February 27, 2005
Greetings from Topeka...
A few years ago I discovered my father's copy of the album Leftoverture by Kansas. "Carry on Wayward Son" is the reason I listened to it orginially, the song rules. The rest of the album is every bit as good as that song. It starts awesomely (new word of the day) with "Carry on Wayward Son" and it may just manage to end better with "Magnum Opus". Intrigued, I looked for and finally managed to find their next album, Point of Know Return. I finished downloading it a few days ago and have been hooked ever since. "Hopelessly Human" and "Sparks of the Tempest" are great songs, plus the title track and "Dust in the Wind" make it even better than Leftoverture. The point I'm getting at in a roundabout sort of way is that Kansas is quickly working its way up my list of favorite bands. I have a few more things of theirs to check out before they get solidified at the top, but these two albums are as good a start as you can get. That wasn't the real point, though, the real point is that anyone who even remotely likes "Carry on Wayward Son" or "Point of Know Return" on the radio needs to check out these two albums. I mean, with Steve Walsh's vocals/lyrics, Kerry Livgren and Rich Williams on guitar, and Robbie Steindhart playing his violin for all its worth (Yes, they have a violin if you never noticed) how can you go wrong?
P.S. Because it just came up on my iTunes shuffle, I have to say that "Baba O'Riley" is one of the greatest songs ever. Pete Townshend, you are a genious.