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STARCASTLE is a well known USA based band, but sadly they are better known for cloning YES, what is a real shame, because they are talented musicians that could easily be making albums with theirown ideas and style.

The history of Starcastle goes back to 1968, when Steve Hagler (guitar), Mike Castlehorn (Drums) and Paul Tassler (bass guitar) formed ST. JAMES, a cover band that had some success playing in local pubs and bars. Soon after Herb Schildt joined the band and with a keyboardist they were ready for greater things, but tragedy hit them, Mike Castlehorn died in a car accident and was replaced by Steve Tassler.

After years of practicing and writing new material, STARCASTLE released their eponymous debut in 1976, and even when they were cataloged as YES clones, the band was well received in USA and Canada.

Despite having several lineup changes, STARCASTLE managed to release three more albums, "Fountain of Life" (1977), "Citadel" (1977) and the mainstream oriented "Real to Reel" in 1978, after that, the band disbanded, but had several reunions for short periods.

In 2004 the band decided to make a tribute for Gary Stratter who had pancreatic cancer since 2003. They performed together with Gary (this was his last performance with the band). Gary passed away a year later, but not before recording enough material for their last record called "Song of Times" that was released in 2007.

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3.13 | 102 ratings
Starcastle
1976
3.47 | 93 ratings
Fountains of Light
1977
2.96 | 57 ratings
Citadel
1977
1.53 | 31 ratings
Real to Reel
1978
2.97 | 41 ratings
Song Of Times
2007

STARCASTLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 7 ratings
Concert Classics
1999
2.50 | 4 ratings
Shine On Brightly
2001

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STARCASTLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.11 | 9 ratings
Chronos
2001

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 Fountains of Light  by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.47 | 93 ratings

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Fountains of Light
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Starcastle's Fountains of Light is known as an exercise in imitating Yes, specifically the Yes sound of The Yes Album, Close To the Edge, and the full band tracks on Fragile. That's true, but it doesn't tell the whole story - they don't quite sound like classic-period Yes here so much as they resemble a version of Yes sound which kept refining that iteration of their music over the course of the 1970s instead of taking the creative departures of Tales From Topographic Oceans and Relayer, tastefully adding updated production and instrumentation here and there. The end result is surprisingly charming - I have nothing against clone bands if they manage to produce interesting material, and here Starcastle offer a product which sounds like a lost classic Yes album.

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3.47 | 93 ratings

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Fountains of Light
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by Alucard
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The US band Starcastle were not only influenced by the classic Yes sound (Fragile & Close To The Edge), but choose to compose in the same style. The band consisted of skilled musicians, who understood the "mechanisms" of Yes music, were also capable to imitate or compose in the style of Yes and used sound wise the same sounding instruments, vocal arrangements to a point that their music sounds like possible Yes compositions of the classic Yes period. Fountains of Light was released in 1977 and the quality of the compositions and execution is excellent and presents a good mixture of longer and shorter tracks, instrumental and vocal based songs. Fountains of light is the second Starcastle record and the main problem lies in the concept of copying the classic Yes sound: the second record sounds exactly like their first. The music of Starcastle has more a quality of an epigone's artist's work then a real progressiveness in terms of creativity. By choosing to compose in the style of, rather than develop their own sound the band got trapped inside their own self set boundaries of sticking to the classic Yes sound.

Seen the quality of the music I still rate their music relatively high, but in terms of real creativity I would take one star off.

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3.47 | 93 ratings

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Fountains of Light
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Despite the numerous critics that claimed Starcastle were just another Yes clone, the band's debut sold quite well, received heavy FM airplay and it was followed by an extended touring schedule.Epic Records then sent the band to Quebec, at Le Studio in Morin-Heights to work with Roy Thomas Baker on the upcoming album.Baker was known for his work as a producer of Queen and there were some serious doubts about how he could adjust his ideas into the sound of Starcastle.The final product was ''Fountains of light'', released eventually in 1977.

Having worked with Queen helped Baker make the style of Starcastle a bit more pompous, while the band maintained its complex nature throughout, maybe with a few more melodic lines added for good measure.''Fountains of light'' sounds like a Symphonic Rock album leaving the Classic Prog era for a new dimension towards the 80's, as the main keyboards appearing in it are Herb Schildt's dominant synthesizers with light washes from his Hammond organ and the piano.The YES influence is more than apparent, from the complicated bass lines to the STEVE HOWE guitar workouts to the sweet vocal harmonies and the JON ANDERSON-like voice of Terry Luttrell.The compositions remain at a very good level with interesting variations, really dense instrumental themes and strong lyrical textures with romantic atmospheres.The constant use of synths and the sugar-like polyphonic arrangements maybe deliver a slight AOR taste at moments, but the structure of the music is definitely in a YES-vein circa ''Relayer'' and ''Going for the One'' with virtuosic keyboard acrobatics and a certain symponic flavor.The YES similarities are a bit annoying along the way, like listening to a lost album of the British Prog pioneers, but the musicianship and the atmosphere ranges from decent to brilliant, featuring rich, keyboard-drenched textures.

Somewhat lower in music values compared to Starcastle's adventurous debut, but ''Fountains of light'' includes lots of great moments, starting from dreamy and ethereal passages and ending up in complex instrumental ideas.Recommended.

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 Shine On Brightly by STARCASTLE album cover Live, 2001
2.50 | 4 ratings

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Shine On Brightly
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

2 stars A live album recorded in the summer of 79, but that didn't get released until much later (01, says the back cover). The weird thing is that we hear the singer announce that their latest (brand new)album is Citadel (released late 77), but they'd released their atrocious Real To Reel since, so something is not clicking right here: either the announced recording and gig date is wrong, or they completely reneg that atrocious album. Most likely, the date is wrong, because the huge majority of the set's list is from Citadel, with only one track each from the debut and the second album. Most likely, this album is really a bootleg, since t misnames Fountains into their second album's titles. Though I can't trace on which album would be Breath And Thunder (it's not on the upcoming RTR album either), so most likely, the track was to come on a subsequent album, but got lost or not selected for RTR. For some, this track alone might be worth the investment, as apparently, this is a Starcastle archives recording of good quality, except for a brief moment where the tape overstretches during Fountains. Nothing surprising for an otherwise good stage representation of a favourite Yes clone, but I'll pass on it.

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 Citadel by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.96 | 57 ratings

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Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
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3 stars Starcastle's last worthwhile album before the disastrous pop-rock of the career-killing 'Real To Reel', 1977's 'Citadel' nevertheless features the American outfit inching towards a more streamlined sound. Thanks to the pressure exerted by their label, the glutinous production sheen applied by badly-chosen ex-Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker, the rising success throughout their homeland of fellow countrymen Journey, Boston and Foreigner and the punk rock explosion taking place over in Britain, this was a make-or-break moment for the group. Although their self-titled debut from 1976 had sold well, follow-up release 'Fountains Of Light' hadn't quite fulfilled the commercial expectations of CBS records and the relative failure of 'Citadel' would therefore give Starcastle very little room to manouvere. Unfortunately, by 1978, the Starcastle story had run it's sadly-truncated course, the group extremely unhappy with their final album which they believed didn't represent their musical ideals at all. Thankfully, 'Citadel' does retain many of the ingredients that made their original albums such delightful guilty pleasures for progressive rock fans, the six-man outfit's 'Americanized' take on the classic symphonic style popularised by British genre titans Yes still prevalent despite the fact that the album is made up entirely of standard-length songs. Somewhat disappointingly there is no sparkling epic in the mould of 'Lady Of The Lake' or 'Fountains' here - a result of CBS' interference - yet the gleaming synthesizers and soaring vocal harmonies that characterized their best work is still in check. The album's first half is definitely the stronger, opening track 'Shine On Brightly' a piece that wouldn't sound out-of-place on either of 'Citadel's predecessors, whilst the bouncy neon rhythms of 'Can't Think Twice' provides a rare glimpse of the group's new poppier direction rubbing off well on their unashamedly progressive inclinations. There are many, or course, who believe Starcastle were just a American Yes-clone, and it's easy to see why, yet there is so much more to this underrated group. Alongside the likes of Journey, Styx and Kansas, they were on the key American groups, essentially blending the intricate complexities of British groups such as Yes, Genesis and ELP with the fist-pumping simplicity of anthemic American rock. Of their contemporaries, however, Starcaste were undoubtedly the most overtly progressive. Those who have yet to explore the delights of Starcastle are urged to investigate their first three albums, all of which should delight fans of classic-style progressive rock. Although certainly not their best, the elegant, instrumentally complex and gloriously upbeat 'Citadel' does provide a worthy denouement for a group who, simply put, didn't get the recognition they fully deserved.

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3.47 | 93 ratings

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Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by J-Man
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3 stars With their debut album, progressive rock band Starcastle established themselves as the 'American answer to Yes', and Fountains of Light further validates that title. Released just a year after Starcastle, Fountains of Light sees the band pursuing more or less the same style of cheery symphonic prog, except with more of an AOR edge this time around. This is still first and foremost a progressive rock album, however, and most of the AOR tendencies tend to lie solely in the keyboard tones. Even though Starcastle branched out slightly since their 1976 debut, Fountains of Light is still, for better or worse, a Yes cloning exercise. In terms of late seventies' American progressive rock, there aren't too many albums better than this - by today's standards, however, Fountains of Light stands as largely unessential.

Fountains of Light sounds pretty much the same as the previous Starcastle album, although it seems like there's a bit more of an influence from Styx and Kansas this time around. Terry Luttrell still sounds uncannily Jon Anderson, and the instrumentation still borrows heavily from Yes, but the more vast synthesizer palette and distinct guitar style does make this album a bit different from its predecessor. Although Starcastle was still a long way away from finding their own sound, Fountains of Light is possibly a bit more distinct than their debut. With that said, the fiery songwriting of the first album is toned down a bit, and Fountains of Light generally sounds a bit more 'tame' than their debut. The downplayed organ playing really takes something away from Starcastle's sound - this, in combination with the generally less memorable songwriting, makes Fountains of Light feel a bit inferior to Starcastle.

Although Fountains of Light lacks a true sense of originality and is a bit less interesting than Starcastle, that isn't to say that this album isn't good. The epic "Fountains" may actually be my favorite Starcastle tune, and the musicianship and production are both beyond excellent. This is a competent, if largely non-essential, progressive rock effort that Yes fans in particular should enjoy. 3 stars are warranted.

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 Starcastle by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.13 | 102 ratings

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Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Of all of the progressive rock bands to take more than a few hints from Yes, Starcastle is arguably the most famous - or infamous, if you prefer. Especially on their self-titled 1976 debut, these American proggers have been noted time and time again as a mere Yes ripoff. While that statement is almost undeniably correct, any band that can convincingly sound like Yes is worthy of a few points in my book. Starcastle is an incredibly tight and precise group of musicians with a knack for creating memorable progressive rock compositions, and in spite of their total lack of originality, they deliver their style with complete confidence. Although this album derives far too much from Yes' sound for my liking, you'll have a tough time finding many American prog albums from the mid-seventies' on par with Starcastle.

Though it's a fairly well known fact that Starcastle sounds a heck of a lot like Yes, it is pretty amazing how well these guys have mastered every fine aspect of Yes' sound. Everything from the masculine basslines to the vast keyboard palette immediately transports the listener back to the golden age of symphonic prog, and for fans of the genre, this record should provide plenty of great listens. The album opens up with the excellent "Lady of the Lake"; while the strength of this opus is never reached again, the rest of the album is pretty great as well. The instrumental section in "Forces", in particular, is also a major highlight.

Starcastle may have mastered every fine aspect of Yes' sound with this debut, but that ultimately doesn't shake the feeling that this album is just a second-rate version of the real thing. The emotional plateaus achieved by masterpieces like Close to the Edge and Relayer are rarely found on Starcastle; while I do find myself having a spectacular time when the album is playing, it doesn't leave the same mark that Yes' best works deliver so brilliantly. With that said, it's still worth noting that this is one of the essential American prog albums of the seventies', and all die-hard Yes fans should mark this as an absolutely mandatory purchase. The derivative nature of the music keeps Starcastle from being truly excellent, but I do still think this is a very good album indeed. 3.5 stars is a pretty fair score in this case.

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 Fountains of Light  by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.47 | 93 ratings

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Fountains of Light
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Oh my cod. This is such a Yes rip off.

Starcastle was a pretty big band in their heydays and they really satisfied the scene's hunger for more Yes albums.

Fountains of Light is in all but name a Yes album from their Fragile era. I cannot really find any differences between Yes and Starcastle when it comes to sound. Actually, there is one difference and it is pretty big. It is the keyboards sound. Yes keyboards sounds pastoral green green valleys of England. Starcastle's keyboard is much more American pomp rock, AOR sounding. That is the difference between Fragile and Fountains of Light.

That and the quality of the songs. Fountains of Light is lagging well behind in that respect. But this is by all means a hugely enjoyable album. The lack of some great songs is a problem. But their sound alone is worthy the purchase price and it is recommended.

3.5 stars

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 Starcastle by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.13 | 102 ratings

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Starcastle
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Today I remembered that USA have its moments on 70's Progressive Rock era (the only other name that came across my mind right now are the great Yezda Urfa). And I put the needle again on Starcastle first record from 1976.

Much is said about how much Starcastle has 'robbed' the Yes sound, and this is quite boring to read, cause ALL reviews in all possible websites says the same.

I'll not say contrary, cause yeah, we have a lot of Yes influences all around. But what people do not remember is that on 1976 Yes WASN'T playing any of this music anymore. So, really, I don't give a damn if they are 'thieves' or not, what I wanna say is, thanks for bringing some good sounds for a year that has no great albums to remember of.

I always loved this bass sound we have here, the old Rickenbacker with a pick in a medium- high range and Gary Strater deliver it, so bring'em. Maybe the only thing that can annoy me here from time to time is the weakness in the voice of Terry Luttrell, I like his voice, but sometimes is really clear that he need help to deliver a full vocal section, so yes, a lot of vocals, even if their style 'demands' a lot of vocals you can notice that.

And you have to admire the courage of a band that played around for 4 years before really could record an album, and had all their equipment ruined in a truck crash in which their guitar player Stephen Hagler had his back broken.

All in all an album that can be heard with a smile and the attention that good Prog Rock album deserves.

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 Song Of Times by STARCASTLE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.97 | 41 ratings

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Song Of Times
Starcastle Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The first experience with Starcastle happened when they released their debut in 1977. Once I realised their clone of Yes, I never played the CD anymore and never paid attention to the later development of the band until couple of days ago when I accidentally spun this 'Song of Times' album and struck by its opening track 'Red Season' (5:28) which is not bad at all. In fact, I was impressed especially having known that the new Yes album 'Fly From Here' sounds to mellow for me. And then I started to compare: How come this track is much better than any of songs in 'Fly From Here' album? How come the clone is better than the original? I was so curius and started to enjoy this album in its entirety.

I have to admit that 'Song of Times' by Starcastle is better than Yes 'Fly From Here' and Yes 'Open Your Eyes'. musically. Yes, Starcastle music is totally emulating the style of Yes. But it's now OK for me to enjoy this album as I find that the new Yes album is not that so excellent - may be just good in itself. But when it's compared with other prog albums, I do not put 'Fly From Here' in the top list at all. In this 'Song of Times' album you can hear the 'almost' exact voice of Jon Anderson as first predictor of Starcastle music's similarity with Yes. The second thing you would find is the bassplaying of Rickenbaker that sounds very similar with Chris Squire. The rest is actually not quite the same. Well, you might say keyboard work is similar even though still far from what Rick Wakeman can do.

Overall, this is a good album. You can listen to tracks like 'Babylon' (9:24), 'Song of Times' (6:04) that are no bad at all. In fact in 'Master Machine' (4:24) you can find the opening choirs that explore Anderson-like voices. If you never knew a band called YES before listening to this album by Starcastle, I am sure you would rate this album as a good one. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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