Power (Kansas album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 28, 1986|
|Studio||The Castle, Franklin, Tennessee|
Abbey Road Studios, London, England (orchestra recording)
|Genre||Hard rock, arena rock, art rock|
|Producer||Andrew Powell, Phil Ehart|
|Singles from Power|
A year and a half after Kansas disbanded at the end of the Drastic Measures tour, former lead singer Steve Walsh returned to revive Kansas along with original band members Phil Ehart and Rich Williams. Guitarist Steve Morse, who joined at Ehart's invitation after the two met at a concert in Atlanta, contributed greatly to the songwriting and to the sound of the new lineup. Bass guitarist and vocalist Billy Greer, who had worked with Walsh in the short-lived band Streets after the singer left Kansas in 1981, completed the lineup. The new Kansas began rehearsing in July 1985, while Walsh was finishing a tour as sideman for Cheap Trick. They released Power the following year.
A promotional video for the single "All I Wanted", featuring clips of a variety of women walking and smiling, was shot with only Walsh and Morse from the band appearing. Mixed by producer Humberto Gatica, the song was a major top 40 and adult contemporary hit, yet the band has not played the song in concert for many years.
The follow-up singles "Power" and "Can't Cry Anymore" failed to receive significant airplay, though the former is the last Kansas single to date to hit the Billboard Top 100 pop charts. A video featuring comedian Richard Belzer was produced for "Can't Cry Anymore" but was never widely released. Both songs were edited and remixed by Gatica for release as singles.
In a contemporary review, Xavier Russel of the British magazine Kerrang! called the pompous sound of Kansas "very dated" and, despite a few pleasant rockers like "Musicatto", found other songs "embarrassing beyond belief". In his retrospective review, AllMusic reviewer remarked Kansas' dramatic change in musical direction, "more hard rock and pop than prog rock", which "probably surprised longtime Kansas fans" but gave the band "an interesting - if ultimately short-lived - new direction."
|1.||"Silhouettes in Disguise"||4:26|
|2.||"Power"||Randy Goodrum, Steve Morse, Steve Walsh||4:25|
|3.||"All I Wanted"||3:20|
|4.||"Secret Service"||John Booth Aclin, Ron Miller, Morse, Walsh||4:42|
|5.||"We're Not Alone Anymore"||4:16|
|7.||"Taking In the View"||3:06|
|8.||"Three Pretenders"||Billy Greer, Morse, Walsh||3:50|
|10.||"Can't Cry Anymore" (The Producers cover)||Tim Smith, Van Temple||4:01|
- Steve Walsh - keyboards, lead vocals
- Steve Morse - lead guitar, vocals
- Rich Williams - guitar
- Billy Greer - bass guitar, vocals
- Phil Ehart - drums, executive producer
- Additional musicians
- The Philarmonia Orchestra arranged and conducted by Andrew Powell
- Gary Chang - keyboards programming
- Travis Bradford, Jerome Olds, Rob Henson, Yonrico Scott, Merle McLain, Doug Baker, Solomon Olds, Cliff Jones - backing vocals
- Andrew Powell - producer
- Nigel Walker - engineer, mixing at Jacobs Studio, Farnham, England and Lion Share Studios, Los Angeles
- Mike Sheady - orchestral recordings engineer
- Humberto Gatica - mixing of "All I Wanted"
- Keith Odle, Lance Philips, Darrin Goodwin - assistant engineers
- George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
- Andy Engel - design, illustration
- Adams, Bret. "Kansas Power review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- Russell, Xavier (December 11, 1986). "Kansas - 'Power'". Kerrang!. No. 135. p. 18.
- "Kansas Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 45, No. 14, December 27, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. December 27, 1986. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
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- "Top Singles - Volume 45, No. 16, January 24, 1987". Library and Archives Canada. January 24, 1987. Retrieved December 24, 2017.