Saturday, April 30, 2011


Crackerjack -- Term used to describe a first-rate or spectacular player or team. BABE RUTH was truly one of those bands that were excellent but seemed to have been missed and were overlooked by many. One of England's first progressive bands they have made 6 LPS All are recommended

1. First Base, 1973,
2. Amar Caballero, 1973,
3. Babe Ruth, 1975
4. Stealin' Home, 1975
5. Kid's Stuff, 1976
6. Qué Pasa, 2007

Babe Ruth are a rock music group, primarily active through the 1970s, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Their characteristically 'heavy' sound is marked by powerful vocals from Janita (Jenny) Haan and full arrangements by Alan Shacklock. They are acknowledged as having more commercial success in North America than in their home country

When the group was first formed in 1971, they were called Shacklock after their guitarist Alan Shacklock. Members included Janita Haan and Dave Hewitt, with Dave Punshon and Dick Powell later joining. The first release was their single "Wells Fargo"; their first album, First Base, went gold in Canada. In 1973, Ed Spevock replaced Powell and Chris Holmes replaced Punshon on the second album. In 1975, Steve Gurl, keyboardist from Glenn Cornick's Wild Turkey replaced Holmes for the third album. The same year, Shacklock exited and Bernie Marsden (Wild Turkey) joined the team for the fourth album. After this, Haan and Hewitt left.

Though no original member remained, the group incorporated Ellie Hope and Ray Knott for the fifth album in 1976. Shortly before Babe Ruth disbanded, they were joined by the young 17 year old Birmingham born Simon Lambeth who made a few appearances on their last tour. Marsden moved on to join Whitesnake and Lambeth left the band.

A disco cover of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" appeared in the late 1970s, performed by the Bombers. This version inspired an electro/freestyle cover produced by Jellybean Benitez in 1984, for which he managed to recruit Haan on vocals - the cover subsequently becoming noted for its popularity as an underground dance hit.

Between late 2005 and early 2006, Haan (now Janita Haan Morris), Shacklock, Punshon, and Hewitt recorded new material together in Nashville,with Spevock recording his drums in London. The album, titled Que Pasa, was completed September 2006, and after being made available in digital form via the band's official web site, was released on Revolver Records in 2009.

The band embarked on a highly successful reunion tour of Canada in July 2010, playing three concerts; Ottawa Bluesfest, Metropolis Montreal, and Festival International Du Blues De Tremblant

More info at this website.....

A recording from the BBC 1975 program called "The Archive Session" featuring an assortment of songs from 73-74 The archive Sessions were live recordings made in Maida Vale, Babe Ruth were there sometime in 1974 and recorded these tracks for the program.

01 - intro (BBC)
02 - Joker
03 - Black Dog
04 - King Kong
05 - Amar Caballero
06 - Isn't That So
07 - Gimme Some Leg
08 - Baby Pride
09 - outro(BBC)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for that posting. I agree - Babe Ruth was and is a first class prog band!

Sadness said...

Brilliant band.. and its not from not trying but there has to be other live material around somewhere.. i`ve asked the band a few times when will they give out with some of it. but never get a reply..
great post my friend.. all best and amke sure ya send flowers on mothers day ok..

Master Eddie said...

any chance for an reup ?

24HOURDEJAVU said...

Eddie I will try to re up as soon as possible Great Band I should probably to some early prog music What do you think?

24HOURDEJAVU said...

Re Post is up on Babe Ruth!

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