Any Kansas / Phil Ehart fans?

Macarina

Silver Member
Kansas... Long time fan of the band.
Each member brings a special sumpin sumpin to their very unique sound. And there's a few band changes... again.
Ehart's percussion constantly amazes me and thank gawd, he has been the catalyst to keeping the band going. He now manages the band.

Anyway, Kansas just released their latest project "The Absence of Presence".
I've given it a couple listens and very delighted they still have it. They went through some roller coaster times, but Absence of Presence brings them back to new music, retaining that classic songwriting they became know for.

I was planning on seeing them this summer... but we all know how that goes.

Love the band. Love the music. Just doing a shout out for their new release.

 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
yes...100%. Foundational to me!

I got into them around Song For America. Spent many a frustrating moment trying to figure out his beats as a young drummer.

He is in my top 5 biggest influences, and I really liked him because he also used concert instruments like tymps and vibraphones, and I was just starting to get into band in school.

Kansas, Styx and Rush were the first 'non-childrens music" bands that I remember getting into. The first bands where the music started to move me and be more important than the corny words and sounds of kids music. I would sit fascinated looking at the album covers, and getting imagery in my head driven by what the music was doing/saying.
 

AzHeat

Platinum Member
Got introduced to them with their Audiovisions album. Wasn’t aware of a new album. That’s great. Will have to check it out.
 

blinky

Senior Member
I've seen them twice, great band, great drummer. I counted them out when Steve Walsh left, but I will check out the new album!
 

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
Kansas... Long time fan of the band.
Each member brings a special sumpin sumpin to their very unique sound. And there's a few band changes... again.
Ehart's percussion constantly amazes me and thank gawd, he has been the catalyst to keeping the band going. He now manages the band.

Anyway, Kansas just released their latest project "The Absence of Presence".
I've given it a couple listens and very delighted they still have it. They went through some roller coaster times, but Absence of Presence brings them back to new music, retaining that classic songwriting they became know for.

I was planning on seeing them this summer... but we all know how that goes.

Love the band. Love the music. Just doing a shout out for their new release.

I have to admit - I'm only into Kansas as far as "Carry on..." etc....so not really a fan - but that song is awesome haha.

Any recommendations on prime Kansas albums to enjoy?
 

lefty2

Platinum Member
I have to admit - I'm only into Kansas as far as "Carry on..." etc....so not really a fan - but that song is awesome haha.

Any recommendations on prime Kansas albums to enjoy?
I think their first 7 albums are all real good the first one entitled Kansas is a must hear. All of their early albums are great though. Masque might be the most overlooked album. Pull them up on iTunes or similar app. Kansas, Masque, Song for America, Point of Know Return, Leftoverture they're all great
 

Macarina

Silver Member
I have to admit - I'm only into Kansas as far as "Carry on..." etc....so not
Any recommendations on prime Kansas albums to enjoy?
Carry On and Dust in the Wind are radio friendly. They have a few other like that. And they definitely brought in some new fans. While the shorter hits are great, I prefer the progressive longer pieces.

You might like their most successful album Leftoverture. It did well for a reason. Hits and just excellent song writing through and through. In their peak form and timing.
I would then suggest diving into Masque and/or Song For America.

If you want to just try one, check out their Leftoverture Live & Beyond. It will provide all the songs they are known for with old and new fans alike.
 

Auspicious

Well-known member
Funny I listened to the first 2 tracks of Lefoverture just this morning ((; I like that album very much.

I am not NouveauCliche but I'll listen to Live and & Beyond, thanks for the suggestion Macarina and for talking about very good music too!
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Kansas' first 3 albums are included in my all time favorite albums. (Kansas (self titled) Song For America, Masque) I love them all the same.

Leftoverture is good. Point of Know Return is good. But the first 3 really get me.

Phil is a big influence on me, so yea, big fan. What a great live show they had in the 70's. Steve Walsh was pretty amazing.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Audio-Visions is the album that I really tried to master first in middle school. I always felt, at the time, that all the other ones were way beyond what I could do. It became my most fav album b/c I heard it so much.

I got out of them around Drastic Measures...it seemed like they were really losing focus by then.
 

lefty2

Platinum Member
Drastic measures and vinyl confessions the band was going through some drastic changes. Steve Walsh did not sing on either of those albums a guy named John Elefante did. Audio Visions has some great material on it I really like no one together and there's a couple of others also that really get me moving
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Drastic measures and vinyl confessions the band was going through some drastic changes. Steve Walsh did not sing on either of those albums a guy named John Elefante did. Audio Visions has some great material on it I really like no one together and there's a couple of others also that really get me moving
I really liked Vinyl Confessions, and didn't mind Elefante on that album, but then it started becoming the weird soapbox to the Evangelical Christian stuff in the mid 80's, and while I can overlook lyrical content, the music started to really become bleh...
 

lefty2

Platinum Member
I really liked Vinyl Confessions, and didn't mind Elefante on that album, but then it started becoming the weird soapbox to the Evangelical Christian stuff in the mid 80's, and while I can overlook lyrical content, the music started to really become bleh...
I think Audio Visions, vinyl confessions and drastic measures what are the albums with some strong Christian lyrics. I bought the power album after drastic measures and started losing interest then. Since then I have picked up several albums between then and now and they're okay the not near as good as they're really stuff. I think Karry and Dave left the band after drastic measures and Steve Walsh returned. Steve Morris was with the band for a while you can sure tell his guitar work on the albums he played on.
 
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dwsabianguy

Senior Member
Steve Morris
Steve Morse. Of Dixie Dregs and now Deep Purple.

I love me some Kansas. That Greatest Hits album hit me at a young age, and Steve Walsh in his prime is still my favorite singer of all time. Masque is one of my favorite records, start to finish. Phil Ehart's no slouch either. That pattern in The Spider (on Point of Know Return) is all sorts of wild left-side lead.
 
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