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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Kansas' third album, Masque, is a lyrically dark effort courtesy of guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren's brooding songwriting. Musically, Masque foreshadows the tight melodies and instrumental interplay on the next two albums, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, which together serve as the peak of Kansas' vision. The band deserves more respect than it gets for incorporating British hard rock and progressive rock to become the only U.S. progressive rock band of note during the genre's 1970s heyday. Robbie Steinhardt's violin work certainly helped give Kansas a distinctive sound. The liner notes indicate Masque is a "concept album" thanks to the title's definition: "A ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Kansas' third album, Masque, is a lyrically dark effort courtesy of guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren's brooding songwriting. Musically, Masque foreshadows the tight melodies and instrumental interplay on the next two albums, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, which together serve as the peak of Kansas' vision. The band deserves more respect than it gets for incorporating British hard rock and progressive rock to become the only U.S. progressive rock band of note during the genre's 1970s heyday. Robbie Steinhardt's violin work certainly helped give Kansas a distinctive sound. The liner notes indicate Masque is a "concept album" thanks to the title's definition: "A disguise of reality created through a theatrical or musical performance." Vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh's "It Takes a Woman's Love To Make a Man" is the leadoff track, and it's atypical of the rest of the album. The song is a fairly basic yet groovy pop
ock tune about musicians' loneliness on the road, but it is spiced up with some saxophone lines. "Two Cents Worth" addresses guilt, misery, and spiritual longing -- pretty heavy stuff for six guys who were only in their mid-twenties. In "Icarus--Borne on Wings of Steel," Kansas' prog rock ambitions show through the mythology-based lyrics and the densely arranged guitars and keyboards. Walsh and Steinhardt's "All the World" is largely a bleak examination of loneliness and death, although it does end with a glimmer of hope. "Child of Innocence" is a tough blast of hard rock with a soaring chorus. "Mysteries and Mayhem" rocks along, yet it's rich with haunting nightmare imagery and biblical references. The nine-and-a-half-minute epic "The Pinnacle" closes the album. [The 2001 CD reissue on Epic/Legacy adds previously unreleased demos of "Child of Innocence" and "It's You."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972379029
  • Catalog Number: 723790
  • Sales rank: 37,359

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kansas Primary Artist
Kerry Livgren Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, ARP
Steve Walsh Organ, Piano, Conga, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer
Phil Ehart Percussion, Drums, Moog Drum
Dave Hope Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl Lon Price Saxophone
Lon Price Saxophone
Robbie Steinhardt Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams Guitar
Technical Credits
Kansas Arranger
Kerry Livgren Composer
Steve Walsh Composer
Budd Carr Direction
Jeff Glixman Producer
Lee Peterzell Engineer
Robbie Steinhardt Composer
James Stroud Engineer
David Wild Liner Notes
Suha Gur Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
David Gahr Back Cover
Darcy Proper Mastering
Giuseppe Arcimboldo Cover Art
Jeff Magid Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Kansas - Masque

    I was just so Very Amazed at How Great They had Sounded On this Title!! I Definitely had My Reservations about it of course,but I was Pleasantly Surprised When I had First Heard the Music!! This is without a Doubt My Favorite Kansas Title!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The 3rd Kansas Album - Totally Awesome!

    There are so many great tracks on this disc - Child of Innocence, Mysteries And Mayhem and The Pinnacle just to mention threee! But the entire album is great and the bonus tracks are pretty cool as well. If you like Kansas or Progressive Rock, Get This One!

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