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It sounds better than most recordings today, and this was originally recorded over 40 years ago. But let the music that comes out of the speakers speak for itself. Review Of Glixman Remaster Surely, no one in the band and perhaps only a few listeners could have anticipated just what Kansas would accomplish over the 30 year span that bridges the gap between now and when this was originally released.
Their mix of bar room blues and symphonic rock was entirely original and has never been matched. It just serves to remind the world how complex and masterful these guys really were as we can really hear all the details now with greater sonic clarity. I'm going to split this review into two parts, because there are two sides that I feel need to be addressed separately. First I'll cover the album, as in the music that the band wrote and performed, and then I'll review the CD itself, because any faults that the CD has don't make the music itself bad.
Kansas as an album is fantastic. Before I bought the album, I had only listened to its first track, "Can I Tell You", which while a solid track, didn't compare to other tracks on the Greatest Hits album I had.
But oh man does the album pick up from there. Cale cover "Bringing It Back" and "The Pilgrimage", all made unique by the band's killer vocals and signature instrumentation. I can't think of any hard rock bands which feature a Moog and a Violin so prominently.
This is the side of Kansas which ended up seeing the most recognition with that one Kansas song everyone knows, and where new fans might feel more comfortable, though a couple tracks like Belexes might be grittier and edgier than you're used to with Carry On Wayward Son. Belexes gives a good segue to the other half of the album: the Prog Rock. I personally think that early Kansas doesn't get as much recognition as they should for their prog rock, perhaps because it's a distinctly American take on a genre which was dominated by Europeans.
Belexes, while a shorter and more hard-rock song, is also very good. My only issue with this part of the album is that Death of Mother Nature Suite is as subtle as a meteorite.
Fortunately, its instrumentation matches the tone of the lyrics, but I find the approach Song for America took towards the subject much more appealing. As a whole, I think Kansas is my favorite pre-Leftoverture Kansas album. Every song on this album is at least good, and there are quite a few greats. This album hits everything I like about Kansas and it does it well. It might sound a bit absurd to call a band with two 4x RIAA Platinum selling records underrated, but I genuinely think that they don't get enough exposure outside of their two big hits.
Now on to the bad part. This would absolutely be a 5 star review if it weren't for the CD itself. This CD is from the early's remaster, and the early's was when the loudness wars were at their worst. This isn't the worst CD out there, but the tracks still exhibit noticeable clipping, especially in the snare drums.
I'll be looking for an original CD for a master with more dynamic range. That said, it's also very cheap. It's cheaper than buying the digital files of the album. Even with its issues, it's hard to argue with the price of the album. All that said, I would recommend this album to everyone. Listen Now with Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited. Carry on Wayward Son. Point of Know Return. Fight Fire With Fire. Dust in the Wind. Song For America [Explicit]. Hold On. No One Together.
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In March of , Kansas released a three-and-a-half-minute video trailer hosted by Platt to announce the June release of Absence of Presence. After releasing three advance cuts -- "Throwing Mountains", "Memories Down the Line, and "Jets Overhead" -- the album was delayed until July due to production delays. Sign In. Top Songs See All. Essential Albums. Point of Know Return Expanded Edition Leftoverture Expanded Edition Albums See All. The Absence of Presence Wheels and Other Rarities The Prelude Implicit Deluxe Edition Somewhere to Elsewhere Always Never the Same feat.
London Symphony OrchestraOne of the best bands from the 70's and 80's. The Best of Kansas, has all their top hits and this CD does not disappoint. If your a 70's and 80's rock fan it is a must for your CD collection. If your new to Kansas or never heard of them, try the samples of each song, they are still a great band after all these years/5().