In the Spirit of Things

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kansas hired Bob Ezrin to tighten up their sound for 1988's In the Spirit of Things. In a strange way, the timing was opportune, since they had a hit in 1986's Power, and 1988 was welcome to veterans, thanks to the boom of classic rock radio stations and the rejuvenating power of the CD. And, give 'em credit -- they wound up with an album that's arguably more focused than their '70s highlights. That doesn't mean it's on par, since they can't deliver a hit single as good as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Point of Know Return," and whatever remnants of humor they had are gone, as this is doggedly somber. Still, they're musically more adept, thanks to Ezrin and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kansas hired Bob Ezrin to tighten up their sound for 1988's In the Spirit of Things. In a strange way, the timing was opportune, since they had a hit in 1986's Power, and 1988 was welcome to veterans, thanks to the boom of classic rock radio stations and the rejuvenating power of the CD. And, give 'em credit -- they wound up with an album that's arguably more focused than their '70s highlights. That doesn't mean it's on par, since they can't deliver a hit single as good as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Point of Know Return," and whatever remnants of humor they had are gone, as this is doggedly somber. Still, they're musically more adept, thanks to Ezrin and guitarist Steve Morse, which is welcome. That doesn't mean it's an unqualified success, however, since the cavernous, DDD-wannabe production screams 1988 even more than Leftoverture epitomizes 1976. Nevertheless, In the Spirit of Things remains one of the group's more consistent albums and easily a latter-day highlight. By the way, Brendan O'Brien, a superstar producer of the '90s, working with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, recorded this record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1995
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076732625422
  • Catalog Number: 6254
  • Sales rank: 29,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghosts (4:18)
  2. 2 One Big Sky (5:17)
  3. 3 Inside of Me (4:42)
  4. 4 One Man, One Heart (4:20)
  5. 5 House on Fire (4:42)
  6. 6 Once in a Lifetime (4:14)
  7. 7 Stand Beside Me (3:28)
  8. 8 I Counted on Love (3:33)
  9. 9 The Preacher (4:18)
  10. 10 Rainmaker (6:44)
  11. 11 T.O. Witcher (1:39)
  12. 12 Bells of Saint James (5:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kansas Primary Artist, Primary Artist
James Cleveland Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Morse Guitar, Vocals
Steve Walsh Keyboards, Vocals
Terry Brock Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Croes Keyboards, Synclavier
Phil Ehart Drums
Bob Ezrin Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Greer Bass, Vocals
Ricky Keller Synthesizer
John Pierce Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Greg Robert Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Southern California Community Choir Choir, Chorus
Christopher Yavelow Synthesizer, kurzweil
Rich Williams Guitar
Technical Credits
Kansas Arranger
Phil Ehart Producer
Bob Ezrin Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Ricky Keller drum programming
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Engineer
Garth Richardson Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Stan Katayama Engineer
Bob Loftus Engineer
Storm Thorgerson Art Direction
Paul Maxon Producer
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