Real to Reel (Starcastle album)

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Real to Reel
Real to Reel (Starcastle album).jpg
Studio album by Starcastle
Released October 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
Recorded April and May 1978 at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California.
Genre Progressive rock
Length 37:10
Label Epic
Producer Jeffrey Lesser
Starcastle chronology
Real to Reel
Chronos I
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Real to Reel is the fourth studio album by American progressive rock band Starcastle. It was their final release on Epic Records.


Real to Reel marked a drastic change of direction from their previous progressive rock efforts to a more AOR-oriented sound. It was a commercial failure, generally panned by critics and fans alike [2] and ultimately led to Starcastle disbanding. Bassist Gary Strater moved to San Francisco before forming a new version of the band in 1985 that featured future Vicious Rumors guitarist, Mark McGee.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Starcastle, except where noted.

  1. "Half a Mind to Leave Ya" - 4:48
  2. "Whatcha Gonna Do (When It All Comes Down On You)" - 3:33
  3. "We Did It" - 3:54
  4. "Nobody's Fool" - 4:00 (J. Lesser and Starcastle)
  5. "Song For Alaya" - 3:06
  6. "So Here We Are" - 3:57 (J. Lesser and Starcastle)
  7. "She" - 3:43 (J. Lesser and Starcastle)
  8. "The Stars Are Out Tonight" - 3:53
  9. "When The Sun Shines At Midnight" - 6:16



  • Terry Luttrell - Lead vocals
  • Stephen Hagler - Guitars, piano, electric piano, vocals, lead vocal on Song for Alaya
  • Matthew Stewart - Guitars, slide guitars, electric sitar, vocals
  • Herb Schildt - Organ, synthesizer, electric piano, electric strings, A.L.F. computer synthesizer
  • Gary Strater - Bass guitar, clavinet, vocals
  • Stephen Tassler - Drums, percussion, synthesized percussion, vocals


  • Engineering and mixing - Jeffrey Lesser and Tom Pye
  • Assistant engineer - Rick Sanchez
  • Personal direction - Artistic Vision LTD, Irv Zuckerman, Steve Schankman, Paul Tassler
  • Photography - Bob Seidemann