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April 7, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1994
  • Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Label: Magna Carta Records
  • Copyright: 1994 Magna Carta
  • Total Length: 1:03:27
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0027PC7HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,529 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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AHHHH it's good to hear fresh prog. rock again.
R. Neil
Indeed listening to keyboardist Mark Robertson, you'll swear it's Keith Emerson himself at ivories; in fact Emerson has listed Cairo as one of his favorite bands.
Kirk Lott
Cairo's self-titled first album was a pleasant surprise.
James P. Bungard

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on November 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of progressive rock, chances are you've been lonely at times since the 70s. But the fact is prog is alive and well, and Cairo makes great music for the genre today.

Like classic prog, Cairo's debut album is blend of short songs and long (ranging from about 2 to 20 minutes), dizzyingly fast instrumentals and ethereal sound washes, and great musicianship.

Indeed listening to keyboardist Mark Robertson, you'll swear it's Keith Emerson himself at ivories; in fact Emerson has listed Cairo as one of his favorite bands. The rest of the band is top notch too, in particular lead singer Bret Douglas, whose voice has hints of Jon Anderson and John Wetton, yet is totally unique.

The only weakness here is that Silent Winter and World Divided are somewhat too commercial, but overall the album is 5-star no-holds-barred prog guaranteed to please most fans. Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James P. Bungard on March 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cairo's self-titled first album was a pleasant surprise. Their music is reminiscent of Tarkus-era Emerson, Lake and Palmer, early Kansas, with some similarities to Asia. "Ruins at Avalon's Gate" is similar in style and length to ELP's Tarkus (the song). Unlike ELP, more like Kansas and Asia, Cairo features excellent guitar work in addition to the expected tight keyboards and percussion. Not content with good musicianship, Cairo features good songwriting complete with memorable hooks. "Between the Lines" cooks! Good production, mixing and sound. Negatives? The vocals seem monotonous to me on occassion. A second lead vocalist or a couple of instrumentals would provide a magical, almost perfect album, oops, compact disk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Re Garbagnati Mauro on January 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I heard it for the first time, I was impressed by the fresh and new sound of this band: a really good vocalist, a really good rythm section, a really good guitarist and, last but not least, an incredible key-man! Listen to the long "Ruins at Avalon's Gate" to believe me! I was shocked: finally a new Keith Emerson on the earth! This single track (more than 10 minutes) is a little gem in the new prog-rock. The remaining aren't at the same level, but still at a very good level. I hope you'll buy it like I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles M. Britzman on September 27, 2013
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As other reviewers have pointed out, for some of us people that were in our twenties at the dawn of prog, it's been a little musically lonely at times in the intervening years. You never forget certain first-time experiences, and one of them is the first time you saw the castles and power in your own soul while merely listening to music; listening to the soaring keyboards and urgent instrumentals of certain bands. ELP did that for me, and I branched out to other big keyboard bands, like Yes,UK and Triumvirat.

Cairo takes its place in this tradition. The musicianship of these men is excellent, and they made me feel the old tingle. The music here is studio-engineered to the point of sounding like a movie score, kind of like ELP's "The Endless Enigma", but without the signature ELP hint of darkness. I guess you could say Cairo is outside looking into darkness, but with grand, uplifting production values on every song that's like a bullet train leaving town, and you've got a ticket, any time you want it. If you've ever loved big, symphonic prog keyboard bands, this is an album for you.

There are many keyboard passages on this album that will remind you so much of ELP that you might feel inclined to turn that into a mark against them. It's a thin line between being 'reminiscent' of another band, and seeming to be 'copying' them, or otherwise trying to ride their coattails. But Cairo is distinctive enough and professional enough that, at basic levels, I consider them to be a kind of tribute band, as far as "sounding like" ELP goes. ELP is gone forever, along with its period in history, etc. But my love of their big, flamboyant keyboard work is ageless,and the distance between ELP's first album and 'Love Beach' is measured in nothing less than light years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Reminds me a lot of the older, longer Kansas compositions (like Song for America). Great compositions -- long with lots of changes throughout. A must for any progressive rock fan.
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