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 , well there are not many anyway anymore ;.
Fortunately, two progressive tracks par excellence follow - "Paradox" draws the interest with unusual guitar playing and traditional violing and keyboard fiddling. No wonder that keyboards and drums are the dominant instruments here.
To compensate for hard rock, keyboard instrumentation comes into play. The keyboards very much correspond to the sound of mid 70's. 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. 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.
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Another masterpiece by Kansas, although not of progressive rock. We still have to applaud Kansas for delivery such record in when the prog crisis was starting. The strong anthemic start with "Carry on Wayward Son" draws attention of every rock-positive listener.
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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. 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. The keyboards are almost non-hearable in this composition. Keyboard and guitar acoustic interplay come to forefront in the middle of the song.
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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. 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. Fitting violin and missing guitar keep the track catchy and relatively soft.
Piano and moog are used as keyboards. 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. Yes, the last track of this album is with the "Pinnacle", "Song for America" and "Incomudro" Kansas' epic best.
see All three compositions can serve as introduction to progressive rock keyboards - various instruments with fitting playing are displayed. 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.
The first song kicks off with energy in the AOR vein and good riffing. As each song, the vocals by Walsh are excellent. Even "Child of innocence" with its infectious energy and performance beats the previous song. Before the pinnacle called "The pinnacle", the band serve an aperitif "Mysteries and mayhem" featuring a clear melody motive but accompanied with very good and inventive instrumentation, this one could have been longer. Inventive though technically not too difficult keyboard lines impress me each time I hear this masterpiece.
The minor chords add to the emotional Walsh vocal.
I tried to find enough quality to award four stars but to be fair to other band's albums, only three can be guaranteed. Not only have Platt, Ehart, Williams and fellow bandmates Billy Greer bass and vocals , David Ragsdale violin, guitars and vocals and David Manion keyboards and vocals performed more than concerts together since then, they also headed into the studio for the first Kansas studio album in 16 years. I refer to that as job security! Has it retained all the excitement from when you first got the gig? How easy was it for you to slip into those routines? There was no transition!
It was so easy. At the first rehearsal, of course I had a little anticipation and was a little excited, but from the day one it was walking into rehearsal and getting to work, but having fun doing it. Sing higher! Q: Luckily, though, you had a long career in music and as a singer before that. I bet that helped to ease the transition, too. They plucked him out of Home Depot and threw him onstage. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Guitar Recorded Versions.
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