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Drastic Measures

KansasAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 27, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ARZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Everybody's My Friend
3. Mainstream
4. Andi
5. Going Through The Motions
6. Get Rich
7. Don't Take Your Love Away
8. End Of The Age
9. Incident On The Bridge

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First CD issue of this album from 1983 by Kansas.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An appreciation of John Elefante is required July 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The extent to which you like this album will be dependant upon how much you like John Elefante. I say that because, for all intents and purposes, this is essentially a John Elefante solo project. I like the solo work that John Elefante has delivered in the Christian music scene, so I have no problem with this album. However, I will stress that people looking for that "classic Kansas sound" that we all know and love (e.g., "Song for America", "Leftoverture", "Point of Know Return", "Monolith", "Audio Visions", and "Vinyl Confessions"), may want to pass on this album.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "is your day just a reflection of the day before?" July 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A lot of Kansas fans were turned off after Kansas began changing their sound when the 1980s rolled in. More lost interest after John Elefante took over the vocals and much of the songwriting after Steve Walsh left the band (to me, Elefante sounds so much like Walsh, I did not even realize it was a different vocalist at first). Sure, Kansas did not sound like the progressive giants of the 1970s with their 10-minute anthems. Their music in the 1980s was more radio-friendly (i.e. "Play the Game Tonight"). Still, I think this era of Kansas (although different) is excellent in it own right and I think some of their best material is found on the albums Audio-Visions through Steve Walsh's comeback Power. Fans who passed on Drastic Measures missed out on some killer tracks.

"Fight Fire With Fire" is the only song off this album that I find on Kansas Greatest Hits compilations. I like it very much, especially the keyboard opening and Elefante's vocals. It is not the best track on this album, however. The best is definitely "Going Through the Motions." I would put this track on any Kansas compilation. It is amazing! The vocals, keyboards, and drums all kick butt, especially at the chorus! When I first heard it, I was blown away! I think even fans of early Kansas will find something to like on that track; the haunting, yet powerful keyboard opening perhaps. Another track that really rocks is "Mainstream" (penned by Kerry Livgren). "Andi" has a sweet charm about it. It is about a young girl who wants to be a lady but hasn't quite blossomed into womanhood yet (either that, or a transexual woman trapped in a boy's body, but that is just my second guess). It is a nice ballad either way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For diehard fans only May 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Slapped together while the band was breaking up, DRASTIC MEASURES pretty much deserves the scorn it gets from Kansas fans and the utter lack of attention from everyone else. John Elefante has said that the album was pretty much an Elefante Brothers album with the Kansas name on it, as they were the only ones working on it full time, and for the most part it really doesn't fit in with the classic Kansas sound.
Having said all that, there's no doubt that the album's hit single "Fight Fire With Fire" deserves its place on THE BEST OF KANSAS, although it seems oddly out of place here, and the band performs this song to this day in their live shows. I've given DRASTIC MEASURES a number of chances but still find almost all of it very forgettable with the exception of "Andi," a terrific John Elefante pop song that suffers only from not sounding anything like Kansas (except for Rich Williams' power chords).
Recommended only for Kansas fanatics and the musically curious.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Elefante rocks... July 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Okay, Kansas fans might wanna skin me alive...oh well. I only knew of Kansas because I heard John Elefante (I knew of him through Mastedon, Petra) had sung with these guys. After thoroughly enjoying the Mastedon albums the Elefante bros. did I wanted more. Sooooo I decided to check out his work with Kansas.

I will admit this...I had to listen to Drastic Measures quite a few times before I liked it fully. Of course 'Fight Fire With Fire' hit off with me immediately, why not, its an excellent rocker. 'Mainstream' and 'Going Through The Motions' are excellent pieces as well, catchy, driving, even a teensy bit moody/haunting. 'Get Rich' is okay, if stuck in my head it will drive me insane. Okay, there's some cheesier pieces too...'Everybody's My Friend' took a little while to warm up to, if any track sounds dated on here its that one. 'Don't Take Your Love Away' also threw me a few times, it sounded horribly contrived. However, with frequent listens I grew to appreciate both tracks much more.

I hated 'Andi' at first and skipped it every hear John Elefante singing about a tomboy who hasn't matured to womanhood just struck me as, well, weird (not that I'm making fun of the subject matter tho). After finally making myself play it, I grew to realize its not that bad. Hmmm, then there's the tracks 'End Of The Age' and 'Incident On The Bridge'...they sound relatively different to the rest of the album, less of an AOR sound and more...? I can't come up with the right word. These too had to cycle a couple of spins before I came to like them. (I went through all these tracks in my own order, not as they appear on DM.)

I will admit, Elefante is still a tad green here, yes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars this is not kansas, its junk
Kansas has many great albums, and some fantastic album covers as well.
This cover says it all, blow it up. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angelo Coiro
3.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend you buy this, it is not typical Kansas...
Not Kansas material, too pop, not listenable for me because I was expecting something else. It is too predictable ya know.
Published 8 months ago by gary boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars going the the motion with this album
this is good but a little unusual but this is about going through about life experience and going through the motion.
Published 8 months ago by Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars little album by kansas
it's not the best but this cd needs in my collection just for grow up the popularity of this album and know better this underating album !!!
Published 16 months ago by vincent boucher
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS ALBUM!!!
I bought this album when I was in college. A time when I thought music was going downhill. Kansas proved me wrong with this album. This is coming from a musician. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Matthew J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kansas' great "sleeper" albums
If you are a fan of Kansas, you must purchase this album. My favorite song is "Fight Fire With Fire", but all of the songs are great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hosehead's Review
I love this album! And I know all the Kansas purist out there are saying, "But there's no Steve or Robbie. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hosehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Kansas or Not It's a Great Piece of Work
1983 Kansas album with melodic hard rock bent is as the title implies deviates from previous Kansas works. Gone are Kansas trademark sound. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by susumu-5
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still good
I agree with others that this album is not as good as the albums before this one, but Drastic Measures is a lot better than all the albums after it. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by David
2.0 out of 5 stars DRY SPELL FOR KANSAS
KANSAS' DRASTIC MEASURES is a prime example of style over substance. While technically proficient, the songs for the most part are curiously empty and easy to forget. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Michael Butts
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