‘VINYL CONFESSIONS’ CANDY095
ORIGINALLY RELEASED in 1982, showcasing new vocalist John Elephante (Steve Walsh’s replacement) whilst managing to remain true to the roots of the band, while at the same time noticeably moving away from the band’s traditional ’70s sound into the more AOR-friendly ’80s. The impact of spiritualism on this version of Kansas can certainly be heard in the lyrics, too, but it would be wrong to define this album as a Christian record as it certainly doesn’t attempt to bludgeon you to death with its message and, above all, it doesn’t neglect the most important thing of all, which is, of course, the music.
‘DRASTIC MEASURES’ CANDY096
‘DRASTIC MEASURES’, originally released in 1983, was the band’s second album to feature new vocalist John Elephante – an appointment made necessary after the departure of Steve Walsh. Not surprisingly, the band’s sound was evolving, moving with the times and displaying a more accessible timbre. Sure, the progressive rock element was still entirely audible but the songs and delivery fitted into the jet stream of men on a mission. AOR for sure but with an edge and urgency that leaves little room for debate.
Produced by Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Dokken) the sound is both contemporary and sophisticated, allowing the band to fully embrace their past yet utilise the latest technology. Contains the top five rock hit single ‘Fight Fire With Fire’.