Can Americans really play Prog? The very idea Styx in the throat of some traditionalists. What about Kansas? Are they Prog… or Pomp Rock… or Symphonic Rock… or Melodic Rock… or Harmonic Rock? Well, you’ve had fifteen albums from them to help you make your mind up, most recently last year’s The Prelude Implicit (their first in 16 years!) Now the track Rhythm In The Spirit has been lifted from that and coupled with a live concert video in support of their long-awaited European return with appearances at select summer festivals. To wit…
9th June – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
6th July – Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
16th July – Night of the Prog Festival, Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
29th July – Burg Herzberg Festival, Herzberg, Germany
30th July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
Watch Rhythm In The Spirit now at https://youtu.be/oieYTJyGb0E
“It’s been a long time since we’ve made a one song concert video and we had a great time doing it!” the band tell us: “Rhythm in the Spirit was our unanimous first choice and we are very happy with how it turned out.”
Here’s what some others have had to say about the current sound of Kansas:
“Listening to The Prelude Implicit, you hear echoes of everything that Kansas has been – the heartland prog-rock group, the rowdy bar band, the group with the chart hits, the hard-edged version from the late Eighties.” (Rolling Stone)
“A roller coaster distillation of all the hard rock, prog, pop and orchestral elements that made Kansas the most unlikely world-beaters of the 1970’s.” ( Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine)
“This album will remind you why these guys collect Gold and Platinum albums time and time again.” (Classic Rock Society)
The Prelude Implicit’ is available as CD, 180g gatefold double vinyl & digital download.
The album features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. The signature Kansas sound is evident throughout… Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.
The president of their new label, Thomas Waber, says “Kansas is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA. The Prelude Implicit undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy. I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.” “This is definitely a Kansas album” agress founder guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like The Voyage of Eight Eighteen, biting rocker such as Rhythm in the Spirit or mindful ballad like The Unsung Heroes, there is something on this album for every kind of Kansas fan. After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of The Prelude Implicit.”
Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds” “Recording The Prelude Implicit was an incredible experience and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that Kansas fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”
“Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning” offers Ehart, explaining the album’s title. Tattoo artist Denise de la Cerda executed the oil painting of the front and back cover, depicting a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.
The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:
1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60
Kansas will be debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this autumn, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information at http://www.kansasband.com.