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Artist: Mark Spiro

Title: King of the Crows

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Mark Spiro King of the Crows Album Cover


Category: Lite AOR

Year: 2003

Label: Atenzia Records

Catalog Number: ATZ 02008


Mark Spiro vocals, programming
Tim Pierce guitars
Christopher Boggan guitars


1.  King of the Crows  
2.  Julia (The Sleeping Beauty)  
3.  Saving Grace  
4.  Everybody Needs  
5.  One Horse Town  
6.  After You  
7.  Cracked (What's It All Worth)  
8.  When Winter Comes  
9.  Always  
10.  Just Another Freak  
11.  It's All About You  
12.  Why Wait for Love 'Til You Die  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Jez Date: July 13, 2003 at 16:44
Yet another great release from Mr. Spiro and without a doubt his best release since 96's 'Now Is Then' cd. Great songs throughout and as usual Tim Pierce provides able support to Spiro's excellent vocals. If you have enjoyed his past works then i have no hesitation in recommending this one to you. Excellent

From: Mark Spiro Date: December 18, 2003 at 16:26
Went through big changes while recording this album, I am proud of it! I hope you all like it....Listen Closely.............Mark Spiro.......Perfectwave@Adelpia.net

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 28, 2004 at 16:07
hey everyboby! jez is damn right!this is another cracking release from mark,this ones a bit more acoustic based but the quality of the material is so high that you wont even bother knowing if heavy guitars are missing or not.thanx for another excellent album mark,keep up the good work!.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 29, 2004 at 5:14
By far the weakest release by the talented Mark. This is boring, acoustic stuff ! Think you've lost a lot of credit with this one, Mark ! A bad career move ! Of course, you're now on Atenzia and that label is the promoter of all bad things going on : alternative,nu-breed and acoustic pop ! Don't think any artist on Atenzia has the freedom to make AOR or melodic rock. No : the only choice you have from Magnus is : nu-breed, modern rock or acoustic based pop/rock ! A lot of fans hate that ! Sorry

From: Judge Date: March 10, 2004 at 2:53
Could not disagree with AOR freaky more. This is a GREAT album, and clearly Spiro's best work. Tight harmonies, plenty of rock, plenty of twists and turns in the lyrics. Really well done. More artists should be singing his songs. Maybe the surprise album of the year.

From: MelodyIsKing Date: March 22, 2004 at 10:16
Oh dear God "AOR freaky" crawl out from the stone you're under and look around and check your calender - it's 2004 for Christ sake!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 22, 2004 at 12:27
Is it already 2004 ? What does that means ? That all albums released these days should be acoustic or alternative/nu-breed/metal CRAP ! ? Boy ! If something is good, why for godssake change it ? !

From: Max Date: May 27, 2004 at 3:22
Well, AORFreaky, wasn´t the last 101 South album on Atenzia? and that was pure AOR of the highets caliber plain and simple. Attraction 65 is also there, am I right? And from what I´ve heard they are a little modern, but still melodic rock.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 27, 2004 at 4:15
What's your point, dear Max ? ! Yes, the last 101 South record was on Atenzia, as was the last Harlan Cage. Now we're speaking from a couple of years ago. Since then, Atenzia is only releasing nu-breed crap, also the case for the Attraction 65 record ! This 'new' Spiro record is also his worst work ever ! No AOR sound, but modern, alternative, more acoustic based stuff. Not my cup of tea. You all forget one thing : Magnus promised that Atenzia would only release quality AOR à la eighties !So ?

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From: Jez Date: May 27, 2004 at 15:03
SPIN GALLERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2004 - Is that recent enough.

From: TYNO/BRAZIL Date: August 10, 2004 at 14:52
Hey, Mr. Spiro, what 's your secret to make such great music ? Well done and keep up the good work. More release , please !

From: AOR freaky Date: August 10, 2004 at 15:10
The man is a genius for sure, but this is a bad CD ! No wonder as it is on Atenzia ! He can do so much better, talented as he is !

From: BWH"Indonesia" Date: August 24, 2004 at 7:40
I agree with you AOR freaky. I also hate those latest scene. Actually I never listen to music much since 1992. Everything has changed and getting worst since that Nirvana's crappy debut. But just let Mark do what he wants to do as a musician. At least, he doesnt have his hair cut, no body piercing, and never let those annoying long intertwined beard hanging on his chin.

From: AOR freaky Date: August 24, 2004 at 14:56
BWH"Indonesia", thanks for your support, my friend ! I think we have the same opinion on the current scene. Indeed, Nirvana ruined everything, and a lot of AOR artists and labels think they have to change their sound to something modern/alternative to be praised. I love and support the bands with character, with personality, who stick to their sound ! Indeed, nowadays attitude is more important than playing the instruments or writing a song. Most of those modern bands can't do neither of these.

From: Geoff Date: August 24, 2004 at 22:37
This is another solid Mark Spiro release. Honestly, AOR Freaky, I don't know what writing off an artist is based upon for you. How is there any change at all in Spiro's style? Yeah, it's a lighter affair than normal but that is not due to any modern influences of Atenzia. It is a just a soft record. Not my favourite Spiro CD but typical Spiro anyway - don't owrry fans reading this page - he has not sold out! Great lyrics, weaker songs... Okay album.

From: AOR freaky Date: August 25, 2004 at 5:34
Geoff, this is a bad Mark Spiro release, despite his talents ! He has totally changed his style here ! This typical Mark Spiro, don't think so ! This is more acoustic, laidback, way lesser rocking ! As you can read above, I'm not the only one to think so ! Do you have ALL his albums, like me ! ? If you have 'em, compare 'em, you'll see what I mean (only in his debut years he sounded more relaxed). I have to impression, Geoff, that if I write something, you feel the need to write the opposite !

From: Geoff Date: August 25, 2004 at 6:13
Of course AOR Freaky! I change all my musical views to spite you, even when 90% of the things I write here are without knowing or giving a f*ck what you think. You are my sun, AOR FReaky and I revolve around you. I love Mark Spiro, especially lyrically, but with the exception of 3-5 songs on most of his CDs (And yes, I do have them all!) all his tracks are the exact same tempo and beat. I turn more to his lyrics and choruses for enjoyment, but this CD has the same tempo and beats he's always had

From: giorgos-greece Date: December 30, 2004 at 8:43
very poor release....now is then then is now remains his best effort. Apart from the 1st song , the rest is boring

From: Max Date: February 7, 2005 at 1:20
Although this is the only Spiro release I have, I think it is great lite AOR. The melodies are awesome and the songs, althouhg a little soft, are very well crafted. Some are vene memorable, like King of the Crows, When winter Comes or Just Another Freak. Can't wait to ar more stuff from this guy, even if it is less soft.

From: Max Date: February 7, 2005 at 1:23
Although this is the only Spiro release I have, I think it is great lite AOR. The melodies are awesome and the songs, although a little soft, are very well crafted. Some are even memorable, like King of the Crows, When Winter Comes or Just Another Freak. Can't wait to hear more stuff from this guy, even if it is less soft.

From: Nick C Date: September 15, 2005 at 19:43
With his new CD due out imminently on Atenzia (Mighty Blue Ocean) I thought I'd revisit a few of his CD's. This was the first in the CD deck... in fact it stayed in most of the day as I kept playing it over and over. Pretty cool release maybe more acoustic than past efforts (I don't have Care so I can't compare it with that) but all the trademarks are there, great vocals, lyrics and performance. King of the Crows instantly grabs you and pulls you into the rest of the album..resistance is futile!

From: Lovedrive Date: July 31, 2006 at 16:03
En mi humilde opinion se salva el primer tema y poco más. Nada que ver con los tres anteriores (y grandes) discos.

From: juan carlos Date: October 24, 2007 at 11:23
No es para tanto AOR Freaky, acá se combinan temas AOR que fácil entrarían en el repertorio del "Now is Then" y otras que sí va mas orientado a lo último hecho por este Genio de Genios. Temazos como "King of the Crows" "Always" "One Horse Town" "After You" entre mis Súper Favoritas, o esas algo mas orientadas a lo acústico pero con mucha melodía en "Saving Grace" "It's All About You" y "Cracked". Y como déce Mark Spiro: Listen Closely.... 8.8/10

From: tomdwa Date: June 6, 2020 at 15:44
This is a much more simple and 'stripped' record than his earlier cd The stuff that dreams are made of. The songs are mellow and lack interesting musical structure. Gone is the aor magic and sharpness in the songs.

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