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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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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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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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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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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 Jan. 11 2003
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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2.0 out of 5 stars boo!! i'm an old ghost! July 7 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspired
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 more
Published on April 24 2004 by electricphase
3.0 out of 5 stars Never say Kansas was stuck in a rut.
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
Published on April 16 2003 by Misha Ben-David
3.0 out of 5 stars Please remix/remaster/redo this recording
This is an example of how high quality songmanship and performance can be ruined by production techniques. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by S M
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 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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