Starcastle is a progressive rock band from Champaign, Illinois. Formed in 1969, the group played many shows under the names Pegasus and Mad John Fever before eventually settling on Starcastle. They inked their first record deal with Epic Records and received extensive airplay and frequently played in the St. Louis area. The original lineup included former REO Speedwagon vocalist Terry Luttrell and computing author/programmer Herb Schildt, while the mid-1980s lineup would briefly include guitarist Mark McGee, who would go on to join Vicious Rumors. They released four albums on both the Epic and CBS labels. The band's debut album Starcastle sold well, garnering worldwide airplay.
Their later albums "Fountains of Light", "Citadel", and "Real to Reel" did not sell as well as the first and they were often criticized for sounding too musically similar to Yes. They were opening acts for such bands as Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Fleetwood Mac, Kansas, Boston, Rush, Journey, and others.
In 2002, Gary Strater, Steve Tassler and Steve Hagler all released solo albums on the band's own Sunsinger label. This led to work on the band's final album Song of Times, before Gary Strater's untimely passing on September 19, 2004, from pancreatic cancer. Song of Times was released in 2007.
As recently as June 2012, some surviving band members were working on a new archive release
Starcastle - Citadel
Год: 1977 (2011)
Стиль: Symphonic/Progressive Rock
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
- Terry Luttrell / lead vocals
- Matthew Stewart / guitars, mandolin, vocals
- Stephen Hagler / guitars, vocals
- Herb Schildt / synthesizer, organ, piano, Mellotron, Oberheim
- Gary Strater / bass, Moog pedals, vocals
- Stephen Tassler / drums, percussion, vocals
Artwork: The Brothers Hildebrandt
Citadel is the third studio album by American progressive rock band Starcastle. It is the second of two Starcastle albums to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who produced many of Queen's albums.