Before they recorded the version that eventually came out, IF
ONLY had recorded a complete take of the "No Bed Of Roses"
album with their original singer Jackie Bodimead (ex- Girlschool)
on vocals! That version is contained on this CD, along with demo
tracks and even a live BBC session! The story behind all of this
is on the CD booklet, so I don't want to give it all away here!
Here's a review from STRUTTER MAGAZINE in Holland:
IF ONLY ‘DESTINY’ (OUTLAW RECORDS)
It’s about 10 years ago since I reviewed the ‘No bed
of roses’ CD of the English band IF ONLY, which was released
on LONG ISLAND RECORDS. Now we are in the year 2004 and a new
CD of IF ONLY material has been released. I remember it very well
how amazing it sounded to me back when I heard it the first time.
Also this new CD of IF ONLY contains such high class Melodic Rock.
A bunch of songs already appeared on the ‘No bed of roses’
release, but all 17 songs on this CD are still unreleased, because
these are all original live, demo, BBC Sessions and LP versions
from 1989-1990 with the amazing JACKIE BODIMEAD on vocals instead
of Tina Egan who sang on the ‘No bed of roses’ CD.
The first 5 songs of ‘Destiny’ can not even be found
in a re-recorded version on the IF ONLY CD ‘No bed of roses’,
so this is definitely a very interesting release. It’s also
a good introduction to this amazing band, which never got big
back in the late 80s/early 90s, although their music was of a
very high level.
Their material was even better at times than similar bands such
as VIXEN, WITNESS and HEART. The band featured the superb female
lead singer JACKIE BODIMEAD, who sang in GIRLSCHOOL for a while.
Her voice belongs to one of the best in Female Fronted Rock history
(!!!) and the 17 songs on this CD showcase once more how sensational
IF ONLY sounded some 15 years ago. It’s almost unbelievable
they didn’t had their breakthrough in the USA back then,
because the music was just so perfect classy 80s AOR/Melodic Rock.
Songs like “Destiny”, “Voices of the heart”,
“Hearts on the line” and “Change of heart”
are instant AOR Classics, all taken from 1989/1990 demos, while
the rest is slightly heavier Melodic Rock in the big time VIXEN/LAOS
style, with such fantastic songs like “Ghost of you”,
“Rock and a hard place”, “All over” and
“Forever my love” (much better than the STEVE THOMSON
version), all taken from the original LP version.
While listening to this CD, it becomes clear that this IF ONLY
proves once again how many unknown high quality bands were out
there back in the 1980s. It’s a good thing to see this material
being released on CD, because it truly deserves to be heard by
many more people than the few who bought the LONG ISLAND RECORDS
CD from a decade ago. Let’s hope this amazing band will
also reform sometime in the near future, because the talents of
singer JACKIE BODIMEAD, guitarist Martin Chaisson (ex-UFO) and
former MORITZ members Ian Edwards (bass), Greg Hart (guitars/songwriter),
Andy Stewarton (keyboards) and Andy Elphick (drums) combined showed
an amazing band called IF ONLY, which is highly recommended to
basically any AOR/Melodic Rockfan! And do not compare this release
to the LONG ISLAND released CD, because on this CD we can hear
the amazing JACKIE BODIMEAD, which is definitely sounding a lot
(Points: 9.1 out of 10)
And here's another review, this one from POWERPLAY mag in the
First up in our female fronted frenzy of femme fatales is - If
that's right, I did say If Only. Those long lost British AOR-sters
subject of a curious reissue from Outlaw Records. Their, one and
album - "No Bed Of Roses", was released by Long Island
Records, in the
nineties. That version featured, the now sadly deceased, Tina
vocals. Before Tina, however, the band featured the vocal talents
delectable ex-Girlschool chanteuse Jackie Bodimead, and it's this
that is the subject of this reissue. Formed from the ashes of
Moritz by Greg
Hart, If Only started life in the late eighties. This reissue
of the work that Jackie recorded with the band, including her
version of the
"No Bed Of Roses" album. I always thought that Jackie
was a phenominal
talent. Her solitary album with Girlschool and her solo album
Believe In Love" are superb examples of a vocalist in her
And this, If Only, album is no exception. Just listen to the
likes of "Rock And A Hard Place", the old Moritz song
"Hearts On The Line" and "If Love Could Last
Forever" to see what I mean. Alongside Greg Hart, she forged
partnership that should have gone far. It was a devastating blow
to the band
when she quit at the eleventh hour. To be fair, Tina Egan was
replacement, but she was no Jackie Bodimead. You can buy copies
excellent "Destiny", complete with liner notes from
Greg Hart, from Outlaw
Records at www.outlawrecordings.net
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