Wednesday, June 22, 2011

If - If2 (1970 uk jazz rock, fusion and progressive rock - repertoire records digipack repuk edition - FLAC)

The second If album came out within the same year as the first, and continues in the same distinctive jazz-rock vein the band worked on its debut.

The playing is excellent, with the sax and flute work of Dave Quincy and Dick Morrissey carrying the group's sound to a level unmatched by other, better known contemporaries like Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. J. W. Hodkinson's unique vocals continue to sail through the music, while Terry Smith employs a deeper, grittier guitar tone than he used on the first LP.

The material here is not as interesting as on the earlier release, but the soloists have plenty of space to stretch out and strut their stuff over John Mealing's organ/electric piano bed of chord changes.

Jim Richardson lays down some inventive basslines and drummer Dennis Elliott keeps the band on track through various rhythmic twists and turns (by Jim Newsom).

I Couldn't Write and Tell You:

Track List:
01. "Your City Is Falling" (Dave Quincy) – 5:05
02. "Sunday Sad" (Dick Morrissey) – 8:23
03. "Tarmac T. Pirate and the Lonesome Nymphomaniac" (John Mealing, Preston) – 4:34
04. "I Couldn't Write and Tell You" (Dave Quincy) – 8:20
05. "Shadows and Echoes" (Margaret Busby, Lionel Grigson) – 4:27
06. "Song for Elsa, Three Days Before Her 25th Birthday" (J. W. Hodkinson) – 5:40

*Dennis Elliott – drums
*J.W. Hodkinson – vocals, percussion
*John Mealing – organ, electric piano, backing vocals
*Dick Morrissey – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
*Dave Quincy – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute
*Jim Richardson – bass
*Terry Smith – guitar

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