Kansas - Device, Voice, Drum
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This exceptional DVD will convince you that the best American progressive rock band is still Kansas. Shot on Super-16mm film and digitally mastered, Device, Voice, Drum was recorded before an appreciative audience in Atlanta on June 15, 2002. The two-hour concert finds Kansas in peak form, the band members now in their 50s, with thicker waistlines (except for trim vocalist-keyboardist Steve Walsh) and sounding better than ever in pristine 5.1-channel Dolby. "Just because they call you a dinosaur band doesn't mean you can't rock," says violinist Robby Steinhardt in the DVD's bonus interviews, and the group backs those words with a high-precision set of ballads and epic anthems. "The Preacher" includes a full choir; "Dust in the Wind" is still an all-time classic; and of course "Carry On Wayward Son" perfectly embodies Kansas's signature sound (even though Walsh now avoids the highest notes). Featuring a dazzling computer-animated music machine (illustrated on the DVD cover), this well-produced disc proves that the band is anything but fossilized. --Jeff Shannon
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After I viewed this video I kept thinking that it's too bad that a generation of kids are growing up exposed to many acts with often so little talent as musicians. I remember "back in the day" when most musicians in a band actually had to know how to play an instrument beyond a few extremely loud barred chords and screaming into the microphone. They actually had to sing instead of talk or scream. They were known for their music and musicianship rather than for how "cute" they were. They actually wrote their own songs. The band members actually had to play complicated parts on their instruments instead of having some producer hire session players and people to sequence (that means a computer plays the song, not the people)a bunch of drum and synthesizer loops. In Kansas you have a group of guys who are all very talented, and they play some of the greatest and most musical rock music ever written. The music that these fifty year old guys play blows away the music that is produced by the younger groups out there today. In my opinion Kerry Livgren (the ex-member who wrote most of their songs and still collaborates with Kansas from time to time)is one of the greatest composers of the rock genre. His songs are so well crafted, and they shine on this DVD.
Some of the other reviewers have commented that the picture quality on Device Voice Drum is too grainy for their tastes. That's because the concert was shot using film instead of video tape. I personally think that film looks so much better than using video, and I'm glad that Kansas didn't go the cheaper route and shoot using video cameras. For those people who wrote that the picture was too grainy all I can say is come on, it's not that bad. You gotta be really nit picky for that to bother you; those are probably some of the same people who always find something to complain about with their food at a restaurant.
So, if you're a Kansas fan, or if you've never heard their music,
or if you're a musician who can appreciate and be inspired by
great played well written music, order a copy of Device Voice Drum. I highly doubt that you would be disappointed. This is definitely a DVD worth adding to your music collection.
Robbie is great on the violin and as a frontman, his faraway look while singing Cheyenne Anthem is haunting. While his voice has thickened over the years, he still delivers. Steve sounds much better than the Whiskey, and his passion never wavers, while playing keyboard parts that were done by two; very professional and what a musician.
Five played what used to be done by six and any musician will tell you that to cover the parts well is very hard work. They did it and I'm glad for this DVD. My next purchase will be There's Know Place Like Home:)