First Base

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
First Base was British hard rock group Babe Ruth's biggest success, both in terms of popular and critical acclaim. This LP defined an interesting junction between hard rock and progressive rock. The two driving forces behind this album were guitarist Alan Shackloc, who wrote most of the material, and vocalist Janita Haan, who came out as the perfect balance between Janis Joplin and Robert Plant. The album contained "The Mexican," the band's classic song which also includes a theme by western soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone "Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu". Other highlights include the powerful rock number "Wells Fargo," the sweet-and-sour "Black Dog" with nice piano ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
First Base was British hard rock group Babe Ruth's biggest success, both in terms of popular and critical acclaim. This LP defined an interesting junction between hard rock and progressive rock. The two driving forces behind this album were guitarist Alan Shackloc, who wrote most of the material, and vocalist Janita Haan, who came out as the perfect balance between Janis Joplin and Robert Plant. The album contained "The Mexican," the band's classic song which also includes a theme by western soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone "Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu". Other highlights include the powerful rock number "Wells Fargo," the sweet-and-sour "Black Dog" with nice piano work by Dave Punshon, and a surprising rendition of Frank Zappa's "King Kong." The strings and oboe arrangements in "The Runaways" don't work as well, but at least they don't get pompous. With its long songs six to eight minutes and lush arrangements, First Base seduced both the hard rock and the progressive rock crowds. The album cover was painted by Roger Dean, who illustrated many Yes albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2010
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910516522
  • Catalog Number: 1051652
  • Sales rank: 98,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wells Fargo (6:14)
  2. 2 The Runaways (7:27)
  3. 3 King Kong (6:44)
  4. 4 Black Dog (8:02)
  5. 5 The Mexican (5:46)
  6. 6 Joker (7:41)
  7. 7 Wells Fargo (3:34)
  8. 8 Theme From 'For a Few Dollars More' (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Babe Ruth Primary Artist
Jeff Allen Drums
Clive Anstee Cello
Brent Carter Saxophone
Manny Fox Cello
Peter Halling Cello, Leader
Harry Mier Oboe
Dave Punshon Piano, Electric Piano
Boris Rickleman Cello
Alan Shacklock Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Caspar Lawal Bongos, Conga, kabassa
Dick Powell Percussion, Drums
Janita Haan Vocals
Dave Hewitt Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jesse Winchester Composer
Roger Dean Paintings
Tony Clark Engineer
Frank Zappa Composer
Kete Go Engineer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Nick Mobbs Producer
Alan Shacklock Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Oboe Arrangement
David Whiting Composer
Chris Welch Liner Notes
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