The Equals

Baby Come Back

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The Grant-penned "Baby Come Back" had initially featured on the flip side of the Equals' "Hold Me Closer" single. That record had not captured much attention, but, in early 1968, the B-side was subsequently released as a single in Germany, where it proceeded to tear to the top of the chart. The rest of Europe equally fell under its spell, before the song was finally reissued in the U.K., where it soared to number one. Even the U.S. was impressed, and the single backed its way into the Top 35 that September. It was the perfect party piece, and, in fact, the song actually includes appropriate party noises in the background. Guitarists Grant and Derv Gordon lather on the Byrds-esque licks, while vocalist Lincoln Gordon keeps the lyrical pleas lightweight, in keeping with its pop format. "Baby Come Back" remains the Equals' greatest song. Years later, in 1984, Grant re-recorded it for his Going for Broke album, keeping it remarkably true to the original. The guitars still twang, but the song now boasts Grant's signature synthi-drum sound, and although the party is now long over, the artist adds a further emotional punch to the vocal delivery, making it nearly as rowdy as its predecessor.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
First Among Equals: The Greatest Hits 1995 Ice Records
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The '60s 1996
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:43
The Very Best of the Equals 1996 See For Miles Records 2:43
Treasured Tunes, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:40
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1968 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:29
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 7: The Great Bands 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:38
Love Rocks, Vol. 2: Tonight's the Night 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:41
Reggae Groove 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:39
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:32
60's Generation 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The In Crowd [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:39
Swinging in the Sixties, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:40
Baby Come Back [DJ Specialist] 2000 DJ Specialist 2:40
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:27
Swinging in the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:40
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:39
Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 2:28
Sixties: A Decade to Remember [3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
The Sixties - A Decade to Remember: Pick of the Pops 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
New Hooked on Number Ones Experience 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:56
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:40
The Rebirth of the Sixties
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:28