Mother Nature Calls was the 1997 follow up to Cast's debut album All Change. This is the first time its ever had a reissue since its initial release. If you're a Cast fan you already know its a great album and some people I know even prefer it to All Change.
This issue is from Edsel (under licence from Universal) and comes in a robust hardback book style case, very smart and more durable than the standard fidgety Deluxe versions that Universal have recently issued. The full album and b-sides are here and all lyrics are included even for the b-sides which is a nice touch of detail. A DVD is included containing a new interview with John Power, all the promo videos and TOTP appearances and a few Jools Holland tracks they did.
Many bands at the this time were starting to issue singles as duel CD's to increase sales (as well as 7" and 12" vinyl). Cast were no exception and every single from this album had a CD1 and CD2. This makes 21 b-sides from 4 singles! All are present here including the live tracks. This is great for completists and saves buying up all the old singles on Ebay. The downside is that not much room is left for anything else. Two BBC session tracks have been included but these were already issued on the Cast BBC Sessions album a few years back and thats it. No demo tracks, no unreleased tunes or alternative versions. I guess there simply wasn't room.
All in all though its an excellent reissue and the fact that all 4 albums have been done in the same style means they look great on the shelf together. For Cast fans this has everything you'll ever want anyway - full album, b-sides and a great DVD.