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Founded in Topeka, Kansas, USA in 1970 - Continued activity with different line-ups - Still active as of 2017

Original members Kerry LIVGREN (guitar) and Phil EHART (drums) combined their two separate bands into one large band. Kerry's band was called SARATOGA, and Phil's was called WHITE CLOVER. The band changed its name to KANSAS. They were from the beginning just an ordinary rock band, but were quickly compared to other progressive bands in the 70's like GENESIS, YES and KING CRIMSON. Combining the musical complexities of British prog-rock with the soul and instrumentation of the American heartland, KANSAS became one of the biggest selling and most successful touring acts of the 1970s. With huge hits like "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust In The Wind", they helped define the sound of "classic rock". They are loved all over the world.

I- THE 1970s
The Early Days: Their self-titled debut album was released in 1974, but nationwide response was slow. Their second album, "Song For America", saw a softening of KANSAS' sound, with more classical influences evident. The third album, "Masque", featured more pop songs and lyrically quite dark. They suffered ridicule from people around the world, because they wore overalls and had a violonist, which made people think that they were a country music group.
The Best of Times: "Leftoverture", with the popular single "Carry On Wayward Son", became a signature piece and pushed the album to platinum success. The followup, "Point Of Know Return" (1977) contained the ever-popular acoustic "Dust In The Wind". During their tour, they recorded their first live album, "Two For The Show" (1978) and the next studio album "Monolith" (1979).

II- THE 1980s
Seeds Of Change: A year later, the band followed up with "Audio Visions", the last production of the original band lineup. WALSH left the band due to creative differences. "Vinyl Confessions" had Christian lyrical content. The next album, "Drastic Measures" (1983), had some hard rock material on it, including the song "Mainstream". In 1984, the band released a greatest hits compilation, "The Best Of Kansas", which featured one new song, "Perfect Lover".
The Second Generation: The group split in 1983, only to reform in 1986 with the albums "Power" and with "The Spirit Of Things" (1988). Sales of these two albums were not very strong. Thus, the second generation of KANSAS had...
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The Best of KansasThe Best of Kansas
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5cd Original Album Classics (Kansas/ Song For America/Masque/Leftoverture /Point Of Know Return)5cd Original Album Classics (Kansas/ Song For America/Masque/Leftoverture /Point Of Know Return)
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Point Of Know ReturnPoint Of Know Return
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KansasKansas
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Leftoverture Live & BeyondLeftoverture Live & Beyond
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Playlist: The Very Best of KansasPlaylist: The Very Best of Kansas
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Song For AmericaSong For America
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Two For The Show (30th Anniversary Edition)Two For The Show (30th Anniversary Edition)
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KANSAS discography


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KANSAS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.99 | 575 ratings
Kansas
1974
4.14 | 672 ratings
Song For America
1975
3.65 | 503 ratings
Masque
1975
4.22 | 1062 ratings
Leftoverture
1976
4.16 | 737 ratings
Point Of Know Return
1977
3.19 | 350 ratings
Monolith
1979
3.04 | 273 ratings
Audio-Visions
1980
2.70 | 215 ratings
Vinyl Confessions
1982
2.20 | 202 ratings
Drastic Measures
1983
2.70 | 223 ratings
Power
1986
2.85 | 190 ratings
In The Spirit Of Things
1988
3.23 | 201 ratings
Freaks Of Nature
1995
3.39 | 136 ratings
Always Never The Same
1998
3.50 | 251 ratings
Somewhere To Elsewhere
2000
3.80 | 253 ratings
The Prelude Implicit
2016

KANSAS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.31 | 241 ratings
Two for the Show
1978
2.92 | 50 ratings
Kansas - Live at the Whiskey
1992
2.67 | 41 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas (1989)
1998
2.19 | 16 ratings
Live: Dust In The Wind
1998
4.03 | 66 ratings
Device, Voice, Drum
2002
2.26 | 12 ratings
Dust In The Wind
2002
1.83 | 10 ratings
From The Front Row...Live!
2003
2.23 | 11 ratings
Greatest Hits Live (Kansas)
2003
4.11 | 55 ratings
There's Know Place Like Home
2009
4.31 | 13 ratings
Bryn Mawr 1976
2014
2.65 | 7 ratings
Carry on for no Return
2016
4.30 | 20 ratings
Leftoverture Live & Beyond
2017

KANSAS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.28 | 14 ratings
Best Of Kansas Live (VHS) (aka Live Confessions DVD)
1982
4.22 | 63 ratings
Device - Voice - Drum (DVD)
2002
4.58 | 58 ratings
There´s Know Place Like Home (DVD)
2009
4.25 | 17 ratings
Miracles Out Of Nowhere
2015

KANSAS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.54 | 76 ratings
The Best of Kansas
1984
3.83 | 45 ratings
The Ultimate Kansas Box Set
1994
3.13 | 14 ratings
The Definitive Collection
1997
3.26 | 43 ratings
The Best of Kansas (1999)
1999
1.43 | 9 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.93 | 34 ratings
The Ultimate Kansas
2002
4.25 | 8 ratings
Closet Chronicles - The Best of Kansas
2003
4.16 | 6 ratings
Dust In The Wind
2004
4.18 | 34 ratings
Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004
2004
2.97 | 8 ratings
On The Other Side
2005
2.50 | 9 ratings
Works In Progress
2006
4.17 | 19 ratings
Original Album Classics
2009
3.76 | 5 ratings
The Music of Kansas
2010
4.35 | 14 ratings
The Classic Albums Collection 1974-1983
2011

KANSAS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 4 ratings
What's On My Mind
1977
4.17 | 6 ratings
Point Of Know Return
1977
4.04 | 7 ratings
Carry On Wayward Son (Adelante, Hijo Descarriado)
1977
3.75 | 4 ratings
Portrait (He Knew)
1978
4.04 | 7 ratings
Dust In The Wind
1978
2.29 | 5 ratings
People Of The Southwind
1979
3.24 | 6 ratings
Hold On
1980
4.00 | 4 ratings
Play The Game Tonight
1982
3.75 | 4 ratings
Right Away
1982
3.75 | 4 ratings
Fight Fire With Fire
1983
2.29 | 5 ratings
All I Wanted
1986
3.13 | 5 ratings
Power
1987
1.48 | 6 ratings
Stand Beside Me
1988
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Light
2001

KANSAS Reviews


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 Monolith by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.19 | 350 ratings

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Monolith
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

2 stars I can confidently put this at 3 stars. I've grown to appreciate this album but at this point in their career this was their weakest release and least progressive effort.

On The Other Side 8/10 however this song smacks. Very catchy sort of in the vein of their song "the wall" (not nearly as good though) but def a highlight of the album

People of the South Wind 6/10 Walsh does a really good job on vocals here but the instrumentals and hook sound kind of cookie cutter and not much like the type of music Kansas should be playing, not a bad song but just okay.

Angels Have Fallen 6/10 A nice song but you start to see the songs aren't up to Kansas's standards set on previous albums

How My Soul Cries Out For You 4/10 I'm not a fan of this song, unfortunate this was chosen instead of "No one Together" which is a much better song. But yeah this song just gets on my nerves

A Glimpse Of Home 7.5/10 another kerry livgren song another highlight of this album. You got your Kansas sound but i'm not huge on the intro, I feel like i'm watching chariots of fire or something. Good song though

Away From You 7.5/10 Best effort by Steve Walsh on this album, pretty catchy, Kansas sounding song, not really as progressive as I would like and at times a bit cookie cutter sounding but I like it.

Stay Out of Trouble 4/10 Not a fan of this song. Just boring filler sounding.

Reason To Be 8/10 unpopular opinion but I really like this song, super nice sounding. It definitely wouldn't fit in on previous albums though.

The beginning of the end for Kansas

 Point Of Know Return by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.16 | 737 ratings

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Point Of Know Return
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars I actually like this one a bit more than leftoverture but I think both are fantastic albums.

Point of Know Return 7/10 I grew up with this song and love it but recognize its a bit weaker, walsh's vocals are fantastic on it though

Paradox 9/10 im, on fire!! A very complex song thats very catchy, Kansas blending AOR with prog very nicely

The Spider 10/10 a sick instrumental piece. Definitely a highlight.

Portrait (He Knew) 8/10 A song about Einstein. Another single from this album, another decent blend of prog and AOR.

Closet Chronicles 10/10 The highlight of side one. Beautiful song, I especially love Steinhardts vocals in here. One of my favorite Kansas songs.

Lightnings Hand 10/10 Kansas does Prog Metal? Kinda? Doesn't matter, this is Steinhardts best song in my opinion and the guitars are just explosive here and just brilliant.

Dust In The Wind 8/10 Another big hit for Kansas, but it carries a strong message and is a very Beautiful song, I would still prefer songs like The Wall but a good song.

Sparks of The Tempest 8.5/10 Another great song for Steinhardt who shines on this album and continues to down the line.

Nobody's Home 10/10 The most Beautiful song on this album (take that dust in the wind!) The Violins and lyrics here are great. Just perfection.

Hopelessly Human 9/10 Haunting song right here, A fantastic closer for Kansas's last great album.

A great prog album I consider essential.

 Leftoverture by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.22 | 1062 ratings

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Leftoverture
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars The definitive Kansas album? I prefer Song For America but this album is great!

Carry on My Wayward Son 9/10 my favorite song growing up, sure its their radio hit but its a fantastic song from start to finish with a great attention to detail.

The Wall 10/10 my favorite song off the album, beautiful guitar and vocal work. This song was one I listened to during a turning point in my life.

Whats on My Mind 8/10 another very catchy nice song more in the vein of Carry on, while not as good there's a lot of great stuff in this song.

Miracles out of Nowhere 9/10 a kind of ode to Kansas coming out of basically Nowhere USA. A song trading off lead vocal duties and more progressive. Great stuff.

Opus Insert 9/10 this song has many movements and it really explodes towards the end and is just fantastic.

Questions of my childhood 9/10 super catchy song, when Steve hits the high notes I get chills, one of my favorites off the album

Cheyenne Anthem 9/10 a proggy powerhouse once again trading off lead vocal duties leading to a huge instrumental section.

Magnum Opus 10/10 the highlight of the album, every movement gives something unique from the haunting "howling at the moon" to "release the beavers" a great dynamic track

All around great album

 Kansas by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.99 | 575 ratings

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Kansas
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars Really 4.5 Stars!

Brilliant debut from Americas best Prog band. Every song is good. The production can be a bit spotty in places but overall good and raw sounding. I don't think Walsh met his ultimate vocal potential on this album but they're still brilliant.

Can I tell you 8/10 an explosive introduction to the band with a Southern Rock Prog sound. Great vocals from both our lead singers.

Bringing it Back 8/10 in the same vein is this cover, where Steinhardt absolutely shreds on his violin.

Lonely Wind 9/10 one of their most beautiful songs. I first heard it on two for the show which is a fantastic version (but sadly too short) and I immediately listened to this and its just fantastic. The harmonic buildup is nice. Though like I said I think the live version does it better but studio beats it cause of length

Belexes 8/10 Kick ass song with a sick bass line, Walsh's vocals aren't the best here but they're good enough. The violin riff is sick.

Journey From Mariabron 10/10 One of their best songs, the instrumentals are top tier Kansas and the interlude with the moog is just sick.

The Pilgrimage 8/10 more fantastic vocal harmonies here making a very catchy song.

Apercu 9/10 the second longer prog song here. Super catchy chorus and great instrumentals

Death of Mother Nature Suite 9/10 The final track and third long prog song here. I see this and apercu as just one long song since they flow into each other, I love this one. The chorus is pretty sick and the ending is great.

One of my favorites by these guys

 Masque by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.65 | 503 ratings

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Masque
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars I love all of the first 5 Kansas albums including this one, but unfortunately it didn't top Song For America

It Takes A Woman's Love 7/10 Its not horrible but its clear it was their attempt at a hit when really it wasn't them. The instrumentals are good and its a generally catchy song but compared to the last two albums openers it pales in comparison

Two Cents Worth 8/10 A pretty catchy song kinda bluesy southern rock ish but overall chill.

Icarus Borne on Wings of Steel 10/10 alright heres the kansas we know, an epic song where just about everything in it just straight rocks

All The World 9/10 just beautiful song with a similar message to Song for America. Every movement in this song just works great.

Child of innocence 8/10 one of my favorite Kansas hooks. The verse is good but not amazing, its the prechorus chorus and instrumentals that really shine here.

Its You 7/10 kinda just a transitional song to the epics, not bad but nothing ill be walking away from the album going crazy for

Mysteries and mayhem 7/10 the precursor to the pinnacle, honestly this song just makes me want to listen to the pinnacle

The Pinnacle 10/10 arguably Kansas's best song. Just unbelievably beautiful, it makes 10 minutes just melt away, Walsh sounds just fantastic here especially in the live version (which gives me chills) The Highlight of the album

Still a great listen but not as good as the previous two

 Song For America by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.14 | 672 ratings

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Song For America
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars The best american prog album?

I consider this to be Kansas's masterpiece and one of my all time favorite albums

Down The Road 9/10 an explosive introduction showing off just how tight of a band they are. Robby Steinhardt on lead here. This song is best described as Progressive Southern Rock.

Song For America 10/10 everything about this song is brilliant. The violin about 2 and a half minutes in is just beautiful, probably one of Kansas's best songs

Lamplight symphony 10/10 my all time favorite Kansas song and in my top 5 song ever. A beautiful song about a man seeing his dead wife, everything about this song is perfect, the intro, the verse, the chorus, the interludes. Just amazing.

Lonely Street 8/10 This song took me a while but its a more bluesy piece, probably the weakest song on the album but still great.

The Devil Game 8/10 a heavier track where you start to see Kerrys christian influences, but still a great track instrumentally and lyrically. Super catchy.

Incomudro 9/10 one of kansas's longest songs, similar in vein to lamplight symphony. A fantastic closer to this album. Just Beautiful.

Just writing this review made me want to listen to this again

 The Prelude Implicit by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.80 | 253 ratings

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The Prelude Implicit
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "What a comeback album!"

Two years ago a dream came dream when I witnessed a Kansas gig, of course in the Dutch progrock temple De Boerderij. Unfortunately I totally overlooked the brandnew Kansas album, and still wonder why ?

Because this 15th studio-album (the first in 16 years after the previous, pretty disappointing Somewhere To Elsewhere) is an onverwhelming muscial experience, I am really blown away how powerful, exciting and alternating Kansas sound on this latest effort (2016): the one moment heavy guitars and sumptuous Hammond waves (strong opener With This Heart), the other moment tasteful AOR (The Unsung Heroes), a ballad with warm acoustic guitar and tender vocals (Refugee and Home On The Range) or Heavy Prog with cascades of soli in the vein of Old School Kansas (The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen and Crowded Isolation). And a big hand for the excellent lead vocals by Ronnie Platt and the mindblowing violin work by David Ragsdale (especially in Camouflage and the emotional Section 60), their contributions give the songs an extra dimension.

This Kansas album (I own the digipack version featuring the wonderful patriotic instrumental bonus track Oh Shenandoah) is a great example that the musicians and tunesmiths from legendary Seventies era bands can still make very good music, after more than 40 years, highly recommended!

 The Prelude Implicit by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.80 | 253 ratings

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The Prelude Implicit
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars This is one of the better second progressive rock comebacks. The first real Kansas comeback was in 2000 with all original members in a great shape. Now remains only the original drummer and guitar player that are no strong composers. The new members are proficient enough to take the empty seats and take as for the ride over Kansas prairie with large landscapes. The vocalist does a decent job, can reach high notes, although he is distinctively different from 70's Steve Walsh.

The sound retains the trademark sound of old Kansas although is slower and more laid back - no surprise. Some compositions are quite close to Kansas work, some have more modern look. The album opener has a strong and slightly melancholic melody - any Kansas fan will raise the level of attention. The third track has even distant violin noodling of "Song for America". The longest track is naturally the most epic one - but even in this composition, playing is not so intricate as on the 70's albums. Towards the end of the album, there are nice instrumental parts that keep the listener's attention until the very end.

One of the best albums of a 70's prog band in 2016, well there are not many anyway anymore ;(.

 Point Of Know Return by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.16 | 737 ratings

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Point Of Know Return
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Point of Know Return marks another step to become even more catchy and commercially viable act. No wonder, since the previous album was the record for Kansas. What do we have here then? A mixture of pop, rock and progressive tracks with the diminishing prog influence.

"Point of Know Return" is a catchy, radio-oriented track with good violin and Hammond accompaniment. Fortunately, two progressive tracks par excellence follow - "Paradox" draws the interest with unusual guitar playing and traditional violing and keyboard fiddling. "Spider" is the most extravagant Kansas track and the flagship of Steve Walsh - the guy who mostly stuck to hard-rock songs penned this short but effective masterpiece. No wonder that keyboards and drums are the dominant instruments here. "Portrait(He knew)" is a typical hard-rock AOR piece that would have caught the attention of any classic rock fan. To compensate for hard rock, keyboard instrumentation comes into play.

"Closet Chronicles" is a delicate emotional epic composition with great chord sequence. The keyboards very much correspond to the sound of mid 70's.

"Lightning's hand" is interesting because of its progressive metal taste, strong almost hard rock vocal delivery by the violin player. Definitely an enrichment in Kansas' repertoire although not from the progressive side ;-) "Dust in the wind" is a poignant short acoustic piece and hardly Kansas' trademark since they had never a had a song like this. The last two tracks are reflective and melancholic and make you think about your life. "Nobody's home" reveals a great melody and a bit cheesy violin part obviously inspired by classical music. "Hopelessly human" is the last classic Kansas epic :(. Not at the height of Magnum Opus, nevertheless it has its pompous moments and instrumental virtuosity. In contrast to Magnum Opus, the composition flow is more important here than instrumental interplays. So could the piece remain listenable to a bigger spectrum of listeners.

Another masterpiece by Kansas, although not of progressive rock. We still have to applaud Kansas for delivery such record in 1977 when the prog crisis was starting.

 Leftoverture by KANSAS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.22 | 1062 ratings

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Leftoverture
Kansas Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars Together with Song for America not only Kansas progressive rock masterpieces but also the crowning achievements of progressive rock combined with hard rock, pop and boogie. Although this record does contain more commercial influence and catchiness than the previous records, it is for the good measure and compositionally ingeniuosly blended with delicate complex suites. Comparing to "Song for America", there is less improvisation and soloing but tighter arrangements and compositional maturity. Kerry Livgren has reached his music highest point - Steve Walsh didn't compose any song on his own here. Keyboards and violin are clearly instrumental highlights as on every 70's Kansas record, but guitars, bass and drums don't stay far behind.

The strong anthemic start with "Carry on Wayward Son" draws attention of every rock-positive listener. Guitar and dynamic rhythms dominate the song. Walsh's vocal is a trademark; it confirms that he was one of the best and instantly recognizable voices in progressive rock. "The Wall" starts a melancholic introspective mood that is so prevalent on this and "Point of Know Return" record. Keyboards are restrained in the background but solemn to support the slow pace. Walsh's vocal changes from the energetic and dynamic singing to subdued. "What's on my mind" starts as a typical hard-rock Kansas song but soon changes into a mid 70's synth pop territory to switch back to hard rock riffing. The keyboards are almost non-hearable in this composition.

"Miracles out of nowhere" is one of the prog highlights featuring catchy melody without sacrifying progressive arrangements. Keyboard and guitar acoustic interplay come to forefront in the middle of the song. Fast hard-rock final part is an acquired taste but in the end results in a symphonic and dramatic accord sequence pleasing our hearts and ears.

"Opus insert" starts of as an ELO song with keyboard but soon ventures towards progressive rock. Classically influenced instrumental showcase here is incredibly tasty. The song could have been much longer as the three distinct parts flow away too quickly. This is a how at their peak blossom with ideas in such short time.

"Questions of my childhood" reminds of Yes and early Kansas works. Fitting violin and missing guitar keep the track catchy and relatively soft. Piano and moog are used as keyboards.

"Cheyenne Anthem" is the first pure progressive rock composition; however it remains catchy. The slow tempo in the first half is compensated by dynamic instrumental preludium lifts up the spirit. Acoustic guitar and female background vocals give space for a down-to-earth Steve's vocal before returning to the main motive. This composition's quality is comparable to anything that progressive rock composed in 1976 but still have to give way to "MAGNUM OPUS"!

Yes, the last track of this album is with the "Pinnacle", "Song for America" and "Incomudro" Kansas' epic best. All three compositions can serve as introduction to progressive rock keyboards - various instruments with fitting playing are displayed. "Magnum Opus" starts soberly as a promising pop track but soon bursts into a tremendeous lengthy instrumental overture - as if the band new that it would be their last fully progressive rock epic piece. Syntesizers, Hammond Organ, ARPs, clavinet, moog - sit down, close eyes and follow this keyboard arrangements wizardry. The overture continues almost until the end, leaving actually no space for Steve Walsh voice to say goodbye.

For all fans liking progressive rock, this is a must album. It is not in the league with most complex, most inventive albums but astonishes with the compositional quality and extremely high musicianship.

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