THE BABYS – On The Edge [Rock Candy remaster]
As requested, here’s British melodic rockers THE BABYS album “On The Edge” , as part of the 3 original albums by the band ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ not so long ago by Rock Candy Records.
THE BABYS fifth (and final album) “On The Edge” was conceived and executed in an atmosphere of confusion and fatigue due the endless tours. And the fact that it still managed to feature numbers that would be able to muscle their way into any fan’s top twenty Babys tunes is testament to many things.
Apart from the music, however, the band was beginning to implode. Chrysalis Records had gone through an organisational restructure, internal band relationships were at breaking point, Jonathan Cain was about to jump ship and join tour headliners Journey and, at a fateful gig in Cincinnati, John Waite severely injured his knee, forcing the band to cancel all live work.
Produced, once again, by Keith Olsen (Foreigner, Preview, Whitesnake, etc) and recorded in Los Angeles, “On The Edge” contains ten slices of top class melodic hard rock, with all the accoutrements that you might reasonably expect from such a seasoned band – from lean and mean commercial hard rock to more melodic affair and all points in between.
This final album is more urgent and rocking than its predecessors. In many ways reminds me Canadians Loverboy, early Foreigner, and Streets.
The 24-bit remastering by Rock Candy Records is great, very sharp I’d say.
There’s an exclusive interview with John Waite, rare photos and memorabilia, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.
01 – Turn And Walk Away
02 – Sweet 17
03 – She’s My Girl
04 – Darker Side Of Town
05 – Rock ‘N Roll Is (Alive And Well)
06 – Downtown
07 – Postcard
08 – Too Far Gone
09 – Gonna Be Somebody
10 – Love Won’t Wait
John Waite – Lead Vocals
Wally Stocker – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Ricky Phillips – Bass
Jonathan Cain – Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Tony Brock – Drums
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