Kansas discography

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Kansas discography
Kansas 2008.jpg
Kansas in 2008.
Studio albums 15
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 9
Singles 25

The discography of Kansas, an American rock band, consists of fifteen studio albums, six live albums, seven compilation albums, and twenty five singles. Formed by members Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Dave Hope, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, and Rich Williams, the group signed a recording contract with Kirshner Records in 1973. The same year they released their self-titled debut album.[1]

After the release of two albums in 1975, including Masque (which sold a half a million copies in the United States), the group released Leftoverture in October 1976. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the single "Carry On Wayward Son", which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, leading the album to sell over five million copies in the United States. The following year their fifth album Point of Know Return was issued and certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and spawned the Top 10 single "Dust in the Wind".[2] After the release of a live album, the group sixth studio release Monolith was issued in 1979, which spawned two singles. Audio-Visions was released in 1980 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Their eighth studio album Vinyl Confessions released the single "Play the Game Tonight" which became their first Top 20 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in four years, however the album itself did not sell well and eventually after the release of a ninth studio album in 1983, the group disbanded.[1]

Kansas reformed again in 1985 and released the studio album Power in 1986 on MCA Records, whose single "All I Wanted" reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. After the release of another album in 1988, the group reunited seven years later for the forming of the album Freaks of Nature (1995) on Intersound Records.[2] In 1998 Always Never the Same was released on River North Records,[1] followed by Somewhere to Elsewhere in 2000 on Magna Carta Records. Kansas has sold 15.5 million records according to the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
SWE
[6]
1974 Kansas 174 US: Gold[7]
1975 Song for America
  • Release date: February 1975
  • Label: Kirshner Records
57 US: Gold[7]
Masque
  • Release date: October 1975
  • Label: Kirshner Records
70 US: Gold[7]
1976 Leftoverture
  • Release date: October 1976
  • Label: Kirshner Records
5 2 US: 5× Platinum[7]
1977 Point of Know Return
  • Release date: October 11, 1977
  • Label: Kirshner Records
4 7 US: 4× Platinum[7]
1979 Monolith
  • Release date: May 1979
  • Label: Kirshner Records
10 18 27 US: Platinum[7]
1980 Audio-Visions
  • Release date: September 1980
  • Label: Kirshner Records
26 96 35 US: Gold[7]
1982 Vinyl Confessions
  • Release date: June 1982
  • Label: Epic/Kirshner Records
16
1983 Drastic Measures
  • Release date: July 1983
  • Label: Epic/Kirshner Records
41
1986 Power 35 93
1988 In the Spirit of Things
  • Release date: October 1988
  • Label: MCA Records
114
1995 Freaks of Nature
1998 Always Never the Same
  • Release date: May 19, 1998
  • Label: Magna Carta Records
2000 Somewhere to Elsewhere
  • Release date: July 11, 2000
  • Label: Magna Carta Records
2016 The Prelude Implicit
  • Release date: September 23, 2016
  • Label: Inside Out Music
41 59
[8]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
1978 Two for the Show
  • Release date: October 1978
  • Label: Epic/Legacy Recordings
32 29 US: Platinum[7]
1992 Live at the Whisky
1998 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas
  • Release date: October 20, 1998
  • Label: King Biscuit Flower
2001 Dust in the Wind
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Disky Communications Europe
2002 Device - Voice - Drum
  • Release date: October 8, 2002
  • Label: JVC Victor
2009 There's Know Place Like Home
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
1984 The Best of Kansas 154 86 US: 4× Platinum[7]
1992 Carry On
1994 The Kansas Boxed Set
  • Release date: July 12, 1994
  • Label: Sony BMG
2002 The Ultimate Kansas
  • Release date: July 2, 2002
  • Label: Epic/Legacy Recordings
2004 Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection
  • Release date: August 31, 2004
  • Label: Sony BMG
2005 On the Other Side
2006 Works in Progress
  • Release date: May 23, 2006
  • Label: Comependia Records
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Kansas
  • Release date: April 29, 2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
2015 Miracles Out of Nowhere
  • Release date: March 2015
  • Label: Epic, Legacy Recordings
68
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[9]
US Main
[9]
US AC
[9]
CAN
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
1974 "Can I Tell You" Kansas
1975 "Bringing It Back"
"Song for America" Song for America
1976 "It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)" Masque
"Carry On Wayward Son" 11 5 51 US: Gold[13] Leftoverture
1977 "What's on My Mind" 89
"Point of Know Return" 28 13 Point of Know Return
1978 "Dust in the Wind" 6 6 3 36 US: Platinum[13]
"Portrait (He Knew)" 64 62
1979 "Lonely Wind" 60 62 Two for the Show
"People of the South Wind" 23 59 Monolith
"Reason to Be" 52
1980 "Hold On" 40 Audio-Visions
"Got to Rock On" 76
1982 "Play the Game Tonight" 17 4 35 Vinyl Confessions
"Right Away" 73 33
"Chasing Shadows" 54
1983 "Fight Fire With Fire" 58 3 Drastic Measures
"Everybody's My Friend" 34
1984 "Perfect Lover" 54 The Best of Kansas
1986 "All I Wanted" 19 10 14 75 Power
1987 "Power" 84 38
"Can't Cry Anymore"
1988 "Stand Beside Me" 13 In the Spirit of Things
1995 "Desperate Times" Freaks of Nature
"Hope Once Again"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2001 "The Light" Sounds Like Christmas

References[edit]