Thursday, 11 December 2014

REWIND: Cast - 'Sandstorm'

One of the most unfairly dismissed bands of the 90s, Liverpool four-piece Cast released four albums between 1995 and 2001 before splitting. They reformed in 2010 and returned with a fifth LP 'Troubled Times', which you can read a review of HERE. Earlier this year, the first four albums were all re-released as deluxe editions, which also included all of the bsides as well as lots of rare and unreleased tracks. Read an epic overview of those reissues HERE, where their classic 1995 debut 'All Change' is described as an album that "shows how a great melody can make a few basic chords and not the most original of styles sound fresh, exciting and very much like the product of magic. 

The terrific psychedelic-tinged rocker 'Sandstorm' is still as exciting and empowering nearly two decades later, and on this remaster that fantastic guitar solo seems to stand out more. Without a doubt, a true anthem of the period. It was the first Cast song I ever heard, and I seem to remember seeing it first on The ITV Chart Show, before going out to Bath that same day and buying the cassette single.

The album shot to No. 7 in the UK charts, reaching double platinum and went on to become the fastest selling debut album in the history of the Polydor label, outselling the likes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and The Jam. 'Sandstorm' itself reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.



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