History Music / Kansas

18th May '17 12:09:01 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Billy Greer on "Look at the Time" on ''Somewhere to Elsewhere'' and "Summer" on ''The Prelude Implicit'', his only lead vocals in studio (see Vocal Tag Team). Robby Steinhardt has stepped away from the band on a full time basis, but does show up to sing and play violin on a couple of shows per tour.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Billy Greer on "Look at the Time" on ''Somewhere to Elsewhere'' and "Summer" on ''The Prelude Implicit'', his only lead vocals in studio [[note]]Unless you count a single line on "Cheyenne Anthem" from ''Always Never The Same''[[/note]] (see Vocal Tag Team). Robby Steinhardt has stepped away from the band on a full time basis, but does show up to sing and play violin on a couple of shows per tour.
10th May '17 3:21:59 PM bt8257
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* CanonDiscontinuity
** Very few "Best Of" compilations acknowledge anything past ''Drastic Measures''. Some don't acknowledge the Elefante era either. This is also reflected in their live shows. Aside from "Icarus II" and songs from the recent ''The Prelude Implicit'', you'd be hard pressed to hear them play any song later than "Fight Fire With Fire". They do make exceptions, however. ''Device Voice Drum'' featured "The Preacher" from ''In the Spirit of Things'' with a choir accompanying the chorus, and ''There's Know Place Like Home'' featured a guest appearance by Steve Morse and had some songs from albums he played in.

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* CanonDiscontinuity
CanonDiscontinuity:
** Very few "Best Of" compilations acknowledge anything past ''Drastic Measures''. Some don't acknowledge the Elefante era either. This is also reflected in their live shows. Aside from "Icarus II" and songs from the recent ''The Prelude Implicit'', you'd be hard pressed to hear them play any song later than "Fight Fire With with Fire". They do make exceptions, however. ''Device Voice Drum'' featured "The Preacher" from ''In the Spirit of Things'' with a choir accompanying the chorus, and ''There's Know Place Like Home'' featured a guest appearance by Steve Morse and had some songs from albums he played in.
9th May '17 10:16:50 PM Acebrock
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* IcarusAllusion: Used in "Carry On Wayward Son" when the lyrics talk about the singer flying too high.
2nd May '17 5:58:09 AM Yoshiman400
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* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: ''Very'' much played with in the ''Icarus'' duology: in the original song ("Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel" from ''Masque'') there is no suggestion that ''Icarus'' is a warplane, and even with lyrics such as [[TemptingFate "I won't come down no more"]] it appears the plane and its pilot are safe and sound. However, it is very clear that ''Icarus II'' (from the eponymous song in ''Somewhere to Elsewhere'') is a warplane that gets shot down in combat--but it's also never implied the pilot is killed in action trying to land it, or that the plane is even totaled, and the song ends with the same opening theme from the original song. With the way the band often plays these two songs in ''reverse'' order in concert, it certainly seems that the pilot isn't deterred by his experience in combat.
30th Apr '17 11:24:35 AM eroock
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'''Kansas''' is an American ProgressiveRock band [[CaptainObvious from Topeka, Kansas.]] The band formed in 1973 and still tours in North America and Europe, though the lineup has changed over the years. They debuted with a SelfTitledAlbum in 1974 and have since become quite popular, becoming a staple on classic rock radio and having their songs played in movies and TV shows.

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'''Kansas''' Kansas is an American ProgressiveRock band [[CaptainObvious from Topeka, Kansas.]] The band formed in 1973 and still tours in North America and Europe, though the lineup has changed over the years. They debuted with a SelfTitledAlbum in 1974 and have since become quite popular, becoming a staple on classic rock radio and having their songs played in movies and TV shows.
30th Apr '17 11:24:22 AM eroock
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->"''Carry on my wayward son\\

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->"''Carry ->''"Carry on my wayward son\\



Don't you cry no more''"
-->--'''Kansas''', "Carry On Wayward Son"

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Don't you cry no more''"
-->--'''Kansas''',
more."''
-->-- '''Kansas''',
"Carry On Wayward Son"



* GoneHorriblyRight

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* GoneHorriblyRightGiganticMoon: The man on the front of the cover of ''Monolith'' has an ''enormous'' moon in the sky behind him.
* GoneHorriblyRight:



* WeirdMoon: The man on the front of the cover of ''Monolith'' has an ''enormous'' moon in the sky behind him.
15th Apr '17 9:30:42 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* VocalEvolution: Steve Walsh's voice deteriorated significantly over the years, largely due to substance abuse and never having a vocal coach, to the point that many casual fans who listen to their newer work often question if it's the same vocalist. It only got worse over the years, too, and may have been a contributing factor to his retirement in 2014.

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* VocalEvolution: Steve Walsh's voice deteriorated significantly over the years, somewhere between ''Power'' and ''In The Spirit Of Things'', largely due to substance abuse and never having a vocal coach, to the point that many casual fans who listen to their newer work often question if it's the same vocalist. It only got worse over the years, too, and may have been a contributing factor to his retirement in 2014.
12th Apr '17 12:08:52 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* GoneHorriblyRight: The final verse of "Death of Mother Nature Suite"; pollution is the side effect of all of man's wondrous advances in technology. The last two lines (as sung by Robby) are "The ignorance of man will reach an end/And now she's gonna die", the last line being the same line that ends the first two verses. However, if the lyrics as printed in the album are WordOfGod, then Kerry Livgren originally ended the verse with ''"Cause now we're gonna die"''.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: GoneHorriblyRight
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The final verse of "Death of Mother Nature Suite"; pollution is the side effect of all of man's wondrous advances in technology. The last two lines (as sung by Robby) are "The ignorance of man will reach an end/And now she's gonna die", the last line being the same line that ends the first two verses. However, if the lyrics as printed in the album are WordOfGod, then Kerry Livgren originally ended the verse with ''"Cause now we're gonna die"''.die"''.
** The song "Rainmaker" tells the story of a group of people living in a "one horse town" suffering from drought. They hire a rainmaker (actually a con man who planned to do his song and dance and leave town with the money) to bring rain. His rain dance summons a storm so powerful it ''floods'' the town.
12th Apr '17 11:24:44 AM Monsterbass
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** The second time happened in 1990, when a German promoter arranged for all the original members of Kansas to come together for a reunion tour. All of them except Robby Steinhardt came on for the tour, though Dave Hope left immediately following the tour and Kerry Livgren left soon after.

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** The second time happened in 1990, when a German promoter (who was actually drummer Phil Ehart) arranged for all the original members of Kansas to come together for a reunion tour. All of them except Robby Steinhardt came on for the tour, though Dave Hope left immediately following the tour and Kerry Livgren left soon after.
6th Apr '17 6:16:52 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* {{Instrumentals}}: "The Spider" from ''The Point of Know Return'', "Musicatto" from ''Power'', "T.O. Witcher" from ''In The Spirit Of Things'', "Section 60" from ''The Prelude Implicit''

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "The Spider" from ''The Point ''Point of Know Return'', "Musicatto" from ''Power'', "T.O. Witcher" from ''In The Spirit Of Things'', "Section 60" from ''The Prelude Implicit''



* MoodWhiplash: The second half of ''The Point of Know Return'' goes from regal yet tragic ("Closet Chronicles") to dark and intimidating ("Lightning's Hand") to soft and philosophical ("Dust in the Wind") to serious and cynical ("Sparks of the Tempest") to light and heartbreaking ("Nobody's Home") to experiential and introspective ("Hopelessly Human").

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* MoodWhiplash: The second half of ''The Point ''Point of Know Return'' goes from regal yet tragic ("Closet Chronicles") to dark and intimidating ("Lightning's Hand") to soft and philosophical ("Dust in the Wind") to serious and cynical ("Sparks of the Tempest") to light and heartbreaking ("Nobody's Home") to experiential and introspective ("Hopelessly Human").
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