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Sunday 11 August 2019

One Eyed Jacks@35: Spear Of Destiny Present Seminal Second Album @ Brighton Open Air Theatre

One Eyed Jacks was Spear of Destiny's second release on the major label Epic Records. For many original fans this is the band's seminal album.

Kirk Brandon has constantly held and spoken of his belief that this is a fine body of songs played by a fine bunch of musicians that was detrimentally interfered with by a record label that had no idea how to market the sound of Spear of Destiny at that time.

Strangely the label decided to proceed the album's release by releasing the poppiest track on the recordings as the first single Prisoner of Love instead of the live and DJ favourite Liberator

Had this decision not been made perhaps One Eyed Jacks would not have peaked at No.22 in the UK album charts and would have go on to become a top 10 album as Spear of Destiny's then manager had been cajoled into believing when signing the band to a major label. 


"One of the best bands of their era with this their best album. Kirk Brandon excellent lyrics and vocals make this a must buy CD. 

"The band at this time contained arguably one of the best rhythm sections of all time in "The Engine Room"; Stan Stammers on bass and Dolphin Taylor on drums. The driving rhythms are ageless. 

"The songs are good, excellent or superb, this is one of those CD's that can be put on at track one and listened through without skipping to a specific track. Even though, Prisoner of Love, Attica and Liberator are three of the best songs of the genre." - Amazon Music Review 


Thirty-five years after releasing One Eyed Jacks, Kirk Brandon and the current line up of SOD featuring Craig Adams (The Mission/Sisters of Mercy) Adrian Portas (New Model Army/Sex Gang Children) Phil Martini (Jim Jones/Wayward Sons) were given the opportunity to re-record the album in it's entirety. 

Brandon's longer term keyboard player Steve Allan Jones and current Theatre of Hate sax player Clive Osborne were drafted in to bolster the sound and the recordings are now completed and will be released on CD, Vinyl and Download in time for September 2019's 35th Anniversary UK Tour. 

Brandon honestly believes these recordings will at last give the songs the history they deserve.

This Spear of Destiny line up for this very special set of dates, will for the first time in an age, be expanded by adding both live keyboards and brass, the set will not only be highlighted by playing the full One Eyed Jacks's album and B-sides in full but a unique extended encore of fan favourites from the whole catalogue will finish the shows.

Spear Of Destiny present 'One Eyed Jacks@35' at Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) on Friday 27th September 2019. CLICK HERE for details.

by: Mike Cobley




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