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In The Spirit Of Things

Kansas Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspired April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Definitely not in the traditional vein of the "classic Kansas sound". In the Spirit of Things was made in the late '80s, a time where '70s classic rock music simply wasn't happening... Notwithstanding, Kansas managed to come up with one of its best, yet more under-appreciated gems. Steve Walsh's soulful and pasionate singing combined with Steve Morse's guitar wizardry really made ITSOT a marvelous opus.
As an additional bonus the recording sound is almost perfect. The overall production quality is so high that one can really crank the volume up and the sound will still remain crisp and powerful.
Regardless of what other reviewers might say against it, In the Spirit of Things is an album capable of reaching deep emotions... to me, that is what music is all about!
An absolute must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spirit continues.. Sept. 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me begin by stating that a true follower of any band will adjust to the changes that a band incurs musically and lyrically.
If any band has ever been challenged by this, it has been Kansas.
I've read many reviews of this album and the balance of positive with the negative only strengthens my opinion of this wonderful album. After their previous effort 'Power', I anxiously awaited their next album to see which direction it would take, and I was astonished at the results. Steve Walsh's voice speaks more personally and emotionally on this recording, especially in
'Ghosts', 'Inside of Me', and 'I Counted on Love', by far the songs I felt closest to at a first listen. Steve Morse also continues to add an energy to this album that very few guitarists could develop into: listen to 'Rainmaker' and you will understand. Although I prefer 'Power' over this album, I still feel an attachment to this recording I have a difficult time explaining; it can be very joyful at one moment and then mysterious and sorrowful at the next. These musicians were meant to be together and hopefully they will continue to fill the void inside of all of us that cries out to be heard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Never say Kansas was stuck in a rut. April 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, this is a total turnaround for Kansas, but
You have to admire their ambition. They used some
outside writers, brought in Pink Floyd/ Alice
Cooper producer Bob Ezrin and made a pretty interesting
record. I find myself drawn to it once a year or so,
and I'm always satisfied after I've listened. Steve
Morse shines; more than he did on "Power" as this album
has more nuance and layers than anything else they've
done. Yes, as someone else noted, there is a dated sound
to much of the production, but that's not neccesarily a
bad thing. I mean, "Exile On Main Street" sounds "dated"
too. "The Preacher", "House On Fire" and "One Big Sky" are
all among Kansas best recordings. But forget "Leftoverture"
and "Point Of No Return". This band has little in common
with those records, and it's a refreshing and challenging
difference, in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally overlooked and underrated! March 26 2003
By Stretch
Format:Audio CD
The severely maligned "In the spirit of things" is actually my 4th favorite Kansas album, behind the Debut, Leftoverture, and Point of Know Return (In that order).
Apparently from the music and liner notes, the band went for a late 80's-early 90's Hair Metal sound-Which is fine, seeing as that style ruled the airwaves back then. The absence of Robbie Steinhardt's fiddle may be a downer for some, and It's understandable that some fans of older Kansas didn't find this era appealing, but for me personally I don't mind it one bit.
Every song is a highlight (I can't mention 'em all!), from the anthemic "One big sky", Great Upbeat rockers "House on fire", and the two ballads "Once in a lifetime" and "Stand beside me" are incredibly heartfelt, and NOT cheesy as some reviewers have stated. The masterful "Bells of Saint" builds up perfectly, with a fine keyboard mainframe too.
"In the spirit of things" truly didn't deserve it's dismal fate. (Fifteen years later it still has yet to go gold.) I've heard this record and "Power" (Kansas 2 Albums recorded for MCA) may go out of print soon, so don't hesitate or you'll miss out on this Unheralded classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Please remix/remaster/redo this recording Jan. 30 2003
By S M
Format:Audio CD
This is an example of how high quality songmanship and performance can be ruined by production techniques.
I just wish members Kansas take the master tapes of this recording and remix it by taking out the synth drums and CARS/AHA/YES 90125 pop production and replacing them with real drums and production techniques featured on their latest studio recording.
If so, then this recording would be considered one of their best because of the afore-mentioned superb songwriting and performance.
Right now it only gets a 5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special Kansas album Jan. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that I'm a big admirer of this album. In the Spirit of Things stands out as true masterpiece. Although it doesn't have violin on it, the thick layered sound, excellent songwriting, and good production make it very listenable and fulfilling. It's clear that the group put a lot of attention into this album. Even the liner notes and photographs are intesting. From the start of the album (the song Ghosts) you are transported far away, in this case to a Kansas ghost town. The music is very visual on this album, and the lyrics are more personal than normal (more about relationships than fantasy stuff). There are some songs that are in the pop format, but it would be terrible to label them as that. They are actually very good songs and would have been made respectable hit songs if the record company had promoted them. There are heavier songs on the album too, like One Big Sky, House on Fire, and The Preacher.
This album seems to stand on its own and is sort of at a crossroads. I'd say that this is among the Top 5 Kansas albums.
By the way, this is also Steve Walsh's favorite Kansas album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 1988
If you're looking for classic Kansas sound, you may be disappointed in this album. There are no compositions by Kerry Livgren, and there's no violin. Is that such a bad thing? Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by Dr. Distortion
4.0 out of 5 stars Kansas as Pop Musicians
In the Spirit of Things, like its predecessor Power, sees Kansas creating well-crafted pop music rather than their trademark prog. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by Timothy Gallant
4.0 out of 5 stars underated by Kansas fans
Ok while reviewing this CD there are a few points to consider, firstly it was recorded in the 80`s (not a friend for progressive bands) secondly without Kerry and Robby there no... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by "purplexed"
2.0 out of 5 stars boo!! i'm an old ghost!
The 80's was a rough decade for BOB EZRIN; KISS/MUSIC FROM THE
ELDER was a commercial flop, tho it was a great album;ALICE COOP-
ER/DADA was a low selling and very... Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by R. Recchia
2.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of styles looking for a hit
This album was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced classic Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd's The Wall. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid album
I was an early Kansas fan who lost interest in the band in the middle Eighties. I looked at the fellow members reveiws and decided to take a chance as I have a hard time with the... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by Longdstncsniper@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like the old stuff, but great in it's own right.
I'm a huge Kansas fan--from the first album to Song For America thru Point of Know Return & Leftoverture. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Greg
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