The Adverts - Cast Of Thousands

The Adverts - Cast Of Thousands

Original Release Date

1979

Release Information

UK LP 1979 (RCA - PL 25246)

A1 Cast Of Thousands 5:26
A2 The Adverts 3:06
A3 My Place 2:49
A4 Male Assault 2:26
A5 Television's Over 3:17
B1 Fate Of Criminals 3:09
B2 Love Songs 2:27
B3 I Surrender 3:02
B4 I Looked At The Sun 4:15
B5 I Will Walk You Home 4:04

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UK 2xCD 2005 (The Devil's Own Jukebox - SDEVIL 905 CD). Sub-titled: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1: Cast Of Thousands
1 Cast Of Thousands 5:26
2 The Adverts 3:06
3 My Place 2:49
4 Male Assault 2:26
5 Television's Over 3:17
6 Fate Of Criminals 3:09
7 Love Songs 2:27
8 I Surrender 3:02
9 I Looked At The Sun 4:15
10 I Will Walk You Home 4:04
Bonus Tracks
11 Television's Over (Single Version) 3:20
12 Back From The Dead 1:41

Disc 2: The Complete Adverts Radio Sessions
1 One Chord Wonders 2:30
2 Bored Teenagers 1:53
3 Gary Gilmore's Eyes 2:17
4 Newboys 3:20
5 Quickstep 3:19
6 We Who Wait 2:04
7 New Church 2:33
8 Safety In Numbers 3:22
9 Great British Mistake 3:33
10 Fate Of Criminals 3:09
11 Television's Over 3:22
12 Love Songs 2:35
13 Back From The Dead 1:39
14 I Surrender 3:07
15 The Adverts 3:18
16 I Looked At The Sun 4:28
17 Cast Of Thousands 4:59
18 I Will Walk You Home 4:43

Chart Placings

None

Credits

T.V. Smith - vocals, guitar
Gaye Advert - bass guitar
Howard Pickup - guitar
Rod Latter - drums
Tim Cross - keyboards
With:
Richard Strange - synthesizer

Produced by Tom Newman

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: A splendid, strange second album, with a new drummer (Rod Latter, ex-Maniacs) and a very different sound indeed. Badly received by critics (who slated it) and fans (who ignored it), it actually stands up to the rigours of time very well and is lyrically just as pointed as the debut. Most people had a bit of difficulty getting to grips with the outrageously thin production - by hippie knob-twiddler Tom Herman (Mike Oldfield, anyone?) - which emphasises the weedy keyboards and leaves the guitars for the most part disembodied. Songs like 'Television's Over' (a much lusher version than that of the 7-inch) and 'Fate of Criminals' want for nothing, and it stands as a fearless, adventurous and exciting work. 'I Will Walk You Home' and 'My Place' are two of the album's oddest cuts, the former a lovely ballad with what sounds like a mandolin but is actually a guitar recorded at half-speed. It ends the disc on an entirely appropriate ambiguous, melancholic note.

DAVE THOMPSON, MOJO: With punk's obituary already filed, the idea that The Adverts even record a second album was greeted with scorn. That it sounded nothing like The Adverts and was helmed by Mike Oldfield producer, Tom Newman, did the rest. Reviews were hostile, fans were baffled and The Adverts themselves broke up before its release [sic]. For the few hardy souls who ventured in, Cast Of Thousands offered widescreen, anthemic, post-proggy rage that spat bitterly in the eye of prevalent trends (2-Tone, PiL, Oi) and remains out on a twisted limb today.

Additional Notes

The remastered "ultimate collection" boasts liner notes by Smith and Henry Rollins and an extra disc of radio sessions (palatable, if hardly essential, alternate versions of tracks from both studio albums) that had previously been released as The Wonders Don't Care.

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