Spy was released in 1979 and garnered another top 50 hit song with Vengeance. The video for Vengeance aired on MTV's first day of broadcasting (August 1, 1981) and quickly became a mainstay on the new music video channel.
“I am an international spy in the house of love”... Anais Nin
from A Spy in The House of Love, Copyright © 1959 Anais Nin, Published by The Swallow Press, Chicago
Dedicated to Arif who is himself fantastic. Special Thanks: Patty Rix, Catherine Peacock, Chrissy Allerdings, Theresa Dean, Cathy Rudewicz, Valerie Newick and Irma Johnson
Release Date: June 1979
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #45
Single (Vengeance) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #48
Produced by: Arif Mardin
Recorded and mixed by: Lew Hahn
Recorded and mixed at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.C.
Horn and string arrangements by: Arif Mardin
Assistant Engineer: Mike O’Reilly
Mastered by: George Piros at Atlantic Studios
This album was recorded in New York City from December 1978—April, 1979
Richard Tee, courtesy of Tappan Zee Records
John Hall, courtesy of Columbia Records
Randy and Michael Brecker, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Mike Mainieri, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Steve Gadd, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Gene Orloff: concertmaster
Jesse Levy, Kermit Moore, Jonathan Abramowitz, Joe Malin, Tony Posk, Harold Kohon, Frederick Buldrini, Gerald Tarack, Richard Maximoff, Mitsue Takayama, Guy Lumia, Regis Iandiorio, Lewis Eley, Julien Barber, Philip Bodner, Ted Hoyle, Peter Dimitriades, Theodore Isreal, Jean Dane, Lamar Alsop, James Buffington, Eugene Moye, Jr., Alan Shulman, Paul Gershman, Matthew Raimondi, Edward Daniels
Photography: Pam Frank
Art direction/design: Bob Heimall (AGI)
Management by: Arlyne Rothberg