Starcastle - Fountains Of Light [Epic Records PE 34375] (January 1977)

Released: January 1977
Country: US
Label: Epic Records
Catalog: PE 34375
Genre: Progressive Rock

Item# SR-EPPE34375
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Pressing: Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Fountains
02 Dawning Of The Day
03 Silver Winds
04 True To The Light
05 Portraits
06 Diamond Song (Deep Is The Light)

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Album Review

Paul Collins []

Listening to this album is always a strange experience for any Yes fan. Clearly Starcastle are following Yes. But did Yes then follow Starcastle? Probably not...but released a year before Yes' Tormato, this album's thin synth sound and electric timbre seem to foretell Yes' fate, even as it mimics the polyrhythms and vocal phrasings of Yes from years gone by. Still, the album has its own charms, largely due to the tight unison work of the rhythm section: Stephen Tasster's cascading tom fills in ''Fountains'' and Gary Strater's supple bass behind the delicate opening of ''Portraits'' are both marvelous. Herb Schildt's synth sounds, on the other hand, haven't always aged well. Still, he leads the band into some rousing instrumentals in the latter halves of ''True to the Light'' and ''Diamond Song.''