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Once Around the World [CD]

It Bites Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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 (21 Mar 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000007U5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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VIR 2456 CDV FC; VIRGIN - Italia;

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best album by this band EVER !!!!! 24 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 masterpeice. I bought this album on it's 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's excellent guitarmanship. Have a listen, I'm sure you'll be hooked too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece from the 1980's! 4 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Following on from the success of "Calling all the Heroes" It Bites went into the studio and produced this masterpiece and were duely rewarded by being ignored by the general public forevermore. It's incomprehensible that this album should be overlooked. At it's heart it's 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 sunch as "Plastic Dreamer" about a boy locked inside a toyshop overnight as all the toys come to life. Finally there's the 14 minute track, a true classic that is based around a day at the races (yes I know that's 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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the 80's 11 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing this band live in a tiny venue on their first ever tour. I was hooked, so by the time 'Once around the world' came out, their second album, I was embracing everything they were doing. This is their best album and one of the best prog rock albums of the decade. The production is bright and crisp, the songwriting thoughtful and conceptual. It Bites were always brilliant musicians, and this is very apparent on 'OATW' Check out the guitar work on 'Midnight' and 'Yellow Christian' The title track is a conceptual masterpiece which if you like lengthy tracks that keep changing pace and mood and tell a story, then you'll love it. I grew up with prog rock all around me, and to hear bands like It Bites and Marillion carry on the brilliant traditions into the 80's and beyond made me a happy man! Buy this! You wont be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quite exceptional band 26 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took Mike Wedgwood of Curved Air/Caravan fame to see this lot at the Hammersmith Odeon on one of his trips back from the USA. Mike thought they were just stunning. They were. No weak links live or on record.
Everybody raves about Francis Dunnery's guitar and they are right. The rest, especially the drummer, are beyond belief. 9/8, 13/8 timings, anyone?
Some of the material on this CD does drag a little, otherwise five stars. When you think that the Doves, Babyshambles, Embrace, The Strokes and all these other musical vacuums had It Bites to use as a background, it shows how sad it has all become.
Highlights are Yellow Christian, Kiss Like Judas and Once around the World. Francis' fave track is Old Man and the Angel, which is only about 40 times better than anything by Franz F or the Kaiser Chiefs, but not quite the It Bites 5 Star Standard.
Incredibly underated and incredibly good. Genesis meets Steely Dan meeets Judie Tzuke meets Yes meets It Bites meets Pat Metheny meets Steve Hillage (glissando city!). Odd, but strangely satisfying .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome 24 Dec 2008
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If I was stranded on a desert island with nothing else but this CD, and something to play it on of course, I would quite happily spend the rest of my days listening to an album, (probably the only one ever) with not one duff song on it. It is incredible to me, even 20 years later, how fresh the songs still sound. Dunnery's guitar is melodic yet provides awesome rock rhythm (Rose Marie, Black December). The rhythm section is flawless, and Beck's keyboards sparkle. The lyrics are thoughtful and witty and the harmonies are tight. I don't think we'll ever really know why It Bites split up when they looked like they were really going places. If you are a rock fan this is one album you must own. Like I said - Simply Awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitten! 28 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
It Bites were, in retrospect, a band around at the wrong time. It's not as if they didn't have a fair crack at the whip; Virgin spent a LOT of money trying to promote them, but the PWL-loving public of the late '80s were obviously a bit befuddled and wanted something more easily accessible.

"Once Around the World" is a unique album; none of prog's "time signature merchants", from King Crimson to Tool to Muse, have ever come up with something so completely distinctive as this in the studio. OK, admittedly most of Steve Hillage-produced side 1 is pop-influenced; but these were the days in which singles had to be sold...

Every track is a gem in its way, but the stand-outs are surely "Yellow Christian", "Old Man and the Angel" (horribly butchered to make a 4-minute single), and the title track. All three are utterly exhilirating, and utterly different to anything you've ever heard by anyone else. Ever, and evermore.

People talk about the album as a "last hurrah for prog"; it's that, but it's a lot more besides. It's the last time that a (perhaps commercially naive) expression of pure musical ability, divorced from the demands of teen cool, was given free rein by a major music label.

It Bites were a very noteworthy band hampered by internal in-fighting and a terrible group name. "The Big Lad in the Windmill" and "Eat Me In St Louis" were interesting, but nowhere near as good as "Once Around the World, which really is a very, very special album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting follow up to 'The Big Lad...'
It Bites' 2nd album (1988) sees the band becoming more adventurous and entering the progressive/rock phase of their career, although there is still a fairly high % of 'pop... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 80's Prog
Firstly, lets say this IS prog. Even though it's 1980's to the core. But it's great. A mixture of short rock/pop songs, & 2 long songs. It Bites musically can not be faulted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt H
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this!
I finally got around to ordering a copy of this after years of waiting. Absolutely love it and forgot how much I did.
Published 5 months ago by K. Chistopher
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this???
Back in 1988 when this album came out, I was listening to the likes of Marillion, Genesis and Yes. To me, It Bites were that one hit wonder pop group that did 'Calling all The... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Stotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Around the World
Although over 20yrs old this album still stands out as a "prog rock" masterpiece. I bought the album in the 80's & was lucky enough to see them play live & they blew me away with... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by Burnsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Yes indeed, "Genius" is a word rarely thrown at popular beat combo's, but this opus from a tragically under-acclaimed group is just that. Marvellous.
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by D. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem
One reviewer here asks why the band split up. In all likelihood, it was because Virgin didn't know what to do with them, they didn't really know what they wanted to be, and most of... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2008 by GoonMoon
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bites
It Bites only produced three original albums of which 'Once Around the World' was the middle one. The first album promised great things and this second album delivered although the... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2006 by N. Mason
2.0 out of 5 stars It Bites - It's Disappointing
I purchased this album because I am a fan of Kino, a band in which John Beck is currently playing and the fact that it was recently announced that It Bites were reforming with John... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2006 by Andy H
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
A little known or recognised band from Carlisle of all places. If you have ever thought of buying an album just for the hell of it, this is the one. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2004
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