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Artist: Kansas

Title: In the Spirit of Things

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Kansas In the Spirit of Things Album Cover


Category: Prog Rock

Year: 1988

Label: MCA Records

Catalog Number: MCAD-6254


Phil Ehart drums
Billy Greer bass, vocals
Steve Morse guitar, vocals
Steve Walsh vocals, keyboards
Rich Williams guitars


1.  Ghosts  4:18
2.  One Big Sky  5:17
3.  Inside of Me  4:42
4.  One Man, One Heart  4:20
5.  House on Fire  4:42
6.  Once in a Lifetime  4:14
7.  Stand Beside Me  3:28
8.  I Counted On Love  3:33
9.  The Preacher  4:18
10.  Rainmaker  6:44
11.  T.O. Witcher  1:39
12.  Bells of Saint James  5:39
Total Running Time:  52:54

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From: koogles Date: June 30, 2002 at 17:18
Picks up where "Power" left off. Steve Morse's playing is absolutely incredible on "House on Fire" & the stormin' "Rainmaker". This is a loosely-structured concept album whose songs are just as effective on their own as part of the whole. "Stand Beside Me", "Once in a Lifetime" & "One Man, One Heart" are personal favorites. "Ghosts" features some of the most haunting and powerful vocals I have ever heard come out of Steve Walsh. And did I fail to mention how incredible Bob Ezrin's production is?

From: Jason Farrell Date: November 30, 2002 at 11:21
You can get it in the bargain bins and this is more than you'd bargain for. This was an era when Kansas was trying brave, new things and getting back bupkus commercially or critically. There's soul ("Once In A Lifetime"), there's Genesis-pop ("Stand Beside Me"), there's pseudo-blues ("The Preacher"), there's piano ballads ("Ghosts"), and acousti-instrumentals ("T.O. Witcher") that would make Steve Howe cry. A fascinating, eclectic set.

From: illimey Date: February 25, 2004 at 23:21
Certainly nowhere near as famous as albums like 'leftoverture' or 'point of know return', and that is possibly because this album has a far more mainstream sound without certain unique 'kansas' elements. However let's just forget the baggage (superb though it undoubtedly is) and listen to this album without any preconceptions.. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! It has everything a fan of melodic, intelligent music could possibly want. It is the Kansas album I play the most. Haunting and powerful indeed!

From: TIM (2) Date: June 9, 2004 at 4:18
I've seen "One Man, One Heart" pop up on a few albums since, and quite rightly as it's mega-classic AOR. I never got the whole concept thing, but still LOVE the album. Whereas "Power" is now sounding very dated, this still sounds fresh to this day. Awesome songs, awesome production.

From: BWH"Indonesia" Date: September 4, 2004 at 2:34
Look, who got involved in the song writing, Dann Huff, that man again. So it's not surprising that this album is a MUST for any AOR/melodic rock fans.

From: Rycheage Date: October 26, 2004 at 16:36
Technically sound and the production is quite clear and crisp. They have come up with one of their best and probably under appreciated CD yet. Steve Walsh is in rare form and Steve Morse's guitar antics make this an immediate must-own. "Rainmaker" and "House On Fire" show this point. Great stuff.

From: Nick C Date: April 30, 2005 at 17:18
Unbelievable release. I was in HMV in Manchester and checking out the album sleeve trying to decide whether to buy it (I wanted it on CD but they only had it on vinyl) and the security guy Ken was hanging around.. as soon as I put it back in the rack he grabbed it and said "I'm glad you put that back there's someone on the phone who wants to reserve it!". There is a loose theme to the album as explained in the CD booklet notes, and atmospherically it has the best start to a Kansas album ever..10

From: Lovedrive Date: August 1, 2005 at 13:33
Tiene buenas canciones como "One man, one heart", pero no es tanbueno como el anterior. No os perdais su anterior disco"Power, una joya!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 18, 2007 at 22:53
"One Big Sky"...que temazo,con esos coros finales ejecutado por una coral de niņos!...que clase de maestria y sensibilidad en esta cancion.El disco en general y como comenta Lovedrive no es tan bueno como el "Power". A pesar de que las piezas tienen un toque relajado y quizas "monotomo" no deja de ser un buen disco.6/10

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 1, 2017 at 11:33
Listening to this album once again and being more specific about the songs,the best ones for me are "One Big Sky" & "Inside of Me" then some other fine moments are tracks 4,6(nice),7,8(rocks a bit)& 10(a nice short acoustic guitar one)...as everybody know the band went AOR in the mid 80's so there's a good mix of Prog Rock and the aforementioned genre in here.85/100

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