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Kansas - Leftoverture CD (album) cover




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4.22 | 1016 ratings

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5 stars Highly regarded as Kansas' masterpiece (with good reason), this album sounds just as good today as it did back in the 70's. Leftoverture also boasts as having one of the best album openers in history with "Carry On Wayward Son". Sure, we've all heard it a ton of times; however, when you view the overall body of work in Leftoverture, "Carry On..." is a perfect way to kick off the album. Excellent groove in the middle with Ehart and Hope supplying that classic rhythm section.

I've always considered "The Wall" as one of Kansas' best song. Walsh is such an emotional singer, and the way his vocals start off soft and then just take off gives me goosebumps. Absolutely one of the best voices in music history!

"Cheyenne Anthem" is another song that sticks out. I never really think of how much I missed Steinhardt until I listen to Leftoverture. He's got great moments throughout the album, but his vocals and violin truly make this a beautiful track.

And, of course, you cannot forget "Magnum Opus". A true progressive classic that showcases Kansas as a group of world class musicians. That classic and wicked bass solo towards the beginning with Dave Hope just hits you in your innards. Today's incarnation of Kansas has Billy Greer, who provides great accompanying vocals; however, when it comes to the bass, then it's hard to top Hope. He's such an underrated bassist...and he and Ehart worked perfectly together.

E-Dub | 5/5 |


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