Kansas : Leftoverture
Kansas : Leftoverture
Recorded in 1976
Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Discontinued : last copy available!...
A1 - Carry On Wayward Son
A2 - The Wall
A3 - What's On My Mind
A4 - Miracles Out of Nowhere
B1 - Opus Insert
B2 - Questions Of My Childhood
B3 - Cheyenne Anthem
B4 - Magnum Opus
Recorded August 1976 at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
Leftoverture is the fourth studio album by Kansas, released in 1976. It was the band's first album to be certified 4 times platinum in the United States by the RIAA
For any art rock band, the fourth album means it's time for a self-styled masterpiece -- if you need proof, look at Selling England by the Pound or Fragile. So, with Kansas, the most determinedly arty of all American art rock bands, they composed and recorded Leftoverture, an impenetrable conundrum of significance that's capped off by nothing less than a five-part suite, appropriately titled "Magnum Opus," and featuring such promising movement titles as "Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat" and "Release the Beavers." Of course, there's no telling whether this closing opus relates to the opener, "Carry On Wayward Son," the greatest single Kansas ever cut -- a song that manages to be pompous, powerful, ridiculous, and catchy all at once. That they never manage to rival it anywhere on this record is as much a testament to their crippling ambition as their lack of skills. And it's unfair to say Kansas are unskilled, since they are certainly instrumentally proficient and they can craft songs or, rather, compositions that appear rather ambitious. Except these compositions aren't particularly complex, rhythmically or harmonically, and are in their own way as ambling as boogie rock, which still feels to be their foundation. It's not really fair to attack Kansas for a concept album with an impenetrable concept -- it's possible to listen to Lamb Lies Down on Broadway hundreds of times and not know what the hell Rael is up to -- but there's neither hooks nor true grandiosity here to make it interesting. That said, this still may be Kansas' most consistent set, outside of Point of Know Return.
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