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LEFTOVERTURE

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

4.21 | 682 ratings

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horsewithteeth11
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5 stars Here I am, just waiting for a sign...and Kansas gave us one with this album.

To be honest, I am a malignant Kansas fanboy. I think that, behind CTTE, this is the best symphonic prog album ever created, and to boot, I like Kansas more than Yes. With all that being said, I think that this album is sorely underrated on this site. It's on par with some of the other classic prog albums of the 70s. I think that if Kansas hadn't gotten started as late as '74, that this wouldn't be the case, and they wouldn't be a gem that was gently shoved to the side to make more room for Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, etc. I also think that, being from America, they weren't originally associated with the prog movement, something that started off inherently British.

This truly is one of my favorite prog albums, and it really speaks to me in a way that a true masterpiece would. At times, it feels like much more than that. This is one of the first prog albums that I ever heard, and one of the albums that helped me come to like this genre of music. It has all the traditional symphonic elements of prog at their best, and packs the hard rock punch that makes this music so endearing, so emotional, and (almost) so spiritual. I could go on and on and then on some more about every aspect of how this album claims a right as being considered one of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time, but I won't. My favorite tracks on here would have to be What's on My Mind, Miracles Out of Nowhere (my favorite Kansas song), Cheyenne Anthem, and Magnum Opus. If you don't already have this masterpiece that rivals the classic albums put out by the British and other Europeans prog giants, this should be a high priority for your ears. As far as I'm concerned, this album has no weaknesses, and I fail to see why some people think this is overrated. This is 5 stars, and a highlight of 70s progressive rock.

horsewithteeth11 | 5/5 |

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