Spear of Destiny

The Epic Years

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Until 2008 brought a series of bonus track heavy reissues of Spear's first three albums, this was the most convenient way of getting your hands on the best of the band's work, a mid-'80s release designed to capitalize on the band's Outlands success by reminding listeners of a time when the band was truly great. There's not a duff track in sight; flawlessly, The Epic Years darts through Spear's singles catalog, highlighting songs that still sound stupendous today -- "Liberator," "The Wheel," "Come Back," "Mickey," and so on. In fact the only valid criticism is that ten songs can barely scrape the surface of the group's repertoire.