Mark Spiro – 2+2 = 5: Best of + Rarities – 3-CD Digipak

Mark Spiro is an iconic American songwriter and an established award winning producer, recording artist, and accomplished musician, with a career that spans over two decades.

Among his many accomplishments are 45 Gold and Platinum Records, and nine solo albums. His songs and productions have been represented on records that have sold over 100 Million copies worldwide.

The “2+2 = 5: Best of + Rarities” compilation encompasses the best of Mark’s solo material starting from “Now Is Then, Then is Now”, originally released in 1996, until “It’s a Beautiful Life”, released in 2012. Also included are his songwriting collaborations with none other than Dann Huff (Giant), Michael Thomson (MTB), Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams), and Tim Pierce.

As a special treat for the discerning and passionate melodic rock fans, the album includes 13 unreleased songs which also includes collaborations with Dann Huff, Michael Thompson, Tim Pierce and Jason Derlatka.

Mark is currently working on a new solo album.


Born in Seattle, Mark moved to Hollywood where he met Jack White, an extremely successful and acclaimed German producer who was making his impact on the American music scene through his work with Laura Branigan, Stevie Woods, Anne Murray, David Hasselhoff, and more.

He immediately recognized Mark’s enormous talent and brought him in as his general co-producer. In the span of three years, Jack cut more than 100 of Spiro’s songs for his various American and German artists.

It was at this time that Mark met German writer/producer, Harold Faltemeyer, best known for his songs ‘Axel F’ from the film, “Beverly Hills Cop”. Faltemeyer was a huge fan of Mark’s writing and production skills and asked him to write a song for a new film, “Top Gun”. Mark wrote the incredible ‘Mighty Wings’, recorded by Cheap Trick, for the film.

Developing a reputation in the film industry for his soundtrack work, Mark wrote songs for such films as, “True Romance (“In Dreams” recorded by John Waite), “Selena” (“Only Love” recorded by Selena), and ”Music From Another Room” (“Day After Day” recorded by Julian Lennon). Mark’s songs have also been featured on several television series such as “One Tree Hill”, “Marker”, and “Fame”.

He is also recognized as one of the leading melodic rock songwriters in the United States, with songs recorded by such classic artists as Heart, Cheap Trick, Giant, Bad English, John Waite, Kansas, Reo Speedwagon, Winger, Mike Reno (LoverBoy), and Julian Lennon.

In addition, he has written for multi-platinum country artist  Lila McCann, and Latin artists, Luis Miguel and Emmanuel. In addition, he has produced songs by Anne Murray, Laura Branigan, John Berry, Mike Reno (Loverboy), Maria Conchito Alonso, and a new artist, Ruby Summer for Lyric Street Records. Although he is best known for his melodic rock style, it is evident that Mark Spiro has the ability and talent to write for any style and genre of music.

Mark recorded and released his first solo album “In Stereo” in Germany in 1986. Shortly thereafter, Mark was signed to Interscope Records by Jimmy Iovine as a solo artist. Mark’s second solo album, “Care Of My Soul” was released in Japan, Australia, and Scandinavia in 1994; a unique pop/rock album with Mark’s special trademark of haunting melodies, creatively imaginative lyrics, and outstanding vocals.

1996 saw the release of “Now Is Then, Then Is Now” on Westcoast Records, which was a perfect melodic rock record that received unanimous acclaim in the European rock press for being one of the absolute finest releases that year.

Mark Spiro’s next two albums, “Devotion” and “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”, were released on the German label MTM Music and released throughout Europe and Scandinavia. His most recent albums, “King of Crows” (2003), and “Mighty Blue Ocean” (2005) were also released throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

1.    All The Love We Kill
2.    Wind On The Water
3.    Better With A Broken Heart
4.    Don’t Leave Me In Love
5.    Vendetta
6.    Through My Eyes
7.    Mid Western Skies
8.    My Devotion
9.    Valdez
10.    The Rain Came Tumblin’ Down
11.    The Rhythm Of Your Soul
12.    Can’t Take That Away (Stuff Version)

1.    I’ll Be There
2.    King Of The Crows
3.    When Winter Comes
4.    It’s A Beautiful Life
5.    Come Back To Me
6.    Mighty Blue Ocean
7.    Monster
8.    Between The Raindrops
9.    The Fisherman 3
10.    Wheels May Rust
11.    A Beautiful Mistake
12.    Love Don’t Come Around Here

1.    Take Your Time
2.    Holding You
3.    24 Hours A Day
4.    Whirling Dervish
5.    Cry Me A River
6.    Feels Like
7.    Whenever I Remember
8.    Run Like A River
9.    Broken Home
10.    Leave My Heart Alone
11.    Anything To Find My Baby
12.    When You Were Nothing
13.    Screaming Like A Crow

By Published On: maj 31, 2020Categories: In Focus, New Releases

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