(Classic Rock) 14 July 2016, The 10 finest songs from the Topeka, Kansas progressive rock group. It looked like a guy putting on a pair of headphones with Cher’s face on them; I thought it looked like Cher. We gave him some ideas as “Point of Know Return” was the name of the song. ", About the album artwork: "The Chair; that was all Tom Drennon. A gentleman named Tom Drennon did that. About the album artwork: “That was a painting that CBS wanted us to use. Those two women are cleaning up the theater after the live show.” Everyone liked the idea and Tom made it happen. Long before the idea of prog-metal was even deemed possible the band were mixing moods and tempos with ne’er a care for the stopwatch. About the album artwork: The artwork was done by Steve Carver. Previous to the album’s release, the band released songs and music videos for the singles “Memories Down the Line”, “Jets Overhead”, and “Throwing Mountains”. Your browser does not support the audio element. Under the Knife I showed it to the guys and said, “What if we take all of these playbills out and put in Kansas programs and stuff.” [-Phil Ehart] Your browser does not support the audio element. Your browser does not support the audio element. Your browser does not support the audio element. As Kansas 2016 prepare for an unlikely comeback as recording artists – key writers guitarist Kerry Livgren and vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh are no longer on board – with The Prelude Implicit, their first new set of songs since Somewhere To Elsewhere 16 years ago, here’s a guide to their ten finest songs. Looking back we go, 'What were we thinking?' I didn’t even know we had one until then! America’s legendary progressive rock band, KANSAS has released an official music video for their song “The Absence of Presence”, the title and opening track Body and SoulLibby Holman. Even now it’s hard to decide which is the most important; the immaculate delivery of Steve Walsh or the interaction between the singer/keyboardist and the rest of the group. Following a breakthough with Leftoverture, Kansas elected to write shorter though no less intricate songs for the all-important follow-up. Again, what an icon … it was a 9-foot-tall Native American chief wearing some sort of buffalo robe and a space helmet with horns. Their style can loosely be described as intelligently orchestrated progressive rock, with added violin, though a hummable chorus is never too far away. Your browser does not support the audio element. About the album artwork: "The first album cover is from the Topeka State Capitol and is the mural that is painted inside on the wall by John Steuart Curry of John Brown. Luckily, their next 45 would consolidate a fast growing reputation. Your browser does not support the audio element. The graphics were amazing. He invented the old man and the toilet paper — somebody actually said that it looked like toilet paper on the cover. If you took the album out and looked at the label, the label matched the album cover design. We gave him the parameters, but when he submitted that, we were stunned, as it was unbelievable. Kansas resumed recording with The Prelude Implicit in 2016, featuring new lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt. Magnum Opus email: [email protected] | When you have so many album covers you have come great ones, some that are okay and some where you just go, 'Oh my gosh, what were we thinking?'”. Wheels I had nothing to do with that one; that was done without anyone in the band’s permission, or knowledge.". He was our art director. That doesn’t look like me.” It was funny. Your browser does not support the audio element. Kerry and I had knocked around the idea of something going over the edge of something. The band is best known for their international hit singles "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind", from 1976 and 1977 respectively. Your browser does not support the audio element. The song was based on writer Herman Hesse’s novel Narcissus And Goldmund. We were so rushed between ‘Song for America’ and ‘Masque;’ between making the albums and touring, CBS just got the painting and the pictures on the back and we said, “Okay, cool, put it on the cover.” It is probably our darkest album cover. Kansas were never a heavy metal band though their music was often founded upon a dark, brooding intensity. All rights reserved. We were just so rushed that we didn’t think about it.". Dave McMacken submitted that and we thought it was really cool. Mainstream t: 615-297-0100, © Copyright Kansas 2020 • Powered by CreativePinnacle.com The pictures of us on the back are very dark. Belexes We had sent him the song “People of the South Wind” and he sent back this fricking painting … it was huge. Only Pink Floyd and Barbara Streisand have their own label.” Sure enough, we got it. Your browser does not support the audio element. He found the theater OK, and he made it look great and he had the woman on the left picked out, but he couldn’t find the woman on the right. Your browser does not support the audio element. With This Heart Not Man Big Spirituality and religious beliefs figured significantly in the story of Kansas, one of their number going so far as to become an ordained Anglican minister upon leaving the group. © Top Of The Progs: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son. However thanks largely to the guitars of Livgren and Rich Williams, this song from the Masque album, inspired by the Greek mythological tale of Icarus, the foolish son of inventor Daedalus, who pays the price for flying too close to the sun, stands among their most strident and powerful tunes. Your browser does not support the audio element. No One Together I remember seeing that when I was 15 or 16 years old, when I went to the Capitol, and thinking, “If I ever get a chance to make a record, then that is going to be the album cover.” Little did I know that seven years later, CBS would be contacting the Topeka Capital Building to license the image for our album cover. "The inside was also done well. How many bands have there own art director? About the album artwork: "This was back to Peter Lloyd again. Your browser does not support the audio element. Bells of St. James He was responsible for the rest of the art. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, It was a heck of a cover. 6. If you look at the first album, it just has little cutout letters and it is the worst artwork known to man, other than the John Brown painting. He had done one of the first animated commercials on television. When you turn it over, you’ve got all of the artwork on the back. He used the features on it and it really worked. We wanted to show something that had passed the point of no return. About the album artwork: “The artist Peter Lloyd did that cover. If you open it up and look at the calligraphy and the sexton and all of that ship stuff, that is what he came up with. Your browser does not support the audio element. Coming up with ideas was one thing, but making them happen was another. It was not a drawing; it was a real painting of this Indian whose headdress was a space helmet. It is that kind of stuff that makes a great story.”. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Kansas had already finalized the make-or-break Leftoverture when Livgren walked in with an additional, autobiographical anthem, complete with acapella intro and a thunderous riff, which articulated the guitarist’s growing spiritualism. At eight and a half minutes long, and broken down into six individual suites, Magnum Opus might be too overblown for those seeking a more immediate fix, but the mostly Kerry Livgren-penned epic presents the classic line-up of Kansas at their imperious, unapologetic peak.