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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

If - British Radio Sessions (1970-72 uk, tremendous prog jazz rock, 2013 release)

IF was a seminal jazz-rock band formed in 1969 as Britain's answer to the pioneering US bands Blood, Sweat and Tears and Chicago. The main difference was that IF did not have a trumpet or trombone player and featured two saxes instead. Essentially a live band, true to its strong jazz influences IF was probably the only jazz-rock group, both then and now, to feature solos by all the band members, not just by the lead instruments.

The definitive seven-piece line-up was J.W. Hodkinson on lead vocals, John Mealing on keyboards, Jim Richardson on electric bass, Dennis Eliott on drums, with Dave Quincy on alto and tenor saxes, Terry Smith on guitars, and Dick Morrissey on tenor and soprano saxes and flute. IF finally broke up in 1975.

These sessions were recorded in London between December 1970 and July 1972, the band is in great shape and sound is much more than good.

.....Another year passed (over 6 in total), I must thank you for your support on both of my blogs and wish you ALL plenty of love, health and a happy new Year.

1. Your City Is Falling (Dave Quincy) - 3:57
2. I Couldn't Write And Tell You (Dave Quincy) - 7:07
3. Sunday Sad (Dick Morrissey) - 6:55
4. Tarmac T. Pirate And The Lonesome Nymphomaniac (John Mealing, Trevor Preston) - 3:10
5. Upstairs (B. Morrissey, Dick Morrissey) - 3:49
6. Sweet January (Dave Quincy, Trevor Preston) - 5:31
7. Forgotten Roads (Dave Quincy, Trevor Preston) - 3:58
8. Fibonacci's Number (Dave Quincy) - 7:52
9. Seldom Seen Sam (Terry Smith, J.W. Hodkinson) - 4:33
10.Far Beyond (John Mealing, Trevor Preston) - 4:57
11.The Light Still Shines (Live) (Dave Quincy) - 6:36
12.What Did I Say About The Fox, Jack? (Live) (Dick Morrissey) - 8:18
13.Waterfall (Live) (Dick Morrissey, B. Morrissey) - 5:39
14.Seldom Seen Sam (Live) (Terry Smith, J.W. Hodkinson) - 7:19

*Dennis Elliott - Drums
*J.W. Hodkinson - Vocals
*John Mealing - Keyboards (Tracks 1-10)
*Dick Morrissey - Saxophones, Flute
*Dave Quincy - Saxophones
*Jim Richardson - Bass (Tracks 1-10)
*Terry Smith - Guitar
*Dennis Elliott - Drums (Tracks 1-10)
*Dave Wintour - Bass (Tracks 11-14)
*Cliff Davies - Drums (Tracks 11-14)

The IF Discography
1970  If - If  (Repertoire remaster)
1970  If - If 2 (Repertoire remaster)
1971  If - If 3 (Repertoire remaster)
1972  If - If 4 (Repertoire remaster)
1972  Waterfall (Repertoire remaster)
1972  If - Europe '72 (Repertoire remaster)
1973  Double Diamond (2010 reissue)
1974-75 If - Not Just Another Bunch Of Pretty Faces / Tea Break Over 
Related Acts
1968  Terry Smith - Fall Out
1974  Zzebra - Zzebra

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kobilica said...

"MARIOS" thank you for all the great music in all these years.I wish you well in 2016 with lots of rare good albums.Cheers...

adamus67 said...

Marios,the next album,which makes the me a nice surprise,for me,thanks to my friend,for sharing these rarities!on both of yours blogs...and formerly the on Phrock...for the good old days! Keep it up!
best regards!

Alexandr Markov said...

Thanks. Marios!

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Alright Jack said...

Great to get to hear more from this great band, that is too much neglected and forgotten.

smania dario said...

Thanks from italy.