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If Extra tracks, Import, Limited Edition

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2006 mini LP sleeve pressing includes bonus tracks. Repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2006)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000EJ9LZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Douglas H. Bartlett on October 5, 2006
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LOVED this album in High School. Swingin' stuff, with huge horns, great vocals on very memorable songs. Used to turn my friends on to this, as few people had ever heard of them...they thought it was a fab album indeed! Sadly, I subsequently lost the album, so I am delighted it has been reissued! I just wish Amazon would let you sample the tunes, you'd hear what I mean!
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IF is a unique sound from the early fusion era. The group got some attention during the heydays of underground FM radio (such as WHCN, Hartford). They have a style that is similar to Gentle Giant and Traffic. Track two, "What Did I Say About The Box, Jack" is a SUPERB instrumental. Also, check out IF 2.
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I bought this album as a teenage kid in 1970. At the time my older brother had the first two albums by Blood Sweat and Tears and I had the first two by Chicago. It turns out that this was the album that stirred up my interest in Jazz and what later came to be called fusion.
The horn arrangements here are a bit different as there is no brass section (trumpet, trombone, etc.), the band having chosen to go with two saxophones or the sax/flute combo. This gave IF a unique and recognizable sound that remains distinctive. Both Dick Morrisey and Dave Quincy also had the ability to improvise quite well, something other bands at the time that had jazzy aspirations (DREAMS excluded) sorely lacked. Terry Smith's guitar playing/soloing is also up to the improvising challenge. To hear these guys do their thing over the rock rhythm section is still a pleasure.
Those new to IF may find the vocals of J.W. Hodkinson to be an acquired taste, but you will find him to be an integral part of the IF sound. Overall, I have found this music to stand the test of time very well, and can easily recommend the CD.
At the time, IF was pioneering the Jazz/Rock road in the pre-fusion era in Great Britain. (DREAMS was doing the same from the USA side.) Despite the amount of time that has passed since the initial release of this recording, the music has retained its edge and is well worth your time and attention. A pleasant listening experience awaits you.
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One of my all time favorite jazz/rock bands from the early 70'stages. I am a fan of Chicago, Blood,Sweat & Tears and Dreams who were all out around this time. If was just a little different in that not only were they from England but the horns are two sax/flute players along with some hot guitar and Hammond B-3. This is their first release long out of print and up until I picked it up missing from my collection. Thank you Amazon for finding for me. If you are fan of jazz/rock there is plenty to love here. Amazon has found many of their releases for me and they all are very good. Check this great group out.
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If caught my attention because of their use of woodwinds instead of brass. The sound is lighter and more upbeat and the words are more of a story than the usual 70s brass bands. If you've wanted more than the typical band music but found the brass too much, this will be the sound you've been looking for. The members backgrounds show through as each is an accomplished musician. Listen to them as they go through the range of emotion and sound.
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IF released this first album at the height of the "rock band with horns" short time period that saw Blood, Sweat and Tears & Chicago become well-known, but IF was a little funkier, did not use horns, only saxophones, and had a strong dynamic lead singer. Better known in the UK than the US. There were several songwriters in the band, so the music is diverse but it all plays with a real punch and solidity. I bought this album on vinyl when it came out, and had forgotten about it, but when I was browsing Amazon and it popped up, it elicited so many fond memories that I downloaded the mp3 version. If you like Blood Sweat and Tears with a little more solid funk, this is worth checking out.
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the item pictured here is a really fun old album that I knew from the seventies. the problem is I couldn't get it through amazon, because there are two albums by the same name (different artist & cover), and I kept getting the wrong one! three times! check track listing carefully if you want this album from 1970. the other has a noseless, mouthless teddy bear holding a large bee. I have no idea who or what that album is or sounds like. but I got 3 of them to return. this album is a bit eclectic at times, but if you like blood sweat and tears, or Chicago with a stronger lean toward jazz, you'll love this! JRT
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This is a wonderful album and I hope that we get the second, third and fourth albums in digital format. Beware, the track names are wrong - if you do not know the songs well enough, use the listing from the CD version to re-name the ones that are incorrect. So, five stars for the music but only four for the format.
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