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Map Of The Past [Double CD]

It Bites Audio CD
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Cross your heart: we’ve seen quite a few reunions which weren’t really necessary and tend to jeopardise the myth of a formerly great band rather than rekindle it. In the case of It Bites, however, the situation is entirely different. In their comeback album, The Tall Ships, the British prog rock act surrounding drummer Bob Dalton and keyboardist John Beck, who released three ... Read more in Amazon's It Bites Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0076I8O20
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Man In The Photograph - 03:46
2. Wallflower - 04:50
3. Map Of The Past - 04:37
4. Clocks - 05:44
5. Flag - 04:36
6. The Big Machine - 05:19
7. Cartoon Graveyard - 05:03
8. Send No Flowers - 04:15
9. Meadow And The Stream - 06:42
10. The Last Escape - 06:06
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Midnight (live) - 05:34
2. Bullet In The Barrel (live) - 04:43
3. Kiss Like Judas (live) - 06:32
4. Once Around The World (live) - 20:25
5. This Is England (live) - 15:49
6. All In Red (live) - 03:57

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Heroes...!!! 17 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It Bites...the enigmatic band from the Eighties,who should have conquered all..but fell at the first hurdle...well they are back...and after 2008s "The Tall Ships",are back with a big...big..Concept album MOTP.Early Genesis,Marillion,Todd Rundgren...its all in the mix somewhere...but with The added bonus of John Mitchell(ex Kino)to cement it all together with his immaculate vocals and guitar.This is a fantastic effort from John Beck and Co,songs of such quality and beauty,that any decent Prog loving person should have in their collection.Stand out tracks "Flag" and "The Big Machine" will bring back memories of "Once Around The World"...Classic stuff..!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect 11 Aug 2012
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I have to admit I am a big fan of this band and have been ever since I stumbled across "calling all the heroes" which was a minor hit in the 80s. When they reformed and released "The Tall Ships" in 2008 I have to say I was initially sceptical, but was completely won over by new front man John Mitchell and, with John Beck and Bob Dalton the band produced an absolute cracker. "Map of the Past" is a bit more John Mitchell than The Tall Ships, though Mr Beck's Proggy keyboard flourishes are stunning and he ensures that this album still captures the essence of It Bites. The musicianship is - as always - stunning, the songwriting brilliant. A labour of love I think. The world is a better place because of this band. There are too many five star reviews on Amazon but this one deserves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That Mitchell and Beck Sound 8 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
The second album from the reinvigorated It Bites is not as immediate as its predecessor, the brilliant Tall Ships, but repeated plays really show this as an album of rare brilliance. The haunting opening of Man in the Photograph segues into the punchy Wallflower with some keyboard acrobatics from Beck underpinned with solid bass and guitar. Map of the Past is the band in Bombastic overload with its big chorus and chunky riffs. Mitchells Guitar truly soars here. It also contains the best lyric of the album "what seperates from Chimpanzees is finite sense of Dignity". Clocks is the big ballad of the album with its swaying rhythm and beautifully understated musicianship from the entire band. Mitchells vocal style suits this type of song like a velvet glove. Flag is old school it bites, poppy, bright keyboards and singalong chorus ensure this is going to be a live favourite. A change of pace with Big Machine, a Progtastic little gem allowing beck and , in particular, Bob Dalton to shine. Theres also a trademark Mitchell piece of Guitar genius thrown in for good measure. Cartoon Graveyard fizzes and tumbles, briefly shakes hand with Genesis, and runs into Send No Flowers which limps along like a wounded animal and should have been put out of its misery on the cutting room floor.Standout track, Meadow and the Stream, is beautiful,chilling and nigh on perfect. We end with the emotional, heartbreaking Last Escape with one of those wonderfully stirring Mitchell solos and a final acoustic farewell. The whole album is held together by Daltons' superb drumming and Pomeroys understated bass. Just missing out on album of the year so far due to freak genius and clockwork angels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Follow Up! 30 Jun 2012
By D READ
Format:Audio CD
Yet another Magic CD from "It Bites", this is really UK Prog Rock of the highest order, I recently watched them play the whole "MOTP" on their last mini tour at the Robin 2 Bilston, they where fantastic.

Do yourself a favour.....Go purchase the CD, you will love it !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD - Another It Bites Classic!!! 3 May 2012
By Koch
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From finish to start this cd is Sheer Class!!. This band go from strength to strength. Enjoyed this album very much.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably their best! 29 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album surpasses all expectations. If you thrilled to the Tall Ships - those unforgettable tunes, John Beck's flamboyant keyboards, the layered vocals and that spine tingling guitar at the end of The Wind that Shakes the Barley - then you're going to LOVE this. It's gloriously bombastic, completely over the top and unashamedly outrageous.

Map of the Past has a BIG sound; it's a complete assault on the senses. Of course, all the much-loved It Bites touches are present: that lightening fast guitar, impossible Old Man and the Angel rhythms and those goosebump melodies that both Frank and now John Mitchell just seem to pull so effortlessly out of the ether.

Favourite tracks: the incredible Flag - a John Beck composition that's classic It Bites with a catchy little hook at the beginning. Cartoon Graveyard, brilliant tune, fast guitar and great singalong chorus that will be yelled to the rafters at IB gigs for years to come. Meadow and the Stream, a touch of Genesis with a clever, slightly Oedipal lyric that shows Mr Mitchell has really mined the human psyche for this album.

In fact the entire album, though recognisable as IB, takes the band out to much deeper waters than we're used to. No bad thing. Don't be put off by that: the title track and the exquisite and touching The Last Escape are immediately accessible. If you liked the work John Mitchell's did for Frost*, you'll love the intense and brooding The Big Machine with a Beck keyboard and Mitchell guitar frenzy that will blow your speakers.

I've listened to this album solidly for four days and each time I hear something new. Luckily it hasn't got any of those toe-curling moments that plagued some of the Dunnery-era tunes such as that bizarre baby crying at the end of Plastic Dreamer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
Fantastic follow up to " The Tall Ships." Missed the tour and eager to catch the Mark 2 It Bites. Songs are sonically rich and well produced. No duds here. Read more
Published 15 days ago by gilberto-frog
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly brilliant
The Tall Ships album was a difficult act to follow. The good bits on this new album are very very good. Just not quite as many of them as last album. Still a must have for IB fans.
Published 4 months ago by RossTheBoss
3.0 out of 5 stars close but no cigar
I liked it, but nowhere near as much as the old school It Bites. Fantastic theme and great imagery, but not the same level of instant connection.
Published 8 months ago by K. Chistopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Second Comeback Record
I was very much looking forward to the IB reunion but had a nagging doubt that the group would come up with anything as joyous as the records they released during their heyday. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vince Hurley
3.0 out of 5 stars Conceptovision
Inevitable that these prog rockers would produce a concept album, and equally certain that the concept would end up being obscured after the first couple of songs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rampton uk
3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg
Feels rather formulaic in parts. Listening to The Big Machine I suddenly thought I was listening to The Tall Ships off the last album, key, chord progressions, sounds - all very... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. Lamont Abrams
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album
it Bites are a band that my dad loved when he was a boy, with francis dunnery on vocals and the all star line up as the rest of the band. Things have changed since then. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tomz
4.0 out of 5 stars Map Of The Past - Quality Album - New Prog
It Bites latest album is a quality product, the production is sublime and the music is complex yet instantly familiar and not too challenging. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zippygolucky
4.0 out of 5 stars Jury Is Still Out
Now - I love the musical work of John Mitchell - his work with The Urbane and, especially with Arena, have been brilliant - so why has this brilliance not surfaced on this lastest... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. M. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Another move in the right direction
Loved John Mitchell's work with Arena, which prompted me to purchase The Tall Ships, which I liked but was not mad keen on John's vocals to be honest. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Keith Cummings
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