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Al Greenwood (b. New York, October 20th, 1951) was a founding member and keyboardist of the American rock band, Foreigner from 1976 to 1980. He performed on the albums Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (album) (1978) and Head Games (1979). In 1981, he formed the band Spys with former Foreigner bass player Ed Gagliardi, John Blanco, John Digaudio and Billy Milne and recorded the albums Spys (1982) and Behind Enemy Lines (1983).

SPYS set forth to deepen and further explore the then impopular pompous symphonic aspect of their
rolemodels, who (covertly) operated within the progrock scene. On their debut they came up with an impressive batch of bright, upbeat songs, dominated by Greenwood's lush keyboards, with stabbing guitars, a solid backbeat, multilayered vocals and colorful arrangements. Well
engineered by top-flight producer Neil Kernon, it abounded in finest AOR/poprock in typical early '80s style, with John Blanco's signature voice providing an instant means of ID. To single out the specific
highlights is a tough assignment, but top honors should perhaps be awarded to back-to-back winners "Ice Age" (cool lyric), "Danger" (beautiful piano intro, excellent buildup) and "Over Her" (featuring an over the top chorus), runners-up
being "She Can't Wait" and the memorable "No Harm
Done". Sole ballad "Hold On (when you feel you're
falling)" tugs eloquently at the heart strings. "Don't Run My Life" was the first single and video.

Artistic differences (involving their record company) and disappointing sales figures led to them losing their contract and their eventual demise.

 
spys behind enemy lines    

Spys / Don't Run My Life

  1. Don’t Run My Life
  2. She Can’t Wait
  3. Ice Age
  4. Danger
  5. Over Her
  6. Desiree
  7. Don’t Say Goodbye
  8. Into The Night
  9. Hold On (When You Feel You’re Falling)
  10. No Harm Done
  11. Rescue Me
  12. Midnight Fantasy
  13. Behind Enemy Lines
  14. Sheep Don’t Talk Back
  15. Reaction
  16. Heartache
  17. Race Against Time
  18. Younger Days
  19. Can’t Stop Us Now

 

 

 

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