Song for America

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Song for America
Kansas - Song for America.jpg
Cover painting by Peter Lloyd
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1975
RecordedDecember 1974
StudioWally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
LabelKirshner (US)
Epic (rest of the world)
ProducerJeff Glixman, Wally Gold
Kansas chronology
Song for America
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".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility5/5 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
1."Down the Road"Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren3:43
2."Song for America"Livgren10:03
3."Lamplight Symphony"Livgren8:17
Side two
4."Lonely Street"Walsh, Dave Hope, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart5:43
5."The Devil Game"Walsh, Hope5:04
6."Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman"Livgren12:11




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


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


  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. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database: Search for Kansas". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2017.