Point Of Know Return

Artist: Kansas
Label: Kirshner
Catalog#: JZ 34929
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1977
A1 Point Of Know Return 3:11
A2 Paradox 3:49
A3 The Spider 2:08
A4 Portrait (He Knew) 4:32
A5 Closet Chronicles 6:30
B1 Lightning's Hand 4:21
B2 Dust In The Wind 3:26
B3 Sparks Of The Tempest 4:15
B4 Nobody's Home 4:37
B5 Hopelessly Human 7:10

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Electric], Other [Bemis Cow Pedal] - Rich Williams
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Electric], Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer, Percussion, Other [Rinauldo Whistling Machine] - Kerry Livgren
Arranged By - Kansas
Bass, Other [Autogyro] - Dave Hope
Drums, Timpani, Percussion [Chimes, Chain-driven Gong] - Phil Ehart
Engineer [Additional] - Terry Diane Becker
Mastered By - George Marino
Organ, Piano, Celesta, Synthesizer, Vocals, Percussion, Other [Vibes, Peabody Chromatic Inverter] - Steve Walsh
Producer, Engineer - Jeff Glixman
Violin, Viola, Cello [Faucon Lap], Vocals - Robby Steinhardt
Written-By - Kerry Livgren
Written-By - Phil Ehart
Written-By - Robby Steinhardt
Written-By - Steve Walsh


Recorded at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, 7/77, Studio in the Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana, 6/77.
Mixed at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, 8/77

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Poised with the difficult prospect of repeating the success of the previous year's Leftoverture, Kansas continued the trend of shorter, but no less electric, songs. Their follow-up album, Point Of Know Return, again produced by Jeff Glixman, fortunately charted a similar course, reaching the US No. 4 and again earning multi-platinum sales status. The album spawned a few hit singles (which certainly helped), including the title track and the Top 10-charting "Dust in the Wind" b/w "Paradox." Steve Walsh regained his songwriting mojo, co-authoring most of the songs on the album with Kerry Livgren, and offering the very proggy instrumental "The Spider." Character studies of Albert Einstein and Howard Hughes, respectively, both "Portrait (He Knew)" and "Closet Chronicles" offer the same type of melodic and hard-rocking music that featured on the band's previous album; while "Nobody's Home" emphasized Robby Steinhardt's violin and "Hopelessly Human" highlighted Walsh's vocals. The ensuing tour saw the band play their first concerts in Europe. More touring of the US followed, resulting in a live double-album in 1978, Two For The Show, which also went platinum. The band's self-produced Monolith (released in 1979, and again a Top 10 album) and Audiovision (released in 1980, and adorned with possibly the worst album art ever) produced some minor hits still included in their repertoire today; but as the band entered the 1980s, personnel changes would put their best days behind them. Kansas' legacy is arguably as America's greatest prog rock band, and their oeuvre would become the blueprint for a new breed of prog-metal bands that emerged in the late 80s and early 90s.
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