Grand Slam: The Best of Babe Ruth

Grand Slam: The Best of Babe Ruth

by Babe Ruth
     
 
Grand Slam is a worthwhile compilation made up of tracks from Babe Ruth's first three albums, which represent the band's best material. All the tunes on this hits package showcase Babe Ruth's energetic, hard-rockin' progressive style, with a dynamic tinge of free-flowing jazz fusion that evolves from Steve Gregory's tenor sax and flute playing. The set takes

Overview

Grand Slam is a worthwhile compilation made up of tracks from Babe Ruth's first three albums, which represent the band's best material. All the tunes on this hits package showcase Babe Ruth's energetic, hard-rockin' progressive style, with a dynamic tinge of free-flowing jazz fusion that evolves from Steve Gregory's tenor sax and flute playing. The set takes seven tracks from 1974's Amar Caballero album, five from their debut, and four from 1975's self-titled album, spotlighting Janita Hahn's burly but emphatic vocals. Even though Alan Shacklock's Mellotron and Hammond organ give the music a certain progressive flair, it's actually the commingling of the guitars and percussion work that gives the bulk of the songs their edginess and rock depth. Cuts such as "The Mexican," "Doctor Love," and "Broken Cloud" are some of the band's sharpest, while the flitting and wavering of the trumpet, flügelhorn, and even the violin add some appreciated brilliance to some of the heavier pieces. The tracks from the Babe Ruth album, especially "Jack O'Lantern" and "Fistful of Dollars," show a casual drift toward a rockier future, which was confirmed on later (and weaker) releases like Stealin' Home and Kids Stuff from the mid-'70s. Although First Base makes for a solid listen, Grand Slam is the most opportune route to experience the best part of Babe Ruth's jazz-infused rock at one sitting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724354284427
catalogNumber:
428448
Rank:
30474

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Babe Ruth   Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dick Powell   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Bud Beadle   Baritone Saxophone
Brent Carter   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carthy   Trumpet
John Georgiadis   Leader
Steve Gregory   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ray Harris   Flugelhorn
David Hewitt   Electric Bass,Group Member
Gaspar Lawal   Percussion,Conga,Voices
Angelito Perez   Conga,Timbales,cowbell
Dave Punshon   Electric Piano,Piano (Grand),Group Member
Alan Shacklock   Guitar,Conductor,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Group Member
Ed Spevock   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Chris Holmes   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Group Member
Janita Haan   Vocals,Group Member
Steve Girl   Harmonium,Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jesse Winchester   Composer
Roger Dean   Cover Design
Tony Clark   Engineer
Kete Go   Engineer
Ashley Howe   Engineer
John Iles   Engineer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Peter Mew   Sonic Solutions
Nick Mobbs   Producer
Steve Rowland   Producer
Alan Shacklock   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Musical Director
David Tickle   Engineer
Chris Lawson   Engineer
Hipgnosis   Cover Design
Paul May   Cover Design
Llobet   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Janita Haan   Composer

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