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Before Became After
Review by Gary Hill
Proto-Kaw was one of the early groupings of the band that was later known as Kansas. When Cuneiform records released an album of their old material in 2002 it got the creative juices in Kansas/Proto-Kaw man Kerry Livgren.
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Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is exactly what the title says, a collection of early demos and two live tracks from the band that would eventually take the rock world by storm under the name of Kansas. Much of the material is far closer to old King Crimson than to the sound that we all know of as that Midwestern group.
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The Wait of Glory
Review by Gary Hill
The second new disc for Proto-Kaw since they reunited, there isn't a bad cut on show here. The band was called "Kansas" in the early '70's and Kerry Livgren took that name with him when he joined another band that was destined for fame.
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Kerry Livgren - /AD - Timeline
Review by Scott Prinzing

After Kerry Livgren’s excellent solo debut in 1980, he waited a few years before his second.


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Kansas - Audio-Visions
Review by Scott Prinzing

I remember sitting in the custom speaker-fitted barber chair at my local record mecca as a teenager and listening to the needle drop on the first side of this album on virgin vinyl.


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Kansas - Drastic Measures
Review by Gary Hill

I have to admit that the pop era of Kansas really turned me off to the band. That meant that I missed a lot of the discs in that period – and this was one of those.


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Kansas - Kansas (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
Along with Song For America, this disc is the first in a series of remasters of classic albums by this American prog band. The two CD's definitely show different sides to the band.
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Kansas - Leftoverture
Review by Gary Hill

This was the breakthrough disc for Kansas. Many times that means “sell out” album. That’s definitely not the case here.


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Kansas - Masque
Review by Greg Olma
I don’t know why I never considered Kansas a prog band.  I was always putting them in the classic rock genre and leaving it at that.
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Various Artists - Mullets Rock Too
Review by Gary Hill
It's a safe bet you've heard every song on this disc – although you might not have heard the Ace Frehley track as performed by him. That doesn't mean this set isn't enjoyable.
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Kansas - Point Of Know Return
Review by Gary Hill

If Leftoverture was the album that really broke Kansas, this was the one that thrust them into superstardom. The thing is, again they did it without sacrificing their progressive rock roots. 


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Kansas - Power
Review by Larry Toering

This is the first Kansas album to feature Steve Morse, and it holds up very well.


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Kerry Livgren - Seeds of Change
Review by Scott Prinzing

The first solo outing by Kansas founder Kerry Livgren is still a rewarding listen three decades after its 1980 release. 


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Kansas - Song For America (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
Kansas is in the midst of reissuing its catalog. The first of these remasters is the self-titled album and this one.
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Kansas - There’s Know Place Like Home DVD
Review by Greg Olma
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Kansas - Two For The Show
Review by Steve Alspach
Kansas rode their crest of popularity in the late seventies with this two-album set that displays their fine skills. Released after "Point of Know Return," this album was recorded during several concert performances at various venues in the U.S. in 1977 and 1978.
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Kansas - Vinyl Confessions
Review by Greg Olma

Kansas will always be remembered for their Leftoverture and Point Of Know Return albums and will always be linked to the 70s.  


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