Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Babys - Spoiled Brats (1977) Bootleg

(U.K 1976-1980)
The Babys were a British rock/pop group best known for their songs "Isn't It Time" and "Everytime I Think of You". Both songs were composed by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy and reached #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in the late 1970s.
The 1976-1978 Babys line-up consisted of vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock, Keyboard player/guitarist Michael Corby, and guitarist Wally Stocker.
After Corby was sacked by Chrysalis in August 1978 a replacement was sought. The company brought in two musicians to replace the co-founder: Jonathan Cain on keyboards and Ricky Phillips to play bass. From 1979 until the final breakup in 1981 the Babys line-up consisted of vocalist Waite, drummer Brock, bassist Phillips, guitarist Stocker and keyboardist Cain.

Corby had been dismissed and the control of the name of the band was never relinquished by him, in effect making the 1979 band a breakaway group from the original contract and not entitled to use the name.
The Babys Archives states a very strong case against the name being used after Corby and Millar were sacked, the original contract clearly has Corby as a member and never lists Cain and Phillips. Corby commissioned The Babys Archives a number of years ago to correct a number of misconceptions about the origins of the group.

John Waite went on to produce a major solo hit, "Missing You", in 1984. Stocker and Brock worked with Rod Stewart and other mainstream artists including Elton John and Air Supply. Cain enjoyed major success with Journey and Phillips with Bad English. [extract from Wikipedia]
This bootleg is another one of my prize possessions in my record collection, although the quality of the recording isn't quite up to the standard of some of my other bootlegs. There is some distortion and occasional drop outs during this recording but overall it isn't too bad - probably a B+ rating would be fair. As far as I can gather, this is the first time this bootleg has been posted. In fact, there is scant information about this recording, other than it was recorded at the Old Waldorf Theatre in San Francisco, sometime in 1977.
The bootleg was released on the TAKRL label (The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label).
The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label (TAKRL) operated out of Anytown in the USA and was the brainchild of the late Dr. Terrence H. "Telly"fone, Art Gnuvo and Deek Kibard.
The sound quality of the recordings varied depending upon the origin of the source material. Some of the recordings were taken directly from other records, audience cassette tape recordings, FM radio broadcasts and television broadcasts. The quality was not really such an issue for the fans who were desperate to obtain any recording of their favourite artist. One of the most famous bootlegs of all times was an album of rare Bob Dylan recordings called The Great White Wonder. Some bootleg albums were so good they"forced" the legitimate record labels to officially release the material.
The album sleeves were usually two colour paper inserts that were slipped under the shrink wrap that enclosed the plain white cardboard album cover.
The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label was a legendary entity in the bootleg world. They never took themselves seriously however they always utilised high quality vinyl in the production of the records. You could usually obtain the records via various mail order outlets such as Toad Hall's Rare Records. [ extract from]
This post contains 2 separate mp3 rips (Side A and Side B) taken from my vinyl copy, at 320kps. I chose not to segment the songs as they tended to run into one another, and I wanted to retain the natural flow of the concert and dialogue spoken between songs.
I have also included full scans of the LP covers and select photos of the band during their early years. The only short comings of this concert was the absence of their hit single "Isn't It Time" which is strange, as this was their biggest hit at the time; and the slightly boring drum solo in the last track "Do You Wanna". Highlights would definitely be "Rodeo" / "Wild Man" on Side A and "I'm Falling" and "If You Could See Me Fly" on the flip side. And what about the front cover - it says it all doesn't it ?
NB> The back cover track listing was slightly inaccurate with "Wild Man" missing after "Rodeo" and "Rescue Me" missing the letter 'c' (which I fixed many years ago using stencils !)
Track Listing
01 - Looking For Love
02 - Rodeo

03 - Wild Man *

04 - Dying Man

05 - If You've Got The Time

06 - Rescue me

07 - I'm Falling

08 - If You Could See Me Fly

09 - Do You Wanna

* Not listed on back cover
Band Members:
John Waite - (Bass, Lead Vocals)
Walter Stocker - (Lead Guitar)
Michael Corby - (Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards)
Tony Brock - (Drums, Vocals)
The Babys Link (115 Mb) New Link 12/04/2020


  1. Tony Brock was also the drummer for Jimmy Barnes for many years.

    To quote Jimmy... "he used to pump the kick that hard the back of my pants used to move"

  2. Thanks for the early babys!

  3. This was recorded by KSAN radio on 5/3/77 at The Old Waldorf.

  4. I remember getting bootleg albums from Toad Halls rare Records. They had adverts in RAM and Juke magazines. Based in Victoria first, I think, then moved to South Australia. - Grego

  5. this concert was from the last tour of the US for their first album. broken heart had not even been recorded yet, i don't believe; thus, "isn't it time" was not in the set. the song titles for the set list that are included on this boot are incorrect as well. the actual set is as follows:

    01. looking for love
    02. rodeo
    03. wild man
    04. dying man
    05. if you've got the time
    06. rescue me
    07. i believe in love
    08. give me your love
    09. and if you could see me fly
    10. do you wanna (drum solo)

    it is interesting to note that that they included three songs in the set that ended up on broken heart (06, 08, 09). according to mike corby, they only performed "i'm falling" in concert a couple of times. unfortunately, the listing for it in the set on this boot is wrong - the song is actually "give me your love."

    also of note is the unreleased "do you wanna." not the most interesting song, but one that many fans have never heard or even heard of.

    SUMMARY: this is an excellent sounding bootleg - a soundboard recording for FM broadcast on KSAN in 1977. this is one of the handful of live recordings from the era with the original line-up, and is far superior to the live at the tower promotional LP from 1977. you can hear each instrument and voice rather clearly. of note, tony brock's excellent harmony vocals are clear and present, as are the occasional harmony vocals from michael corby, who also introduces the song "rescue me." overall, the band is tight and inspired, resulting in impressive performances. stand-out performances are "looking for love,"dying man,"rescue me," and "give me your love."

    MY OPINION: if the original unit could have held together despite the meddling of chrysalis, they would have been a huge arena act. broken heart is a testament to just how unique they really were and has held up extremely well over time.

    1. Thanks for your input Texiana and corrections to the track listing. One of my all time favourite and best sounding bootlegs.

  6. Hello,
    Thank you for this great Babys boot.
    Would you happen to have any other ones besides the typical ones?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mr Arriola. I have:
      Live in Cleveland(1977), Live In Denver (1980), Live Tower (1977), & Live In Reseda (1980). Let me know if any interest you. Cheers from DownUnder AR