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Union Jacks

August 25, 2009 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 21, 2009
  • Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 35:15
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  • ASIN: B002K531RC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,149 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
It's hard for me to rate a Babys album, because I like everything they've done and would still love to find CDs of 3 albums I've got that seem to be unavailable. On UNION JACKS, the Babys expanded to a 5 piece band and allowed John Waite to front the band and give up his bass playing duties. I actually enjoyed seeing him play and sing live, which I was able to do 3 times. Without all the effects and extravagant stage shows the Babys were alive with excitement. Their sound was as sharp live as on the albums.

With this disc, Ricky Phillips stepped in on bass and Jonathan Caine came aboard to play keyboards and guitars in concert, since many of their songs had a distinct 2 guitar sound when Michael Corby was with them. Jonathan Caine also brought an immense song writing talent with him, as well as an excellent voice. There isn't a Baby's recording that has a bad song on it. The measure has always been how many great songs there were and this disc just didn't stack up to HEAD FIRST or BROKEN HEART. It probably deserves better than 4 stars, though!

The best tracks are "Midnight Rendevouz", "True Love, True Confessions", "Back on My Feet Again', and "Union Jacks". These should have all been hits, but Chrysalis [failed] in their support of the Babys! Other strong tracks include "Jesus Are You There", "Turn Around in Tokyo", and "Anytime". As with all Babys releases, the music is straight forward and without gimmicks, which is what makes is so good. It's just not cluttered up with nonsense! UNION JACKS will play over and over on your stereo and you'll wonder why you never heard more of it before. Prove to yourself that the best music doesn't always make it to the radio; become a Union Jack.
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After the extemely successful 1978's "Head First", The Babys continued their growing success as a band with 1980's "Union Jacks". Adding extremely talented songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain along with bassist Ricky Phillips, the group delivered a solid 9-song album that had the huge hits "Back On My Feet Again" and "Midnight Rendezvous" constantly blaring from FM radio stations.
John Waite again shines brightly with his vocal prowess and shows continued versatility throughout as this album differs just a bit from the previous as it takes a very successful, overall harder power pop posture primarily dominated from the masterful keyboard power of the talented Cain. That combined with a growing maturity in their songwriting helped with the inclusion of Cain as well as Phillips proved "Union Jacks" another winner!
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Format: Vinyl
1980 - Chrysalis Records
Songs Include :

Back On My Feet Again
True Love True Confession
Midnight Rendezvous
Union Jack
In Your Eyes
Anytime
Jesus Are You There
Turn Around In Tokyo
Love Is Just A Mystery
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By A Customer on May 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a fan of british music, eg UFO Sweet Def Leppard, and The Babys were one of my favourites. I ordered their CDs through a music shop in Australia about ten years ago only to find out they had recently been deleted and were unavailable. Imagine my delight to see they had all been released again. The new liner notes are excellent as are the photos, my only gripe is, that unlike many rereleased CDs these days, there are no "bonus track" such as demo versions or alternate versions of tracks off the CD or dare we hope a track or two which previously never saw the light of day. All I need now is Rovers Return and Mask of Smiles and my John Waite collection will be complete. Its just a shame that such a brilliant band as The Babys only gave us 5 albums.
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This album was a new begining for The Babys as they again tried to enter mainstream rock and roll. John Waite gave up playing bass to Ricky Phillips in favor of being the front man, lead singer. They also replced Michael Corby with Jonathon Cain, who would later go to Journey. All in all it's a solid album with some familiar radio songs,( Back on my feet again and Midnight rendezvous), and a few jems that never quite hit the airways (Anytime, True love, true confessions, and In your eyes). The Babys opened for Journey on the Union Jacks tour and stole the show nightly. I know, I was there. Although this album is true 70's pop, it's a must for any and all Babys fans, it's John Waite and the boys at their best. Truly a find on CD.
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"Union Jacks" is the fourth studio album by British-American AOR band "The Babys" originally released in 1980, reissued in 2009 by "Rock Candy Records". With an impressive string of studio albums and considerable chart success in the US and the UK, "The Babys" should rightfully be considered as one of the primary forces of melodic rock during the late `70s, establishing such icons of the genre as lead singer John Waite ("Bad English") , Jonathan Cain ("Journey", "Bad English"), Ricky Phillips ("Bad English", "Styx") along side guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock.

In comparison to their previous works, "Union Jacks" is somewhat of a darker album, addressing their established love-themes through a more aggressive/intense approach, bringing to front some really iconic melodic rockers in the process. The album opens on the substantially optimistic "Back on my feet again" in the style of "Survivor"-meets-"Journey"; second is "True love true confession" a punishing power-AOR track with thumping rhythm section and super-intense chorus. Fast-forward to the title track, "Union Jack" is comes close to defining pomp-AOR, a composition that builds itself along the way, bringing to front bigger vocal harmonies and effective keyboard melodies. Then comes "In your eyes", another mighty melodic rocker filled with attack and romanticism and yet another highlight for the album.

Overall "Union Jacks" can clearly stand toe to toe with such classic AOR albums as "Survivor"s "Eye of the tiger" and "Journey"s "Frontiers". "Union Jacks" is direct, intense, melodic and memorable, a true AOR gem that holds its own even by contemporary standards.
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