Who: Iconic American songwriter Mark Spiro
Where: Seattle born Southern California based.
What: A highly melodic energetic singer songwriter
When: Recording debut 1986
Sounds like: West Coast driven AOR at its best
Despite a relatively low internet profile as well as outside of the Melodic Rock hallways, Mark Spiro is not a particularly prominently well-known household name. However, within the hallways of the Melodic Rock circles his name is hallowed. And even those of you that may not be so familiar with Mark, there is a close to guarantee that some of his music might just live in your household if you have albums by artists such as Julian Lennon, Cheap Trick, Bad English, John Waite, Heart, Giant and House Of Lords to name a few. And if you have missed out on his solo material well now is the perfect time to correct that oversight with the purchase of the 3 CD set 2 + 2 = 5: Best Of + Rarities.
While Spiro was busy writing for others, he always found time to release his own solo albums dating as far back as 1986 with the extremely hard to find In Stereo. Unfortunately, we had to wait eight years for the 1994 sophomore follow up effort Care Of My Soul. Although the soon to be released compilation does not included tracks from these albums (sort of on the latter), we are given the joy of several tracks from Spiro’s hard to find 1996 recording Now Is Then, Then Is Now which is way overdue being re-released. From there on disc 1 and disc two attempt to give us a great snapshot of top shelf tracks from Devotion, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, King Of The Crows, Mighty Blue Ocean, It’s A Beautiful Life, Care Of My Soul Vol 1 and Vol 2. And if that is not enough to satisfy your Spiro cravings, spiral into disc 3 that is packed with what appears to be 13 unreleased songs.
So, if you missed the hard to find Mark Spiro’s solo material first time around and you want a great way to springboard into this criminally overlooked artist, then 2 + 2 = 5: Best Of + Rarities is a great place to correct that oversight. Also, according to the press release, Spiro is in the process of recording a brand-new album. Now if we can just get around to reissuing all of his titles then that would truly be the stuff that dreams are made of.
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