Spear of Destiny

Manor Mobile Session

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What would have been the successor to the brilliant World Service unfolded, and then collapsed, over a series of sessions using the Manor Studios mobile in 1986. But there is little evidence of the fatal disarray and disagreement here. Eight new numbers were cut, and performed, in classic Spear of Destiny style, beginning with the opening anthem "Whole World Waiting" and powering on through what remain vastly superior versions of songs that would subsequently reappear, re-recorded, for Outlands. The blistered guitars and thumping percussion that drives "Jack Straw" is classic Spear, while "Strangers" seethes with a menace that is as foreboding as it is fiery. The highlight, however, might well be the band's take on Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up," a reggae rhythm fed through funk guitars and spectral echo draped heavily across Brandon's vocals. And this is only a sketch of how the finished record might have sounded; recording was not complete and mixing had barely begun when the band shattered and Brandon abandoned the sessions. One can only imagine what might have resulted had they only stayed together a little longer.

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