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|Studio album by Kansas|
|Recorded||December, 1975 – August, 1976|
|Studio||Studio in the Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana|
|Singles from Leftoverture|
Leftoverture is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1976. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2001, and later reissued as Playlist: Leftoverture, although "Magnum Opus" was replaced with "Child of Innocence" from Masque. It was band's first album to be certified by the RIAA, and remains the band's largest selling album, having been certified 5 times platinum in United States.
Steve Walsh began to experience writer's block prior to the recording, and his contribution to the album would ultimately be limited to co-authoring three songs. It fell on Kerry Livgren to fill the void. The new compositions retained much of the classically inspired complexity of Livgren's previous work. Kansas recorded the album at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Studio in the Country was so named because, as Kerry Livgren described on In the Studio with Redbeard in the episode spotlighting Leftoverture that "It was in the middle of a swamp. We'd walk out of the studio and there would be gators in front of the studio, mosquitos the size of B-52s and at times armadillos would run into the control room, laughing."
The album's title, Leftoverture, is a portmanteau word.
The album was met with mixed reviews. Rolling Stone called Leftoverture Kansas's best album to date, and said that it "warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation (with a dearth of flashy solos) with short, tight melody lines and pleasant singing." In contrast, Robert Christgau said the album lacked the intelligence and conviction of European progressive rock, and that the self-deprecating humor implied in the song and album titles is completely absent from the record itself.
All tracks written by Kerry Livgren except where noted.
|1.||"Carry On Wayward Son"||5:23|
|2.||"The Wall"||Livgren, Steve Walsh||4:51|
|3.||"What's on My Mind"||3:28|
|4.||"Miracles Out of Nowhere"||6:28|
|6.||"Questions of My Childhood"||Walsh, Livgren||3:40|
||Livgren, Walsh, Rich Williams, Dave Hope, Phil Ehart, Robby Steinhardt||8:25|
|Bonus tracks on 2001 CD reissue|
|9.||"Carry On Wayward Son" (Recorded live at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Michigan)||4:43|
|10.||"Cheyenne Anthem" (Recorded live at The Palladium in New York City, December 1977)||6:41|
- Steve Walsh – organ, piano, lead vocals (all tracks), additional synthesizers, vibraphone
- Robby Steinhardt – violin, viola, backing vocals, lead vocals ("Miracles Out of Nowhere" and "Cheyenne Anthem")
- Kerry Livgren – electric guitar, clavinet, Moog, Oberheim synthesizer, ARP synthesizers, piano
- Rich Williams – electric and acoustic guitars
- Phil Ehart – drums, percussion
- Dave Hope – bass guitar
- Toye LaRocca – vocals
- Cheryl Norman – vocals
- Producers: Jeff Glixman
- Engineer: Bill Evans
- Mastering: George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York City, New York
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1976||"Carry On Wayward Son"||Hot 100||11|
|1977||"What's on My Mind"||Hot 100||—|