Exposé Online banner

Cairo — Cairo
(Magna Carta MA-1081-2, 1995, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-07-01

Cairo Cover art

Having heard the Frog Pest sampler tape, I was expecting quite a bit, as Cairo's long 20 minute cut (that appears here as well) was very promising. The track was a cross between complex keyboard fronted progressive rock and a more accessible Asia/Saga/Pendragon melodic rock style more typical of the Magna Carta label. It had some excellent instrumental sections with great dynamics and technical virtuosity. After hearing the full CD, I must admit I was disappointed, as the remaining tracks, although long and involved, fit neatly into the bombastic neo-progressive style. They certainly do it better than most, filling in the cracks with lots of synths and Hammond. After the introduction (also on Frog Pest) there are several songs with lots of accessible vocals – I hear Asia, Pendragon, Queensrÿche, Toto, Magellan, Dream Theater, and others. Although I can't admit to liking this type of music a whole lot, as the more commercial moves sound quite trite, this certainly is one of the better neos around. I'd like to hear more of the Hammond as at times they approach the classic Italian 70s stuff. Recommended to neo/ELP fans.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Cairo

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Body Full of Stars - Falling Angels – Mark Dunn seems like quite a colorful guy. The leader and main songwriter for English group Body Full of Stars writes spirited Afro- and British pop and has a vocal delivery full of English wit and...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues