IF YOU THOUGHT the making of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was fraught with difficulty then spare a thought for British melodic rockers If Only. Their trials and tribulations may not have been on the same widescreen international scale as the Mac, but the amount of frustration, angst and disappointment was probably even more crushing. Here was a band with all the promise of a bright career ahead of them that was continuously derailed, mostly through no fault of their own, unable to capitalise on their rising star status. Formed in 1988 and driven by guitarist and talented songwriter Greg Hart (who later went on to form Cats In Space), the band was fronted by singer Jackie Bodimead who had built up a solid reputation as a member of both Girlschool and Rock Goddess, two of the most successful and well known of the all female British hard rock bands. Jackie’s voice lent the material a world class sheen that quickly attracted industry attention, led by former Yes and then Asia keyboard player Geoff Downes who signed them to his boutique label and set about producing their debut album. However, nearing completion, Jackie decided to leave the band. Fortunately a saviour was at hand in the form of Tina Egan who stepped into Jackie’s shoes, recording new vocals and giving the project fresh life. Sadly however, the musical times had changed by then, with the likes of Nirvana forging a rough and raw sound, leaving the melodic delicacies of If Only stranded and killing all hope of scoring a meaningful release. Time, however, has done nothing but enhance the band’s music and here we present tracks from both vocalists, confirming that this record, with either singer, is indeed a buried treasure.
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TRACK LISTING: 1.LOADED GUN 2. TUMBLIN’ DICE 3. IF LOVE COULD LAST FOREVER 4. I’M NO ANGEL 5. NO BED OF ROSES 6. EASY LAY 7. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE 8. RED HOT HEAVEN 9. GHOST OF YOU 10. FOREVER MY LOVE 11. LONG WAY FROM HOME 12. MAN AGAINST THE WORLD 13. ALL OVER 14. STAND LIKE A STONE 15. DON’T LET GO 16. SHOTDOWN 17. TIGHT JEANS