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on 22 August 2001
This is the excellent debut album of the seven-piece band formed by Melody Maker poll winners Dick Morrissey (reeds) and Terry Smith (guitar). Great playing and writing blends jazz and rock synergistically, all carried along by J W Hodkinson's unique vocals. This album is a highly recommended starting point with IF - the All Music Guide's description is, for once very accurate. Enjoy it!
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on 4 February 2007
I saw Dick Morrisey several timess with Morrissey Mullen and theri series of unfortunate singers, my rationale why they were not much more successful, and I did see Dave Quincey once playing in Edinburgh with Iain Ballantines Semuta, however If are in a class of their own and was a band that should have lasted much longer, they only recorded a handful of albums but here is where they started.

The combination of Morrissey and Quincey, each on both played both Sax and Flute with Terry Smith's Guitar in well arranged track,which leave plenty of space for wonferful improvisation, is just stunning. If you missed If get this and you will want more. If Vol 2 is also brilliant!
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on 27 February 2010
Saw this band in 1970, fabulous then, and even better now in re mastered cd version. Just a great album!
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on 8 November 2006
Musically, the review for the earlier CD version of this album applies:

"This is the excellent debut album of the seven-piece band formed by Melody Maker poll winners Dick Morrissey (reeds) and Terry Smith (guitar). Great playing and writing blends jazz and rock synergistically, all carried along by J W Hodkinson's unique vocals. This album is a highly recommended starting point with IF - the All Music Guide's description is, for once very accurate. Enjoy it!"

This remastered CD brings a definite improvement in fidelity.
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on 9 June 2014
first time played the cd i throught after the first track,the rest were rubbish!! but play two or three times you begin to like "if". if you like jazz/rock,buy it its different!!!
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on 6 June 2013
I was pleased to find this recording after so many years, I seem to be buying all my vinyl on CD these days. If were an excellent band.
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on 8 July 2014
Great to hear this classic album again. I have it on vinyl but haven't listened to it for ages, due to the lack of a turntable.
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on 24 May 2015
great cd
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