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Citadel [Collector's Edition, Import, Original recording remastered, Special Edition]

StarcastleAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Import, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B001UG6YFS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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, All Music Guide

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Last of Their 3-Album Prog Career November 8, 2005
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Starcastle had the worst timing that a progressive rock band could have, beginning their career in 1975 with the classic prog era over and the death knell of punk/new wave looming on the horizon. Therefore, they followed the typical prog career path in condensed form, going from prog to pop in only a few short years. Their self-titled debut album was very good, the follow-up, Fountains of Light, was excellent, then they went through this transitional record before flaming out with the wretched Reel To Real.

Musically, Starcastle were virtually a clone band of Yes, even down to using the same make and model guitars, basses and keyboards, and I wouldn't be surprised if they used the same cymbals and mics too. They did add a certain amount of "American-ism" hailing as they did from the Midwest and having started out as a bar band. There were so very few decent American prog groups in that era that Starcastle at least earns the somewhat dubious honour of being one of my top 4 American prog bands along with Utopia, Kansas and Happy The Man.

Starcastle did have a knack for catchy, accessible melodies, and a terrific keyboardist in the way under-rated Herb Schildt. Schildt was so good, every prog fan should hear him at least once. The singer, however, had a pronounced lack of projection to his voice (maybe why he was kicked out of REO Speedwagon?), saved only by the remarkably solid harmony vocals that sounded like Yes after a solid month of listening to nothing but Crosby Stills & Nash.

Citadel found the band trying out some shorter numbers overall, and a few obvious ploys for pop radio airplay. This never seemed to work but all of these prog bands, presumably under pressure from their labels, were trying the pop thing out at the time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hack mastering job- RUN FOR THE HILLS!! May 18, 2009
By David
Format:Audio CD
This review is for the audio quality of the 2009 Rock Candy Records reissue of Starcastle Citadel, or lack thereof, and not the music. The music on this album has been jacked up in volume to insane levels. The music distorts during ALL loud passages. I'm left to wonder if Jon Astley (Close to the Edge Mastering), who for some reason wasn't ashamed to take credit for mastering this piece of garbage, ever listened to the final result. It's as if he didn't even bother using a limiter to do his brickwalling, he just turned everything up to 11. And not that it matters, because it's unlistenable anyway, but he also went nuts on the noise reduction. I feel like I've been ripped off, I wouldn't unload this disc on my worst enemy, so I'm stuck with it.

If you like this album my suggestion is to get the Renaissance CD, which blows this "remaster" away. Or go to your local shop, pick up the oldest, most beat-up copy of this album on vinyl, tie it to your car's bumper, drive home through cornfields, slap it on your Radio Shack turntable and enjoy the sonic bliss that this hack mastering job can't come near.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Fountains of Light November 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In 1977, Starcastle gave us not one, but two albums. First, at the beginning of the year was the excellent Fountains of Light, and by the end of the year, the somewhat disappointing Citadel. What on earth happened here? Well, it looks like those money grubbing folks over at Epic were less than thrilled with the lack of sales Fountains of Light generated. So they wanted the band to record something that might sell. So how did the album turn out? Well the songs are shorter, the compositions are somewhat more straightforward, and there are two very straightforward cuts that were meant for radio airplay, "Can't Think Twice" and "Could This Be Love". I actually happen to like "Could This Be Love", but the former wasn't all that remarkable to me. But luckily the band hadn't totally abandoned progressive rock either, as there are many great songs here, like "Evening Wind", "Shine On Brightly", "Change in Time", and "Why Have They Gone". But the problem is the album is slightly weaker than what came before. I really can't blame the band here, I blame Epic Records. At least Citadel is supposedly nowhere as bad their 1978 disaster Real to Reel, which I hadn't heard. So basically, start with Fountains of Light, then their self-entitled 1976 debut, before you come to Citadel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Citadel - a Long Lost Friend. June 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I really like Starcastle. This group was my first introduction to progressive rock, prior to Yes and Kansas. I think Terry Luttrell's vocals are polished and smooth. Herb Schildt's work on Synthesizer is clean, dynamic and not overpowering. As a whole, I think Starcastle's musicianship is mezmerizing. A long time ago I had this album on Vinyl and wore it out. I am happy I found it on CD and plan to buy every CD in Starcastle's catalog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goofy but fun. March 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hard to believe anyone except Starcastle fans will ever find their way to this album, but it's a gem. From the first time I heard these folks, way back in 1978, I've been charmed by their prog meets pop approach. Terry Luttrell's voice always sounded a bit wimpy for my tastes, but that's part of the fun. The Roy Thomas Baker production on this one, shortly before he applied the same approach to The Cars first album, is terrific.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are into Prog rock then you should give Starcastle a listen
I am a fan of their earlier works. I am also a YES fan. Starcastle doesn't quite have the technical talent of YES nor their depth in lyrics, but they bring the same good feeling... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Band Ever
I just love Starcastle. Grew up listening to them. What a story, playing Top 40, disillusioned, started playing the prog they loved, and made a few amazing records before the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Worry, It's As Good As The First Two
I know many people say that this is not as good as the first two Starcastle releases, but it is. So what if it has two "pop" songs(Can't Think Twice and Could This Be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jordan Farquharson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best starcastle album
This was the first album I heard by this group. I realize this was a more commercial release. Still one of my favorites. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G. Richie
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album
I'm listening to this album for the first time. It is the 1998 Renaissance CD release.

I don't understand the negative reviews. This is a very nicely done album. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by J. W. Luther
3.0 out of 5 stars Some ALbums Improve the More you Listen to them
This is NOT one of them.

Compared to the first album "Starcastle" and "Fountains of Light" this is a HUGE Letdown. Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Steven Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I had a tape of this album from back in the mid-70's. I was so surporised to actually find it on CD. Amazon is fantastic!
Published on March 27, 2009 by bobamoo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Editor Review tell us a lie - bad
I have only the first Starcastle record, and really like it. But when I came to see this one I noticed a comment from the editor, saying All Music Guide give it a 4. Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by Wilson Cruz
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but not a star recording
This is one of the 1970's vinyl albums that I've been replacing with CD's. This particular CD is a huge dissapointment. Read more
Published on January 22, 2008 by Steve Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best!
This was my first Starcastle album and I played it nearly every day when it came out on record. I was delighted to find this CD version. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Richard A. Morgan
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