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When In Rome – The Promise (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 31st, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1988

A. Sticker

B. Side A

“The Promise” is a song by British New Wave/pop band When in Rome from their self-titled debut album.

The song made the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988 and is the band’s biggest commercial hit. “The Promise” was also featured in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite.

William Cooper of Allmusic spoke of the song in a review of the When in Rome album, stating “The 1988 hit “The Promise” was essentially a carbon copy of New Order’s radio-friendly dance-rock. Dark yet catchy, boasting a throbbing dance rhythm, a singalong chorus, and a hypnotic melody, “The Promise” certainly deserved the success.

Cooper also highlighted “The Promise” as a standout on the album by labeling it an AMG Pick Track.

On January 22, 1989, a review of the album was published in the daily issue of the Daily Union. The review mentioned the song, stating “The Promise,” a hit in Great Britain, is typical. Starting with a piano that picks out the melody, the song throbs along electronically with clear harmonies of Mann and Farrington piercing through the catchy melody.”

“The Promise” was initially released as a 12″ single and reached the top of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. After the release of the group’s self-titled debut album, the song was re-released and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the single was unsuccessful in the band’s native Britain, reaching number 58.

SIDE A:
The Promise (O.N. Mix) 6:25
Engineer – Teri Reed
Engineer [Assistant] – David Anderson
Producer [Additional], Remix – Michael H. Brauer

The Promise (O.N. Dub) 3:45
Engineer – Teri Reed
Engineer [Assistant] – David Anderson
Producer [Additional], Remix – Michael H. Brauer

SIDE B:
The Promise (Coliseum Mix) 6:26
Engineer – Bob Brockman*
Producer [Additional], Remix – Freddy Bastone

The Promise (Vatican Dub) 4:49
Engineer – Bob Brockman*
Producer [Additional], Remix – Freddy Bastone

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1988 The Promise U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #11
1988 The Promise U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1
1988 The Promise U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #19

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin Records America, Inc. ‎– 0-96662
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Ben Rogan
Written-By – Andrew MannClive FarringtonMike Floreale*

NOTES:
Mastered at Future Disk.
Side-A additionally produced and remixed for M.H.B. Productions.
Side-B additionally produced and remixed for Basstone Limited.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

C. Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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30 Responses to “When In Rome – The Promise (US 12″)”

  1. Chris Daniel Says:

    Great choice DJPaulT. I featured this track not long ago myself on my blog, with the “O.N. Mix” being the preferred version by this 80’s Man! Keep up the good work my friend 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Chris I actually prefer the Coliseum Mix myself 🙂

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  2. Fabio Says:

    Great song, fantastic. Congratulations!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Fabio 🙂

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  3. Drake Says:

    Thanks!
    I love this music , i have the coliseum mix in a cd of so80s collections , but was searching a quality rip of O.M. Mix and the dubs versions!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake 🙂

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  4. Sergio Says:

    One of my favorite 12″ singles!
    Thanks a lot Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sergio 🙂

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  5. racleao Says:

    That’s another of my 80’s favourite. Thanks, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Racleao 🙂

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    “The review mentioned the song, stating “The Promise,” a hit in Great Britain, is typical.”

    I beg to differ – this band are virtually unknown in the UK. This is the first I’d heard of them. 😀 I think this track didn’t actually chart over here.

    To my fresh ears this sounds more like OMD than New Order. Or actually… I’d even go as far to say they sound like Seona Dancing (Ricky Gervais’s band from the 80s). 😀 Not bad!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Aside from the US the single also charted in the following countries

    Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo) #30
    Swedish Singles Chart #7
    UK Singles Chart #58

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  7. Djamora Says:

    This hit and one of my favorites.

    thank you

    You still owe me this a repost of Cerrone, not forgotten. rrssssss!

    hugs

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Djamora.

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  8. ric Says:

    When In Rome make Great Synthpop, have released (and re-released) four singles in the UK but only one charted. Like Breathe and Scarlett & Black, they ended up being bigger everywhere else except in their homeland.
    I thought their album to be catchy, and The Promise definitely the best of them all!
    Thanks for your rip, Paul. A treasured add for my collection, and that’s a Promise!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I love listening to the album every now and then great synthpop indeed.

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    ric Reply:

    Always got a soft spot for Wide Wide Sea

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  9. Mike Says:

    oh yes, this is perfect!

    Impressive, DJ Paul! ;)…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mike 🙂

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  10. omar Says:

    Blissful. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  11. simsalabim Says:

    Great choice, your blog is always a great visit!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Simsalabim!

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  12. woz Says:

    After all this time has passed, I think this is one of the top singles of the 80s. Their other song, Heaven Knows, is pretty darn good too.

    Thanks for the post!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz. I agree one of my top 80’s favorites and one of the best from the decade 🙂

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  13. Goodguy Says:

    One of the best synthpop songs ever; certainly top five. Just perfection.

    It makes it all the more sad what became of the band. 🙁

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Goodguy!

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  14. Grebo Says:

    Wow, this song has aged AMAZINGLY well. Ranks up there with some of New Order’s output, I reckon. Thanks again 🙂

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  15. Nilson Franco Says:

    Hy, DjPaulT…

    This is very and Beauty work posted in your blog…

    I like 80 and 90’s poprock bands. I will like to download this files… But I can’t…

    What is username in dialogbox? Confirm the password… burningtheground correct?

    I’ll wait your response… Thanks!!!

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  16. Gustavo Says:

    Very cool. Good memories !

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