in MINT condition.
It Bites – Once Around The World
Label: Virgin – TCV2456
Format: tape Cassette , Album, Stereo
Rock, Pop Rock , Prog Rock
A1 Midnight 4:05
A2 Kiss Like Judas 4:09
A3 Yellow Christian 6:29
A4 Rose Marie 3:34
A5 Black December 3:51
B1 Old Man And The Angel 3:59 [The UK vinyl release had the shortened version of this track]
B2 Hunting The Whale 4:47
B3 Plastic Dreamer 3:53
B4 Once Around The World 14:48
Running time 56:38
Once Around the World is the second album by British progressive pop/rock band It Bites.
Released in 1988, Once Around the World was recorded at Manor Hill Studios in Oxfordshire. The first five of the album nine tracks (on vinyl or cassette, the first side of the album) were produced by Steve Hillage and mostly feature the more single-driven pop approach preferred by the band label, Virgin Records. One of these tracks, “”Black December””, was a re-recorded single b-side. The remaining tracks (including the almost fifteen minute title track, the band longest composition) were produced by It Bites with Mark Wallis and showcase their progressive rock influences.
The album produced three singles (“”Kiss Like Judas””, “”Midnight”” and a drastic edit of “”Old Man and the Angel””) and saw the band embark on a tour of the UK, US and Japan.
Rose Marie, song from It Bites’ album Once Around The World:
Francis Dunnery – guitars, vocals
John Beck – keyboards, backing & harmony vocals
Dick Nolan – bass guitar, backing vocals
Bob Dalton – drums, backing vocals
Charts Peak position:
UK Albums Chart 43
Well, what can I say. It starts with a bang and goes on to surprise with every track, especially the 14 minute long title track Once Around the World. A musical masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece from the 1980!,
Following on from the success of “”Calling all the Heroes”” It Bites went into the studio and produced this masterpiece and were duly rewarded by being ignored by the general public for-evermore. It incomprehensible that this album should be overlooked. At it heart it prog rock fused with pop melodies so tuneful and catchy that you just don’t notice the supreme musicianship that is displayed by the whole band. Tracks such as “”Yellow Christian”” and “”Old man and the Angel”” have time signatures that would confuse Stephen Hawking but again once you hear the melodies and “”Angelic”” harmonies you’ll be humming them for weeks. Great little stories are found such as “”Plastic Dreamer”” about a boy locked inside a toy shop overnight as all the toys come to life. Finally there the 14 minute track, a true classic that is based around a day at the races (yes I know that a Queen album title) and is brilliant from start to end (“”Willy Carson done for arson for burning up the track!) it reminds me a little of Battle of Epping Forest by Genesis with all these characters introduced, but above all the playing is never short of sensational. I think It Bites were marketed too much as a Duran Duran pretty boy band when in fact their music was far more adventurous for the average girly teenager, which is a pity as they never received the recognition they deserved. Buy this album and feel very guilty!
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best album by this band EVER !!!!!
Well, what can I say. It starts with a bang and goes on to surprise with every track, especially the 14 minute long title track Once Around the World. A musical masterpiece. I bought this album on it original release about a decade ago and played it to death, literally (it was on tape and got mangled). God knows why this band split up, heaven knows I wish I knew ! I am sure they could have had a lot more success than they did, especially with Francis Dunnery excellent guitar. Have a listen, I’m sure you’ll be hooked too.