The Babys

Isn't It Time

Composed by Jack Conrad / Ray Kennedy

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"Isn't It Time" starts out innocently enough but quickly explodes into a showcase for John Waite's underrated talents as a powerhouse vocalist; the song catapulted into the Top 40 in 1977. Straddling the lines that were drawn in the late '70s between hard rock, glam, power pop, and the burgeoning new wave, the Babys tackled it all, but "Isn't It Time" itself is big, old arena rock. Oddly, it is one of two songs on the band's sophomore effort, Broken Heart, which wasn't penned by a Baby. Beginning with a gentle vocal accompanied by a tinkling piano and strings, the song shifts abruptly into a big stage strutter, complete with female background vocals by the Babettes. The girls provide the "female" voice in the story of a guy who resists the temptation to fall in love, but, by the song's end, he's surrendered, with a little urging from her, of course. A descending horn line fills in for the road sign, "Caution, love approaching." Sure it's retro, but as a timepiece it wears well. The fashionably androgynous Babys and their love song-lite went over big with teenage girls, but throughout 1977, people of all stripes were no doubt falling in love to the tune of "Isn't It Time" as the Babys were a ubiquitous presence on the concert circuit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Broken Heart 1977 Chrysalis Records
Anthology 1981 Parlophone 4:04
Pop Classics, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Eva
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 -- Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:24
Rock Album, Vol. 2 [K-Tel] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:02
Decades of Dance: The 70's 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Cema Special Ma 4:03
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:03
Radio Days: '70s Pop 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:05
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 2 [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:04
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:01
The Babys/Broken Heart 2001 One Way Records 4:03
A Year in Your Life: 1977, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:33
Very Best Babys Album Ever 2002 EMI Music Distribution 4:03
1978: Where Were You? 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Hits of the 70's [EMI Gold 3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
EMI 4:03
Sensational '70s [2002/Orange] 2002
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:01
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:05
Seventies Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Radio Caroline Calling 2003
Various Artists
Disky
Best Power Ballads In The World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Best of 1978 & 1979 2005
Various Artists
Disky 4:03
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 6:33
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:51
Greatest Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Disky
No Image 2006
Various Artists
BMG
Soft Rock Ballads [EMI] 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:53
Legendary: Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
MP Records 4:01
Top of the Pops: Seventies 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution
The Tiswas Album 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:52
100 Hits: Super 70s 2011
Various Artists
Demon / EMI Music Distribution 3:53
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Millennium Hits 1970-1979: Rock
Various Artists
Disky
Original Hits: 70s Pop
Various Artists
EMI Gold
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