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Product Format: CDR               ** Regular Stock Item **

Price: £9.16 (exc) £10.99 (inc)


2020 Khepra Records re-issue of this 1994 CASTANARC album and this version features brand-new cover artwork by Mark Holiday!

Originating in the early 80’s, CASTANARC are an incredibly melodic U.K. based Symphonic Neo-Prog band that up until 2021, when their comeback album ‘Sea Of Broken Vows’ was released, had only made four other original albums in all that time, plus a compilation CD of rarities released in 2020.
Through the years they have stayed relatively obscure, yet remained consistently strong musically, delivering their own addictive take on mainstream modern Prog. Their sound is of a song-based nature, with their earlier years often described as containing glimpses of GENESIS and YES. They produce a more keyboard-oriented, less guitar-dominant sound than say MARILLION, tending to lean more towards the melodic keyboard sophistication of SAGA.
CASTANARC have also been compared quality-wise to fellow 80’s debutants such as PALLAS or PENDRAGON and their highly enjoyable debut album ‘Journey To The East’ is considered to be a bit real cult Prog classic!
For the later releases you need to have to have an ear for a good hook, because like some others who arrived on the scene during the same time period, their music is perfect for fans who are up for blending a set of good strong songs with classy instrumental breaks, as opposed to those that deliver just total instrumental flamboyance.

‘Little Gods’ was started in 1994 and a lot of the recording took place at David Powell's home. John Spence would drop in at regular intervals and steer the ship in the right direction. Environmental issues that resonated in particular with Mark Holiday inspired the concept for the album. After nearly two years of recording the project was handed over to John Spence to mix in a very intense four-week session.

The line-up for ‘Little Gods’ features: Mark Holiday (vocals), David Powell (keyboards), Neil Duty (guitars), Dave Richie (bass) and Vincenzo Lammie (drums) with Child Narration by: Ben Spence.

Engineered by Ineson / Powell / Holiday / Spence. Mixed and mastered by John Spence at Fairview Studio.
Produced by John Spence for Khepra Records

‘Little Gods’ was released on 11th October 1998.

Please read the important statement below on the CD-R format this album is reproduced on…

The term “CD-R” immediately strikes fear into the mind of many music lovers and all audiophiles alike, with worries arising that any release on the format might be a sub-standard “home-made” job with a limited lifespan!

However, we live in times where projected sales of an album on CD might not be high enough to warrant the high costs of a full factory pressed CD run with a sizable minimum orderable quantity requirement attached, so there’s a definite need for such a manufacturing process. This is especially true in the niche-genre markets where smaller labels and artists are living with the big unknown of what their CD sales potential might be while they contend with other popular mediums such as downloads, streaming services and now the revival of vinyl (and cassettes!!!).

Some amateur artists/labels produce their own CD-R’s, but as far as we are concerned, the favoured professional solution is the factory “replicated” CD. These are made from high quality discs and printing materials that retain all the quality of a properly factory “printed” CD. They can also be produced and managed in much smaller quantities at reasonable cost, without making any of the sacrifices in the audio and packaging quality departments that are commonly associated with the CD-R format. Some are made available in Card Sleeves or Digi-Paks and are often shrink-wrapped, outwardly making the package almost indistinguishable from a finished factory “printed” CD!

These days there are a lot of CD-R releases on the market and regardless of how they are made, standards can vary, depending on the label and their manufacturing sources, but we are extremely selective about which titles we sell, and any we do offer are subject to diligent audio and visual vetting before being committed to our catalogue.
Most of our regular customers already know that we do not actively promote any CD-R’s that we feel are sub-standard in any way. We will of course service any customer who asks us for any specific CD-R title that is on the market, but if it is not one we have checked and endorsed, it comes with a warning of the possibility the production might not meet the high standards we expect, and therefore customer research is recommended before ordering.

Anyone ordering a factory replicated CD that we have promoted can be confident they are going to receive a guaranteed quality product. This CASTANARC CD-R is a prime example that has been produced to such a high standard that we (CDS) have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who may have the even the slightest niggling doubts about the format, and as such we are more than happy to include the album in our catalogue roster … many people would not even know this was a CD-R production had we not drawn their attention to the fact!

Also available by CASTANARC …
BURNT OFFERINGS (1999 Album Re-Issue / Factory Pressed CDR) CD – Stock # 906276
JOURNEY TO THE EAST (1980’s Classic Re-Issue / Factory Pressed CDR) CD – Stock # 898697
RUDE POLITICS (2020 Re-Issue / Factory Pressed CDR) CD – Stock # 898696
SEA OF BROKEN VOWS (2021 Studio Album / Digi-Pak) CD – Stock # 2205323
WATER FROM THE WELL (2020 Album Of Band Rarities / Factory Pressed CDR) CD – Stock # 2202173


01. The Dream (2:46)
02. Wake Up (3:24)
03. Wow (1:51)
04. The Sun (5:48)
05. Lunar Tearoom (1:43)
06. The Moon (3:48)
07. You Can See Our House From Here (1:42)
08. The Wind (5:22)
09. Ahhghh (1:30)
10. Old Air Head (6:06)
11. Terror Firma (2:07)
12. The Mountain (4:58)
13. Come On You Reds (1:16)
14. The Tree (4:49)
15. Stream Walking (2:57)
16. The River (4:09)
17. Time To Take Your Aqua Gum (2:06)
18. The Sea (5:10)
19. Small Poem For A Small Planet (1:17)

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