Spin One Two

Spin 1ne 2wo

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In among his ongoing work with Mike + the Mechanics and a brief return to Squeeze in 1993, vocalist Paul Carrack took time out to revive an art form truly lost in the 1980s, when he formed the de facto "supergroup" Spin One Two. With a lineup completed by bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), drummer Steve Ferrone (Average White Band), session guitarist Phil Palmer, and producer Rupert Hine, Spin One Two sank their teeth into a beefy set of classic rock covers and, generally, caught the flavor of them all. A freshly laundered list of rock's who's who, the songs on Spin 1ne 2wo unfold like a blueprint to all the things that really mattered back in the day. From Bob Dylan's iconic "All Along the Watchtower" to Led Zeppelin's behemoth "Kashmir" and Cream's stately "White Room," the bandmembers obviously enjoy letting rip on songs they might only have jammed on in the past. Rounding up the set is a slab-worthy take on Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love" and an oddball rendering of "You Keep Me Hanging On," slowed down à la the Vanilla Fudge's definitive retread, but laced with a savage extra burst of prog guitar. It's an interesting set -- eclectic and obviously chosen for the sheer love of the songs. If there is any criticism to be made, though, it's that the originals are all so mythic and so very good that there isn't much point to any of these versions. They are good, in their way, but they aren't spectacular, leaving the whole thing to play out like a vanity project gone slightly wrong.

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