|Studio album by Kansas|
|Recorded||Late 1979/Early 1980|
|Producer||Kansas, Brad Aaron, Davey Moire|
|Singles from Audio-Visions|
Audio-Visions is the seventh studio album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1980. The album was remastered and reissued in 2011, as a Japanese import vinyl-replica CD, as well as part of the Sony/Legacy domestic boxed set, "Kansas Complete Album Collection 1974-1983," which packages all of the band's original releases on Kirshner and affiliated labels CBS/Columbia.
Kerry Livgren's recent conversion to Christianity is first heard on this album, primarily in the lyrics to "Hold On" (which was written as an evangelistic plea to his wife). That song was the original lineup's last Top 40, peaking at #40 as the album's first single. The second single from the album, "Got to Rock On," charted outside the Top 40, and was released as a promo only 12" single as well, featuring a live version of the song on Side B of the promotional single, taken from an ABC Radio "the Source" live concert broadcast from Chicago. In addition, another stop on the Audio-Visions tour was broadcast on the radio, on the radio show "A Night on the Road," from the Palladium in New York City. In addition to playing almost every song on the album on the tour, the band also played one selection each from Livgren and Walsh's recent solo albums. While every song on the Monolith album was played during the early part prior Monolith tour, not a single song from Monolith was played on the Audio-Visions tour.
The eighth song on this album, "No One Together", was originally intended for release on the previous album, Monolith, released in 1979, but it was dropped from that album due to an argument between Walsh and Livgren over whose song should be included there (with Walsh winning out the argument by having his song, "How My Soul Cries Out for You", included) and wound up on this album instead.
The album was to be the last album with the band's original lineup until 2000's Somewhere to Elsewhere and coincidentally the band's last studio album to be certified gold by the RIAA (which it did in December 1980).
Rolling Stone gave a resoundingly negative review of the album, calling it "the musically overwrought and lyrically fatuous product of a collective hubris gone haywire," and mockingly referring to Kerry Livgren as "Kerry Liver." They contended that Kansas had lost all direction, with "Hold On" being the only track not lost in misdirected ambitions.
The album is the last Kansas studio release of new material to achieve gold status, a string of seven straight albums to obtain such status. The album also charted briefly in Sweden, reaching #35.
|2.||"Anything for You"||Steve Walsh||3:58|
|5.||"Curtain of Iron"||Livgren||6:12|
|6.||"Got to Rock On"||Walsh||3:21|
|7.||"Don't Open Your Eyes"||Walsh, Rich Williams, Livgren, Phil Ehart, Dave Hope||4:05|
|8.||"No One Together"||Livgren||6:58|
|9.||"No Room for a Stranger"||Williams, Walsh||3:00|
- Phil Ehart - percussion, drums, vocals
- Dave Hope - bass guitar, vocals
- Kerry Livgren - guitar, percussion, keyboards, vocals
- Robby Steinhardt - violin, viola, vocals
- Steve Walsh - percussion, keyboards, vocals, vibraphone
- Rich Williams - guitar, percussion, vocals
- Terry Ehart - vocals
- Four Bassmen - vocals, background vocals
- Joey Jelf - vocals, background vocals
- Victoria Livgren - vocals
- Anne Steinhardt - violin, viola, vocals
- Lisa White - vocals, background vocals
- Donna Williams - vocals, background vocals
- Producers: Kansas, Brad Aaron, Davey Moiré
- Engineers: Brad Aaron, Davey Moiré, Greg Webster
- Reissue producer: Bob Irwin
- Digital remastering: Vic Anesini
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1980||"Hold On"||Pop Singles||40|
|1981||"Got To Rock On"||Pop Singles||76|