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Album Review

This is the definitive Kansas recording and includes their most famous tune, "Dust in the Wind." The band is in peak form and also churned out the single "Point of Know Return," which is still played daily on classic rock stations. While their pop-oriented approach and standard rock guitar sound helped define the classic rock sound of the '70s, careful listening reveals that this band's talent goes beyond colleagues such as Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Boston. Their arrangements and time signatures more accurately reflect the music of Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. "Paradox" and "The Spider" are both excellent examples of their progressive approach. Unfortunately, the band always struggled to maintain a healthy balance of progression combined with pop. That made for such awkward moments here as "Portrait (He Knew)" and "Lightning's Hand." Yet despite the minor inconsistencies and a dated sound, their interplay and superior musicianship make this both an essential classic rock and progressive rock recording. The 2002 CD reissue adds two bonus tracks: a live 1978 version of "Sparks of the Tempest" and a remix of "Portrait (He Knew)."

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I love Kansas. Very Classic. But, everywhere, EVERYWHERE, I go, and express my liking to Kansas people often stare at me and say, "Oh, he got that off of Guitar Hero". NO! I'll tell you one thing, the true classic rockers don't copy off of GH, but GH copying off of our superior rock senses. Great band, tarnished reputation.


Let's be clear on this...the first 2 albums from Kansas were beyond anything before or since in their amazing history of music. If you don't see this album as a 5 star rating...then you don't know Kansas. A must for any fan!

Carry On, Carry On

For those wondering why "Carry On Wayward Son" has been omitted from this album, may I suggest looking for it on the Kansas album "Leftoverture," where it has always been since it's release.... Never on this album. Also, check out the many cover versions of that song. There's a couple of very good tries, but most are simply laughable!


Formed: 1970 in Topeka, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s, with many of their hits becoming staples of AOR radio playlists. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their...
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