Live at the Whisky

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Live at the Whisky
Kansas - Live at the Whisky.jpg
Live album by Kansas
Released July 7, 1992
Recorded April 5, 1992, Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles
Genre Progressive rock
Length 71:03
Label Intersound Records
Producer Phil Ehart, Jeff Glixman
Kansas chronology
Carry On
(1992)
Live at the Whisky
(1992)
The Kansas Boxed Set
(1994)

Live at the Whisky is the second live recording by American rock band Kansas, released in 1992. The U.S. version includes a bonus track "Lonely Street" from 1975. A German version of the release contains an alternative bonus track, "Journey from Mariabronn" which actually includes both "Belexes" and "Journey from Mariabronn" together from that same show. The German bonus track is also available on iTunes, Napster, and other streaming services.

The album states that it was recorded in "one take," and has been criticized by some because of the harsh vocals of singer Steve Walsh, whose voice was failing at that time as a result of a variety of issues, including fatigue and substance abuse. It was the first official Kansas release (other than compilations) not to reach the album charts, and also the first not released on a major record label.

Steve Walsh has stated in interviews that the recording of this CD and Video was doomed from the beginning and he's embarrassed of anything that has to do with it. Since the band was funding this CD and video themselves, to save money, the band used videotape instead of film, which caused problems during the filming. Excessive lighting had to be used on stage so the videotape would pick up all the images which then lead to excessive heat on stage making the performers sweat which was rather unflattering when watching the finished product. A filter was used during editing that softened the images but it caused the picture to look distorted making purchasers wonder if they had received a defective item.

While the recording of the band was recorded "In One Take," the vocal track was not and was overdubbed at a later date. Steve Walsh has said this was a very difficult time for him when it came to his substance abuse. He was smoking pot and using cocaine on a daily basis as well as drinking excessively, which caused him to be exhausted and run down so on top of all of those things he also happened to be sick that night. Steve Walsh has also stated that the band has no plans on re releasing the video in its entirety, They consider it an embarrassment and consider fans lucky if they have a copy. There is a "Director's cut" with extra performances of the video that has surfaced in recent years with the original vocal track intact and without the use of the softening filter.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Introduction" – 1:04
  2. "Howlin' at the Moon" (from "Magnum Opus") (Phil Ehart, Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh, Rich Williams) – 1:31
  3. "Paradox" (Livgren, Walsh) – 4:11
  4. "Point of Know Return" (Ehart, Steinhardt, Walsh) – 4:44
  5. "Song for America" (Livgren) – 8:57
  6. "The Wall" (Livgren, Walsh) – 6:07
  7. "Hold On" (Livgren) – 4:18
  8. "Dust in the Wind" (Livgren) – 3:52
  9. "Miracles Out of Nowhere" (Livgren) – 6:30
  10. "Mysteries and Mayhem" (Livgren, Walsh) – 4:54
  11. "Portrait (He Knew)" (Livgren, Walsh) – 5:45
  12. "Carry on Wayward Son" (Livgren) – 6:51
  13. "Down the Road" (Livgren, Walsh) – 5:51
  14. "Lonely Street" (*) (Ehart, Hope, Walsh, Williams) – 6:28
  15. "Journey from Mariabronn" (German edition only) (Walsh, Livgren) - 7:58

* Bonus track recorded in 1975 at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Phil Ehart, Jeff Glixman
  • Engineer: Guy Charbonneau
  • Mixing: Jeff Glixman
  • Mixing assistant: Mark Richardson
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Editing: Kevin Reeves
  • Art direction: Scott Larsen
  • Design: Laurie Anderson
  • Cover design: Steven Parke
  • Photography: Ginny Nichols

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allender, Mark W.B.. Live at the Whisky at AllMusic