Black Rose ‎– If I Could Only Be With You

ZYX Music ‎– ZYX 8422-8
CD, Maxi-Single

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Publisher: B. Mikulski Publ./SFR-Music
Mixed at Alamode Studio's (RE) Italy

© 1996 Expanded
℗ 1996 ZYX-Music
Made in Germany
Disc: ZYX Mastering

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  • Barcode: 0 90204 53112 7
  • Matrix / Runout: ZYX 8422-8
  • Label Code: LC 6350
  • Rights Society: BIEM GEMA
  • ASIN: B000006TZZ

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July 17, 2013
edited about 1 year ago

Totaly agree here! at the time (no internet back then) i called ZYX and they told me this was only available on vinyl.....after locating the cd after a 2 month of searching.....i was told it did get a CD release but deleted from catalogue within 2 weeks!! (again).... anyhow' i loaded this into my player back in the mid 90's and it wasn't what i expected after the other release "Melody"... i forwarded each one until i hit the one that sound half decent "Alternative Mix" why this wasn't the main version or at least a "Radio edit" who knows but i agree why the Nu Disco mix what were they thinking? i noticed this on quite a few euro release discotized mixes....
even the other mixes are way off the "Euro Mix"?? seems somewhat forced produced and do sound messy and the lack of bass common on ZYX again... doesn't help this CD as its very over bright too and scratchy the "Rose Mix" however i am not sure what they were trying to do with it doesn't do anything' but like many cheesy euro tracks they either got bored or just had no idea what direction to go in by 1996 when euro was fading away.


April 1, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

As the previous review mentioned, this is quite the cheese ball, but oh what a good, perfectly-aged cheese ball! That is, if you draw all of your attention on the fifth track, the Alternative Mix. This mix is pretty much on the same vein as Black Rose's previous track, "Melody", and masterfully re-uses the elements of Eurodance and Italodance that made their previous track popular. The whole release seems to have been ignored though -- maybe because it was meant to be part of the Nu-Disco movement that was popular sometime in 1996 (and which consequently faded two weeks later) what with the first three tracks, meant to completely set off Eurodance lovers. Yes, even the Euro Mix is Disco, strangely (and buggy and distorted on my version, maybe some recording errors?).

I personally think of the mix of Italodance vocal elements with Disco to be a very teeth-grinding one, and usually overlook most tracks being part of this movement. You might feel like doing the same with the first three tracks, and head directly to the second half of this release, which contains all the goodies -- The Alternative Mix (which should have been the main feature on this release) and its chant edit, the Rose Mix. The Over Home Mix is also not that bad if you like your cheese a little less old. But in overall, there is no question as to why Black Rose didn't succeed in piercing the international market with this release. Badly done (the release lacks bass, but this is a typical ZYX mistake), badly recorded on some tracks, and bad repartition of the genres. However, it still gets 5/5 for me because of how awesome is the Alternative Mix, and is, despite the above bashing, an excellent Italodance collector's item.


October 22, 2001
edited over 17 years ago

This is quite a German cheezeball! Complete with German accent on the vocals and everything!