Double Diamond (album)

Double Diamond is the sixth album by British jazz-rock group If and the second to be issued in the U.S. on the Metromedia Records label. With only Dick Morrissey left from the original band, the new line-up featured Fi Trench (keyboards) and Pete Arnesen (keyboards), Steve Rosenthal (guitar/lead vocals), Kurt Palomaki (bass) and Cliff Davies (drums). It was recorded at The Manor recording studios shortly after Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, and released in 1973.

Double Diamond
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1973
RecordedThe Manor Studios
GenreJazz rock
Progressive rock
Length41:25
LabelBrain
Metromedia
ProducerLew Futterman
If chronology
Waterfall
(1973)
Double Diamond
(1973)
Not Just Another Bunch of Pretty Faces
(1974)

In that same year, following the success of the group in Germany, as part of the This is ... series, Brain Records (a division of Metronome) brought out a vinyl LP version of Double Diamond for distribution in Germany only, changing the title to This Is If. The track listing is identical in both cases.

The original cover design, and possibly the title, is a reference to the beer brand of the same name.

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Play, Play, Play" (D. Morrissey, K. Palomaki) – 3:45
  2. "Pebbles on the Beach" (D. Morrissey, B. Morrissey) – 4:34
  3. "Pick Me Up (And Put Me Back on the Road)" (Davies) – 5:03
  4. "Another Time Around (Is Not for Me)" (Davies) – 6:57

Side twoEdit

  1. "Groupie Blue (Every Day She's Got the Blues)" (D. Morrissey, T. Preston) – 4:09
  2. "Fly, Fly, The Route, Shoot" (Palomaki) – 4:27
  3. "Feel Thing Part 1" (Arnesen) – 4:18
  4. "Feel Thing Part 2" (Arnesen) – 4:54
  5. "Feel Thing Part 3" (Arnesen) – 3:18

PersonnelEdit

  • Dick Morrissey - tenor and alto saxophones, lead and backing vocals, flute
  • Steve Rosenthal - guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • Pete Arnesen - piano, backing vocals, organ, synthesizer
  • Fi Trench - piano, backing vocals
  • Kurt Palomaki - bass, backing vocals
  • Cliff Davies - drums, backing vocals, percussion

External linksEdit

  • "allmusic (Double Diamond > Overview )". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  • "IF (6) - Double Diamond (LP) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.