Always Never the Same (Kansas album)

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Always Never the Same
Kansas - Always Never the Same.jpg
Studio album by Kansas
Released May 19, 1998
Recorded Sept 1997–Feb 1998, Abbey Road Studios, London, England (UK)
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 71:05
Label River North
Producer Phil Ehart, Trammell Starks, Rich Williams
Kansas chronology
Freaks of Nature
Always Never the Same
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Always Never the Same is the thirteenth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1998.

This album consists of mostly covers of the band’s previous work, re-recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. New songs include “In Your Eyes,” “The Sky Is Falling,” “Need to Know,” and the instrumental, “Preamble.” “Prelude & Introduction” is a medley of several Kansas songs. The album also includes a cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” Kansas’s first cover to appear on an album since J.J. Cale’s “Bringing It Back” on Kansas. “Carry On Wayward Son” was recorded at the time in case strong sales brought forth a second symphonic album, but it remains unreleased.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Eleanor Rigby” (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:22
  2. Dust in the Wind” (Kerry Livgren) – 4:01
  3. “Preamble” (Larry Baird) – 3:25
  4. Song for America” (Livgren) – 9:15
  5. “In Your Eyes” (Steve Walsh) – 4:30
  6. “Miracles Out of Nowhere” (Livgren) – 6:27
  7. Hold On” (Livgren) – 4:18
  8. “The Sky Is Falling” (Walsh) – 7:50
  9. “Cheyenne Anthem” (Livgren) – 7:29
  10. “Prelude & Introduction” (Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, Robby Steinhardt, Walsh, Rich Williams, Baird) – 4:53
  11. “The Wall” (Livgren, Walsh) – 5:29
  12. “Need to Know” (Walsh) – 4:02
  13. “Nobody’s Home” (Livgren, Walsh) – 6:04

Credits and personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
  • Producers: Phil Ehart, Trammell Starks, Rich Williams
  • Engineers: Peter Cobbin, Russ Fowler, James Majors, Jim “Z” Zumpano
  • Mixing: Jeff Glixman, Jim “Z” Zumpano
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Digital editing: Brian Jobson, James Majors, Trammell Starks
  • Arranger: Larry Baird
  • Copyist: Michael Allen
  • Design: Pennie Moore, Conni Treantafeles
  • Photography: Marti Griffin
  • Artwork: Pennie Moore, Conni Treantafeles