stuff, you´ll see they are quite good. However, overall I feel Kid´s Stuff lacking a strong musical direction. Their previous album, Stealin´Home, was varied, but was much more focused and the repertoire was way stronger (not ot mention Haan´s presence!).

Still there is at least one great number here, the closing Living A Lie, not only an excelent blues rock sample but surely one of their best songs ever (and oddly enough, sung by Marsden, who takes over lead vocal duties on several tunes). The only prog connection here might be the instrumental Nickelodeon, a short, nice, keyboard only track. While the tracklist overall isn´t great, there is not hacks either (as long as you like the funk and soul stuff, which I do). Marsden would eventually join David Coverdale´s Whitesnake, where this mix of styles would be far more succesful).

Conclusion: nice blues/rock/funk record, but nothing more. Not on par with Babe Ruth´s debut (whcih, by the way, none from their discography is) and sorely missing Janita Haan´s distinctive voice. Not much prog here either. Final rating: something between 2 and 2.5 stars.

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 Amar Caballero by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.60 | 30 ratings

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Amar Caballero
Babe Ruth Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars I wouldn't categorize this band as Heavy Prog! Well, I've only heard their two first (and most classic) albums, and neither of them is very heavy as a whole, especially not this one. It's not directly prog rock either, instead one hears various musical styles such as funk and jazz here - which nevertheless justifies calling it a proggy album. The proggiest one is the 3-part 'Amar Caballero' which includes nice Spanish approach.

I enjoy some songs on both albums, not all. Janita Haan is a rather ballsy female vocalist, comparable to Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and the singer in an obscure early 70's band Affinity. But she's quite flexible too, as this album demonstrates. She's great on calm pieces ('Amar' and beautiful, mysterious-feeling 'Broken Cloud'), though her voice could be mixed more up front there. Surprisingly I like also the funky opener 'Lady' (in general I'm not fond of funk). It has really delicious horny and jazzy sound. The rest of the album leaves me quite cold. The production is uneven. I'm giving this 2˝ stars, rounded up due to the rare atmosphere of 'Broken Cloud' and the closer's Spanish touch one don't hear too often.

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 Que Pasa by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 2007
1.90 | 14 ratings

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Que Pasa
Babe Ruth Heavy Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

2 stars Here is a blatant attempt to cash in on lingering sentiment toward the band by middle- agers with fond memories of youth spent listening to the radio back when Babe Ruth records occasionally graced the airwaves, particularly "The Mexican" and to a lesser extent "Wells Fargo", both from the band's first and only decent album way back in 1972.

Apparently the original group's music has been adopted by various artists and fans of the hip-hop community in recent years, and the band seems to have decided there was enough interest to mount a couple of reunion tours and festival appearances, and certainly a new studio release for the merch table was a wise commercial decision as well.

This is decent music I suppose if you're a hip-hop freak or just generally a fan of harder dance-based rock music, but its certainly a long, long ways away from the group's Latin and blues-tinged heavy prog of their earliest days. The shift isn't so surprising I suppose, given their transition from rock to pop-dance band over the course of five albums released during the seventies. That transition was complete by the time they released the lackluster 'Kid's Stuff' in 1978 with no original members remaining at that point, and given several members of that final lineup rebranded themselves as the post-disco group Liquid Gold before dissolving altogether, this latest sound could probably have been predicted.

Pretty much every track here was penned by guitarist Alan Shacklock, and the lineup is the same as that from the band's 1972 debut with the exception of drummer Ed Spevok who appeared on all but the group's first studio release. None of the songs really stand out, although I must admit Shacklock is a pretty good guitar player and distinguishes himself on a couple songs like "Doncha Wanna Dance" (power chords), "Killer Smile" (Latin fingering) and "The Blues" (anthem blues rock). Otherwise most of the songs are dance tunes with smatterings of rock sensibilities, Latin influences and occasional jazzy piano tinkling. The band also revisits their biggest hit "The Mexican" with a fairly faithful remake titled "Mexican Millennium (Part 1)" that adds a persistent and thudding dance beat. Haan's vocals throughout are serviceable, but she has clearly lost some of the gritty toughness and range of her younger days (who hasn't though, really).

The band always seemed to include at least one or two covers in their early days and this album is no exception, in this case a decent rework of the 1960 Shadows instrumental "Apache". That song has been redone ad infinitum over the years by everyone from Jeff Beck to Vanilla Ice including numerous samplings on hip-hop and rap records dating as far back as the early eighties. This accounts for only a couple minutes of the hour-long record, and I suppose was included as a nod to the band's new generation of hip-hop fans.

I can't say this is a terrible album since the musicianship is fairly good and Haan's vocals are still impressive even if she has lost several steps since her youth. But this is not progressive music by any stretch, and only vaguely resembles the sounds that made the band's reputation those many decades ago. More power to them for having a go after all these years, but I can't say this is anything more than a collector's piece for ardent fans and therefore rates no more than two of five stars and not much of a recommendation from me.

peace

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 Amar Caballero by BABE RUTH album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.60 | 30 ratings

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Babe Ruth Heavy Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

2 stars Babe Ruth were a band that certainly had every opportunity to be a huge commercial success, which makes the fact they never rose above b-list status and disappeared after four albums of descending quality and importance all the more egregious. The band's first album hit the scene graced with one of the more unusual Roger Dean covers (certainly a prerequisite for progressive music success in the early seventies). Their first two albums were recorded by the inimitable Tony Clark of Beatles and Cliff Richard fame. Their inexplicable recording business connections earned them a multi-album contract on the Harvest label and strong rotation airplay for their 'Wells Fargo' and 'The Mexican' singles.

And to top this all off their first two studio releases were recorded at the commercial- success mecca of the day, Abbey Road Studios. For this, their second album, that meant access to some pretty heavy-hitters to act as backing musicians and who managed to flesh out what was otherwise a lean sound into something that approached a major act production. The plethora of horns, percussion and strings on this album belie the fact the group was nothing more than a quartet featuring the standard fare of a rock band for instrumentation: one guitar, bass, drums and occasional keyboards. The mostly uncredited backing musicians had on their resumes appearances on such luminary rock classics as 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Magical Mystery Tour', Nektar's 'Down to Earth', Fleetwood Mac's 'Mr. Wonderful' and a host of albums for Ginger Baker's Air Force, Stealer's Wheel, Be Bop Deluxe, Mark Almond, Roy Orbison, Stephen Stills, Bell & Arc, Camel, Wishbone Ash and Rod Stewart, among many others. The army of support and promotion helped the band achieve their only Top-100 Billboard record, but it also helped hide the fact that Babe Ruth wasn't much more than a one-trick pony whose attraction would quickly dissipate as soon as the A&R money dried up and the band was forced to try and achieve a worthwhile sound on their own merits.

But that time wouldn't come until after this album was recorded, and the solid support here did result in the band laying down a few tracks that stand up to some scrutiny even if they don't represent the true level of talent in the group's legitimate lineup.

The opening 'Lady' is a slightly bluesy rock number with lush horns, woodwinds, layers of percussion and multi-tracked vocals all designed to give weight to lead singer Janita Haan's appreciable vocal talent. The result is s solid AOR track that lacks soul but has a respectable studio sheen and radio-friendly mood.

'Broken Cloud' is much slower and also fat with strings, horns, and woodwinds that reinforce the spaghetti-western tone the band was by then trying to perfect in their music. Clark must have recognized the band's true strength when he decided to overdub Haan's voice with herself to decent effect, but otherwise this is a rather forgettable tune and one the band would not likely have been able to pull off by themselves in a live setting.

The band's heavy blues background is most evident on 'Gimme Some Leg', an odd tempo number dominated by rich organ bleats and wicked guitar soloing I'd like to believe was delivered by band guitarist Alan Shacklock but can't be sure considering the wealth of more talented musicians hanging around who contributed to this recording.

The record continues its see-saw mood swings with the cool-jazz keyboard-driven 'Baby Pride', a sexy and charming number but one that fails to capitalize on Haan's Janis Joplin- like vocal chops.

And why the band (or Clark) felt the need to insert a cover of the Capitol's hit 'Cool Jerk' is beyond me, but of the half-dozen or so versions I've heard of this song over the years this is easily the most overworked yet uninspired. This is a dance tune meant to drive listeners into a jiggy frenzy. Haan and her doo-wop backing singers sound more like a Sha-Na-Na wramup act. Very weird.

'We Are Holding On', along with 'Doctor Love' (no, not the one you're thinking of) were inexplicably b-side singles with their flip sides being songs that were never released on any Babe Ruth album that I'm aware of. The first is a very decent soft instrumental that chiefly features violin, keyboards and acoustic guitar that I'm quite sure weren't played by anyone in the band (I could be wrong, but I doubt it). The second is a spastic dance tune with erratic percussion that is saved only by the horn solos.

The album does have at least one redeeming song, the nine-minute title track that closes the record, although the thing runs to about the 2:30 mark before it manages to get going with a heavily Latin-influenced bevy of acoustic guitar picking, sassy percussion and occasional distant background singing. This climaxes into what sounds like a brief recording of crowd noises before slipping back into an acoustic coma which slowly and deliberately fades away. Nice guitar work and a decent soundtrack for a desert sunset, but that's about it.

Babe Ruth had a couple decent tunes in the early years, most significantly the cult hit 'The Mexican' on which the band rode for the rest of the career (and for their reunion formation in 2005). Otherwise this seems to have been an attempt by their label to manufacture a persona that the band themselves don't seem to have been capable of projecting on their own. This isn't their worst album; the 1976 disaster 'Kid's Stuff' with an almost completely different lineup and sans Haan owns that distinction. But its also not even close to being their best, and given the massive effort to spice it up with studio musicians and engineering massaging, I have to say that it doesn't deserve more than two out of five stars and a lukewarm recommendation only for hardcore fans (who probably already own it). Otherwise, don't waste your time or money.

peace

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