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Spys - Spys / Behind Enemy Lines (CD)

Spys - Spys / Behind Enemy Lines (CD)

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Al Greenwood (b. New York, October 20th, 1951) was a founding member and keyboardist of the American rock band, Foreigner from 1976 to 1980. He performed on the albums Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (album) (1978) and Head Games (1979). In 1981, he formed the band Spys with former Foreigner bass player Ed Gagliardi, John Blanco, John Digaudio and Billy Milne and recorded the albums Spys (1982) and Behind Enemy Lines (1983).

SPYS set forth to deepen and further explore the then impopular pompous symphonic aspect of their rolemodels, who (covertly) operated within the progrock scene. On their debut they came up with an impressive batch of bright, upbeat songs, dominated by Greenwood's lush keyboards, with stabbing guitars, a solid backbeat, multilayered vocals and colorful arrangements. Well
engineered by top-flight producer Neil Kernon, it abounded in finest AOR/poprock in typical early '80s style, with John Blanco's signature voice providing an instant means of ID. To single out the specific
highlights is a tough assignment, but top honors should perhaps be awarded to back-to-back winners "Ice Age" (cool lyric), "Danger" (beautiful piano intro, excellent buildup) and "Over Her" (featuring an over the top chorus), runners-up being "She Can't Wait" and the memorable "No Harm Done". Sole ballad "Hold On (when you feel you're falling)" tugs eloquently at the heart strings. "Don't Run My Life" was the first single and video.

 
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