Kansas - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Art Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Wally Gold
- Kansas [Remaster]
Kansas: Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards); Kerry Livgren (guitar, vocals); Rich Williams (guitar); Robbie Steinhardt (violin, keyboards, vocals); Dave Hope (bass); Phil Ehart (drums).
Kansas: Kerry Livgren (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, Moog synthesizer); Robbie Steinhardt (vocals, violin); Steve Walsh (vocals, piano, organ, congas); Dave Hope (vocals, bass guitar); Rich Williams (guitar); Phil Ehart (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bred Adams.
Like their contemporaries Styx and (early) Journey, Kansas combined the influence of British prog bands Yes and King Crimson with a more straightforward pop-rock sensibility. Those seemingly disparate elements were never more sharply juxtaposed for Kansas than on their self-titled 1974 debut. The album leads off with two short, punchy rockers ("Can I Tell You," "Bringing It Back") that could have come off a James Gang album. The violin-and-piano-led power ballad ("Lonely Wind") is the transition point, after which Kansas leaps fully into the prog-rock breach. It's hard to imagine more prog-sounding titles than "Journey from Mariabronn" and "Death of Mother Nature Suite," and the tracks live up to their names, with daunting time signatures, dazzling solos, complex counterpoint, and flashy synth, guitar, and violin riffs darting to and fro like the American Midwest's answer to THICK AS A BRICK. The two sides of Kansas's musical personality would become more integrated over time, but it's interesting to hear them in this early stage of development.
- Country of Origin
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- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Can I Tell You
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Bringing It Back
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lonely Wind
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Belexes
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Journey From Mariabronn
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Pilgrimage, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Apercu
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Death of Mother Nature Suite
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Bringing It Back - (previously unreleased, live)
- Studio / Live
- Danny Turbeville
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