Ray West from Spread Eagle has released a new video in support of his up and coming solo album, All Points West. Check it out!
Spread Eagle’s Debut Album has been been reissued by Lovember Records. Originally released in 1990 by MCA/Universal it has been out of print for ten years. Regarded by many as being a “classic” this album has been digitally remastered and contains all 11 songs.
“Switchblade Serenade” and “Scratch Like A Cat” received strong airplay on rock radio and their videos were in heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Other album favorites are “Broken City” and the dramatic ballad “Thru These Eyes”. The band built a strong international following supported by non-stop touring. Many in the industry considered Spread Eagle to be the Guns ‘N Roses of New York. In 2006 the group reunited for a U.S. tour.
Sometimes it is a mystery to me how some talented bands remain obscure, while bands of lesser talent went on to be the next big thing.
In the case of New York City’s Spread Eagle, they were not short on talent, but seemed doomed to fail the day they signed with MCA. I wonder if things would have been different if this band received a little more support. Their debut came out a little late in the game. Had this record hit two years earlier, Spread Eagle would surely be a household name amongst hard rock fans.
Spread Eagle is an excellent sleaze metal band that has a sound that I would call a cross between Skid Row and Guns ‘N Roses. The music may be a little derivative of those two bands, but it still kicks ass. Their debut album is filled with killer tunes like Broken City, Switchblade Serenade, Dead of Winter, and Scratch Like a Cat. Ray West has a gritty, abrasive voice that works perfectly for this type of metal. Paul Dibartolo plays his ass of on this disc.
Spread Eagle is highly under rated, and this CD is still worth seeking out. This CD was out of print for a while, but it was reissued by Lovember Records in late 2006. Grab a copy of this disc if you can find it!
For more information on Spread Eagle, check out their myspace page.
In 2008, Rob DeLuca carries on in a new band called Of Earth, while Ray West continues on in Hostel Inc. Who knows…..we may not have seen the last of Spread Eagle yet!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Broken City
2. Back On The Bitch
3. Switchblade Serenade
4. Hot Sex
5. Suzy Suicide
6. Dead Of Winter
7. Scratch Like A Cat
8. Thru These Eyes
9. Spread Eagle
10. 42nd Street
11. Shotgun Kisses
Spread Eagle is:
Ray West – Vocals
Paul Dibartolo – Guitars
Rob DeLuca – Bass
Tommi Gallo – Drums