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Album Review

A great album cover should give an indication of the sound of an album, or at least its sensibility. Happily, that much is indeed true with Steve Walsh's solo debut, Schemer-Dreamer, which sports what very well could be the greatest album cover in rock history. There are no less than four illustrations of Walsh, all shirtless and in running shorts, with the point of focus being an image of Walsh in sunglasses towering over a stadium and pointing two guns at the viewer (thankfully, he's being safe and wearing ear protection); above it is a glamorous head shot silhouetted by a mountain range, with his hair looking appropriately wind-swept; to the right is a shot of him singing and to the left, he's engaged in an indiscernible athletic activity. It's a portrait of an id raging out of control — it's the Dirk Diggler album brought to life! — and that's the sound of the record. Stepping outside of Kansas for the first time, Walsh leaves behind all of the art rock pretensions of his band and indulges himself in all his rock star fantasies. He winds with a big, loud, dumb arena rock record, one that sounds completely tied to its year, if not month, of release. It's ridiculous, to be sure — not as ridiculous as the cover, of course — but it's more fun than nearly any Kansas record, which admittedly isn't saying too much. Kansas fans will likely miss the ambition that marked that band's albums, since this is nothing but generic hard rock, designed to rock arenas across America. They'll probably also miss the hooks that marked "Carry On Wayward Son," since every one of these seven songs follows the template of late-'70s/early-'80s arena rock so closely that there's no space for such niceties as hooks or melodies; it's all formula, all the time. Nevertheless, it's a fascinating artifact of rock star vanity from the pre-MTV days, and it's kind of fun because of that, especially when that glorious cover is factored into the equation.

Customer Reviews

Schemer Dreamer

Wow... This album really takes me back . Steve Walsh was always an amazing musician and vocalist . His distinctive voice, from the group Kansas to his solo work makes him a classic. The Schemer-Dreamer album, while not a great album, did have the song Every Step of the Way. This song was HUGE in the very early 80's in the St. Louis area. Thanks I-Tunes for finally getting this album on your site.

It's About Time!!!!!

Why it took iTunes this long is beyond me… please take a look at Just How It Feels, Every Step of the Way, and Schemer-Dreamer.

No Albums by Streets?! Come on, iTunes!!

Dear iTunes, thanks for putting up "Schemer-Dreamer" by the legendary Kansas frontman (it's about time)! $5.99 is not a bad price for the entire album either. I've been looking for this 1980 album (that features the title track & the epic "Every Step of The Way", both which received oodles of airplay on AOR stations back in the day) for a very long time. Those are the most major highlights on the album. But where are the Atlantic/WMG albums by Steve Walsh's early/mid '80's AOR band Streets (this is the hard rock/arena rock band he formed after he left Kansas, when John Elefante was the Kansas singer), 1983's "1st" & 1985's "Crimes In Mind"? I've been hunting high & low for the band's biggest hit single "If Love Should Go" (like SW's "Every Step of The Way", a bona fide KSHE Klassic) & all I can find at iTunes is a cover of that same song by a 90's AOR band, Steelhouse Lane, which imo does not even compare to the original hit. I still have high hopes that since SW's biggest solo album "Schemer-Dreamer" is finally here that the 2 Streets albums will be soon to follow. However, I won't hold my breath. But both "1st" & "Crimes In Mind" should be here at iTunes. Why is it taking so long? Those albums need to be here. Come on, iTunes!! Don't let us down again.


Born: June 15, 1951 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s

As the vocalist for Kansas, Steve Walsh's strong and certain delivery made "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind," and "Point of Know Return" radio staples of the '70s. He also fronted the short-lived Streets and sporadically issued solo albums, one of which has landed on numerous "worst album cover" lists. Born in St. Joseph, MO, Walsh's family moved to Kansas when he was 12. Records by the Vanilla Fudge, the Yardbirds, the Seeds, and Iron Butterfly were teenage favorites and influenced Walsh...
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