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Symphonic Prog

2.48 | 9 ratings

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3 stars The Starcastle formula translated well into a live environment.

"Shine On Brightly" was recorded at Boston, MA. back in 1979 with Starcastle touring to promote their third studio album, "Citadel". The set list has tracks from "Citadel", as well as Starcastle's eponymous album and the follow-up, "Fountains Of Light".

Shine On Brightly" has a good sound quality and catches Starcastle as their best. At Starcastle's best, though, the band will forever carry the tag as an unimaginative Yes "wanna be" outfit. Is this a tag Starcastle deserves? I'm not sure. Starcastle may be influenced by Yes, but they do have some semblance of originality and that American "sensibility" to their music, such as crystal clear vocals and a very melodic sound. This is very evident on "Shine On Brightly".

These guys are great musicians - very talented - and play their brand of Symphonic Prog really well in the live setting. If you are a fan of Starcastle you will enjoy this album; as a casual listener of Starcastle I enjoy this album when it is on, though it is only on when I see it and make a conscious decision to play it. There is nothing on "Shine On Brightly" that is a really memorable, stand out moment or song that makes me seek it out to play over and over again.

Good, but not essential sums up "Shine On Brightly" to a tee! 3/5, no problems. Anything higher would be a furphy; anything lower would be denying the talent of the players.

T.Rox | 3/5 |


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