Once Bitten (Great White album)

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Once Bitten
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 1987
StudioTotal Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California
ProducerAlan Niven, Mark Kendall and Michael Lardie
Great White chronology
Shot in the Dark
Once Bitten
Recovery: Live!
Singles from Once Bitten
  1. "Rock Me" / "Fast Road"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Save Your Love" / "Mistreater"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal2/10[2]

Once Bitten is the third studio album released by the American hard rock band Great White. It was released in 1987 and became a commercial success, selling more than one million copies and being certified Platinum in April, 1988.[3] The anthem "Rock Me" became a hit single, charting in September 1987,[4] and is one of Great White's best known songs. AllMusic explains in their review that it brought Great White a broader audience.[5] "Save Your Love" also charted, becoming their most famous power ballad at the time, in February 1988.[4] "Lady Red Light" and "All Over Now" would become fan favorites and be included among 15 tracks on their later retrospective, "Absolute Hits".[6] The last album to feature bassist Lorne Black.

In the UK, the track listing was strangely altered, losing four new tracks and replacing them with songs from 1986 album Shot in the Dark and with a live version of "What Do You Do". The album's opening track, "Lady Red Light", was featured on the NBC show Parks and Recreation in the episode "Tom's Divorce". The model photographed on the cover is Tracy Martinson.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Lady Red Light"Mark Kendall, Jack Russell, Alan Niven, Michael Lardie4:55
2."Gonna Getcha"Kendall, Niven, Lardie4:13
3."Rock Me"Kendall, Russell, Niven, Lardie7:19
4."All Over Now"Kendall, Niven, Lardie4:22
Side two
5."Mistreater"Kendall, Russell, Niven, Lorne Black5:50
6."Never Change Heart"Kendall, Russell, Niven4:28
7."Fast Road"Kendall, Russell, Niven, Black, Audie Desbrow, Lardie3:41
8."On The Edge"Kendall, Russell, Niven6:02
9."Save Your Love"Russell, Jerry Lynn Williams4:33

UK edition track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Lady Red Light"
  2. "Gonna Getcha"
  3. "Rock Me"
  4. "All Over Now"
Side two
  1. "Fast Road"
  2. "What Do You Do" (live)
  3. "Face the Day" (US Radio Blues Version)
  4. "Gimme Some Lovin'"

International Alternate Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Lady Red Light"
  2. "Gonna Getcha"
  3. "Fast Road"
  4. "Mistreater"
  5. "All Over Now"
Side two
  1. "Never Change Heart"
  2. "Rock Me"
  3. "On the Edge"
  4. "Save Your Love"


Great White[edit]


  • Arranged and produced by Alan Niven, Michael Lardie and Mark Kendall
  • Engineered by Michael Lardie and Eddie Ashworth
  • Mastered by George Marino



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1988 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[3]
Canada CRIA 1989 Gold (+ 50,000)[10]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Great White Once Bitten review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 138. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ a b "Great White - Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  4. ^ a b "Great White - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Once Bitten... - Great White - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Absolute Hits - Great White - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Once Bitten Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 47, No. 3, October 24 1987". Library and Archives Canada. 24 October 1987. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "Once Bitten Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  10. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Great White". Music Canada. Retrieved 30 June 2015.