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It Bites


Crossover Prog

3.77 | 110 ratings

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Paul Stump
5 stars Some great comments here - nobody gets it wrong! "Prog for beginners" - really like it! This is a real minefield - a mate with impeccable taste hates this. I love it. Quite right, the first two songs suck. But the whole point with IB was that they were unashamedly after the big time, and weren't afraid to be proggy, for which a few stars. They had balls, energy and just completely blew any other 80s prog band out of the water (I don't count the Enid in that) because they didn't pretend to be something they weren't. Old Man and the Angel and, particularly, the title track, are awesome. Tinny production, horrid 80s sounds, but we can't blame them for the kit at their disposal. The Live at Montreux stuff shows what they could do live. Dunnery was a great guitarist, but I think it was John Beck on keys who provided the supple and often cinematic harmonies.
Paul Stump | 5/5 |


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