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4.14 | 787 ratings

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4 stars "Song For America" was the first album I ever heard from Kansas, and I have to say I was very Lucky!

All the musicians are at their best, especially for Phil Ehart (drums), Kerry Livgren (piano and vocals) and Robbie Steinhardt (violin). Their work is very powerful, rich, and really well inspired.

Apart from the first song, which sounds like a bit simple groovy rock, the other songs are really pearls in the progressive rock landscape, not only for the original composing ideas (in fact they're not greatly original, the solo piano in the title track is quiet "carbon" copied from Keith Emerson's "Take a Pebble" one) but also because they are perfectly palyed from the talented musicians!

"Song for America", "Lamplight Symphony" and "Incomudro" are really great, filled as they are with alternated moods as joy and pride (for the title track), pathos and death (Lamplight Symphony) and sadness (Incomudro).

Pay good attention to the musicians above mentioned, because they really make the difference in this album!

4 and 1/2 stars, also because this album made possible to me to understand that, ath that time, progressive rock music could be well played also on the other side of the ocean!

progpromoter | 4/5 |


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