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Spread Eagle

4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (May 15, 1990)
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B00000EN68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Rebecca Balent on February 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have to say, this album takes me back to a time and place. NYC early 90's, before Nirvana, before Pearl Jam, when rock was raw, crotch grabbing music. This album is in my top ten metal albums of all time. Ray West has an incredible voice and I think they should have been wildly successful had they been better promoted. Every song is great. A must-have!!!
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By glen on February 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Really a 5 star album but have to give a 4 due to the poor production. I recently got lucky and found this in the used bin. Spread Eagle really is a poor-mans G'n'R but so unabashedly goes for it that their drive and enthusiasm put them on-par with any glammy metal outfit including G'n'R. I am familiar with many of such bands and this album ranks number one with me. Every song is good with some being better. Even the slow songs, slowly start to rock. It's like these guys can't help but rip solo's and bellow anthem after rock anthem. Sounding more from Hollywood, but from NY, Spread Eagle leaves it all on the line with pure attitude.. After such an effort Spread Eagle should have reached rock god-dom, and the band themselves were probably shocked they did not, but they went for it and here is the proof. This album desperately needs re-mastered. Since MCA is now defunct I think that might never happen so I re-mastered it myself, by edging out the hiss some and upping the overall volume with some needed EQ. If you know how I recommend doing so because the sloppy production is way to dirty and flat, and this album is so amazingly good the results of your efforts will pay off at your next party, because Spread Eagle is the ultimate party album.
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At times, New York metal bands from the period of this release seemed to have a harder edge to their music relative to LA metal (except for Guns n Roses). So if you like the old Skid Row (and Gunners) you'll probably enjoy SpreadEagle's debut from 1990.

But beware. For those of you who want to buy this CD because you used to have the 1990 release, you could be dissapointed if Switchblade Serenade was your favourite song back then.

I don't know what is going on (probably a contract thing) but the original Switchblade Seranade is not on this re-released version of the album. The 'new' Switchblade is not as killer as the old one. This 'new' out-take Switchblade is good, but it doesn't punch as hard as the original in the vocals or riffing, especially the intro to the song relative to 1990 release which was more dangerous sounding. All the other tracks are the same, so overall it's still great as a psycho-sounding album of great riffs and angry screams from the gutters of New York City!
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"I'm in a stripper bar, ready for my T&A" - Spread Eagle

Wordsmiths they're not - but late 80's NYC glam band Spread Eagle made no apologies and put out this blistering, sleazy hard rock eponymous debut that has been woefully overlooked. After being long out-of-print it is now remastered and available by Lovember Records.

From the opening strains of "Broken City" to the dulcet tones of "Switchblade Serenade" this is about as sleazy a release to come out of the 80s glam era. Spread Eagle were a cut above other outfits of the day and the musicianship, vocals and production are top notch and exude sleaze!

Typical cornball 80s lyrics in songs like "Scratch Like A Cat" and "Suzy Suicide" aside, this is an outstanding glam gem and I'm glad to see it reissued.
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I was pointed to this album by a record store clerk when I told him what I liked, Loved it, Still play it today in the truck. Ray can sing his ass off. I saw these guys back in the day at the bayou in DC. wow were they good. The opening band was local and packed the house, then when Spread Eagle came on, the crowd all left and missed one of the best shows ever. I was like one of 20 people in the crowd and I just loved it. When the show was over, I went up the stage and asked them to play one more song and he grabbed a guitar and a chair and Ray and Paul sat down and played "thru these eyes" in acoustic. I get chills when thinking about that moment. Afterwards I chatted with the band and they said that they just played for 5,000 people the eve before at another show and were shocked that this one was empty. I got to spend time with them and chat them up and it was fantastic. I was under age at the time as well for a 21 and over show... :) Glad to see these guys touring. I am thinking about going up to Maryland to see their next show. Just one more time before I leave this planet. Long live the 90's..
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NYC-based hard rockers Spread Eagle released their self-titled debut album in 1990, just as the "hair metal" scene was enjoying its last burst of popularity. Spread Eagle never really made it big, but with their loud, snarling approach to the Hollywood hair metal style, they probably should have.

Spread Eagle - at least on this album - reminds me a lot of bands like L.A. Guns, Junkyard and early Guns n' Roses and Skid Row. They weren't interested in being pretty boys or singing sappy ballads. This is raw, aggressive barroom rock with just enough of a bluesy edge. The rhythms in particular hit like a sledgehammer, and the hooks are addictive without getting too poppy. This is just a good, hard-hitting rock n' roll album, and you can't have too many of those.

Spread Eagle released one more album (1992's Open to the Public) before grunge came in and ended the party. They're still playing some shows, but so far there's no sign of a new studio album. If you're a fan of loud, nasty `80s hard rock, this album is well worth tracking down, especially now that it has been reissued. Grab a copy, turn it up and get the party started!

Edition Notes: Spread Eagle was reissued by Lovember Records in 2006. It doesn't have any bonus material, but the digital remastering is very impressive. Hopefully a remastered version of Open to the Public will follow.
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