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Citadel - 1979 Citadel

ARTIST: Citadel
ALBUM: Citadel
LABEL: Boltax
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: David Kuhn - vocals, bass * Kevin Kuhn - guitars, vocals * George Akerley - keyboards, vocals * Rusty Gramiak - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gonna Catch Up With You * 02 Tom Cat * 03 Stompin' Ground * 04 Just A Little Bit Further * 05 I Just Wanna Rock N' Roll * 06 Old Wooden Ships * 07 Life Of A Sailor * 08 To Love Again * 09 Towin' The Line

No, not related to Starcastle in any way nor is there a connection to the late 80's Ameriprog band Citadel, these guys came from somewhere on the U.S East Coast. Just a guess of course, since Boltax was a small obscure label, maybe the band's own and it was recorded in New York City. Who knows? Years ago I reviewed this album for the Dutch AOR magazine 'Strutter' and we think it's time to take a look and listen to Citadel once again. I remember little if anything of that review of course, and since it's almost been ten years since I last played the LP, my viewpoint may be a bit different these days, so here goes..

The Songs
For an indie, the production here is top notch at least for 1979. 'Gonna Catch Up With You' is a brilliant slice of period pomp rock and a perfect start to the album. Vocalist David Kuhn reminds me a little bit of Mickey Thomas without the range and the song has elements of Trillion, Angel and Toto. Is that recommendation enough? Should be, but the quality continues with the jazzy 'Tom Cat' and 'Stompin' Ground', another pompy gem with some homespun lyrics about coming home off the road. 'Just A Little Bit Further' is reminiscent of the first Hush album with a great chorus and background vocals. Side two's 'Old Wooden Ships' flies the pomp banner proud and will leave Kansas and Starcastle fans swooning as will 'Life of a Sailor'. After that two-song foray into all things nautical, Citadel gets even more progressive with the ballad 'To Love Again' with some very nice keyboard work and Yes influenced vocals although it's too bad they closed the album out with 'Towin' The Line' a funky workout that should have been left off the album.

In Summary
Not a bad record. Not great either, but a good effort nonetheless. Of course it was Citadel's only album, but surprisingly it's not that difficult to find these days. For pomp fans, this is definitely one to pick up.

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#1 | englandashes on January 01 1970 01:00:00
David, recorded a solo cd, called Talk It Over, released in 1997 on the Distant Shore label. It contains a couple of tracks co writtern with Kevin. Overall its a mixture of pop songs and aor tunes, worth tracking down, I got my copy off ebay a couple of years ago, for about a fiver!. Track 12, Heart on fire is the best of the tracks.
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 01 2012 17:23:12
I had this in my collection for a while. I think I may have got it from Sweden in the mid to late 80s. I was never that taken with it, so it went on my for sale lists in the mid 90s. I'd guess if I were to listen to it again today I might have a different opinion on it....
#3 | super80boy on May 19 2013 16:03:33
Recently picked this obscurity up. Side A starts off strong, especially the lead off 'Gonna Catch Up With You'. The last song 'I Just Wanna Rock n Roll' is not very good, but that's the only misstep for Side A. Side B starts off with another strong one, the cool effects, keyboard playing and tempo changes makes 'Old Wooden Ships' a strong pompous tune. And again, like Side A, Side B ends with a very mediocre effort. Overall, a worthy private press obscurity to investigate.
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