Kansas

Leftover­ture Live & Be­yond In­SId­eOuT Keep calm and carry on, way­ward son.

Prog - - Limelight - DW

Kansas al­ready have mul­ti­ple con­cert al­bums to their name, but this lat­est re­lease of­fers plenty to dis­tin­guish it from the pack. It’s the first live re­lease fea­tur­ing new vo­cal­ist Ron­nie Platt, who joined in 2014, and over a marathon two-disc set, the group play 1976’s Leftover­ture, the al­bum that made them stars, from start to fin­ish. Song selections favour their clas­sic 70s re­leases, go­ing back as far as Jour­ney From Mariabronn from their de­but, al­though they tackle three cuts from 2016’s The Pre­lude Im­plicit, which fit com­fort­ably among the hits. Rhythm In The Spirit fea­tures scorch­ing gui­tar licks from Richard Wil­liams and Zak Rizvi, while The Voy­age Of eight eigh­teen is an am­bi­tious epic, with vi­o­lin­ist david Rags­dale tak­ing the spot­light. disc two, Leftover­ture, kicks off with the im­mor­tal

Carry On Way­ward Son,

as an­themic now as it was four decades ago, with Platt match­ing Steve Walsh’s range. What’s On My Mind has a swag­ger­ing hard rock strut, and Mag­num Opus lives up to its ti­tle, all pomp and glory, mi­nus the me­an­der­ing in­tro of the ver­sion from Two For The Show. The band sound su­perb and the play­ing is tight, punchy and en­er­gised. A wor­thy ad­di­tion to their legacy.

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