Song for America

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For the title track of this album, see Song for America (song).
Song for America
Kansas - Song for America.jpg
Studio album by Kansas
Released February 1975
Recorded 1974, Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Progressive rock, Hard rock
Length 45:01
Label Kirshner
Legacy/Epic
Producer Jeff Glixman, Wally Gold
Kansas chronology
Kansas
(1974)
Song for America
(1975)
Masque
(1975)
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]

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]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kerry Livgren except where noted.

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

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allender, Mark W.B.. Song for America at AllMusic