One Eyed Jacks was the band’s 2nd release on the major label Epic Records.
For many original fans this is ‘the’ Spear of Destiny album.
Kirk Brandon has constantly held and spoken of his belief that this is a fine body of songs played by a fine bunch of musicians that was detrimentally interfered with by a record label that had no idea how to market the sound of Spear of Destiny at that time.
Strangely the label decided to proceed the album’s release by releasing the poppiest track on the recordings as the first single Prisoner of Love instead of the live and DJ favourite Liberator. Had this decision not been made perhaps One Eyed Jacks would not have peaked at No. 22 in the UK album charts and would have go on to become a top 10 album as SOD’s then manager had been cajoled into believing when signing the band to a major label.
35 years later, Kirk Brandon and the current line up of SOD featuring Craig Adams (The Mission/Sisters of Mercy), Adrian Portas (New Model Army/Sex Gang Children), and Phil Martini (Jim Jones/Wayward Sons) were given the opportunity to re-record the album in it’s entirety. Brandon’s longer term keyboard player Steve Allan Jones and current Theatre of Hate sax player Clive Osborne were drafted in to bolster the sound and the recordings are now completed and will be released on CD, Vinyl and Download in time for September 2019’s 35th Anniversary UK Tour. Brandon honestly believes these recordings will at last give the songs the history they deserve.
Catch them at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on September 7th and Polar Bear in Hull on September 22nd.