Annabel Lamb: Once Bitten – NL – CD 
- Once Bitten
- Take Me In Your Arms
- Hold Fast
- Backwards Through The Looking Glass
- Dividing the Spoils of Love
- Red For Danger
- Snake Pliskin
- No Cure
Well this certainly came out of nowhere! I was poking around at the New Wave Outpost Forum when I notice that one member had posted a thread revealing that “Once Bitten” was now out on CD. I had made my own 2xCD-R of the title in 2016 with the plethora of non-LP material surrounding this album on a second disc. To date; there is only a Euro compilation CD of material from this album and her second one [1984’s “The Flame”] as well as a full Cherry Red DLX RM of “The Flame” from 2009 which is now two solid figures. I have both of those so I’m in the cross hairs for a copy of this one.
I saw that the first UK version of the album was the one that the Dutch Music On CD label was issuing. “Once Bitten” was later reissued in the UK and issued in America in a 2nd, different configuration. The cover was completely different and a heavy New Wave cover of “Riders On The Storm” was swapped out for “Red For Danger.” The Doors cover single added later was Ms. Lamb’s biggest chart splash, so issuing the original UK LP without it was a surprising move.
After seeing this news, I went to the Music On CD website, and read the copy on the disc page while my jaw dropped at my own words being read on the screen. there was only a single paragraph, but some intern had scraped my 2010 post on the desire to make a CD of this album and had taken a few sentences to plug into their page copy. To wit.
I’m not sure what to make of this. I don’t know if a DMCA takedown notice is called for or not. But anyone could make the argument that I grab images off the web willy-nilly here at PPM. It’s true. But once I got a single DMCA takedown on a photo I had used, and now I am very skittish about using images that are clearly not intentional promo. I often waste a third of my lunch hour trying to find images which are clearly promo images. I am annoyed that the thought was to simply take what they wanted without at least asking first. I would have been happy to give then 400-500 words gratis. The first half of their copy wastes enormous space name dropping R.E.M. and Madonna and saying nothing about the artist!
So there’s that.
On the other hand, the CD is already in the hands of fans and I’m reading complaints that it’s not mastered from a master tape, but instead from vinyl. This gives me pause. Not only because I have already done that, but even so, I would still likely want to own a glass mastered CD that will never deteriorate like even an archival CD-R can. But the notion makes spending upwards of $30 from a CD shipped from The Netherlands that might actually sound worse than my own CD-R is dispiriting. Right now I’m in a holding pattern. Your mileage may vary, and if it does, then here’s the link to buy your own personal copy below. At the very least, one hopes that Ms. Lamb will be seeing coin from the sale of her efforts via this release.