THE BABYS – Live At The Bottom Line 1979 [incl. previously unreleased tracks] (2024)

THE BABYS - Live At The Bottom Line 1979 [incl. previously unreleased tracks] (2024) - full

Omnivore Recordings is releasing a previously unissued performance of the THE BABYS recorded live at New York’s legendary venue Bottom Line. “Live At The Bottom Line, 1979” was recorded on the ‘Head First tour’, and the show contains three new-at-the-time songs making their official debut including an early version of Union Jacks’ “Anytime”. Additionally, the show features THE BABYS songs never released later.
Very well recorded, mixed & produced, the album features the hits “Every Time I Think Of You,” “Head First,” “Isn’t It Time” and more.

After signing with Chrysalis Records for – at the time – the highest paid contract for a new band, The Babys released their self-titled debut in 1976, with Broken Heart following the next year, containing the Top 20 hit “Isn’t It Time.”
Released at the end of 1978, Head First arrived, and the newly expanded band featuring future-Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and bassist Ricky Philips hit the road. (Waite, Cain, and Philips would later reunite in the platinum-selling act Bad English, whose “When I See You Smile” hit #1 in 1989.)

The Babys played two nights at New York’s fabled Bottom Line in early 1979, showcasing not only material from their first three albums, but debuting a trio of new songs. One track, “Crystal Ball.” would appear in a different form as “Anytime” on 1981’s Union Jacks; another, “Stick To Your Guns,” was recorded for that album but never issued; and a third, “Loaded,” existed only in their live shows.

Those three rare / unreleased tracks, coupled with the rest of their 11-track set, are finally available on Live At The Bottom Line, 1979. All performances are previously unissued.
Featuring their hits “Isn’t It Time” and Head First’s “Every Time I Think Of You” (both of which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts), fan favorites, and three new tracks unavailable anywhere else, The Babys Live At The Bottom Line, 1979 is an important document in the history of The Babys and a fascinating listen to the band at the peak of their creativity in a stellar performance at a legendary venue.
Highly Recommended


01 – Head First (Live at The Bottom Line)
02 – Give Me Your Love (Live at The Bottom Line)
03 – Run To Mexico (Live at The Bottom Line)
04 – California (Live at The Bottom Line)
05 – Every Time I Think Of You (Live at The Bottom Line)
06 – Stick To Your Guns (Live at The Bottom Line)
07 – Crystal Ball (aka Anytime) (Live at The Bottom Line)
08 – Isn’t It Time (Live at The Bottom Line)
09 – Lookin’ For Love (Live at The Bottom Line)
10 – Money (That’s What I Want) (Live at The Bottom Line)
11 – Loaded (Live at The Bottom Line)

John Waite – vocals
Jonathan Cain – keyboards, vocals
Ricky Phillips – bass
Wally Stocker – guitar
Tony Brock – drums



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2 Responses

  1. Spinspiel says:

    Any chance you could re-up the Babys Box Set Silver Dreams and the Rock Candy Albums?

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