SONIC-RECREATION.COM high definition, high definition LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer services. A division of H8 Enterprises.



Kansas

Read Kansas' biography



Kansas - Monolith [Kirshner FZ 36008] (May 1979)

Go to http://www.dynamicrange.de
for more information

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $39.99
plus shipping

ITEM# SR-KIFZ36008
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=NM-

Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Artist:

Kansas

Title:

Monolith

Released: May 1979
Label: Kirshner
Catalog: FZ 36008
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 On The Other Side
02 People Of The South Wind
03 Angels Have Fallen
04 How My Soul Cries Out For You
05 A Glimpse Of Home
06 Away From You
07 Stay Out Of Trouble
08 Reason To Be
Submit a review.



Kansas - Audio-Visions (Kirshner CBS FZ 36588) (1980)

Go to http://www.dynamicrange.de
for more information

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $39.99
Plus shipping and handling

ITEM# SR-KIFZ36588
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=VG+

Ships in 3 to 6
business days.


Artist:

Kansas

Title:

Audio-Visions

Released: 1980
Label: Kirshner CBS
Catalog: FZ 36588
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Relentless
02 Anything For You
03 Hold On
04 Loner
05 Curtain Of Iron
06 Got To Rock On
07 Don't Open Your Eyes
08 No One Together
09 No Room For A Stranger
10 Back Door
Submit a review.

Album Review

by William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

By the time of their eighth album, Audio-Visions, Kansas had entered the post-platinum solo-album phase of the typical successful rock group's career. Leaders Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh were devoting time to making their own records, and Kansas was becoming a part-time occupation. The two divided up the songwriting chores on Audio-Visions, alternating Livgren's always spiritual and by now explicitly religious lyrical sentiments and ornate musical structures with Walsh's earthier and harder-rocking concerns. Livgren's Christian-themed "Hold On" ("Outside the door He is waiting") made the Top 40, and Walsh's "Got to Rock" was a singles-chart entry, but nothing here matched the music from the group's late-'70s heyday. Audio-Visions was the last of seven straight Kansas albums to go gold or platinum and the last album made by the group's most successful lineup. In 1981, Walsh quit.


Kansas - Drastic Measures [CBS Associated QZ 38733] (07-1983)

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $39.99
plus shipping

ITEM# SR-CBQZ38733P
Ratings: C=G-; LP=VG

Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Artist:

Kansas

Title:

Drastic Measures

Released: 07-1983
Label: CBS Associated
Catalog: QZ 38733
Genre: Rock
NOTE: Promotional copy - stamped on back cover


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Fight Fire With Fire
02 Everybody's My Friend
03 Mainstream
04 Andi
05 Going Through The Motions
06 Get Rich
07 Don't Take Your Love Away
08 End Of The Age
09 Incident On A Bridge
Submit a review.

Album Review

Drastic Measures is the ninth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1983.

The shift in direction that Kansas took with Vinyl Confessions took its toll before recording began on this album. After hearing that Christian fans of Kansas were using lyrics from Vinyl Confessions in religious tracts and handing them out prior to the band's live appearances, violinist Robby Steinhardt grew tired of Kansas' new Christian affiliation and quit the band at the end of the 1982 tour.

Despite the success of Vinyl Confessions, both among mainstream and Christian audiences, the album was criticized in some quarters especially by Rolling Stone for being too repetitive of Kansas' prior efforts. Drastic Measures was new lead singer John Elefante's attempt to change that perception, and his compositions dominate the album, with Kansas co-founder Kerry Livgren only contributing three tracks. Because the sound of Drastic Measures is more akin to the successful records that Loverboy and Foreigner were putting out at the time, Livgren was greatly displeased. This is bluntly expressed in his lyrics for ''Mainstream'', which are as much a criticism of the band's new direction as they are a slam at the music industry in general.

With the exception of the last three songs on the record, any Christian lyrical content was mostly indirect and oblique, although this was primarily due to Livgren holding back a number of songs for his future projects. Combined with a strange choice for an album cover, the new Kansas presented on Drastic Measures confused long-time fans and disappointed Christian listeners. The album was the band's lowest-charting record since their debut in 1974 and the tensions within the band eventually became too much. Kansas officially disbanded after giving a New Year's Eve concert at the end of their 1983 tour, although Ehart, Williams, and Elefante stayed to record the song ''Perfect Lover'' for The Best of Kansas compilation album.

Livgren and Dave Hope left the band to found AD, while Elefante went on to become a successful producer of contemporary Christian music bands like Petra as well as a popular CCM performer in his own right.

One of the first rock videos (along with ''Beat It'' and ''New Frontier'') to be blown up to 35mm film and exhibited in movie theaters as a trailer, the music video for ''Fight Fire with Fire'', directed by Dominic Orlando, was released theatrically across the U.S. in 1983 as a short subject with Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and No. 58 on the Hot 100. The song also appeared on Kansas: Small Anthology and on every version of The Awesome Kansas Mix.

The album was re-released on CD in remastered form in February 1996 on Legacy/Epic Records, then again in 2011 on Rock Candy Records. [wikipedia.org]

Kansas' Biography

by Jason Ankeny [allmusic.com]

Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s; though typically dismissed by critics, many of the group's hits remain staples of AOR radio play lists to this day. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.

Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry On Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. 1977's Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.

In the wake of 1980's Audio-Visions, Kansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded. In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around Ehart, Williams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of Nature. Always Never the Same followed in 1998. Seeing the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry Livgren, Somewhere to Elsewhere was released in 2000.
Questions or comments? Send us E-mail.
Send us E-mail
    © Copyright 2011-2019 - SONIC-RECREATION.COM is a division of H8 Enterprises. Designed by John Haight. All Rights Reserved.