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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00008ETET
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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These albums are the best the Babys ever did.
beep
This CD is an excellent bargain for any Babys fan with their first two albums on one fantastic CD!
joshdad1991
Get ready for something that you will listen to more than just occasionally.
Michael Courtney

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LeastLikely on October 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When do these two albums get released individually? Releasing them as a two-fer may be a good deal, but it is rather an insult. These recordings by the original line-up of The Babys were THE best ones! So was their demo work on the "Official-Unofficial" first album that was released on CD earlier this year. All the stuff that came after Michael Corby's departure was mere corporate product. Even John Waite's solo material for the most part was mediocre. The songs on these two albums are better than Waite's number one song "Missing You." The Babys would have been a megaband in the 1980s had it not been ruined by the idiots at Chrysalis!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on March 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD contains the first two Babys albums. The first album has a raw feel to it, which I like, But I wish it was recorded better The first 5 cuts are the strongest ones. The second album, Broken Heart, has a much more polished sound to it with string overdubs added to some songs, but is their best album in my opinion. The big hit, "Isn't It Time", "Wrong or Right", "A Piece of the Action", and the title cut, "Broken Heart" are good listens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Malinowski on February 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Of all the 70s pop-rock bands, perhaps no other used string and horn arrangements as effectively as The Babys, and that especially holds true for the 1977 release, Broken Heart. Lead by vocalist John Waite's whispery voice, Broken Heart, which includes the hit, "Isn't It Time", moves along effortlessly from the first track to the last. An emotion-filled mix of intense ballads and smooth rockers, this is one of those albums that after each subsequent listen gets better and better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander T. Newport on July 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
All of the songs on this double-album (on one disc) are lovely. The main vocalist, John Waite, had a very strong and distinctive voice; very infectious; makes you wanna sing along. The lead guitarist, Wally Stocker, was by no means a hotshot guitarist ala Schenker or Van Halen, but his solos are very well crafted: short & sweet and from the school of "less-is-more". The Babys never tried to be "deep" or preachy. Their main goal was to write radio-friendly poprock songs and they did a very good job of it. If you like Steve Perry-era Journey, then you will probably like The Babys. Great singing. Great tunes. Lots of soft & hard contrasts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eveoflove on May 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Made in USA in 2001, Serial# 72435-31510-2-7, Playing Time 77:28
This disc combines all tracks from the band's first 2 albums, 1976's "The Babys" and 1977's "Broken Heart". Some interesting liner notes from a few band members.
The first 10 tracks feature the UK quartet in an attempt at commercial rock, and combines a mixture of rockers and ballads: some songs are quite decent, but overall, too many weak spots.
The last 10 tracks demonstrate some improvements, both in the arrangements and songwriting, and starts to pave the way to some of their upcoming (and, in my opinion, much superior) material. Perhaps still a bit uneven in energy, you'll notice the group is getting more fluent in both genres.
Sure, the music sounds a bit dated, but can still reach out and introduce you to some great songs. There's something for everyone on the CD, and the disc is a good buy for the novice (or those of us looking to retire their vinyl). If you've already got their other discs, you may find these albums a bit "plain", but every group must begin somewhere...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Courtney on January 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With this disc you get the first 2 U.S. releases by the Babys. There's a lot of great music here that didn't make the Anthology CD. My fave is "Looking for Love". The Broken Heart portion of this set contains no yawners. You will have to deal with strings and acoustics, but the performances and production here cannot be exceeded. There are two songs here that even made it into the top 10. I know that means this is a pop album, but that's how you made your money and got airplay to sell your record! The price here is fantastic! If you've heard the Babys before and don't have these your collection is incomplete. If you're new to the Babys try this or Head First. Get ready for something that you will listen to more than just occasionally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tomff00 on December 6, 2012
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
In my opinion, this is the best Babys album and also some of John Waite's best work. I love every song on this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raven lunatic on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first two albums by this British group that found success the other side of the Atlantic.

There was a feeling that the first album was overproduced and Waite's voice often sounds like there was no mike near him. Laura is the haunting ballad that is perhaps their finest song.

Broken Heart contains Wrong or Right a classic she loves someone else song. "I'm Falling" has rich orchestration and controlled guitar.

"Golden Mile" highlights the voice of Waite in contrast to the distant strains in the production of their first album.

Popular music had little to offer from around this time and the Babys filled the gap.
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