After the release of “A Peace Inside”, Mark Thompson decided to hang up his sticks and leave the band. New drummer Andy Porter joined in 1990, and “I Believe” was the first release with the new, and final, Rose line up. Issued only in mainland Europe, and only on 12″ vinyl format, via Rebel Records. It was only possible to get this record on import in the UK, making this probably the rarest Rose release.
Porter brought a very different sound to the band, highlighting on the as yet unreleased “String A Beads” album. He used a combination of electronic, sequenced and acoustic drums to give a punchier dance feel that was becoming fashionable at the close of the decade.
A double A side single with the “The Bounty”, “I Believe” starts out as a solid track, although not spectacular. Phil reels off a long list of things he believes in, including everything from Jesus coming earth, to giving people a second chance, to John and Yoko.
Next up is the highlight of the single, “Dream Baby Dream”. This has a great groove, rolling effortlessly through the three and half minutes. A simple but catchy tune, very much delivering on Phil and Paul’s desire to strip everything back to basics.
“The Bounty” opens the second A side. Musically the track works reasonably well, but similar to “In At The Deep End” on the “A Peace Inside EP”, Phil’s vocal flexibility is exposed, not really adapting his style to fit the songs verses.
To close things out there is a remix of the title track where the band experiment to the full with the studio adding a lot of dubs to the song.
I Believe (The Rose of Avalanche) (3:07)
Dream Baby Dream (The Rose of Avalanche) (3:44)
The Bounty (The Rose of Avalanche) (4:28)
I Believe Dub Track 1990 (The Rose of Avalanche) (3:13)