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In The Spirit Of Things

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  • Audio CD (14 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000002Q88
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Kansas hired Bob Ezrin to tighten up their sound for 1988's In the Spirit of Things. In a strange way, the timing was opportune, since they had a hit in 1986's Power, and 1988 was welcome to veterans, thanks to the boom of classic rock radio stations and the rejuvenating power of the CD. And, give 'em credit -- they wound up with an album that's arguably more focused than their '70s highlights. That doesn't mean it's on par, since they can't deliver a hit single as good as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Point of Know Return," and whatever remnants of humor they had are gone, as this is doggedly somber. Still, they're musically more adept, thanks to Ezrin and guitarist Steve Morse, which is welcome. That doesn't mean it's an unqualified success, however, since the cavernous, DDD-wannabe production screams 1988 even more than Leftoverture epitomizes 1976. Nevertheless, In the Spirit of Things remains one of the group's more consistent albums and easily a latter-day highlight. (By the way, Brendan O'Brien, a superstar producer of the '90s, working with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, recorded this record.)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By electricphase on 7 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 wasn't happening... Not withstanding, Kansas managed to come up with one of its best, yet more under-appreciated recordings. Steve Walsh's soulful and passionate singing combined with Steve Morse's guitar wizardry really made ITSOT a marvelous opus. After carefully and slowly digesting this album, I realize now that ITSOT has got to be one of the top-three releases of 1988!
As an additional bonus the recording sound is almost perfect. The overall production quality is so high that one can really crank the volume up and the sound will still remain crisp and powerful.
Regardless of what other reviewers might say against it, In the Spirit of Things is an album capable of reaching deep emotions... to me, that is what music is all about! Regardless of its harsh criticism, In the Spirit of Things is an absolute must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PETERSEN on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
if they knew, In the spirit of things would have reach the five-platinum certification within six months ! Bob Ezrin, yes the Pink Floyd/Kiss Bob Ezrin,is producing, Steve Walsh delivers his best vocals , just listen to "rainmaker" ! absolutely big, massive, but the guys at MCA were into Tiffany, Tiffany all over the desk, I think we're alone now the lady used to sing at the time late 1988, now it's all over tiffany but kansas still plays and tours... buy or die if you're into quality rock/hard-rock music. available at a ridiculous price in new condition, it's a great present for xmas ! a perfect case to study at business schools, or "how not to sell a product that was made to be successful : the human factor"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have recently discovered this album,buying it on the off chance. I am very glad I did this ,in my opinion,is the best Kansas album. All the tracks are of a excellant quality ranging from the reflective 'Ghosts' to the creepy 'Rainmaker' via the great chorus tracks like'One man one heart' and 'Stand by Me'
Great singing,great musicianship all round. Buy it and rock on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a top notch album. Superbly written and played by a class act.

I particularly like Raimaker and The Bells of St James, but there are no fillers here.

Steve Walshes vocals are outstanding but the bands musicianship is right up there, too.

Definitely one for your collection.
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I have read all the Amazon reviews both here and Stateside and I agree with what everybody says whether that be a two star review or five star. All the points are valid. In fact there is so much divided opinion here - that for once - the overall **** rating is accurate. There are people who came to this album who already had the bands output to that point and for them this LP was not Kansas.

Let me just say that I am 54 and English and until 2012 the only Kansas song I knew was Carry on wayward son. That changed when I heard a snatch of 'dust in the wind' whilst watching the film 'Final destination 5.' I bought 'Best of Kansas released in 1999 and inclusive of 'the pinnacle' in the track listing. This was a wonderful introduction to the band and I was blown away by the long Prog songs on offer. Next came the box set of the first 5 albums and 'Freaks of nature'. And so it is that I know a lot about Kansas when I come to review 'In the spirit of things' which for me is the ''newest'' Kansas album I have bought.

Imagine my shock when I heard this for the first time. I was with the two star reviewers here and agreed with the three star comments about the beginning and end of the album being worthwhile. Indeed, I bought the CD on the strength of 'Ghosts' and 'Bells of St James'. That's enough for me as well - as these songs are essential listening.

The second time I heard this album it was without prejudice. I just listened and enjoyed. It does seem a little crazy that a drummer as brilliant as Phil Ehart let some programmed drums in on it but this is part of the time capsule that is 1988. All the songs have memorable strong hooks. I am not ashamed to like such old stuff.
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