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Music Storytellers - KANSAS
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Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s; though typically dismissed by critics, many of the group's hits remain staples of AOR radio play lists to this day. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.

Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry On Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. 1977's Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.
In the wake of 1980's Audio-VisionsKansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalistJohn Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded. In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around EhartWilliams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of NatureAlways Never the Same followed in 1998. Seeing the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry LivgrenSomewhere to Elsewhere was released in 2000.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kansas-mn0000303626

| Closed on 05/05/13 at 05:00PM
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8 Fans 
13%a. 10 (Great Band)
50%b. 7-9 (Good Stuff)
25%c. 5-6 (Ok Band)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
13%e. KEVIN!

  
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#1 | 536 days ago

Point of Know Return gets BLASTED when it comes on the Radio in the car (or CD)...
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#2 | 536 days ago
Nick__ (+)

I only liked a few of their songs!   Carry On Wayward Son and Point of Know Return

and, of course


5-6 (Ok Band)  
#3 | 536 days ago

I saw them play in Hammond, IN at the festival a few years ago. The first two songs they did were Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. There were about 1,000 people when they went on stage. There were about 50 people after those first 2 songs.

I bet they learned to mix up their playlist a little more after that.
5-6 (Ok Band)  
#4 | 536 days ago

If your son is already wayward, has he not already carried on? What is the point of telling him to carry on?
KEVIN!  
#5 | 536 days ago

My dad listened to these guys religiously but for some reason every time I think of Kansas, all I can remember is that one night that I can't remember.
#6 | 536 days ago
Nick__ (+)

richard_cranium wrote:
If your son is already wayward, has he not already carried on? What is the point of telling him to carry on?
(inhale)  Woooooah!   That's Deep, Kevin!   (exhale + cough)   cool
5-6 (Ok Band)  
#7 | 536 days ago

I liked them, as Lobot was stating, for about 15 minutes at a time. Great musicians, but the radio killed it for me.
7-9 (Good Stuff)  

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