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Spear Of Destiny in Leeds

Spear Of Destiny
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Saturday 7th September 2019, £17.00

One Eyed Jacks was the band's 2nd release on the major label Epic Records.
For many original fans this is 'the' Spear of Destiny 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.

Many fans agree and some fans do not, as the following review confirms :-
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
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 SOD's then manager had been cajoled
into believing when signing the band to a major label...

35 years after releasing 'OEJ' 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 SOD 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 OEJ's album and B-sides in full but a unique
extended encore of fan favourites from the whole SOD catalogue will finish the
shows.

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