Song for America

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Song for America
Kansas - Song for America.jpg
Cover painting by Peter Lloyd
Studio album by Kansas
Released February 1975
Recorded December 1974
Studio Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 45:01
Label Kirshner (US)
Epic (rest of the world)
Producer Jeff Glixman, Wally Gold
Kansas chronology
Kansas
(1974)Kansas1974
Song for America
(1975)
Masque
(1975)Masque1975
Singles from Song for America
  1. "Song for America"
    Released: 1975

Song for America is the second studio album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1975. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2004. The 10-minute title track was edited down to three minutes for release as a single. The 45 R.P.M. edit resurfaced 29 years later as a bonus track on the remastered release, which provided improved sound as well as expanded liner notes, rare photos, and a live version of "Down the Road".

A new version of the album, Playlist: Song for America, was released with "Magnum Opus" from Leftoverture (1976) instead of "The Devil Game" on the new album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranqulity 5/5 stars[2]

AllMusic, in a retrospective review, praised the "intense energy" of the album's shorter songs, but contended that the longer songs require too much active listening to appreciate. They concluded that the album is "a good (if not adolescent) recording for a group of this genre."[1]

Steve Pettengill, writing for Sea of Tranquility webzine, describes the album as "full tilt symphonic rock with none of the stadium rock numbers that would pop up on later albums. Comprising four lengthy intricate pieces and two very American style romps, Kansas' second album very admirably showcases the band's trademark duality as proggers and rockers."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Down the Road" Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren 3:43
2. "Song for America" Livgren 10:03
3. "Lamplight Symphony" Livgren 8:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Lonely Street" Walsh, Dave Hope, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart 5:43
5. "The Devil Game" Walsh, Hope 5:04
6. "Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman" Livgren 12:11

Personnel[edit]

Kansas
Production

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Top LPs & Tape (US)[3] 57

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1980 Gold (+ 500,000)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allender, Mark W.B.. Song for America at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Pettengill, Steve. "Sea of Tranquility review". Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kansas Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database: Search for Kansas". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2017.