Tea Break Over–Back on Your 'Eads!
|Tea Break Over–Back on Your 'Eads!|
|Studio album by If|
|Recorded||July & August 1974 at Pyramid Sounds. Mixed at The Hit Factory.|
|Label||Capitol Records (US)
|Producer||Jon Child, Cliff Davies, Lew Futterman|
Tea Break Over–Back on Your 'Eads!, released in 1975, was the eighth and final studio album by British jazz-rock band If. It was followed in 1995 by a compilation CD covering tracks from the first three LPs featuring the band's previous line-up.
The album reflects the band's more rock-influenced style, perfectly balanced with Dick Morrissey's harsher hard bop/bebop sax playing. The title track "Tea Break", referring to the hardships of being "on the road", is the punch line to an old musicians' joke and contains a tribute to Charlie Parker in the lyrics ("The Bird was the man to be heard" and "The music was the word") as well as in a swirling bebop tenor solo. The "Ballad of the Yessirom Kid", a tribute by the band to Dick Morrissey, finishes with a roaring bebop tenor solo. "Song for Alison" features the flute more than holding its own with a rock accompaniment. The song "Don Quixote" opens with an extensive acoustic Spanish guitar solo by Whitehorn.
(LP version - the CD re-release varies the order slightly)
- "Merlin the Magic Man" (Davies) – 5:05
- "I Had a Friend" (Davies) – 4:30
- "Tea Break Over, Back on Your 'Eads" (Whitehorn, Davies, Monaghan) – 6:05
- "Ballad of the Yessirrom Kid" (Davies) – 5:20
- "Raw Sewage" (Davies) – 6:13
- "Song for Alison" (Morrissey) – 3:55
- "Don Quixote's Masquerade" (Davies) – 7:50
- Dick Morrissey - saxophones, flute
- Geoff Whitehorn - electrics and acoustic guitars, vocals
- Gabriel Magno – organ, piano
- Walt Monaghan – bass, vocals
- Cliff Davies – drums, vocals, synthesiser
- Carlos Martinez – percussion
- "IF (6) - Tea-Break Over-Back On Your 'Eads! (LP) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-10-28.