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Unread 05-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #1
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Kansas!

A recent topic on how we decided what music to buy in the pre-Internet days reminded me of one of the first bands I sought out.



I never thought of them as progressive rock, but they were clearly different from most bands on the radio.



Intrigued, I bought the album "Point of Know Return." I was blown away.



As someone to whom I introduced this album said about this next cut, "You mean this is just the introduction to the next song?" *laugh*



But again, how can you avoid an introduction like that when you're heading into a song about Albert Einstein?



Sadly, one of their songs has been ruined for me, as too many of my friends died too early on and I've both attended and played music at too many funerals. Everything slips away, and all your money won't another minute buy.



It's just as beautiful, but I can remember the list of the dead from those years every time I hear it. Still, not a bad painting for your memory to be attached to in my personal memory palace (c'mon, I know I'm not the only one who has one here, am I?).

The Kansas I loved moved on and broke up, but it defined a high water mark which few bands have managed to approach in the decades since.

Anyway, if anyone is interested in older music, I highly recommend the classic Kansas lineup, and especially the album "Point of Know Return."

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BTW, I remember the license plates from the state of Kansas during the late '80s/early '90s, and loved that they appeared to be based on some of the band logos.



How rocking is that, that an apparent Kansas fan got that design through his superiors and got it approved? *laugh*

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Anyone else a fan of the band from Topeka?

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Unread 05-20-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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carry on my wayward...i don't have kids.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 02:11 AM   #3
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love kansas. leftoverture is a classic record imo. you can hear that Symphony X worships them pretty hard. there's a part in Rediscovery on V that sounds just like Song for America.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 03:31 AM   #4
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Not a real kansas fan, but I always had allot of respect for their talent and songwriting. Dust in the wind is very deservingly a classic rock hall of fame tune. (in my book anyway)
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Unread 05-20-2012, 04:01 AM   #6
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thread has inspired a kansas marathon as I get some work done on this sunday morning.

leftoverture, song for america and point of no return queued
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I have to admit not knowing a whole lot about Kansas, except a greatest hits CD, which I listen to regularly. I also have Audio Visions on vinyl, and it's pretty awesome. Until last year I made mix CDs for people as a "thanks for having me over!" And I almost always put a Kansas song on there.. it's prog, but it's accessible prog for the average person.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #9
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Never could get into the band. There is obviously tons of talent but it always gave off this cheesy classic rock vibe that really turned me off. However I will say they have top notch album art.

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I'm a bit of a fan. For me it holds a bit of a nostalgic connection because I remember hearing these great songs on the radio when I was a kid. I have a clear memory of being at my Dad's rock club when I was 9 years old on a sunday nite and hearing my future guitar teacher's band break into a spot on version of Carry On My Wayward Son. It blew my mind.
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Kansas were great in the 70's but the turn their sound took in the 80's is horrible imo.

Anyway Masque is probably my favorite album. Steve Walsh's voice is just incredible.

Check out this live version of The Pinnacle. Pure gold.

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Been a big fan since I was a kid. "Leftoverture" and "Point of Know Return" are essential road trip albums for me. Complexity, melody and passion in one musical package. It really pisses me off that a lot of people referred to them then (and now, even) as "corporate rock". Something like "Song for America" is about as far from corporate radio-friendly as you can get, IMO.
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KANSAS! I had to give them the benefit of the caps lock. Great band, but they seem very under-appreciated nowadays. Oh well, I still consider most of their tunes real gems.

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Can we give it up for Triumph also?
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You mean, can you start an appreciation thread for Triumph, rather than hijack this one?

Sure!

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I'm on a trip right now, and before I left I loaded the classic original Kansas albums onto my player... except for Leftoverture, which is inexplicably missing from the shelf.

I cut my musical teeth on Point of Know Return, and I could remember every lick off that thing when I was on the plane.
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