Kansas [Expanded]

Kansas [Expanded]

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Kansas stood apart from their peers, since they were an American band that dared play on the epic scale of such English art rockers as Genesis. Consequently, Kansas is a truly weird hybrid of British pomp, doggedly artistic concept, and arena boogie, all served up with more violin than there is flute on a Jethro…  See more details below

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Kansas stood apart from their peers, since they were an American band that dared play on the epic scale of such English art rockers as Genesis. Consequently, Kansas is a truly weird hybrid of British pomp, doggedly artistic concept, and arena boogie, all served up with more violin than there is flute on a Jethro Tull album. It's hard not to admire their blatant ambition in one sense, since few bands try as hard as Kansas do here. Still, there're a lot of scales and arpeggios, galloping triplets, dramatic organ, and stately ballads that signify nothing and go nowhere. Since it's as grounded in boogie as it is in art, the group never gets as weird as their more interesting counterparts, but that reliance on arena rock does make them unique. But uniqueness isn't the same as good, or even interesting listening, even if Kansas remains a period piece like no other. [The 2004 reissue boasts improved sound, new liner notes, and one bonus track: a live "Bringing It Back" recorded in 1975 at the legendary Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972391120
catalogNumber:
723911
Rank:
22587

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kansas   Primary Artist
Kerry Livgren   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Steve Walsh   Organ,Piano,Conga,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Phil Ehart   Drums
Dave Hope   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Robbie Steinhardt   Violin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rich Williams   Guitar

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Kerry Livgren   Composer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Phil Ehart   Composer
Jeff Glixman   Producer,Reissue Producer
Wally Gold   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Hope   Composer
Ed Lee   Cover Design
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Dan Turbeville   Engineer
Rich Williams   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jeff Magid   Reissue Producer
Bret Adams   Liner Notes
R. Williams   Composer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
John Steuart Curry   Paintings
Bred Adams   Liner Notes

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