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Artist: Mark Spiro

Title: Now Is Then, Then Is Now

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Mark Spiro Now Is Then, Then Is Now Album Cover Mark Spiro Now Is Then, Then Is Now Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1996

Label: Westcoast

Catalog Number: WESTCD5


Mark Spiro lead vocals, keyboards, programming
Tim Pierce guitars
Michael Thompson guitars


1.  All the Love We Kill  
2.  English Channel  
3.  Stay Young  
4.  In the Dark  
5.  Around You  
6.  Wind on the Water  
7.  Son With the Walking Shoes  
8.  London Is Burning  
9.  Dancing With Einstein  
10.  Through My Eyes  
11.  Light in the Drakness  
12.  Mid Western Skies  

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From: Jez Date: December 1, 2002 at 6:33
One of the top AOR releases of the nineties. Everything about this cd is top class, from Spiro's vocals and Keys , to Michael Thompsons superb guitar work. 'Stay Young' is my choice for top track ,along with 'Midwestern Skies' which is totally awesome.

From: freddy de keyze Date: December 2, 2002 at 4:34
Once again, you're right Jez. Our dear Mark is a genius and I'm waiting to hear his next CD which will be released in the beginning of 2003. The man releases great AOR and deserves a lot more respect ! A must for AOR fans !!!

From: Shoemaker Date: December 2, 2002 at 15:15
Yes, this is not a must have, but there are some fine tunes on it. Like "Light in the Darkness", "Mid western skys", or the opener "all the love we kill" Good Cd

From: Javier Date: December 10, 2002 at 14:12
Fantastis disc. Is a classic of the 90´s. Mark is a very good songwriter. Check also MTB´s How Long

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: December 21, 2002 at 17:53
Hablar de Mark Spiro es hablar de uno de LOS GRANDES compositores que a dado el AOR,colaborando en la composición en bandas superconsagradas como Bad English o Giant.Este disco en concreto es AOR del suave(tampoco demasiado).Tiene una manera muy personal de ir adentrandose en los temas y cuando llegan los estribillos ZAS,te das cuenta lo GRANDE que este tio.Sirva como ejemplo el tema 6,Mark Spiro en estado puro.Como se suele decir en estos casos DISCO PARA PALADARES EXQUISITOS.

From: Gabi Date: December 23, 2002 at 13:32
AOR de exquisita factura...Estoy de acuerdo contigo 9 CHAMPIONS A 1, "Wind on the Water" y "In the dark" son excelentes canciones.

From: freddy de keyze Date: December 29, 2002 at 19:12
A very underrated guy, but boy, does his music sounds magnificent. Very talented guy, who brings us top AOR ! Hope his new CD in 2003 will be in the same vein and not in the nu-breed crap vein ! A real MUST for everyone !!!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 21, 2003 at 17:29

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 21, 2003 at 17:34

From: Mark Spiro Date: December 18, 2003 at 16:20
I have never read these reviews until today.......Thank you all so much......Mark Spiro

From: robert Date: December 19, 2003 at 12:45
Este es otra cosa, muy buenos temas y composiciones... 7 sobre 10!!

From: djferdy69 Date: December 31, 2003 at 10:31
Llevo siguiendo la trayectoria de Mark Spiro desde los '80's cuando colaboraba con el productor alemán Jack White y era un buen tandem, por ahora solo tengo este CD, la mejor canción para mi es "ALL THE LOVE WE KILL" no deja de resonar en mi cabeza, y una curiosidad "STAY YOUNG" la escribio y produjo MARK en el '95 para el actor de TV RICHARD GRIECO y se titulaba "STAY YOUNG,STAY FREE" y es una balada; en esta versión de Mark le ha dado un poco más de ritmo; un muy buen album ¡10 sobre 12!

From: TIM (2) Date: July 6, 2004 at 7:09
This album means a lot to me personally, and is probably one of my most played of all time. The songs are just incredible, and the melodies on "Through my Eyes" and "Around You" just show what an outstanding songwriter the guy is. "Wind on the Water" is just AOR heaven. His following albums were still very good, although a little patchier, but this is the masterpiece.

From: TYNO/BRAZIL Date: August 10, 2004 at 14:46

From: KIP Date: August 17, 2004 at 5:11

From: AOR freaky Date: August 17, 2004 at 6:34
Kip, this is indeed A MUST ! Mark is a genius !

From: Geoff Date: August 18, 2004 at 1:43
This is a good consistent and well written release. I must admit, that although it appears very high on everyone else's list, this is actually probably my least fave of his great albums. Obviously better than 'Care of my soul' and even the new one, 'King of the crows', but I like the rest better. Great CD. Songs sound a little same-ish, but who cares. Mark is a great writer!

From: bdrums1971 Date: August 27, 2004 at 21:02
I am going to have to go against the flow here and say that I was not toatlly impressed with this cd. I like the idea Mark is going for (well crafted pop songs in the aor vein), but somehow it lacks that special something. Maybe it is the strange vocal effect on his voice that is annoying. Or maybe it's cause the drums sound to be programmed. Or maybe it is the sometimes corny lyrics. I don't know, but I have hundreds of cd's in my collection and this just doesn't hold up enough for me, sorry.

From: Date: November 18, 2004 at 2:57
I agree with bdrums1971´s opinion. 3/10 !

From: Airessil Date: November 18, 2004 at 2:58
I agree with bdrums1971´s opinion. 3/10 !

From: Nick C Date: September 15, 2005 at 19:52
Possibly my favourite Mark S release ... possibly! Superb songs throughout, English Channel was co-written with John Waite and you can tell with Mr Spiro sounding similar in his vocal delivery on the track. I can't find any fillers on this but my standouts are English Channel, Wind on the Water, Son With the Walking Shoes, Dancing With Einstein and the beautiful Mid Western Skies!! What a great end to a great release!!

From: AOR freaky Date: September 16, 2005 at 4:13
Nick C, I'm glad we do agree on this one, mate ! GREAT CD indeed !!!!!

From: Lovedrive Date: January 30, 2006 at 7:21
UF! después de escuchar el fantástico "Devotion", voy y me encuentro con esta OBRA MAESTRA. Aor elegante, romántico y por momentos marchosillo (no te duermes, vaya). Champions lo ha definido perfectamente: las canciones van de menos a mas..empiezan en plan tranqui y en los estribillos te destrozan.

From: juan carlos Date: March 3, 2006 at 22:56
Grandísimo disco, AOR de calidad, alucino con la voz maestra de este tipo.. no te lo puedes perder.. de verdad, no te vas a equivocar con esto.. "english channel" de los mejores y van.. 10/10

From: juan carlos Date: May 17, 2007 at 18:39
Es increíble que no haya más comentarios de esta JOYA DE JOYAS del AOR, un súper-discazo de este monstruo de la composición, canciones que para mí rayan la genialidad y verlo codearse con M Thompson y Tim Pierce pues con mas razón aún! Temas de un nivel superlativo, que más decir. De lo mejor en lo que a AOR de los 90s se refiere y está en mi Top 10 de AOR de todos los tiempos. "English Channel" define al disco, "Mid Western Skies" es insuperable, "In The Dark".. No amigos.. Tú Mismo! 10/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 18, 2007 at 10:43
Great AOR of course, pero si CHAMPIONS Robert Joan ya lo dijeron todo solo escoger los temas All the Love We Kill(fav), English Channel, Dancing With Einstein, London Is Burning, Wind on the Water, Son With the Walking Shoes, Through My Eyes, In the Dark... Grandes letras grandes temas pero con un par de cortes con garra y fuerza hubiera sido mejor algun dia ojala este su 1ra obra, saludos tambien a todos los muchachos de Rock Angels y Rafa Basa uno especial para mi amiga Laura 9/10

From: juan carlos Date: May 18, 2007 at 11:03
Que bueno que mi llamado surta efecto entre los chavales , mas comentarios acerca de este JOYON por favor, donde están los hispanos, Carlos A. Lalorock AORteto y demás.. Por cierto en estos momentos Mark Spiro está en tratos con un grupo argentino llamado Hardway que van en una onda Mr. Mister/TOTO y va estar en los vocales, sorprende la noticia para bien, atentos a eso entonces. Saludos.

From: Carlos A. Date: May 19, 2007 at 12:54
Bien Juan Carlos, este disco tiene buenos comentarios en diversos medios de consulta, solo mencionar a Spyro ya es de por si un buen referente lamentablemente no tengo este album para opinar, pero por tu llamado me animare a comentar algunos discos que tengo por alli...

From: juan carlos Date: May 21, 2007 at 20:30
Mark Spiro es sinómino de calidad y sus siguientes albums tambien son muy buenos amigo Carlos, te recomiendo todos. Por cierto, la palabra Superlativo es muy usada en el mundo del AOR y este disco lo es, lástima que muchos no lo sepan aún

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 27, 2007 at 13:34
Oh! que sabiduria de tu parte haber si podeis explicar a los que no saben el significado de esa palabra en el mundo del AOR, jaja la muerte con ese tipo de frases que dira el Gran CHAMPIONS y ni que hablar de la sombra Española que solo pasa por aca de ves en cuando(saludos a uds 2 de su amigo Fenix el Inmortal) a eso, ya comprendo el porque ya no comentas aca, una pena con lo que conoces y te digo que por aca hay muchas rarezas de verdad y el Fenix esta por esas cosas aparte que amo este lugar.

From: juan carlos Date: May 27, 2007 at 21:31
Jajajaja.. Que puedo decir, solo partirme de risa ps amigo, eso lo tienes que responder tu ps gran maestro del aor..... No hay mucho que decir.. No se oye padre, saludos.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 28, 2007 at 23:50
Tu lo has dicho y no solo del AOR y sobre responder El Fenix no tiene que responder absolutamente nada a nadie solo respondo a alguien y ese alguien no es humano asi que tigre mejor comentas con tranquilidad y sin pasarte de vivo si quieres que los demas hagan lo mismo Ok, saludos.

From: aorhardrock Date: May 30, 2007 at 1:10
direct link to emule ed2k://fileMark_Spiro_-_Now_is_Then_Then_is_Now-.............rar8523567895B71E103E504A26D11EAC7B9C6A7A1A/ enjoy it!

From: lalorock Date: March 2, 2008 at 22:35
Que discazo!,AOR fino y elegante donde Mark Spiro canta con el timbre y feeling parecido al gran John Waite, los temas son grandes composiciones que te dejan una gran impresión por su calidad, instrumentación y atmósferas,English Channel,Stay Young y Wind on the water son mis favoritas,me alucinan!,Through my eyes es la original que luego versionaría Philip Bardowell en su gran In the Cut,delicias que calmarán tu sed de AOR de calidad,9/10.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 18, 2010 at 17:17
Oh my God..this is awesome!..it has no waste in any sense..is this his best album???..coz this one is worth every penny you pay 4 it and i will buy his other releases 4 sure!...this album is what i call "Inteligent AOR" why?..coz is smooth when and where is needed and edgy when and where is needed..got the point?..from songs 1 up to 4 is a warming up situation and then from tracks 5 to the very last one is a blast!..His voice is amazing,the kind of voice that enriches a type of album like this..just essential my friends...Richard Marx,Toto and Think Out Loud fans will enjoy this album a lot.92/100

From: petermexico13 Date: October 7, 2013 at 18:38
Muy buen disco, como todo lo que hace este Señor, quien ha compuesto grandes canciones para John Waite, Giant y otros artistas.Siempre es agradable escuchar trabajos como éste. Para acérrimos y conocedores del buen AOR.

From: tomdwa Date: June 5, 2020 at 19:32
I agree with the other comments that Mark Spiro is a talented song writer, but the material on display here is very uneven and even patchy in places. And I think everyone will agree that he hasn't got a great voice either. However, Light in the darkness is a great track!

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