First Base (album)
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|Studio album by|
EMI Studios, London
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
|Length||41:36 LP (47:30 CD)|
|Label||Harvest EMI (Capitol Records in the US)|
|Producer||Alan Shacklock, Nick Mobbs|
|Babe Ruth chronology|
|Singles from First Base|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
First Base is an album by the rock music group Babe Ruth. Produced by Alan Shacklock and Nick Mobbs, and engineered by Tony Clark at the EMI's Abbey Road Studios between June and September 1972, it was released that year.
The album went gold in Canada, sold well in the US, but had disappointing sales by comparison in the UK. The song "The Mexican" has been covered and remixed many times. Among them, it was covered in 1984 by John "Jellybean" Benitez with vocals by Janita Haan. "The Mexican" was also mixed into the third track of The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One by Liam Howlett of The Prodigy in 1999 and covered by GZA in 2015.
The sleeve design, painting and photography were by Roger Dean.
- "Wells Fargo" (Alan Shacklock) – 6:14
- "The Runaways" (music: Alan Shacklock, words: David Whiting) – 7:12
- "King Kong" (Frank Zappa) – 6:40, recorded in one take, no overdubs
- "Black Dog" (Jesse Winchester) – 8:03
- "The Mexican" (Alan Shacklock) – 5:45, interpolates Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu (For a Few Dollars More, music by Ennio Morricone)
- "Joker" (Alan Shacklock) – 7:42
- "Wells Fargo" (single version, CD only; Shacklock) – 3:35
- "Theme from For a Few Dollars More" (CD only; Morricone) – 2:19
- Alan Shacklock - guitar, Hammond organ, percussion, vocals
- Janita "Jennie" Haan - vocals
- Dave Hewitt - bass guitar
- Dick Powell - drums, percussion
- Dave Punshon - electric piano, keyboards
- Gasper Lawal - conga, bongo, cabasa
- Brent Carter - saxophone
- Harry Mier - oboe
- Peter Halling - cello
- Clive Anstee - cello
- Manny Fox - cello
- Boris Rickleman - cello
- Jeff Allen - drums on "The Runaways"
- 1972: LP US/Canada, Harvest SW-11151
- 1972: LP UK, Harvest SHSP 4022
- 1972: LP Spain, EMI/Harvest 1J 062-05.159
- 1972: LP Italy, EMI/Harvest 3C 064-05159
- 1972: LP Japan, Odeon
- 1991: CD Canada, One Way 57343
- 1995: CD Germany, Repertoire REP 4554-WP
- 2001: CD Repertoire REP4554
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