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Starchild - 1978 Children Of The Stars

ARTIST: Starchild
ALBUM: Children Of The Stars
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Richard Whittier - vocals * Bob Sprenger - guitars * Neil Light - bass * Greg Hinz - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Long Shot * 02 Groove Man * 03 Wizard Woman * 04 No Time For Fools * 05 Worlds In Which We Live * 06 Wooden Steaks And Mashed Potatoes * 07 Children Of The Stars

This Canadian band were part of the same era as contemporaries such as Moxy, Goddo and Triumph, but without the same level of success. Formed in 1975, the trio of Sprenger, Whittier and Light had spent time in an earlier band called Gaslight. However, being fans of the sci-fi genre, Starchild was aptly named, and from that point moved the band in a progressive rock direction. Joining the trio was drummer Greg 'Fritz' Hinz. Following the release of a two track demo in 1976, the band went in to record 'Children Of The Stars' toward the end of 1977, with an eventual release in the Spring of 1978.

The Songs
The album contained only seven tracks and was touted as being 'progressive' by the critics of the day, though in all honesty, this is straight up 70's Canadian hard rock, with a few progressive touches. On 'Groove Man' they even dip into boogie territory. 'Children Of The Stars' didn't generate anything close to being radio friendly, nor commercial, though it did get some Canadian airplay, mainly due to the band's constant touring schedule across Canada. For mine, this fuses some Moxy like hard rock with ideas pinched from Rush without sounding like complete copy-cats. Probably the most adventurous the band get is on the 5 minute workout 'Wooden Steaks and Mashed Potatoes', which switches acoustic passages to stinging hard rock at a moments notice.

In Summary
After the album, Hinz would leave for a stint with melodic rockers Helix, while Neil Light would depart also for personal reasons .The band continued well into the early 80's, but finally pulled the plug in 1982 just before they were to showcase their new found heavier direction in front of execs from Attic Records. 'Children Of The Stars' has never been officially released on CD, but I did pick up a clean sounding copy on Usenet the other day, replacing some age-old scratchy fileshares I've had lying around in the collection.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2017 23:19:35
The band released a few singles and B-sides after this LP. I've got most of them somewhere.
#2 | reyno-roxx on February 10 2017 18:32:34
I remember meeting Greg Hinz when he was first over in Europe with Helix. He was utterly amazed anyone outside Canada knew about Starchild.
#3 | Nick C on February 10 2017 19:34:35
I did a bit of a search and gave the soundbytes a listen on the Axe records website. The download there includes the single No Control for Rock and Roll and the b side Detroit Rocker. Nice find...really like the sound of this.
#4 | tompa on February 11 2017 12:00:11
Yes, bands like Moxy, Rush and Goddo definitiy spring to mind. Really like the fastpaced 'No time för fools' and 'Wooden steaks'. The guitarplaying more than makes up for the weak vocals.
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