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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B005DCWD8C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ribcage
2. Fallen Angel
3. Fugitive Motel
4. Snooks (Progress Report)
5. Switching Off
6. Not A Job
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Disc: 2
1. Cast of Thousands (live intro)
2. Ribcage - (live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels)
3. Fallen Angel - (live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels)
4. Fugitive Motel - (live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels)
5. Snooks (Progress Report) - (live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels)
6. I've Got Your Number - (live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels)
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Disc: 3
1. Ribcage
2. Fallen Angel
3. Fugitive Mote
4. Snooks (Progress Report)
5. Switching Off
6. Not A Job
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Cast of Thousands was Elbow’s second album released in 2003 and following on from the Mercury nominated Asleep in the Back. This deluxe edition of the album is expanded to a three disc set which includes a CD of rare live tracks and previously unreleased BBC sessions as well as a DVD movie. The DVD is a visual presentation of the album including imagery and projection used from when the band play live and behind the scenes footage.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Ranta on 3 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
It'd been my experience that the more you listen to Elbow, the better they get. When I was given their first album Asleep In The Back, I just had it on in the background while I read a book. Didn't really think too much about it considering how much my flatmate hyped them up. I liked the first track alright but it didn't throw me out of the chair. A week later I listened to it again but this time I really listened to it. "Hey! This is pretty good," I thought and listened to it twice more that day. I liked it more each time. The new album is made the same way. The first time I listened to it I didn't think it was as good as their first. Then I listened to it again and again and so will you.
It sounds a bit more polished than Asleep but is just as moving and it's a bit more psychedelic but just as powerful. Although Elbow sounds relatively familiar, they have a fairly timeless sound, not borrowing too heavily from any one decade's influences. While the first album tended to have a few more all out rock moments, Cast Of Thousands sees Garvey and company matured to a more composed and collected form. Their power lies in their simplicity...but it's pretty much pointless to try to fully explain the movement of Elbow. Their work just needs to be felt. Imagine that! Feelings still exist some 20 years after Satan launched his own channel, MTV. In the words of the Glastonbury 2002 crown at the end of "Grace Under Pressure," an amazingly moving song, "we still believe in love so f**k you!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 12 Jan 2004
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The view from the gutter has never been so beautifully soundtracked. This is far more consistant than their debut - and that was astonishing. Elbow have received every plaudit going for this CD and still they haven't lodged themselves in the public conscience. Why oh why?
If you're still doubting, here's a few reasons:
'Fallen Angel' - insistent throbbing pop. Taught and tense and a great lost single.
'Not A Job' - More pulsating pop with a bruised heart.
'Fugitive Motel' - beautifully poised loneliness that somehow manages to lift the soul.
'I've Got Your Number' - never has verbal violence sounded so sweet, dissolving into one of the filthiest Hammond organ solos ever recorded.
'Switching off' - simply the most beautiful and poignant song written in the last 5 years.
'Buttons and Zips' - rude and funky goings on in the garden shed.
'Grace Under Pressure' - it takes off like a Harrier jump jet and then brings in the whole of the audience at Glastonbury to push it even further up!
Oh look, what more do you want, just buy the bloody thing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lilwelshyrs on 22 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
The only thing that springs to mind is how amazing this album is.
With a similer feel to Placebo, Radiohead and Pink Floyd, Elbow are definitely going to be worth keeping an eye on.
There are so many different sounds to this album that nobody can listen to it just the once and come up with a sure verdict. In fact, it took me quite a while to warm to the variations of sound within each song.
The key with this album is to not immediately pay attention to the lyrics, but to the different emotions that are created in extremly interesting and inventive ways. For example, "Fugitive Motel" - (My personal favourite) starts off with a feel that's almost hawaiian. The dog barks, the waves crash on the shore and a wonderful "twangy" sound is created. This mood is changed abruptly when the singing starts. His melodic voice never fails to send shivers up and down my spine.
Once you have listened to the whole album a number of times, then you can look at the lyrics. Again, going back to "Fugitive Motel", the lyrics are heartbreaking: "I'm tired I said, You always look tired, she said. I'm admired, I said. You always look tired, she said." How simple is that, and yet it never fails to break my heart.
To listen to this album, I think that you either need to be extremly chilled out or depressed. Works both ways for me.
If you don't give this album its deserved second listen to, then you're the one missing out on some extremly touching, artistic music.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is everything i hoped for and more from the follow-up to 'Asleep in the Back.' The first thing that struck me was that it didn't really have any obviously "stand-out" tracks such as 'Newborn' and 'Red' on Asleep in the Back. However, after a few listens the album and certain songs in particular started to seep inside my head and this album overall is a more complete, more subtle and better sewn together piece of work than Elbow's excellent debut. The DVD is also very good and easy to watch all the way through unlike other DVD albums i own, which really do require a great deal of patience to watch. Magnificent.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "bantampride" on 1 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
What ever happened to the 'notoriously difficult' second album that bands usually fell down on? A myth to suit yesterday's bands me thinks. Nowadays the 2nd album brings maturity, progression, and such and such. Coldplay did it with Rush of Blood..., Doves did it with The Last Broadcast, and now I'm very happy to annouce that Elbow have done it too with Cast of Thousands.
Their debut album, Asleep at the Back was definately an album to play late at night when you want to get your emotion on. Powder Blue and Newborn were made to pull on those little heart strings that we all seem to possess deep down. It was an album full of epic, emotion driven songs that we all fell in love with.
Cast of Thousands is more subtle. For those of you who have bought it on the back of Fallen Angel or Asleep at the back (album), played it once, and shelved it to the 'will never play again unless i'm dead bored' part of your CD collection, believe me, you are missing out on a gem.
It is an album that has to be played 7 or 8 times before you can even start to comprehend it's magic. OK, it has its catchy tunes like the 'Fallen Angel' and 'Buttons and Zips' (There is almost a 'The Chicken or the Egg' paradox behind the chorus "Will I ever get this song off my lips, thats what you said"), but after a few more plays, you start to get hooked on songs like 'Fugative Motel' and 'Not a Job', and realise this is probably the best stuff you've heard since OK computer was around.
'Switching Off' is this albums Newborn, the almost naked voice of Guy Garvey has never sounded as good. This guy really means what he's singing, it obvious isn't it? It's coming from his soul. You don't hear that sort of emotion in voices coming out of the kids on the millions of manufactured bands we seemed to be bludgeoned with.
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