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Outland

Spear Of Destiny

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Maybe Spear of Destiny had already said everything they needed to. Or maybe they'd simply lost sight of their dreams. But more than their record label was changed (from Epic to Ten) in the run up to their fourth album. The wholesale departure of the original band, to be replaced by a new, Marco Pirroni-led combo, also took its toll. And a lot of Kirk Brandon's old mad perfection went for a burton as well. It did not have to be like this. The demos for Outland, released a decade later as the Psalm 2 archive collection, capture the best of the album firing on all cylinders: "Never Take Me Alive," "Strangers in Our Town," "Miami Vice." Somewhere between conception and delivery, however, the late-'80s disease of over-production slipped through the band's customary balance of bombast and beat to give Outland a sheen that may have sounded impressive in the studio but which only hastened to highlight the shortcomings of the songs. Time and again you sit through the record, awaiting that one brittle thrill that will render it a joy, and time and again you reach the end and wonder what all the fuss was about. Because, with that special brand of irony that fate reserves only for the greatest bands of all, Spear of Destiny's worst album yet was destined to become their biggest seller. How sad.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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1
Outlands
00:05:18

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

2
Land Of Shame
00:03:19

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

3
The Traveller
00:04:49

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

4
Was That You?
00:03:58

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

5
Strangers In Our Town
00:03:55

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

6
The Whole World's Waiting
00:04:57

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

7
Tonight
00:04:31

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

8
Miami Vice
00:04:57

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

9
Never Take Me Alive
00:04:15

ZEUS B HELD, Producer - Kirk Brandon, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

10
Time Of Our Lives (Original Version)
00:04:27

Kirk Brandon, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dietmar Schillinger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

11
Pumpkin Man
00:05:10

Kirk Brandon, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Barnacle, Producer - Volker Janssen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

12
Embassy Song
00:04:17

Kirk Brandon, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Barnacle, Producer - Volker Janssen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

13
The Man That Never Was
00:03:08

Kirk Brandon, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Barnacle, Producer - Volker Janssen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

14
Jack Straw
00:04:25

Kirk Brandon, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Barnacle, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Janssen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Spear Of Destiny, MainArtist

(C) 1987 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1987 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1987 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

Maybe Spear of Destiny had already said everything they needed to. Or maybe they'd simply lost sight of their dreams. But more than their record label was changed (from Epic to Ten) in the run up to their fourth album. The wholesale departure of the original band, to be replaced by a new, Marco Pirroni-led combo, also took its toll. And a lot of Kirk Brandon's old mad perfection went for a burton as well. It did not have to be like this. The demos for Outland, released a decade later as the Psalm 2 archive collection, capture the best of the album firing on all cylinders: "Never Take Me Alive," "Strangers in Our Town," "Miami Vice." Somewhere between conception and delivery, however, the late-'80s disease of over-production slipped through the band's customary balance of bombast and beat to give Outland a sheen that may have sounded impressive in the studio but which only hastened to highlight the shortcomings of the songs. Time and again you sit through the record, awaiting that one brittle thrill that will render it a joy, and time and again you reach the end and wonder what all the fuss was about. Because, with that special brand of irony that fate reserves only for the greatest bands of all, Spear of Destiny's worst album yet was destined to become their biggest seller. How sad.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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