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Kansas - 1974 Kansas
After years of struggle and playing nearly every two-bit watering hole in the Midwest, the Kansas debut arrived on store shelves in March of 1974 and American progressive rock was never the same.

Kansas - 1975 Song For America
Spending the better part of 1974 on the road supporting a debut album that was largely ignored, 'Song For America' wasn't exactly a commercial blockbuster either, but it was arguably their most 'progressive'.

Kansas - 1976 Leftoverture
Stepping up to the plate was their fourth LP 'Leftoverture', an album that would move Kansas into the big league. Though 'Leftoverture' would enable Kansas to navigate their music through radio, the album is still for the most part - very progressive and symphonic.

Kansas - 1977 Point Of Know Return
'Point Of Know Return' would become a critical album for them. The symphonic connection was still there, but the Epic/Kirshner label now wondered whether the band could turn up the heat a second time. They needn't have worried because for many (myself included), this album is perhaps their signature symphonic piece of work.

Kansas - 1978 Two For The Show (Live)
Kudos then to Kansas, who released the late 1978 two-LP set 'Two For The Show' with next to no tweaking and after-dubs in the studio.

Kansas - 1979 Monolith
Reviewing this album many years later, isn't it ironic and prophetic when you look at the album cover and relate it to life in the 21st century. We are so near to destroying this planet, and to see native Red Indians wearing astronaut like helmets throughout the cover-art is too close to the truth for my liking.

Kansas - 1980 Audio Visions
'Audio Visions' represented the beginning of the end for Kansas mark one and creative differences and (as already documented elsewhere on this site) led to Walsh departing and forming Streets.

Kansas - 1982 Vinyl Confessions
For my money 'Vinyl Confessions' was their best album, the band re-energised by Elefante and showing plenty of purpose in their instrumental sections. The fact that they could utilise radio friendly melodies and still be unflinchingly hard rock inspired makes this a veritable feast.

Kansas - 1983 Drastic Measures
An unusual album by their own high standards, and one that has been commented on by many as their most 'un-Kansas' album ever. By this stage of their career, they were literally caught in a crossfire of their own making.

Kansas - 1986 Power
A great return, despite the different direction. However, with three classic tracks under the one roof ('Power', 'Three Pretenders' and 'Tomb 129') you can't go wrong.

Kansas - 1988 In The Spirit Of Things
'In The Spirit Of Things' is (for 1988) a modern sounding recording, wih big production and interesting lyrical themes. The album is based loosely on the 12951 flood of the small eastern Kansas town of Neosho Falls.

Kansas - 1995 Freaks Of Nature
'Freaks Of Nature' is one of my favorite Kansas releases and I think one of their strongest. A move away from the more direct radio-friendly sound of the '80s and the return of violin is more than welcome..

Kansas - 1998 Always Never The Same
This album was slightly out of left field for Kansas. 'Always Never The Same' was a covers album but recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in attendance. It's a mix of older classics plus a handful of new/unreleased songs.

Kansas - 2016 The Prelude Implicit
Released at the end of September 2016, the album is enjoying critical acclaim, and who knows, it may very well make my top 10 albums of the year!

Livgren, Kerry - 1980 Seeds Of Change
I can't recommend 'Seeds Of Change' highly enough. Real 'CCM' long before that carry-all banner was coined; it didn't get much better than this.

Walsh, Steve - 1980 Schemer Dreamer
This is the first solo album from Kansas keyboardist Steve Walsh, recently reissued by Rock Candy Records.

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