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January 10, 2017

The Babys – Broken Heart (1977)

by Record Facts

The Babys are a British rock group best known for their songs “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You“. The 1976–1978 Babys line-up consisted of keyboardist/guitarist Michael Corby, vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock and guitarist Wally Stocker.

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Artist:  The Babys
Title:  Broken Heart
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Catalog#  511150

After debuting with the Bob Ezrin and Brian Christian produced The Babys LP, John Waite and company turned to Ron Nevison to man the board for the Broken Heart recording sessions in 1977. Nevison’s touch is all over the ten song sophomore effort from The Babys, as evident by the strings that accompany album opener “Wrong or Right” and grandiose closer “A Piece of the Action”. The sound is cleaner, and Waite’s vocals are given more attention on Broken Heart.
Issued by Chrysalis Records, Broken Heart goes heavy on ballads, while featuring the top twenty hit “Isn’t It Time”. Penned by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy, “Isn’t It Time” is introduced by Michael Corby’s piano work, and Waite is backed on the melodic track by The Babettes (Lisa Freeman-Roberts, Myrna Matthews and Pat Henderson). “Isn’t It Time” was the first single to chart for the glam-pop-rockin’ Baby’s.
Buried between the A-side accessible duo of “Isn’t It Time” and the mellow five-minute arrangement of “The Golden Mile”, Broken Heart breaks loose with the all-about-swagger “And If You Could See Me Fly”. Written by Waite, “And If You Could See Me Fly” may be the shortest cut from Broken Heart, but it packs muscle with a cool stop/start riff, cowbell fills and a hot guitar solo. Simply stated, the low-slung groove that pushes “And If You Could See Me Fly” triggers repeated spins of the two-minute-plus rocker that lays to waste every other song from Broken Heart.

 

Side one
1.  Wrong Or Right  (3:26)
2.  Give Me Your Love  (3:37)
3.  Isn’t It Time  (4:03)
4.  And If You Could See Me Fly  (2:50)
5.  The Golden Mile  (5:01)

Side two
1.  Broken Heart  (3:02)
2.  I’m Falling  (3:55)
3.  Rescue Me  (3:50)
4.  Silver Dreams  (3:00)
5.  A Piece Of The Action  (4:35)

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