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Leftoverture [Original recording remastered]

KansasAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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listen  3. What's on My Mind 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Questions of My Childhood 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Cheyenne Anthem 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Magnum Opus: Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat / Howling at the Moon / Man Overboard / Industry on Parade / Release the Beavers / Gnat Attack 8:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Carry on Wayward Son (Live) 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005JA2B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The cover of 1976's Leftoverture pictures a bearded Da Vinci character composing reams of music score with a quill. Appropriate imagery for a band who combined the compositionally complex approach of British bands such as Genesis and Yes with solid Southern-rock jamming. Kansas wasn't new in '76--the group had escaped Topeka, Kansas, to record three prior albums, including the exciting Masque and Song for America. They joined the arena circuit via Leftoverture's "Carry On Wayward Son," an instant hit with its explosive vocal arrangement and indelible guitar riff. For straight-ahead rockers ("What's on Your Mind?") and ornate epics (the five-part suite "Magnum Opus"), guitarist Kerry Livgren and keyboardist Steve Walsh dramatically pair vocal harmonies over classical- and jazz-inspired structures. The 2001 expanded and remixed edition includes live versions of "Carry on Wayward Son" and "Cheyenne Anthem," as well as new liner notes by David Wild. --James Rotondi

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow July 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewers. This remastered CD is astounding in its clarity.
In my review of Masque, I revealed I'm a prog-rock nut; love the stuff. And this is a perfect example of why that type of music appeals to me so much.
Interestingly, as I was listening to Masque at the office with my headphones on (which, if you read my other reviews, is where and how I tend to do most of my listening), a co-worker stopped by to drop off a project. I asked him (a fellow music freak) what he thought of Kansas. He said "I really liked in them in my day." He also said he understands why I like them: they blend the elements of progressive rock I like with good, old-fashioned Midwest rock.
His comments were ironic because when I got back from lunch with the remastered Leftoverture firmly in hand, I started reading the liner notes...and was blown away by the first few lines: "The trouble with most art rock could be two-fold -- the art and the rock. As a rule, the art rock as pioneered by some of the British progressive practioners of the Seventies onwards was arty enough, but the rock part often left a lot to be desired. Kansas, on the other hand, rocked."
Bingo. That's why I like Kansas so much. They plumb the depths of all the classical, mythological territory explored by their "art-rock" contemporaries, but they add their own unique guitar-driven sound to the mix. Livgren and Williams are two excellent guitarists, each playing off the strengths of the other and creating some of rock's most memorable riffs.
Leftoverture, Kansas' fourth album, is astounding in its musicianship, vision and lyrical depth.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kansas+Leftoverture=Excellence! September 11, 2002
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
Arguably, Kansas is to America, what bands like Yes, Genesis, E.L.P., Queen, The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull are to England--progressive rock with mystical and patriotic tendencies. The other resemblance to these bands is their constant hybridization of musical styles. But, make no mistake--they are original, not clones of the above English counterparts. Throughout the early part of Kansas' career (i.e. the 1970's), Kansas mixed the worlds of hard rock with blues, classical, jazz, country and more. This can be heard throughout their classic years--which brings us to _Leftoverture_.
_Leftoverture_ deserves all the recognition and praise it gets. It's a solidly crafted progressive rock album that happens to be catchy, while containing an amalgamation of musical styles, and all along, still manages to save room for extended instrumental jams. Carry On Wayward Son is the big hit of the album--the greatness does not end there. The Wall is an anthemic rocker. What's On My Mind combines funkiness and hard rock. Miracles Out Of Nowhere is mystical and dramatic progressive hard rock at it's finest. Melodic vocal harmonies can be found here as well. Opus Insert features vocal harmonies reminiscent of CCR and Queen. Questions Of My Childhood features some country-esque influences. Cheyenne Anthem starts off with some nice acoustic guitar passages, then segues into a quirky romp/waltz. Magnum Opus ends this gem perfectly as mostly quirky, virtuosic instrumental insanity.
Kansas is arguably the most _accessible_ progressive rock band. If you want melodic, dramatic and mystical music, armed with diversity and touches of ambiguity and accessiblity, check Kansas--and this album out.
5 stars? Asolutely!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Facet of this Work is Top Notch October 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I do not know why I'm writing a review of this album. Reviews usually include objective comments on the merits of a work and insights into where the work falls short. Leftoverture does not fall short in anyway. By far one of the best albums ever produced and clearly THE standard for arena rock breakouts of the 1970s.
Kismet was at work for this quint in 1976 when they put this disk together. Walsh was experiencing a bit of writers block, but Livgren more than filled the void with Carry On (which almost never made it to the disk), The Wall, Miracles Out of Nowhere, and Cheyenne Anthem. Swelling anthems to be sure! Great hooks in each of em. Inspired lyrics that no other American act comes close to and few Brits could best.
Cover art set the standard for the band. They bested it with Point of Know Return, and Monolith's covers but Leftoverture remains among the best cover art of all time.
Bottom line, there is nothing that misses in this album. If you're a Kansas newbie, here's where you get your start. Try Leftoverture and you'll fill your basket with the rest of the discography.
Questions? email me . . .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Kansas is an anomaly in American rock. They are probably the only truly progressive rock band in American history, and a damn good one. They can stand with any of the great British progressive bands (and I love progressive rock). This album is definitely the one I dig the most. While Song for America and Point of No Return are excellent too, this one is the most consistent with not one bad track in the whole album. My 2 favorite songs are Miracles Out of Nowhere and Magnum Opus. I love the intricacy of both of them, especially the latter. From their debut through Monolith, they were putting out great album after great album. Their arrangements and songwriting was some of the best American rock ever produced. It's a shame that they splintered in the 1980's, and ended up in so many different incarnations. But we still have their 70's output to hold onto...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Luis Edmund Sosa
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own album
This IS the best album, in my opinion, that Kansas ever made. EVERY song is a classic in itself. From souring vocals, screaming guitars, melodic keys and virtuoso violins; this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Polwort
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mark Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars I miss breakfast with Kansas in Vegas
I was homeless at 16
The 8 track of this album got me thru that summer.
It lives in my heart..
Published 3 months ago by Joe M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kansas Album
This is the best collection of work on any Kansas Album. There are many great Kansas songs, but this album had more than any of their other releases.
Published 4 months ago by James E. Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moment Is A Masterpiece
I started college when this album came out. A guy in our dorm hall had an enormous stereo and turntable and would crank this album up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ron Fent
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
An Incredible album, a phone with music should not be without it. If you are a fan of 70's Rock, you'll love it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Landes
5.0 out of 5 stars Toto too
Kansas fan so I love it. Great music at a great price. Maybe Kansas best music. I had the album and wore it out. Nice to have the CD so that I could rip it to my iPod. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beefog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Brings back fond memories of the music I listened to growing up. It's a great CD that I listen to when I want to just kick back and relax for awhile.
Published 6 months ago by brbcoon5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This album is a great addition to my classic rock collection. I've been wanting this one for some time. Highly recommended!
Published 6 months ago by M. Virnig
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