Wednesday, May 08, 2013

IF ONLY (Jackie Bodimead) - Destiny (1989-90)

Re-posted per request. Very good and hard to find disc.

Once described as 'one of the greatest unknown gems in UK's AOR scene', IF ONLY was the British answer to American female fronted bands in the genre like Vixen or Heart.
Formed from the ashes of superb rockers Moritz by guitarist Greg Hart and bass player Ian Edwards, the band released their official debut 'No Bed Of Roses' in 1992 - only in Japan - with its subsequent European edition two years after. The singer in this disc was the fiery Tina Egan which joined the band around '91.

But around 1989 / 90, IF ONLY recorded a complete take of these songs with original singer Jackie Bodimead who sang in Girlschool for a while. That version was finally released by a US indie label as "Destiny" in 2004, with the addition of 5 previously unreleased tracks plus two Live Radio Session cuts.
I largely prefer these earlier versions, as Bodimead is one of the best and most underrated female vocalists ever. Her tone, expression and charm fits perfectly to this Melodic Rock / AOR style. Also to note is the excellent lead guitar work by Martin Chaisson.
Both Jackie and Martin left the IF ONLY when this original take of the album was nearly completed. It was a devastating blow to the band when she quit at the eleventh hour. To be fair, Tina Egan was a quality replacement, but she was no Jackie Bodimead.

IF ONLY (Jackie Bodimead) - Destiny (1989-90) back cover
Alongside Greg Hart, Bodimead forged a songwriting partnership that should have gone far.
Just listen to the likes of "Rock And A Hard Place", the old Moritz song "Hearts On The Line", the AOR bliss of "Hearts On The Line", "If Love Could Last Forever" or the simply perfect "Ghost Of You".
It's almost unbelievable they didn't had their breakthrough in the USA back then, because the music was just so perfect classy '80s Melodic Rock / AOR.
Hard to find limited release, out of print.

01 - Destiny (prev. unreleased)
02 - Voices Of The Heart (prev. unreleased)
03 - Ain't Nobody (prev. unreleased)
04 - Hearts On The Line (prev. unreleased)
05 - Change Of Heart (prev. unreleased)
06 - Rock And A Hard Place
07 - Tumblin' Dice
08 - If Love Could Last Forever
09 - No Bed Of Roses
10 - Forever My Love
11 - Loaded Gun
12 - Ghost Of You
13 - Red Hot Heaven
14 - All Over
15 - Man Against The World
16 - All Over (Live Radio Session)
17 - Ghost Of You (Live Radio Session)

Jackie Bodimead : Vocals
Martin Chaisson : Guitars
Greg Hart : Guitars
Ian Edwards : Bass
Andy Stewarton : Keyboards
Andy Elphick : Drums

IF ONLY (Jackie Bodimead) - Destiny


Max said...

Big thanx Camelblue for reposting. This is absolute brilliant. So many awesome songs. I'm happy.

shadow-upper said...

Hello, do you know what is Jackie doing nowadays? And also, do you have any pictures of Tina Egan?
I heard Tina comited suicide in the mid 90's, that sucks... but anyway, I want to know what she looked like.

Camelblue said...

As far I know, Bodimead is retired from music business.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this!amazing songs! Jackie was one of the best female aor vocalists out there. Personally I think her stint with Girlschool produced the best album of their career. As for If Only, I have been seeing a cd for sale on ebay entitled No bed Of Roses, and it looks as if Tina handles most of the vocal duties but it includes some rare Jackie recordings as well apparently. I have seen it from multiple sellers so i don't know if its a legit release or bootleg but its worth looking into.

Camelblue said...

"No bed Of Roses" it's an official release (and a good one)

Rox said...

Hi Camel the link is not working anymore (appears very slowly but then after the 60 seconds run it doesnt start - surely deleted). can you please upload this again? thanks a lot in advance

Rox said...

Camel forget my previous message link works fine now! got it! cool