Head First (The Babys album)

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Head First
The Babys - Head First.jpg
Studio album by The Babys
Released January 1979
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock, Hard rock, AOR, Pop rock
Length 35:54
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ron Nevison
The Babys chronology
Broken Heart
(1977)
Head First
(1979)
Union Jacks
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 5/10[2]

Head First is the title of the third album by the Babys. Internal conflicts led to founder, guitarist and keyboard player Michael Corby being removed from the group by Chrysalis on 28 August 1978. The three remaining members of the Babys--John Waite, Wally Stocker and Tony Brock--completed the album for a January 1979 release.[3]

Album information[edit]

Lead single status was afforded to "Every Time I Think of You," a track completed without Corby, who was friends with the tune's composers, Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy, the team responsible for the Babys' previous Top 40 hit "Isn't It Time." "Every Time I Think of You" matched the Billboard Hot 100 No. 13 peak of "Isn't It Time" in April 1979, the same month that Head First became the Babys' highest charting album with a No. 22 peak on the Billboard albums chart. After serving as the B-side for "Every Time I Think of You," the title track "Head First" was issued as the A-side of the follow-up single with another album track, "California" as B-side; this single reached No. 77 on the Hot 100.

Head First was reissued on 26 May 2009 under Rock Candy Records after being out of print for many years. There are no bonus tracks, but all of the tracks have been remastered.

Track listing and personnel[edit]

Side One
  1. "Love Don't Prove I'm Right" (John Waite, Wally Stocker, Tony Brock) – 2:47
  2. "Every Time I Think of You" (Jack Conrad, Ray Kennedy) – 4:00
  3. "I Was One" (Waite, Mike Japp) – 3:30
  4. "White Lightning" (Billy Nicholls) – 3:20
  5. "Run to Mexico" (Waite, Stocker, Mike Corby, Brock) – 4:35
Side Two
  1. "Head First" (Waite, Stocker, Brock) – 3:57
  2. "You (Got It)" (Waite) – 4:39
  3. "Please Don't Leave Me Here" (Waite, Corby, Stocker) – 5:08
  4. "California" (Waite) – 4:00

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Michael Corby: rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Jack Conrad: bass
  • Kevin Kelly: piano
  • Allan MacMillan - string and horn arrangements
  • Jimmie Haskell: string and horn arrangement on "Every Time I Think of You"
  • Marti McCall, Myrna Mathews, Dianna Lee: backing vocals
  • John Sinclair: synthesizer (4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (3–16 May 1979): 25. 
  3. ^ Anchorage Daily News 23 September 1978