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Japanese only SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2012.

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B006GHC2VQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roger P Day on July 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After 'Drastic Measures' and 'Power', I was one of many Kansas fans who threw up our hands and said, "Without Kerry or Robbie, there is no Kansas" and wandered off in search of something worth listening to. As a result, I missed 'In the Spirit of Things'...a pity it's taken me all these years to remember how good a writer Steve Walsh can be,and how talented the other band members are. But I must proclaim 'In The Spirit of Things' to be a fine album,especially by today's standards. True, it does have a definate '80s sound,but Kansas takes a lot of material from outside sources and makes it their own. 'One Man,One Heart' might be the kind of song that Survivor would've done,but it's a solid pop-rock song that Walsh makes his own. 'Ghosts' is wonderfully haunting,and--I'm going to go out on a limb here--'Rainmaker' is one of the best songs from ANY Kansas album; that one alone is worth the price of admission--a mini-masterpiece of the sort that was prevalent on 'Point of Know Return',but with with the sombre tones of a 'Song For America' track. I've spent many years revering Kerry Livgren's contributions to Kansas; with 'In the Spirit of Things', Steve Walsh steps out from behind Livgren's shadow. This is a good '80s rock album as well as a concept album; the concept is loose enough to where tracks can be enjoyed individually,and nothing 'art-y' is done to interfere with the music. If more concept albums were like this,they might be more accessible to people. At worst,my friends,this album is just as good as a Streets album--a vehicle for Steve Walsh's vocal talents. While he's not the young man from 'Song For America',he works well with the material here. This is a must-buy for the Steve Walsh affeciannado, and to all my fellow Kansas fans, let me say; I was wrong.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By electricphase on April 24, 2004
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Definitely not in the traditional vein of the "classic Kansas sound". In the Spirit of Things was made in the late '80s, a time where '70s classic rock music simply wasn't happening... Notwithstanding, Kansas managed to come up with one of its best, yet more under-appreciated gems. Steve Walsh's soulful and pasionate singing combined with Steve Morse's guitar wizardry really made ITSOT a marvelous opus.

For whatever reason I didn't understand ITSOT when it was released (like probably the majority of this CD pundits). The song "Ghosts" really grabbed me from the begining, but I had failed to carefully hear the rest. I just didn't quite make an effort to listen and to understand the whole product. Several years later I dusted it off and gave it another spin... WOW! I was blown away by the sheer qualty, emotion and uniqueness of this production. Words are useless unless you actually listen to this masterpiece. Some may regard this comment as blasphemy, but now I truly believe ITSOT to be the best Kansas album ever (I own every of their CDs). It is just that incredible. Again, Steve Walsh unleashed everything he had while singing on this CD. Every song is so powerful and compelling, simply cascading with musical colors and utter brilliancy.

As an additional bonus the recording sound is almost perfect. Courtesy of Bob Ezrin, the overall production quality is so high that one can really crank the volume up and the sound will still remain crisp and powerful. Even the cover art, the lyrics, the pictures and overall artwork of the notebook inside are some of the best ever.

Regardless of what other reviewers might say against it, In the Spirit of Things is an album capable of reaching the deepest regions of your soul. It's all about intense emotions... and to me, this is what great music is all about!

An absolute must have!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "cardinals4ever" on June 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Despite only reaching #114 on the album chart and no single charting or getting any airplay,this is one of KANSAS's best records.Steve Walsh sings with more fire than ever before.INSIDE OF ME,ONE MAN ONE HEART,ONCE IN A LIFETIME,and STAND BESIDE ME are all powerful songs that should have been big hits.Guitarist Steve Morse is especially impressive on the THE PREACHER and the red hot rocker HOUSE ON FIRE.For this album to go unnoticed is a travesty!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
1988's IN THE SPIRIT OF THINGS, the last major label Kansas album, suffers from being a bizarre melange of excellent prog rock and mediocre attempts at pop hits by songwriters outside of the band. This was MCA's attempt to follow up on the modest success of "All I Wanted," the hit song from the band's 1986 comeback album POWER. Also, Kansas during this period (1986-89) elected not to replace ex-violinist Robbie Steinhardt, and this band without a prominent violin in the mix is truly lacking.
Nevertheless, if you eliminate all of the songs on SPIRIT that were not written by the band (although "One Man, One Heart" is pretty good as pop songs go, but very much outside the Kansas style), you're left with a superb collection of American prog rock produced by Bob Ezrin (famous for Pink Floyd's THE WALL. Truly excellent and expressive tunes like "Inside of Me," "Ghosts," and "The Bells of St. James" are in my opinion among the band's best, even without Kerry Livgren or a violin. Kansas guitarist Rich Williams, in fact, is on record as saying that "The Bells of St. James" is one of his own favorite Kansas songs. These tunes plus "Rainmaker" and "The Preacher" present a series of poignant vignettes that is unique among prog rock albums. A short acoustic guitar instrumental by Steve Morse in homage to an early teacher of his is a nice bonus as well.
IN THE SPIRIT OF THINGS is extremely underrated both by fans of the band and by critics. Give the Walsh/Morse songs a fair hearing, especially at the super low price this album is currently selling at, and I think you'll be glad you did.
--DG
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