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  • Audio CD (July 30, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002RA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wells Fargo
2. The Runaways
3. King Kong
4. Black Dog
5. The Mexican
6. Joker
7. Wells Fargo [7 Version][*]
8. Theme from "For a Few Dollars More" [*]

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 One Way Records CEMA Special Markets release.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get along without it April 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was recently "relieved" of my CD collection and am now starting to rebiuld. I am starting with my favorite "First Base", by Babe Ruth. I bought this album almost twenty years ago, and I can't get along without it. To me, the song "Wells Fargo" is one of the best songs I have EVER heard (and I've heard a lot!). I've never heard a song that says "crank me up as loud as your stereo will go, rattle the windows and dance till you collapse!" like that song. Hahn's vocals, Shacklock's guitar, and oh, that saxaphone! I love the way that song fades into the quiet brilliance of "Runaway", which proves, along with "King Kong","Joker", and "The Mexican" That this was a band of true musicianship, versatility, and depth. It's a pity that this band never got it's due, but I'm glad that I know about arguably the best kept secret in Rock and Roll, Babe Ruth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the reasons I never junked my turntable... March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...was so I could continue to enjoy this album (before it came out on CD).
I can't remember a time when I didn't know every song on this album. My parents were in their early 20's when it came out (and I was 4) and consequently, I grew up hearing this album over and over again (along with Head East's "Flat as a Pancake").
This album is one of the best kept secrets of modern music. It only has 6 cuts (the original album - not the import), but this is a definite case of quality being more important than quantity. The songs are long, but not so long as to get boring and make you want to move the needle (or hit the >> button) to escape from them. The vocal "stylings" of Jenny Hahn are incredibly powerful (you'd never think it to look at her picture on the back cover!) and are a perfect match for the music. Alan Shocklock's vocals and guitar work (not to mention his writing) are superb. What I've always found particularly interesting is the intricate interplay between the lead guitar and the organ. They duet on nearly every song, but the effect never gets boring. (And it's very interesting to listen to each one individually by adjusting your Balance knob!)
I was ecstatic when I discovered this on CD several years ago. It was like listening to it for the first time, to hear the music so clean and clear, without the hindering pops and cracks of the vinyl version I inherited from my parents.
Buy it - now! If you like strong, driven, 70's progressive rock, you cannot leave this one behind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all true! Buy it NOW! December 4, 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
I concur with what all the previous reviewers have written! Put this in your car's CD player and CRANK IT UP! The leader, guitarist, and principal writer, Alan Shacklock was a talent with whom to reckon. Check out Wells Fargo and The Mexican which has been covered a few times by other bands.
One of the best unknown albums out there! My only complaint (for losing the fifth star) is the overly-dramatic vocals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B Boy Anthem February 8, 2002
By tehuti
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day when breakdancing was a quirky phenomenon of the West Bronx, and hip hop wasn't even classified yet, "The Mexican" was one of the NYC B Boy anthems. The spanish guitar and thumping bass combination are infectious. Even though I bought this on the strength of that song alone, I would still give it a 5. It's that good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 70's rock with varied styles August 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I would rate this as one of the best debut albums by a rock group from the early 70's, and this is an outstanding album. However, this is not my favorite Babe Ruth album. The second album,"Amar Caballero," was totally different from "First Base," and had so many different styles of music and types of songs, including "spanish-style" songs. I think Babe Ruth's best albums were the self-titled third album, and "Stealin' Home," both which came out the same year, in 1975. Both of those are much harder rock. The First Base album definitely had some great hard rock songs, but it also had some that were totally different from anything that was coming out at that time or era, and that's what made this band so great, that they could play any kind or style of music, and it all sounded great. I like all of their albums, this is the album that got me into them, but when I heard the third and fourth albums, I was into them even more. But this is one great debut album, possibly one of the best ever. Babe Ruth also had some very accomplished musicians, and of course, the great Janita Haan singing lead vocals with her powerful and awesome voice, she's one of the best ever in my opinion. She's sounds fantastic and all four of the Babe Ruth albums she appeared on.

Glenn Signal Hill,CA USA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Mexican" banned ! January 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The smash disco hit "The Mexican" holds the distinction of being able to get under the skin of the most hardened disco denizen. I have seen grown men lose their date to form impromptu dance competitions against each other and they definitely are not gay. Some pubs will not play it because additional room is needed for the participants to strut their stuff. Dancers stop and form circles to watch. It is truly amazing what this old tune still has the capacity to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars batter up... swing and hit, homerun February 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Well Babe Ruth certainly falls under the category for "underrated rock bands from the 70's" because THIS band has everything going for them- strong vocal melodies, instrumental skills that absolutely amaze me, great guitar solos, and just the kind of songwriting where you feel they went the extra mile to make it better than most.

I absolutely LOVE the female singer from this band. With a beautiful hoarse voice, it's hard NOT to fall in love with it. When she sings dazzling vocal melodies in addition to having such a spectacular voice... NOW we're talking! Her performance on "The Runaways" leaves me speechless, as does the dramatic instrumental build-up near the end. Just fantastic.

"Black Dog", no way related to the Led Zeppelin song released a year earlier, is just great. Once again the vocals catch my attention, but the piano jam in the middle is really nice. "King Kong", no way related to the movie, is just fantastic because of the the guitar playing that's played in a very progressive rock kind of way, similar to Wishbone Ash from their debut album. In fact every once in a while the guitar playing reminds me of classic Judas Priest. I say YES, this is a great album, and not just because I'm a big baseball fan who's happy my Phillies won the World Series last year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars to get hot for this album just purchase it
Good product of great seller..I would buy again from these people. Come to the happy club! And be happy for the rest of your life! I still sit in the corner to enjoy
Published 3 months ago by Kees van Haaren
4.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem
This album was one I don't even remember why I knew about it. Upon receiving it I was very pleased and I believe several additional tunes have been added to the CD, which fit... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tom Rothschild
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic
I remember watching Babe Ruth in the early seventies and this album reminds me of how good they really were.
Published 13 months ago by Allen Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Riding shotgun
I received this from overseas really fast,I thought I would never find it!
It's in mint condition! I will call on this vendor again!
Published on October 26, 2011 by Timothy Denton
5.0 out of 5 stars I finally got to First Base again!
It is AWESOME to use Amazon to help hook me up with Babe Ruth & Jenny again.
Published on February 9, 2010 by B. Gilman
5.0 out of 5 stars the best female vocalist of rock....
this is the first babe ruth album that turned me on to this incredible band. Jenny is the best female rock vocal i ever known. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by hfong
5.0 out of 5 stars Just So Everyone Knows
Babe Ruth is Back in the Studio and a new CD should be out within 3 months of this review date.

I am very much looking forward to hearing what they have to say now, the... Read more
Published on April 14, 2007 by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Babe Ruth First Base..
Great Blast from the past..for new listeners.. a chance to understand the music movement of the 70's..Dont miss this one.. a forgotten gem.
Published on March 20, 2006 by Steven A. Younk
4.0 out of 5 stars jol
I have loved Babe Ruth since the 70's and Wells Fargo is a timeless piece of music that sounds as good today as it did 32 years ago!
Published on October 1, 2005 by Working Class Hero
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, they weren't around long enough...
This is still one of my all time favorite albums.........Jenny Haah's vocals were astonishing, to say the least...... Read more
Published on April 29, 2005 by Patrick
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