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Subject: Early KANSAS

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 06/10/06 at 12:43 pm

Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973

The second line-up of a band called Kansas that in its next incarnation would have massive hits with songs such as "Wayward Son," and "Dust in the Wind." This earlier line-up has a much more "progressive rock/jazz rock" sound, with some apocalyptic leanings. RIYL: King Crimson, Yes, Soft Machine, National Health, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, early Pink Floyd.
Lots of Hammond organ, ring modulator synth, and wind instruments here.

Lynn Meredith, the lead vocalist, and Kerry Livgren, the guitarist, I believe are the memberst constant with the other line-ups of the band. Band back then was called "Kansas," however these early recordings got released under the name "Proto-Kaw."
Proto = early
Kaw = the nation of Kaw, formerly called Kanza, the indigenous people for which the Kansas territory was named.

This early incarnation of Kansas has reunited, and the fellows, now in their fifties, have done some touring and released some new CDs on the strength of the Cuneiform Records release from 2002.

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