Win 4 Cast Deluxe CD+DVD edition albums…
Liverpool four piece Cast are the latest band to be given the deluxe reissue treatment with their four original albums, ‘All Change’ (1995), ‘Mother Nature Calls’ (1997), ‘Magic Hour’ (1999) and ‘Beetroot’ (2001) released 3rd February on Edsel Records.
Undoubtedly the definitive editions of the band’s catalogue, each deluxe re-mastered 2CD+DVD* release will come with original artwork, high-quality new packaging, exclusive bonus audio, extra tracks including live and session tracks, plus new sleeve notes. These superb packages will also include new interviews with Cast frontman John Power.
Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded guitar bands of all time, The La’s and Shack, Cast evolved into one of the most traditional guitar bands to emerge during the Brit-pop era of the mid-’90s, Cast fast became a popular band in the UK following the success of Oasis and Blur. Led by vocalist/guitarist John Power, Cast carved out a sound that was heavily indebted to the British Invasion of the early ’60s, yet it was infused with a mystical, pseudo-hippie lyrical sensibility.
What really made Cast into a success was Power’s gift for simple, classic pop hooks. A band of the people, frontman John Power came with sufficient previous form (The La’s) and garrulous charm to ensure that critical fondness was never far away. Labelled ‘The Who of the 90’s’, Noel Gallagher once described watching Cast play live as “a religious experience.”
Between the release of their debut album, ‘All Change’ and the final album ‘Beetroot’ (2001) Cast notched up 11 Top 75 UK chart entries which included 7 Top 10 entries.
Despite such regular success Cast were never afraid to develop their sound; ‘Beetroot’ used Latin beat sounds as the band largely abandoned the ethos of producing simple yet catchy three minute pop songs. With only one single released from the album, ‘Desert Drought’, failing to make an impact, the band split the following year.
Following the split all the members remained very active, Power started his own label, and subsequently reformed The La’s. Peter Wilkinson joined Echo & The Bunnymen, then formed Aviator; Keith O’Neill joined Deltasonic Records in a management capacity, whilst Liam Tyson joined Robert Plant’s Strange Sensation.
Power undertook a “Cast Acoustic Show” tour in June 2010, officially reforming the band before touring to mark the 15 Anniversary of ‘All Change’ and in late 2011 Cast released their fifth studio album, ‘Troubled Times’ initially via Pledge Music, and then via the bands own Cast Music label.
We have 2 sets of the 4 Deluxe CD+DVD editions up for grabs; all you need to do is answer this simple question:
COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Email your answer to: philnewall(at)louderthanwar(dot)com
The Subject line MUST read CAST COMPETITION, if it doesn’t your entry will be automatically filtered into the Trash box.
Closing Date Sat 8th February 2014
Multiple entries will be disqualified No cash alternative, album’s to be forwarded by 9PR/Edsel Records Ltd.
Competition is open to all LTW readers – Entries from outside the UK are welcome. The editors decision is final, winners will be notified by email so you need to use a genuine address…