Starcastle, from Champaigne-Urbana, Illinois, from the same area that brought you REO Speedwagon (in fact REO's original vocalist, Terry Luttrell is a member of Starcastle) is one of those progressive rock bands that'll hardly stun and amaze you with originality, as they did everything they could to sound just like Yes. Of course I had my skepticism on this album, because the band recorded for Epic Records, a major label not exactly known for giving musicians artistic freedom, but once I got to hear it, I was amazed. It has everything I wanted in prog rock. Great Yes-type vocal harmonies, great instrumental passages, and some catchy numbers like "Fountains", "True to the Light", "Portraits", and "Diamond Song (Deep is the Light)". It's not just the vocal harmonies and the Anderson-like voice that bears more than a stunning resemblance to Yes, but the keyboards Herb Schildt played on. He played Moog and Hammond organ, and you can hear the rather obvious references to "And You And I" ("Portraits") and "Roundabout" ("Diamond Song (Deep is the Light)"), apparently Schildt had a little trouble having an imagination of his own in the keyboard department. Drummer Stephen Tassler's style is very much in the style as Alan White's, while bassist Gary Strater played on a Rickenbacher, just like Squire himself. The music is better produced than what was on their excellent 1976 debut, and obviously showed more maturity as well. Starcastle came at a time when Yes themselves had not been releasing albums, mainly because Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, even Patrick Moraz, and Alan White been releasing solo albums (that's why there were no Yes releases between Relayer and Going For the One, except for the Yesterdays compilation). Fountains of Light is that perfect album to fool your friends. If they never heard this band, they'd swear they're listening to a Yes album they never heard before. By the way the cover to Fountains of Light was done by Peter Lloyd, the same guy who did Kansas' Song For America and Point of Know Return, as well as Jefferson Starship's Dragon Fly. Of course if you don't like clone bands, you won't like Fountains of Light, but if that doesn't bother you, give this a spin. By the way, I feel this is one of the best American prog albums I have heard from a major label.