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In The Spirit Of Things

3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002Q88
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,760 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

Product Description

Japanese only SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2012.

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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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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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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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Too bad that so many kansas fans either have never heard this album or have dismissed it right away. There is some really good stuff here. No it's not left overture but who cares, in my opinion it is better musically than "power" and far more artistic. "Power" is just a collection of songs while this has a real concept and most of the songs are a part of that concept. While power provides only a few real unigue artistic moments this album has several. Of course power had a small amount of success because of the song "all i wanted" which was a fair hit and this album turned out to be a floop because none of the songs received any real air play. I'm surprised at this because there are some catchy tunes. "Inside of me" and "one man one heart" seemed to have those possibilities.
I don't know but i found myself listening to this album in the car in cassette form for quite some time and i was surprised so many didn't like it. Most of the songs are quite good and my only complaint is some of the overly metal sounding stuff and david greer has no business singing lead in this band at all. I just don't think he's very good and anything he sings even if it is only one or two songs takes away from hearing steve walsh. And walsh is fantastic! I love ghosts, rainmaker and the bells of st. james. All help tell the story with style and passion about a tiny kansas town that was destroyed by a twister in the 1950s.
.....................sockscats
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