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Song For America

Artist: Kansas
Label: Kirshner
Catalog#: PZ 33385
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975
Tracklist
A1 Down The Road 3:43
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Kerry Livgren, Steve Walsh
Organ, Piano, Scat – Steve*
Lead Vocals, Violin – Rob*
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Drums – Phil*
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Kerry*
Handclaps – Food Alright And The Wines

A2 Song For America 9:59
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Kerry Livgren
Piano, Synthesizer [Moog], Strings [Arp] – Kerry*
Organ, Synthesizer [Arp], Lead Vocals – Steve*
Violin, Vocals – Rob*
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Rich*
Drums, Glockenspiel – Phil*

A3 Lamplight Symphony 8:11
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Kerry Livgren
Piano, Synthesizer [Moog], Strings [Arp] – Kerry*
Violin, Vocals – Rob*
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Rich*
Drums – Phil*
Lead Vocals, Organ, Synthesizer [Arp] – Steve*

B1 Lonely Street 5:41
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Dave Hope, Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, Steve Walsh
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Kerry*, Rich*
Drums – Phil*
Vocals [All] – Steve*

B2 The Devil Game 5:01
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Dave Hope, Steve Walsh
Organ, Synthesizer [Arp], Lead Vocals – Steve*
Violin, Vocals – Rob*
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog] – Kerry*
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Drums – Phil*
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Rich*

B3 Incomudro - Hymn To The Atman 12:11
  Notes:

Words By, Music By – Kerry Livgren
Vocals, Organ, Synthesizer [Arp And Moog] – Steve*
Drums, Drum [Moog], Gong – Phil*
Bass Guitar – Dave*
Violin – Rob*
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Rich*
Lead Guitar, Synthesizer [Arp And Moog], Strings [Arp] – Kerry*

Credits

Arranged By [All Musical Arrangements] – Kansas
Art Direction – Ed Lee
Artwork By [Painting] – Peter Lloyd
Engineer – Peter Granet
Management – Elliot Abbott
Mastered By – Tom Rabstenek
Photography – Kenneth McGowen
Producer – Jeff Glixman, Wally Gold
Recorded By – Wally Heider

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Kansas stems from the unlikely place of (you guessed it) Kansas. In the late 60s, high school classmates Phil Ehart and Kerry Livgren each led competing bands in their native Topeka. By 1970, the two bands united as Kansas, only to split the following year. Drummer Ehart then went to England to look for musical inspiration (which he didn't find), and quickly returned to reform his original band, White Clover. He recruited Steve Walsh and Robby Steinhardt along the way, while bassist Dave Hope and guitarist Rich Williams joined in 1972. Livgren's group (referred to as Kansas II) had continued all the while; yet by 1973, he too was persuaded to join White Clover, fulfilling their need for a second songwriter. In 1973, the six-piece band, now named Kansas, signed to rock promoter Don Kirshner's label and released three albums in the space of two years; each was incrementally more successful than the other, as the result of continuous touring. Their 1974 self-titled debut starts like the crack of a whip; "Can I Tell You" was one of the demos that got the band signed. Set apart from their progressive British contemporaries, Kansas reveals more influence from heavy rock outfits such as Deep Purple. Taking cues from Southern rock as well, their sound is certainly American, though their "three parts to the ensemble" of guitar, violin and keyboard is unique and firebrand. Released in 1975, the band's second album Song For America featured the excellent title track, also released as a single. It's a Kansas standard that shifts through each classically-influenced section, punctuated by a driving beat. Throughout, Steinhardt's virtuoso violin and Walsh's soaring voice create the band's signature style. "Lamplight Symphony" follows a similar path. The second side's "The Devil Game" is a blistering rocker, while "Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman" displays the band's instrumental prowess. The album reached No. 57 on the US charts and was the first to feature their distinct logo, designed by Peter Lloyd.
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