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Resurrection Road

by Craig Spector

An accomplished musician as well as a bestselling horror author and screenwriter, Resurrection Road recounts Spector's fight with Stage Four prostate cancer, metastisized to his bones -- an intense and intimate journey of love, loss, hope, and mortality.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Testify
4:38 $0.99
2. The Art of Not Dying
1:57 $0.99
3. Resurrection Road
3:52 $0.99
4. Slow Yer Roll
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5. Hospital Song
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6. To the Bone
4:29 $0.99
7. Just the Same
6:52 $0.99
8. Never Be Me
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9. Crazy Life
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10. If I Had
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11. Finish This (My Shivaree)
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12. Coda
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Album Notes
“After reading early horror classics by Spector, no one could blame eager listeners for expecting mid-period Metallica power riffs tempered with Journey melodies... but what we have here is post-rehab Steve Earle and Springsteen's Nebraska era lyrics of longing... ”
— Philip Nutman

On June 4, 2016, at the age of 57, I had emergency spinal surgery to remove what I had thought was a pinched nerve in my back, but turned out to be a tumor on my T7 vertebrae. The tumor had bored through the bone and reached my spinal cord; when it constricted the nerves by a factor of 50% my legs gave out and stopped "legging" -- I couldn't walk or stand or even crawl. Four days earlier on Memorial Day, I woke up, stood up, and fell over. 

An ambulance ride, eleven hours in ER and then a transfer to Sentara Norfolk General, left me spending twelve days in the Trauma Ward. It was there that I learned that the reason why I had the tumor was that I had Stage Four prostate cancer, metastisized to my bones. No early symptoms, no warning signs, just boom. 

So now I know. And I fight. 

One year later, I take my first steps in THE ART OF NOT DYING: Tales of Recovery on the Resurrection Road -- a mixed media meta project in really real time. It's a new endeavor, still evolving from real life into something one might call, art? But it exists now, for entirely its own reasons... maybe because art imitates life imitating art; maybe because silence is death and some things just need to be said; maybe just because, why the hell not? 

But THE ART OF NOT DYING is about more than one man's struggle against a sneak attack from an insidious foe. It's about living: finding and creating the things, situations, and relationships that sustain you, doing the things that make your life meaningful. 

None of us know how long we have. We all die. But we're not there yet, so live. Appreciate every moment. Be who you really are. Make your dreams a reality. Take care of yourself, take care of your people, try to leave everything a little bit better than you found it. Love intensely and fiercely. Exercise radical kindness. Take no shit, and give none, either. Fight against evil in the world, starting first and foremost within yourself. Create light in the endless darkness. Find the art in every single thing. Elevate everything you do to an art form. Live courageously, unapologetically. And remember that so much of what we do seems thankless, because we forget to say thanks. 

And when the cynical say to you, how can you have hope when the world is so f*cked? Tell them, because if I don't the world will still be f*cked, but there will be no hope. 

So fight, like your life depended on it. Because it does. 

Which is where my new album, CRAIG SPECTOR: RESURRECTION ROAD, comes in -- songs from the dark edge of mortality and loss, yet threaded with light, and hope, and a fighting spirit. 56 minutes in sonic slices of emotional time and space, painted postcards from the road that never ends for me.

I started writing while still in the Trauma Ward -- a tune called 'Hospital Song.' That simple little song would lower my blood pressure and calm me down while on the 6th floor ward. I kept writing and then recording once I was discharged, and all through the radiation, the chemo, the endless infusions and injections that are de rigeur for life now. 

I played all the instruments and sang all the parts on the album, and recorded it all on my home studio in Virginia Beach VA -- an iMac with Garageband, a lot of guitars, and a lot of IKM gear (iKeys, iRig, iLoud Micro Monitors, iEtc...) and then it was Dropboxed over and mastered in Wicklow, Ireland. The 21st century is slightly awesome that way. 

In its own strange way, Resurrection Road became a personal soundtrack for warriors and survivors all...and a way of demonstrating that not only is there life after cancer, there is life during cancer.

So I hope you'll take a moment. Crank it up. Let it in.

And welcome to my Resurrection Road...

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Chuck Preston

What an album!
Before you listen to this album, take the time to learn about Craig Spector. An accomplished author with a history of great books, an accomplished musician and now a man faced with Stage 4 Prostate cancer. That's what you get with this or any of Craig's albums. True, raw emotions and lyrics embeded in songs full of great musical tapestry. I'm a musician who loves all types of music. In Craig's albums I get them all. From fold, to rock, to his own blend of whatever he may call it, it's just damn good stuff. Kudos to you Mr. Spector! You have shown a bravery in a situation that many of us will hopefully never have to face. But through it all you keep giving us great music. I pray for this man every day, not just for his healing, but that we all will be blessed with his continued great music. A must have for ANY music collector!
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Timothy Cain

Forget everything you thought you knew
Too many music reviews are selfishly centered on the reviewers, themselves, but I feel it necessary to make an admission at the outset: I didn't initially even want to listen to this record. Like some others, I knew the artist from his written work - and am a fan - and was afraid that listening to him actually sing was going to be like listening to actors pontificate on social issues; I would lose respect for the dude for a half-assed effort at something that was outside of his wheelhouse, and potentially have my love of his other gig tarnished.
But I listened, anyway.
This album should be enjoyed the same way that you'd approach one of his books: alone, without distraction, and with an open mind. Because, while the music is understated and direct, it is the lyrics themselves that are deep, introspective, and full of double meanings. It's deep, you dig? Listen to 'Hospital Song,' and the underlying message is forlorn and plaintive... Craig's asking questions on several layers. This is revisited in 'Finish This.'

My other favorites include 'Testify,' 'Just the Same,' 'Never Be Me,' and 'If I Had,' but there's not a weak song in the bunch. Listen to a sample, and you'll agree (and buy it).

The guy has traveled a tough road, but he's not dejected. He hasn't given up. He's instead examining the world, and his place in it. He's asking questions, to a soundtrack with a hook. As listeners - and fellow travelers - we're all the better for it.
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Bob

Craig's a great writer and now a great solo artist
Craig's latest CD and first solo outing is a thought provoking and eye opening event. Written recorded and released over the past year, while Craig was battling Stage 4 Prostate cancer. Call this a soundtrack to the last year. Before you start thinking this is going to be depressing or sad, stop right there. Just look at the title, Resurrection Road...RESURRECTION. This is an uplifting, life affirming CD that everyone should own, listen to and take to heart. Craig is telling us Life is fleeting and enjoy every moment of it. The music is lots of fun. The title track is an upbeat jumpy number. The drums remind you of a Bo Diddley beat, but the mix of acoustic and electric guitars send it in to a jazzy direction. And Craig's vocals almost bubble along on top of all this musical fun. "Slow Yer Roll" is a short instrumental that continues the upbeat, sounding to me like ZZ Top having some fun. "To The Bone" is a nice steamy slow grooved blues based number with a killer lead. Another standout for me is "Never Be Me". It's got a dark and somewhat angry vibe to it that still catches your ear and keeps you listening.
You should buy this CD.
Take my word for it.
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Tom Clark

Freshman Blues
Let me preface this by saying I'm a huge fan of Craig Spector. His books with John Skipp were the catalyst in me striving to become a writer. Before them I wrote bad high fantasy and sword & sorcery. Then I read Book of the Dead and Animals... and BAM! Extreme horror became my calling. With that in mind, understand that as I write this I am torn. Do I review this as an unabated fan? Or do I review this as the no nonsense critic I have always been. With my integrity at stake, I remind myself that I have to separate personal from professional.

Presenting diverse themes throughout the collection, ranging from declarations of love to dirges of a man fighting cancer, Craig Spector's Resurrection Road is not a bad album; but it's not a great album. I went into this hoping to hear a rough, garage band sound. Instead I got a soundtrack for an 80's grindhouse movie. Maybe he should have called this Freshman Blues? And that's a shame, because the album could be better than it actually is.

Superficially, something is missing in the mix, and I can't quite put my finger on it. The overall sound is shallow, and is more indicative of something you would expect to find on a demo, not a commercial release. That's not all together a bad thing, though. It gives the album a stripped down, college appeal, and I think that's where Spector should market this collection. Maybe when he beats the cancer he can do a college campus tour, playing songs and reading passages from his seminal splatterpunk novels, ala Steve Earle, a cancer surviving troubadour. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

It's not simply a missed ingredient in the mix, it's a combination of the song arrangements and a lack of dynamics in the songs themselves that cause my issues. Ultimately, the album is repetitive. This is typically a signature with bands like AC/DC, for example. They have a “sound,” but a casual listener can differentiate between their songs. The songs themselves could have been inspired by the Lost Boys soundtrack, and Craig's vocals remind me of Morrisey in the 80's. It's as if he's in a new wave band indy band from that era, but they forgot those bands used keyboards and not guitars. None of that is a bad thing. The real problem with the songs on Resurrection Road is they blend together, none having their own identity. As a result, Hospital Song is an unintentional instrumental overture of the album. The songs are all the same, with different lyrics, unsure of what genre of music they want to be. 80's Euro pop? American Folk? Southern California stoner rock? The exception being the spoken word piece Art of Not Dying, set to music that crawled out of an 80's soundtrack. And that's Resurrection Road's appeal. It has a very 80's B-movie feel to it. I could hear any of the tracks on a direct to video grindhouse horror flick. Do I recommend this? For Craig Spector fans and enthusiasts? Sure, it's a perfect soundtrack to read his fiction to. Does it have much crossover appeal? I'm afraid not.
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Tess Ugot

Fear No Fear
Trying to write a review for Resurrection Road is not as easy as it should be. I have seen first hand what Craig has been through and continues to go through. Every emotion in me as I listen to each song--from Testify to Never Be Me, Just the Same, If I Had, CODA, and Finish This, emotions that are hard to describe in words. Resurrection Road is haunting, uplifting, questioning, and loving. The lyrics are deep and meaningful, an autobiography of what he has and continues to go through. Give it a try, and if you are willing, take the journey with Craig on his Resurrection Road.
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