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Starcastle was one of the popular and well-respected bands of the American progressive rock of the 70’s. This band was known for their Yes influenced epochs in the seventies. This band contained tight epic instrumentation with the somewhat dreamy and fantasy lyrics/singing of Terry Luttrell. Their singer has a [Jon Anderson[-like kind of voice, the vocal perfection beloved by American bands and an instrumental sophistication. The music was original in terms of composition lyrics and performance.

They released four studio albums between 1976 and 1978. Their first two albums for Epic, “Starcastle” and “Fountains of Light”, are archetypes of the symphonic sound; utopian, grand, sweeping, intricate, complex and melodic. On later albums, the band changes its orientation and goes towards a direct soft rock with some Yes-like vocals.

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  • TrueMithrandir

    starcastle pisses on the grave of punk...

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Drazba

    saw them back up jethro tull in 76---Chicago stadium I believe

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • White_Paws

    I agree 100% with last 4 comments bellow. I was just about to write that, but there is no need now. :)

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SatanicWalnut

    Fucking outstanding. I love the Yes influence.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    I wish more bands would try to emulate Yes. It's a great direction to go, musically. So what if you get compared to the ones who did it first? Somebody's got to be The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TrivialMuzik

    So many ppl criticise the similarity to Yes - I actually think of it as a plus! This is definately my favorite US prog rock band from the 70's! :) Such uplifting tunes!

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • VelvetMesgue

    Para mi tienen solamente influencia de YES, no tratan de copiar o plagiar. La banda tiene estilo y los integrantes se destacan en sus instrumentos.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ProgShine

    New pics :)

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • xiKx

    so did Herbert Schildt rly played here?

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Descaradamente similares a YES, pero muy buenos

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Planzar

    Lady Of The Lake для меня приятная композиция. Вообще дебютник хорош.

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • zepeliano

    Yes never produces a music like "Lady Of The Lake". This is converse of yesmaniacs, who are much boring. In my country (Brazil), they're many.

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • RobertAWolf

    I still listen to Starcastle all the time.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • jasonbass1962

    good point. Starcastle and Yes each had their own sound. Gary Strater (bassist) used a Rickenbacker and Moog Taurus Pedals but had a more modal and approach to his bass arrangements...and their arrangements in general were full of counterpoint. I also think Starcastle's vocals were more polished than Yes...Yes had a raw rock edge to their vocals and sound in general. I also agree that Starcastle is an understated prog band. I really enjoyed most of their tunes, especially from their "Starcastle" album.

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Phiiiliiip

    Since Starcastle began I have never had a problem with their sounding like Yes. Starcastle is Starcastle and Yes is Yes.

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Optom-deshevle

    Underrated prog band. Yes-influenced at the time...

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • zeppelin59

    this one under rated band, seen them warm up jeff beck back in 76

    15 Aug 2008 Reply
  • cogsncogs

    If you listen close you'll catch some Triumvirat on a few tracks.

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • cogsncogs

    Yes they do sound like "Yes" and yes that's why I like them! Also you'll hear some ELP in there too!

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • CygnusUnggoy

    It's sounds a lot like Yes, but if Starcastle live sounds anything like this harmony wise, I give these guys props regardless.

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
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