Europe 72 is a live album by progressive jazz rock group If.
It was recorded live in concert and in front of a small audience in a studio in 1972.
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Songs On If Europe 72
1. Waterfall – 4:38 (originally from the studio album If4/Waterfall)
2. The Light Still Shines – 5:00 (If4/Waterfall)
3. Sector 17 – 8:06 (If4/Waterfall)
4. Throw Myself To The Wind – 4:02 (If4/Waterfall)
5. I Couldn’t Write And Tell You – 9:46 (If2)
6. Your City Is Falling – 5:47 (If2)
7. What Did I Say About The Box Jack? – 20:21 (If)
If went through a lot of changes of personnel with only Dick Morrissey staying throughout the 1969 to 1975 period when they were active. Playing on this album are:
J. W. Hodkinson – Vocals
Terry Smith – Guitar
John Mealing – Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Quincy – Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Dick Morrissey – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute
Jim Richardson – Bass
Dennis Eliott – Drums
If you’ve read much on this website, you’ll know that I love the contrast between guitars and saxophones or flutes so this album suits me very well. It’s very smooth sounding without the harshness that brass instruments can add. The singing is pleasant without being remarkable but that’s common to the less well known prog rock bands of the early 1970s. The quality of instrument playing is high and that’s particularly to the fore in the 20 minute mainly instrumental What Did I Say About The Box Jack?
If are one of the less well known gems of the period and deserve to be remembered and treasured.
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