Kansas [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972391120
  • Catalog Number: 723911
  • Sales rank: 12,931

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can I Tell You (3:32)
  2. 2 Bringing It Back (3:33)
  3. 3 Lonely Wind (4:17)
  4. 4 Belexes (4:24)
  5. 5 Journey from Mariabronn (7:58)
  6. 6 The Pilgrimage (3:43)
  7. 7 Apercu (9:36)
  8. 8 Death of Mother Nature Suite (7:58)
  9. 9 Bringing It Back (9:41)
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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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