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Cast — A Live Experience
(Bandcamp no#, 1999, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1999-04-01

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While Cast released the limited live single-disc A View of Cast in South America a couple years ago, A Live Experience marks the first time that a live set from this Mexican symphonic quintet has been generally available to fans around the world. Listening to the live versions of the tunes herein — material culled from earlier releases (not including their latest Angels and Demons), it’s like visiting with an old friend. Cast’s live show is powerful, a heavy symphonic progressive rock reminiscent of mid-70s Wind and Wuthering period Genesis, and while there are plenty of bands today mining that general territory (or attempting to, at least), Cast reigns among the best, keeping the flame alive and strong through frequent releases and regular gigging. The selections on this 2CD set were recorded at various live shows from ‘95 through ‘98: The bulk of disc one is taken from the North Carolina Progday shows of ‘96 and ‘98, while disc two is taken from a number of different shows including the ‘95 Barnsdall Theater pre-Progfest show, the September ‘97 show at Prog-Est in Quebec, and the Exposé Club Kaos show from April ‘97. While Cast live rarely strays too far away from their studio versions, many of these tunes were from the earliest albums (Four Aces, Third Call, Landing in a Serious Mind) and the live versions presented here have the benefit of added years of refinement and cohesiveness. Recording quality varies from show to show, but generally is good. Overall, this is an excellent document of the Cast live performance that no fan will want to be without, and also for late starters a good introduction to some of the best material from their older releases.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 17, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Dino Brassea, Cast, Alfonso Vidales

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