Kayak - Starlight Dancer

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Starlight Dancer is a 1977 album by Dutch progressive rock band Kayak. It was produced by Jack Lancaster and Kayak.

The North American release is very different from the original Dutch/European release with the same title. In fact it is a compilation of songs from Starlight Dancer and their previous album The Last Encore (1976). To add to the confusion, the American record company Janus Records used the title Starlight Dancer, but the sleeve design of The Last Encore.

This album is the only Kayak album with members Charles Louis Schouten (drums) and Theo de Jong (bass).

The song "Golddust" is the only song written by Max Werner that Kayak recorded. It features a guest appearance by Dutch keyboardist Rick van der Linden.

Only two songs of this release ("Turn the Tide" and "Starlight Dancer") were used on the North American release. "Want You to Be Mine" and "Irene" are also included, but these were in fact demo-versions, slightly different from the versions on the European album.

Until July 2010, the European version of Starlight Dancer was not released on CD in its own right. It was released as part of a double CD set called Three Originals. This double CD exists of the complete albums Starlight Dancer, Phantom of the Night and Periscope Life, plus five non-album bonus tracks. In July 2010, Universal/Mercury released the European album on a single CD.


Kayak is a Dutch progressive rock band formed in 1972 in the city Hilversum by Ton Scherpenzeel and Pim Koopman. In 1973, their debut album "See See The Sun" was released, including three hit singles. Their main popularity was in the Netherlands, with their top hit (Ruthless Queen) reaching No. 6 on the Dutch charts in March 1979. They disbanded in 1982 after releasing nine albums.[
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