Posted by DjPaulT on January 31st, 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1988
“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.
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)
|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|
Label: Virgin Records America, Inc. – 0-96662
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Credits: Producer – Ben Rogan
Written-By – Andrew Mann, Clive Farrington, Mike Floreale*
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
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
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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