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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."
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*
Anyone else a fan of the band from Topeka?
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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.
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.
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.