The Babys

Isn't It Time

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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 4:04
Anthology 1981 Chrysalis Records 4:04
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 -- Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:24
Decades of Dance: The 70's 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Cema Special Ma 4:03
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 8 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:05
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
British Invasion [Delta/2 Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:04
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 2 [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:04
Big Bad British Bands 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:04
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:01
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
Back to Back Hits 2003 CEMA Special Markets / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:05
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:05
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 6:33
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:51