Grapes of Wrath (album)

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Grapes of Wrath
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 15, 1983
RecordedThe Shuttle
LabelEpic, Burning Rome Records
ProducerNick Launay
Spear of Destiny chronology
Grapes of Wrath
One Eyed Jacks

Grapes of Wrath is the first studio album by Spear of Destiny, released by Epic Records in 1983 (see 1983 in music). The band's first single was "Flying Scotsman" followed by the second single "The Wheel".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kirk Brandon

Side one

  1. "The Wheel" - 3:10
  2. "Flying Scotsman" - 3:20
  3. "Roof of the World" - 3:02
  4. "Aria" - 4:38
  5. "Solution" - 3:56

Side two

  1. "The Murder of Love" - 3:12
  2. "The Preacher" - 2:34
  3. "Omen of the Times" - 3:15
  4. "The Man Who Tunes the Drums" - 2:47
  5. "Grapes of Wrath" - 4:44

A 'Special Cassette Mix'[2] version of the album was also released. It comprises (in track-listed order):

A1 "The Wheel"
A2 "Flying Scotsman (12" Version)"
A3 "Roof of the World"
A4 "Aria"
A5 "Solution" (preceded by a brief guitar version of The Third Man Theme bridging from A4)
B1 "The Preacher" (including a vocal-only intro of the entire song)
B2 "The Murder of Love" (sans finger-clicking intro)
B3 "Omen of the Times" (preceded by an air raid siren bridging from B2)
B4 "The Man Who Tunes the Drums"
B5 "Grapes of Wrath"


Spear of Destiny


  • The Sisters - backing vocals on "Flying Scotsman" and "Roof of the World"
  • Nick Launay - engineer, mixing
  • Gavin MacKillop - assistant engineer
  • Pierre Boucher - front cover photography


  1. ^ Colin Larkin The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music 1997 p 417 "The first single, 'Flying Scotsman', arrived in 1983, and was featured on The Grapes Of Wrath alongside the relentless single 'The Wheel'."
  2. ^ As stated by the inlay cover: 'One side of this programme is of longer duration than the other to preserve the album continuity'.