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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • ASIN: B0012GMWN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can I Tell You
2. Bringing It Back
3. Lonely Wind
4. Belexes
5. Journey from Mariabronn
6. The Pilgrimage
7. Apercu
8. Death of Mother Nature Suite
9. Bringing It Back [Live][#][*]

Editorial Reviews

Their hit 1974 debut: Can I Tell You; Lonely Wind; Apercu; Belexis , and more. Bonus track: Bringing It Back (live).

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Kansas IS a great progressive hard rock band.
Dave Keener
The third song "Lonely wind" is a ballad that is both beautiful and haunting.
The debut album is not the band's best, but it is a great one.
Steven Sly

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on December 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Kansas' debut and their second album, 1975's _Song For America_, were the two main albums from Kansas' 70s output that did not receive the remastering treatment on the Epic/Legacy label. Now, the wait is over, and these two jewels are finally here in all of their remastered glory. The bonus track here is a tasty live version of "Bringing It Back."

On Kansas' self-titled debut KANSAS (1974), we are already treated to their unique blend of heartland rock, boogie, country, and symphonic rock. Of course, they would refine their compositions on subsequent albums, but what they created on this debut here is highly impressive and enjoyable on it's own merits.

The band had already been playing together a few years before the release of this album, so this may contribute to the impressive gelling of ideas, and overall, accomplished musicianship exhibited here.

The first half of the album features more of the stripped-down tracks that Kansas seemed to exhibit from time to time, while the second half seems to be dedicated to the elaborate prog-rock epics. The album starts of with the fairly simple, but utterly addicting, violin-laced "Can I Tell You." Contrary to the opinion expressed by some reviewers, I don't find this, or any of the other tracks on this album, weak. Sure, it isn't a *prog* track in the Kansas tradition (if Kansas really ever had a tradition), but, different doesn't necessarily equal weak (opinions are subjective, not fact, folks.) However, while I enjoy this track immensely, I find the unissued demo version found on the KANSAS BOXED SET to be a more enjoyable version for me. "Bringing It Back" sounds like something you'd hear a bar-band performing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Miele on November 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Few bands have gotten a harder rap than Kansas. They were the only American band that dared challenge the admittedly awesome scope of British prog-rockers like Yes or Genesis. Critics have made a tradition of dismissing Kansas' achievements as mere bombast that hides a lack of truly interesting themes and that is devoid of imagination. Or something along those lines.

Well, who needs critics anyway? These are, after all, the same critics who praised other bands for daring to create lengthy side-long suites. Compare this to Yes' Close to the Edge (admittedly, one of my favorite albums) or ELP's Tarkus (again, one of my favorites) and you'll find that by comparison, Kansas is downright modest. There's nothing as long as "Close to the Edge" or "Karn Evil 9," nothing as daring as Keith Emerson's deconstructions of Mussorgsky and Ginastera, and no lyrics as incomprehensible as Yes at their best ("A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace / And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace"). Which is not to say that fans of those bands will not be impressed by the musicianship here - there may not be a Steve Howe or a Keith Emerson in this band, but the band sounds incredible, especially for a debut.

Disclaimers aside, Kansas is a thrilling album that manages to play well both on rockers ("Can I Tell You?," "Bringing it Back," "Belexes"), ballads ("Lonely Wind"), and epic, progressive pieces ("Death of Mother Nature Suite," "Apercu," especially "Journey from Mariabronn"). Kansas is more accessible than many other prog-rock bands because they are not afraid to trim back the pretension and deliver something as visceral as the tremendous "Belexes," or "Can I Tell You?" And they're distinctly American.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although the liner notes suggest that this music has many faces, I would settle for just two: namely that of hard rock and progressive rock.

The hard rock tracks (Can I tell You; Bringing it Back; Belexes; and The Pilgrimage) exhibit some fairly sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic interplay and are very interesting pieces unto themselves. In stark contrast to the heavier material on the album, the delicate Lonely Wind is borne simply on the acoustic piano with a stately bass/drum accompaniment and tasteful violin leads.

Things start getting very interesting with the track Journey from Mariabronn however, which is a full-blown work of progressive rock. Much to my delight, the guys (probably Livgren) employ a whole-tone scale at the end of this piece, which is very cool indeed. The crowning glory of this debut however is the excellent, 9'45 Apercu. All of the elements of classic prog are here: complex ensemble work, intricate synthesizer leads, imaginative arrangements, and great vocal parts. The blazing finale, Death of Mother Nature Suite, is also quite good and is the most seamless fusion of hard rock and prog on the disc.

This remastered album is of very high quality and fatures the restored artwork along with excellent sound quality and a ton of liner notes.

Very highly recommended along with Proto Kaw: Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973; and Song for America (1975).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arlie B. on May 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In September, 1970, a semi-local band was hired to play the back-to-school dance at my high school here in KCMO. The dance comittee had no idea what they were getting into, but the student body was treated to the best music that had come to the school cafeteria, EVER. It was the loudest, ballsiest, most beautiful thing we had ever seen/heard! The band? Kansas! A couple of years later Kansas released their debut album. That was one of the high points of the year. The album stands on it's own merit, as with listenings throughout the years, the music soars every time. It is good that the biz people finally decided to remaster this masterpiece of rock history. What a great debut album!!!
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