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In The Spirit Of Things

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002Q88
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Ghosts
2. One Big Sky
3. Inside Of Me
4. One Man, One Heart
5. House On Fire
6. Once In A Lifetime
7. Stand Beside Me
8. I Counted On Love
9. The Preacher
10. Rainmaker
11. T.O. Witcher
12. Bells Of Saint James

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By A Customer on Sept. 6 2003
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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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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By A Customer on Jan. 30 2003
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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Format: Audio CD
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? Let's face it, I have lots of albums I absolutely love and only a few meet that criteria.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
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 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
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!
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