Enemy Within (album)
1986 New Rose LP (FRA)
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||1982 - 1985|
|Label||New Rose (France)|
|Chris Spedding chronology|
2009 Other Peoples Music CD
Enemy Within is the seventh solo studio album by English singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Spedding. The album was originally released in October 1986, on the label New Rose Records in France, and in Germany on Date Records. The album was recorded over a period of three years starting in 1982, at three different recording studios. It was the six-year follow-up to his 1980 album I'm Not Like Everybody Else. The album features contributions from Tom Finn, Anton Fig, Jimmy Zoppi, David Van Tieghem, and Keith Lentin. The album was his last recording of original material for four years, until he released Cafe Days, in 1990.
When the album was released in late 1986, it received mixed reviews, and went largely unnoticed by the public, being a commercial disappointment, and even missed the album charts worldwide, alike all of his solo albums (to date).
It was later picked up for release by Repertoire Records in 2001, featuring rare bonus content. With the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; the bonus content consists of one outtake, and one live track.
Enemy Within received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. In his retrospective review for AllMusic, Mike DeGagne rated the album two and a half stars out of five. He praised the album the album for containing "enough fragments of mild rockabilly, pop, and traditional rock & roll." They also added that that made him sound "an awful lot like Mark Knopfler". However, they commented that "Spedding fails to unleash any real surprises"
All tracks composed by Chris Spedding; except where indicated.
|2.||"Love's Made a Fool of You"||Buddy Holly, Bob Montgomery||4:03|
|3.||"Signs Of Love"||2:19|
|10.||"Go West"||Spedding, John Cale, Jody Beach||3:40|
|11.||"Shakin' All Over"||Johnny Kidd, Guy Robinson||2:36|
- Additional tracks
|Bonus tracks on compact disc release|
|12.||"Lied to Me"||2:46|
|13.||"Mary Lou" (Live)||5:46|
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.
- Chris Spedding - lead vocals; lead guitars; bass guitars; Casio synthesizer
- Anton Fig - drums; percussion
- Carter Cathcart - bass guitar; keyboards
- Amanda Blue - backing vocals
- Additional musicians
- Keith Lentin - bass guitar; backing vocals on "Hologram"
- Cedric Samson - backing vocals on "Hologram"
- Diane Murray - backing vocals on "Hologram"
- David Van Tieghem - drums on "Go West"
- David Leboult - keyboards on "Go West"
- Chris Bishop - backing vocals on "Go West"
- Tom Finn - backing vocals on "Go West"