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STARCASTLE - Citadel

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STARCASTLE :
Terry Lutrell (vocals)
Steve Hagler (guitar, vocals)
Matt Stewart (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Gary Strater (bass, vocals)
Herb Schildt (keyboards)
Steve Tassler (drums, vocals)
 
Produced by: Roy Thomas Baker
Engineered by: Barry Hammond
Mixed by : tbd
Mastered by: George Marino
Digitally Remastered by: Jon Astley
"THE TERM 'pomp-rock' is an anachronism; a rarely used but useful way of vilifying any band with the audacity to incorporate overblown and grandiose musical ideas into their style. Back in the 1970's, however, particularly in North America, it was used to describe a musical renaissance; musicians pushing the songwriting envelope further than ever before. At its head were the twin bastions of Kansas and Styx, both genre defining icons, whilst below them were (sadly mostly forgotten) bands such as Angel, Axe, Trillion and Zon… and perhaps the most whimsical of all; STARCASTLE. Influenced by the musical showmanship of the early 1970's British Progressive Rock movement, and its wicked ability to pen songs of a uniquely melodic nature, Starcastle instantly connected with an audience hoping to hear the complexities of Yes fused with the ballistic fire-power of Boston. Indeed, in this quest, Starcastle took no prisoners, throwing all caution to the wind. 'Citadel', the band's third album originally released in 1977, satisfied on all counts. Arguably their greatest work, it promotes raging pomp-rock mayhem held in place by long keyboard driven passages and vocals to die for. Supremely melodic, yet surprisingly gutsy, this work of brilliance was produced by none other than Queen collaborator Roy Thomas Baker, a man unafraid to utilise all the technical tricks and know-how at his disposal. The results, on every level, are a truly breathtaking accomplishment."
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