SPEAR OF DESTINY are to issue a new 'recreated and re-imagined' version of their classic album World Service.
The band's third album, World Service would be the band's highest charting album, just grazing the Top 10 and featuring their highest charting single up to that point, 'Come Back'.
Produced by former Rich Kid and Blitz club DJ Rusty Egan, at Kirk Brandon's behest, and on the receiving end of some fantastic reviews, Brandon was never entirely happy with the sound of the album.
"You could say why re-record what is a a classic album from the 1980s," says Brandon. "You’d have a point. But, it has been my intention to re-record this set of songs much more in line with what I feel they were originally written for, much more of a rock album, as opposed to a pop/rock album.
"With the original recording there was a lot of compromise, which to my mind today, meant the album's worth of songs was never done the justice it deserved. I’m not trying to re-write the past, I’m trying, and I believe we have succeeded, in doing this album justice, finally, to how it was meant to sound.
"I can only thank my longstanding band members, for helping me to achieve this with their sympathetic ears. We have played songs from this album for decades and I knew on this occasion, we would all step up to the mark with its re-recording. The proof is in the pudding."
The new version of WorldService @ 35 is due for release on 26 October. It's available to re-order here.
Pic by Simon Drake