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- Released: 1997
- Label: Renaissance
- 1.Shine on Brightly
- 2.Shadows of Song
- 3.Can't Think Twice
- 4.Wings of White
- 5.Evening Wind
- 6.Change in Time
- 7.Could This Be Love
- 8.Why Have They Gone
Starcastle includes: Terry Luttrell.
Starcastle: Stephen Hagler, Matt Stewart (guitars); Matt Stewart (mandolin); Stephen Tassler (drums); Herb Schildt, Gary Strater, Terry Luttrell.
Personnel: Matt Stewart (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Stephen Hagler (vocals, guitar, piano); Gary Strater (vocals, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, bass guitar); Stephen Tasster (vocals, drums, percussion); Terry Luttrell (vocals); Herb Schildt (piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer).
The group's third album, reissued on CD by Tennessee-based Renaissance Records in 1999, is another Yes-like affair, Herb Schildt's keyboards dominating the sound in the best sub-Rick Wakeman manner while Steve Tassler's drumming holds the band's sound together. Terry Luttrell can't quite hit Jon Anderson's high notes, but coupled with the backup singing by Tassler, bassist Gary Strater, and guitarists Matt Stewart and Steve Hagler, the Yes illusion is maintained, especially when Hagler's angular lead playing comes in, as on "Shadows of Song." "Change in Time" is the best of the Yes-style numbers here, a driving little tune with gorgeous choruses and soaring synthesizer breaks. The two most interesting numbers, however, are "Can't Think Twice" and "Could This Be Love," serious attempts at catchy Top 40-type tunes that reconsider the group's whole progressive sound, and which hold the group's talents in check in service of an unchallenging AM approach. They're refreshing, although not why people who were buying the band's stuff were spending their money. ~ Bruce Eder
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