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5 stars I was juggling between two albums on which one is better Kansas album: "Leftoverture" (1976) or "Point Of Know Return" (1977). And my decision and taste went for "Leftoverture" that's why I almost overlooked not putting my words with respect to "Point Of Know Return". Intrinsically, I know that's a matter of taste only putting "Leftoverture" better than "Point Of Know Return" while on musical terms both albums are masterpiece. This album is Kansas' best seller and it's probably due to the radio hit and overplayed radio station favorite "Dust In The Wind".

Am sure by the time I'm writing this review most of you have owned a copy of this album in any format: be it an LP, CD or remastered version. So why bother putting the review if all of you have owned it? It's for simple reason: to exchange views about this masterpiece work of Kansas. This album is probably accessible for most people, even though it features phenomenal playing, a bit complex arrangements, deep and meaningful (read: "religious") lyrics, soaring harmonies, heavy guitars, gorgeous symphonic melodies, and excellent production (done by Jeff Glixman). The memorable title track kicks off, with nautical theme accentuated by Robby Steinhardt's stunning violin work which has characterized Kansas music. Without Robby how can you tell it's Kansas music? Come on! "Paradox" is a song with dense and complex arrangements, but it remains cohesive and it has become live stage favorite of the band.

The instrumental "The Spider" provides a great combination of symphonic as well as hard-rock styles and brings wonderfully and smoothly to next track (my favorite) : "Portrait (He Knew)". Yeah, I like the story behind the writing of "Portrait (He Knew" in which this is about the genius man Albert Einstein. I especially like the harmony produced by this track. "Closet Chronicles" is an epic about yet another misunderstood, mysterious figure delivered with dense arrangements.

In "Sparks of the Tempest," Robby Steinhardt and Steve Walsh trade violin and lead vocals effectively that makes the album more enjoyable. "Nobody's Home" is a kind of musical break with majestic and melodic styles. The final track "Hopelessly Human" builds in intensity and ends the album on a high note.

Altogether with "Leftoverture" (1976), "Point of Know Return" is Kansas' essential album and a masterpiece of classic prog. Highly recommended. Of course you must have had this album in your precious prog collection and it's probably one of your favorite prog albums todate. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 5/5 |


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