In The Spirit Of Things
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
If you are, however, looking for a great album you are in for a real treat. This album, crafted in the likes of the earlier "Power", creates a mood that is almost spiritual in nature, evoking mental imagery seldom found in pop music.
Although the songs on this album are not centered around a particular theme, there is an underlying thread which ties them together and carries the mood from start to finish. The title track and The Bells Of St. James still give me the chills.
The inclusion, once again,of Steve Morse taking on axe duty is nothing if not a bonus. His chops enhanced the emotion in every song, carrying them forward to climax.
Without a doubt, this surprising album ended up being my favorite Kansas album and in my opinion the best album of 1988. At the time, I could not believe this album didn't have a bigger impact on the charts (did it even make it?). Every person I introduced this album to was amazed. Although this album was released 15 years ago, it still holds up well today.
A definite buy in my view, even at full price.
ELDER was a commercial flop, tho it was a great album;ALICE COOP-
ER/DADA was a low selling and very strange album, tho' it did
contain ALICE COOPER's funniest song ever in I LOVE AMERICA, and
then we had PINK FLOYD's A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON, which sold
VERY WELL, but was a horrible album. Then we had this album, IN
THE SPIRIT OF THINGS. BOB EZRIN was clueless with KANSAS. Why
did they employ so many outside writers and extra studio musi-
cians? Is that supposed to be FREDDY KRUEGER on the back cover?
What happened to PHIL EHART's hair? Did he buy a wig or a toupee?
Or did he actually grow all of it back? He was starting to go
bald on POWER! As a concept album, this record doesn't work, BUT
there are still some nice moments on this album, like the opening
song GHOSTS, which is very mellow and has some nice singing from
STEVE WALSH. ONE MAN, ONE HEART has some good vocals on it, too.
I saw KANSAS in concert back in 1994 and one of the highlights
of the show was THE BELLS OF ST. JAMES, which STEVE WALSH really
sang the heck out of, almost destroying his vocal chords in the
process! POWER had alot of great lead guitar playing on it by
STEVE MORSE; this album doesn't have as much and the songs are
weaker and less KANSAS like. I wish my vinyl version had the
song times on it!
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by electricphase
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... Read more
This is an example of how high quality songmanship and performance can be ruined by production techniques. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by S M
In the Spirit of Things, like its predecessor Power, sees Kansas creating well-crafted pop music rather than their trademark prog. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by Timothy Gallant
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
This album was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced classic Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd's The Wall. Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by kireviewer
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2002 by Longdstncsniper@aol.com