by Kansas
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For any art rock band, the fourth album means it's time for a self-styled masterpiece -- if you need proof, look at Selling England by the Pound or Fragile. So, with Kansas, the most determinedly arty of all American art rock bands, they composed and recorded Leftoverture, an impenetrable conundrum of significance that's capped off by nothing less than a five-part suite, appropriately titled "Magnum Opus," and featuring such promising movement titles as "Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat" and "Release the Beavers." Of course, there's no telling whether this closing opus relates to the opener, "Carry On Wayward Son," the greatest single Kansas ever cut -- a song that manages to be pompous, powerful, ridiculous, and catchy all at once. That they never manage to rival it anywhere on this record is as much a testament to their crippling ambition as their lack of skills. And it's unfair to say Kansas are unskilled, since they are certainly instrumentally proficient and they can craft songs or, rather, compositions that appear rather ambitious. Except these compositions aren't particularly complex, rhythmically or harmonically, and are in their own way as ambling as boogie rock, which still feels to be their foundation. It's not really fair to attack Kansas for a concept album with an impenetrable concept -- it's possible to listen to Lamb Lies Down on Broadway hundreds of times and not know what the hell Rael is up to -- but there's neither hooks nor true grandiosity here to make it interesting. That said, this still may be Kansas' most consistent set, outside of Point of Know Return. Take that for what you will.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2001
Label: Epic Europe
UPC: 5099750247921
catalogNumber: 5024792
Rank: 33520

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kansas   Primary Artist
Kerry Livgren   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Walsh   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Phil Ehart   Percussion,Drums
Dave Hope   Bass,Bass Guitar
Toye LaRocca   Vocals
Cheryl Norman   Vocals
Robbie Steinhardt   Violin,Viola,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rich Williams   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kansas   Arranger,Producer
Kerry Livgren   Composer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Phil Ehart   Composer
Jeff Glixman   Producer
Dave Hope   Composer
Robbie Steinhardt   Composer
Rich Williams   Composer
Bill "Bleu" Evans   Engineer

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Leftoverture 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best album's of the seventies. I place it right up there with, Boston's 'Boston' Fleetwood mac's 'Rumors' The Eagles 'Hotel California'
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Leftoverture' is both Kansas' best album, and arguably America's finest prog-rock album too (something Dream Theater might attest too, themselves being the finest prog of the '90s to today). When I first heard the album, it sounded huge, majestic, powerful and all so musical -- at once an American band absorbed the best of the British prog masters (Yes, Genesis, ELP), with the best of kick-butt home-grown hard rock (Allman Bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith) and of course, some Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure. "Carry On Wayward Son" ranks as one of the best FM rock songs ever, and in a way, like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", is majestic, grand, and somewhat over the top and pompous ("BH" moreso than "COWS") but a seriously rockin' song that still gets you going when you first hear the first seconds of it. "The Wall" is an emotional highpoint, "Magnus Opus" is in league with any lengthy Yes or Genesis epic from 'Fragile' or 'Selling England By the Pound'. (For a great source of information on prog rock's history, 1967 to 1979, see www.strawberrybricks.com -- 'Leftoverture' can be found under '1976', in fact, Kansas represents the first American album entry)
ACBird More than 1 year ago
Kansas presents classical shaded music,updated in progressive rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is great. I am a big kansas fan. I love the sound of this music, it seems its better than the music thats out today.