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3.64 | 52 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Peyote (4:40)
2. Traveling Song (2:08)
3. Am I (3:30)
4. Goodbye to All That (5:50)
5. Rhyme (2:11)
6. The Fool (8:40)
7. Soon (3:04)
8. Journey To the East (7:30)

Total Time: 37:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Holiday / vocals
- David Powell / keyboards
- Paul Ineson / electric guitars
- Neil Duty / bass, electric, & acoustic guitars
- Dave Kirkland / drums & percussion

Releases information

CD-Khepra-KHEPCD 01-UK-

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CASTANARC Journey to the East ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by loserboy
4 stars CASTANARC's "Journey To The East"" is a real classic and is one of those light hearted progressive rock recordings with highly memorable songs. Standout for me here is the absolutely beautiful soft voice of Mark Holiday who I would say has one of the top voices. CASTANARC are a neo-prog act but never get too synthy for my liking instead delivering a gentle but complex offering which I am sure will please all prog heads. They never get too loud or out of control and keep focus on building vocal harmonies and beautiful sonic architecture. At times I think "Journey..." carries a slight Alan PARSONS touch. "Journey To The East" is a real cult prog classic and is a great album to sit and listen to.
Review by Warthur
4 stars An enchanting release from the first wave of neo-prog, featuring a sound a lot like early Marillion but with a more pronounced Yes influence - particularly when it comes to Mark Holiday's vocals, which include more than a few hints of Jon Anderson's delivery. Paul Ineson rivals Steve Rothery when it comes to long, drawn-out David Gilmour-inspired guitar solos, whilst the keyboard work of David Powell is a constant feature of the album, and is rather charming. Whilst I wouldn't put the album in the top flight of neo-prog releases from the era, it's most of the way there, and they certainly don't deserve the comparative obscurity they seem to have fallen into compared to the likes of Pallas, Solstice and other neo-prog also-rans from the period.

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