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Proto-Kaw - Before Became After CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 153 ratings

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4 stars My re-intro into "new" prog....

Having left the prog world back in the late 80s and came back in the very early 2000s, I mostly listened to the prog sounds I remember from the 70s and the ones I had not listened to from that era. I began listening to one of those "satellite" radios and I heard a song from this album by Proto-kaw and my ears re-opened. Afterwards came an interview with Kerry Livgren and that led me to searchings of the current world of prog of which I was amazed to see it was still alive!

To me the first 5 songs are a very good opening set with Quantem Leapfrog being my favorite. It gets quite funky/jazzy and psychidelic. The closing 2 songs (as well as most of the songs) show Livgren's composing abilities which always make me smile, as just when I think I am used to the time signature or beat and ready to move on, he throws in the change, shift, or sound that brings you back in and hooks you. As usual his lyrics are thought provoking.

Before Came After, as well as the "original, original Kansas" release of the Early Recordings of Kansas are the best efforts of Proto-Kaw.

I give it a solid 4 stars. It led me into the modern world of prog and all the good bands still carrying the torch as well as this website!

AEProgman | 4/5 |


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