When In Rome – The Promise (1988)

“The Promise” is a song by British band When in Rome. It was released in 1988 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. The song was written by all three band members Clive Farrington, Andrew Mann and Michael Floreale. The song made the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s biggest commercial hit.

William Cooper of AllMusic spoke of the song in a review of the When in Rome album, writing, “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, saying, “‘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″ record 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 number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the single was less successful in the band’s native Britain, reaching number 58.

The US Promo featured two mixes by Michael H. Brauer on the A side and two mixes by Freddy Bastone on the B side.

The Promise (O.N. Mix)                                      6:25

The Promise (O.N. Dub)                                     3:45

The Promise (Coliseum Mix)                               6:26

The Promise (Vatican Dub)                                 4:49

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