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Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s, with many of their hits becoming staples of AOR radio playlists. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label. Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry on Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. Released in 1977, Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer. In the wake of 1980's Audio-Visions, Kansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded. In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around Ehart, Williams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of Nature. The London Symphony-assisted Always Never the Same followed in 1998, and in 2000 Kansas issued Somewhere to Elsewhere, their 14th studio album, which saw the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry Livgren. The next decade found Kansas continuing to tour heavily and release compilations and live albums, culminating in their 2014 induction into the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which coincided with the group's 40th anniversary. Miracles Out of Nowhere, a DVD/CD career retrospective, followed in early 2015. After signing with Century Media's InsideOut label, Kansas released The Prelude Implicit in 2016. Their 15th studio effort overall, the prog-heavy LP also marked the band's first new album in 16 years. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Kansas

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    The Prelude Implicit

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    The Prelude Implicit 

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    Visibility Zero

    24 songs

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    Miracles Out of Nowhere

    10 songs

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    Vinyl Confessions

    12 songs

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    Point of Know Return [Bonus Tracks]

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    Leftoverture [Bonus Tracks]

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    Masque [Bonus Tracks]

    11 songs

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    Somewhere to Elsewhere

    13 songs

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    Always Never the Same

    10 songs

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    Audio-Visions

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    In the Spirit of Things

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    Power

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    Complete Albums Collection

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    Kansas [Expanded]

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    Song for America [Expanded]

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    Drastic Measures

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    Freaks of Nature

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    Monolith

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    With This Heart

    26 songs

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    The Essential Kansas

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    The Best of Kansas [1999]

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    Two for the Show [30th Anniversary Edition]

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    Works in Progress

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Top Songs by
Kansas

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    Popularity
  2.   Carry on Wayward Son
  3.   Dust in the Wind
  4.   Point of Know Return
  5.   Visibility Zero
  6.   Song for America
  7.   The Wall
  8.   Miracles Out of Nowhere
  9.   Paradox
  10.   Closet Chronicles
  11.   Icarus--Borne on the Wings of Steel
  12.   Portrait (He Knew)
  13.   Child of Innocence
  14.   Belexes
  15.   All the World
  16.   Apercu
  17.   Mysteries and Mayhem
  18.   People of the South Wind
  19.   Lamplight Symphony
  20.   The Pinnacle
  21.   Hopelessly Human
  22.   Incomudro-Hymn to the Atman
  23.   Magnum Opus: Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat/Howling at the Moon
  24.   Play the Game Tonight
  25.   Rhythm in the Spirit
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