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SPYS - Spys

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John Blanco (vocals)
Billy Milne (drums, vocals)
John DiGaudio (guitar, vocals)
Al Greenwood (keyboards, vocals)
Ed Gaguardi (bass, vocals)
Produced by: Neil Kernon
Engineered by: Neil Kernon
Mixed by : tbd
Mastered by: tbd
OPERATING STEALTH like in a world occupied by huge platinum selling melodic rock bands, SPYS were one of many who failed to achieve a level of commercial recognition befitting their creativity. There was no real explanation for this lack of success except perhaps that the market was both crowded and that lady luck had set her sights on other more convenient suitors. Based in New York, SPYS were formed by two former members of platinum rockers Foreigner, that’s bassist Ed Gagliardi and drummer Al Greenwood, two men looking to make a splash with a similar sound. Teaming up with the remnants of well-respected local Beatles tribute band Harpy, they assembled an inventive melodic rock style that took its cue from not only Foreigner but also the progressive art rock sounds of the 60s and 70s. Identified as potential hit makers several labels made overtures to sign them, with EMI AMERICA winning the battle. Issued in 1982, SPYS was recorded at New York’s seminal Electric Ladyland Studios with top British studio wizzard Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Kansas, Dokken) at the production helm, helping to fashion one of the most arresting hard rock albums of the early 80s. Opening track, ‘Don’t Run My Life’, and ‘Hold On’, are genre classics, pushing at the same boundaries as Journey whilst the operatic ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ fully exposes their art rock roots. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement all spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
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