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Babe Blu - 1987 Can't Stop Rock N Roll

ARTIST: Babe Blu
ALBUM: Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
LABEL: Flamingo Records
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2003, Time Warp Records (Italy), bootleg


LINEUP: Doug James - vocals, bass * Michael Whalen - vocals, guitars * Carl Brown - keyboards * J. T. Williams - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll * 02 Do What I Want * 03 Do You Remember * 04 Just One Night * 05 Good For You

Babe Blu emanate from Atlanta Georgia. A hair-metal contender if ever there was one. Back in 1986, the band released a 4-track promo. It was a promising collection of tunes but they would improve even more for their next outing. From 1987, 'Can't Stop Rock N Roll' was a very good melodic rock EP, containing five tracks of mayhem ranging from razor sharp hard rock to delicate AOR. Probably the closest equivalent I can make of the band is a cross between White Sister, Sabu/Only Child and Autograph. Certainly the infectious nature of their sound makes this a compulsory listen to even the most hardened of rock fans.

The Songs
The chant-a-long chorus of the title track 'Can't Stop Rock N Roll' is a superb start. The song containing all the necessary ingredients to whet the appetite of melodic rockers everywhere. The guitar and bass lines reminding us of Paul Sabu's best moments mixed in with that familiar Autograph groove. If that isn't enough to get you going then I don't know what will! The band slow up slightly on the mid-paced 'Do What I Want', where guitar aggression and keyboard parps dominate the soundscape. The ballad 'Do You Remember' is the bands tender-piece, the arrangement could be a Beau Coup track style wise, but the musicianship is a shade heavier than anything they ever did. 'Just One Night' moves in the anthemic direction, chugga-chugga guitar riffs, tinkly ivories and singalong choruses all remind us this is 1987 we're listening to. The finale 'Good For You' introduces us with sombre vocals and rhodes piano parts, the track swimming in emotion drenched vocals, before the surging tide of the chorus takes us out further.

In Summary
By the end, we are musically satisfied and left washed up on the shore left to contemplate what might have been if these guys had progressed beyond their two EP's. I'm damned if I know why they didn't, as this is classy stuff. Recommended to all and sundry.

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#1 | rocklover on March 12 2008 11:28:24
oh my god this is a fantastic band really, i love this band: specially the song good for you it's greatyummylol
#2 | gdazegod on March 12 2008 18:11:01
Have you heard their 1986 4-track Promo?
#3 | jefflynnefan on November 27 2011 01:37:05
I've been listening to some tracks by this band along with Zaza and Aphrodite and some others on Youtube but this band sounded the best. I'll have to look around for it.
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