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Artist: If Only

Title: No Bed of Roses

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If Only No Bed of Roses Album Cover If Only No Bed of Roses Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1992

Label: Long Island (Germany)

Catalog Number: LIR 00051


Greg Hart electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, mandolin
Tina Egan lead vocals on tracks 1-12 and 17
Judit Armstrong keyboards
Ian Edwards bass, keyboards
Nobby Styles lead and rhythm guitars
Andy Elphick drums, percussion
Jackie Bodimead lead vocals on tracks 13-16


1.  Loaded Gun  5:28   Listen
2.  Tumblin' Dice  4:51   Listen
3.  If Love Could Last Forever  4:37   Listen
4.  I'm No Angel  5:45   Listen
5.  No Bed of Roses  4:45   Listen
6.  Easy Lay  3:57   Listen
7.  Rock and a Hard Place  4:51   Listen
8.  Red Hot Heaven  4:50   Listen
9.  Ghost of You  4:01   Listen
10.  Forever My Love  4:34   Listen
11.  Long Way From Home  6:24   Listen
12.  Man Against the World  2:57   Listen
13.  All Over bonus track  3:54   Listen
14.  Stand Like a Stone bonus track  4:00   Listen
15.  Don't Let Go bonus track  4:00   Listen
16.  Shotdown bonus track  4:50   Listen
17.  Tight Jeans live bonus track  4:16   Listen
Total Running Time:  78:00

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Existing comments about this CD

From: cristian Date: August 4, 2001 at 0:55
this is a good rock album,and Tina's voice is great,just like Lee Aaron.Too bad that they have only one album

From: STEF the FRENCH Date: January 3, 2003 at 0:13

From: koogles Date: February 28, 2003 at 2:11
I defy you to find another female vocalist who has as rough and tumble a voice as Tina Egan. She sometimes sounds like Brian Johnson with breasts. Darby Mills lezzing out with Lee Aaron is the comparison I make for this CD. Not necessarily a winner, but definitely a gutsy performance. (I'd like to say 'ballsy', but that would be anatomically incorrect now, wouldn't it?)

From: Magnus Date: August 28, 2003 at 9:07
I really like this cd..Some of the tracks are great melodic hardrock/AOR with alot of sandi - style keyboards.Tina is a fantastic singer and I love her voice..A sure buy!!

From: Scandi Date: October 14, 2003 at 20:30
I agree, Koogles! I listened to this one today and can say the voice is more scratchy and rough than the Wilson twins' voices.

From: Scandi Date: October 14, 2003 at 20:32
Wilson SISTERS --They hardly could be twins, right?!?

From: Scandi Date: November 5, 2003 at 20:30
Wow... this one has power!! More than anything female I ever heard of!!

From: Ian Edwards Date: February 27, 2004 at 5:16
This is a remastered version of the original album with tracks 13 to 16 added as extras. The extra tracks were essentially demos with lead vocal by Jackie Bodimead who was the original singer before Tina and Judit joined. Also, some of the excellent lead guitar work was performed by Martin Chaisson. Both Jackie and Martin left the band when the album was nearly complete which meant a delay of quite a few months. Glad you like it.

From: GREG Date: October 3, 2004 at 17:57
Hi everyone! I am so glad that all the comments here are so positive! and that the band are so highly regarded even today! MANY THANKS -Greg Hart-(IF ONLY guitarist) 'Ian, get in touch..its been long enuff!'

From: David Date: October 3, 2004 at 18:34
How do these compare to Smashed Gladys???

From: Ardian Date: November 2, 2004 at 22:32
This album was originally recorded with Girlschool vocalist Jackie Bodimead, but she left the band before the album was released. Jackie was replaced by Tina Egan who also re-recorded the vocals for the album. Apparently, Tina had committed suicide sometimes in the 90's. Read about it here: http://www.outlawrecordings.net/ifonly.htm The original version of No Bed Of Roses has just been released under the title Destiny, with some bonus tracks: http://www.outlawrecordings.net/ifonly-cd.htm

From: Geoff Date: February 10, 2005 at 6:12
I'm a bit sad over this one. I prefer male vocalists, but also like a female vocalist with a nice womanly voice. Here I sometimes struggle to decide if the vocals are male or female. Usually I'd bin it and not care, but this CD is musical melodic hard rock heaven/perfection. 'If love could last forever' is just beautiful, 'I'm no angel' is killer, but honestly, does it get better than 'Ghost of you'?! My idea of the PERFECT melodic hard rock song. 100/100. Excellent CD, shame about the vocals

From: oliver Date: February 10, 2005 at 10:50
geoff, well said!! ghost of you is such a melodic killer track. i could listen to that one over and over. and the rest is also pretty fine. 8/10

From: z4roxx Date: February 10, 2005 at 11:19
Simply one of the best hard rock/aor releases with female vox,no fillers only killers!!!!10/10 surely!!!!!

From: JS-SUPERHERO Date: February 13, 2005 at 3:55
Excellent female fronted cd release. Tina Egan's vocals rock!!! Similiar to perhaps ALLISON, just great melodic rock!!! If you dig this cd, then you must get the IF ONLY-DESTINY cd with JACKIE BODIMEAD on lead vocals.

From: jessica96fish Date: March 11, 2005 at 10:18
had this one for awhile.and must say i like it.also try devay break down the walls.both are great albums.

From: judit Date: January 21, 2007 at 15:56
hi, judit armstrong here, now judit odijk again, live from amsterdam, greg! ian! andy! how are you all, so good you released this album with the original singer! congrats, please let me know how you are! love, judit

From: the rocker Date: May 7, 2007 at 13:03
good cd. vocals are a little like the singer from smashed gladys. this is more hard rock,where as smashed gladys is like sleaze.

From: Soo Date: July 27, 2009 at 10:50
Wow, Judit, how are you?

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 7, 2010 at 14:35
Loveeeeeeee it!!!..tracks 1 & 2 were not very enthusiathic 4 me but after that...amazing stuff!..comparissons come and go of course(Smashed Gladys,Saraya,Femme Fatale just whatever female- fronted band you wanna mention is acceptable)..tracks 3(excellent AOR,a highlight)5(highlight)6(great rock party song with good choruses)7(highlight)8 and 9 (the best in here) 10 (beautiful ballad)13,14(also the best)and 15 finishes the album with an excellent AOR track also a highlight and the AOR track along with #3 of the release..just a killer album..100/100

From: 123charpenay Date: July 8, 2011 at 9:34
OK with comments above.this record is simply one of the best female album of the rock history.thanx to long island in the middle 90 s to reissue this jewel with 4 fantastics bonus tracks,thanx to gregor klee(avenue of allies) to reissue one more time with one more live track(excellent).i am very sad to discover that tina was dead in 1999.hi tina ,your voice was beautiful,you were charismatic ,you gave lot of pleasure to fans of melodic rock.thanxxxxxxxxxx a lot.rest in peace.i don t know you i am only a french fan who loves what you have doing on this earth.

From: 123charpenay Date: April 26, 2016 at 12:59
maybe the best female fronted aor record ever!!!!!!!!exceptional!!!!!!

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