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|Studio album by Kansas|
|Recorded||Late 1975/Early 1976, Studio in the Country, Bogalusa, LA|
|Producer||Jeff Glixman, Kansas|
|Singles from Leftoverture|
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.
The album is the band's largest seller of all time domestically, with 5 million in U.S. sales.
All songs written and composed 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" (live)||4:43|
|10.||"Cheyenne Anthem" (live)||6:51|
- 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
- Phil Ehart - drums, percussion
- Dave Hope - bass guitar
- Rich Williams - electric and acoustic guitars
- Toye LaRocca – vocals
- Cheryl Norman – vocals
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1976||"Carry On Wayward Son"||Pop Singles||11|
|1977||"What's On My Mind"||Pop Singles||none|