Kansas / Proto-Kaw
Album: Proto-Kaw   Collection:General
Artist:Kansas   Added:Oct 2002
Label:Cuneiform Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-10-28 Pull Date: 2002-12-30
Week Ending: Dec 29 Dec 22 Nov 3
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 04, 2010: Emphysema For Babies
4. Nov 24, 2005: Trip Over (Athertonian) Bloodstains
2. Jan 31, 2009: Bloodstains Across Atherton - STUPOR SUNDAY
5. May 26, 2004: Brownian Motion
3. Sep 13, 2006: Brownian Motion
6. Dec 23, 2002: Keepin' it Up! (the xmtr)

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2002-10-29
Yes folks, this is “The” Kansas- synonymous with terrible gluttonous 70’s arena rock (a la Foriegner, REO Speedwagon, Journey, et al) –but in fact early dug up recordings that reflect quality roots to this band (surprise!). “Art rock”, “prog”, it went by many much maligned names (and mostly deservedly so) and thankfully spawned many a brilliant spoof (Spinal Tap, see National Lampoons LP “goodbye pop”). Regardless, this stuff resembles the likes of Soft Machine, Zappa (saxaphone guitar double-ups), early King Crimson, more than Styx (a band that also had quality roots, but I digress…). Some of it sounds rather sophomoric, but the liner notes claim that they were “playing progressive music long before we had ever heard some of the bands we have been accused of emulating”. Interesting stuff if only for its historical significance, but there is some genuinely brilliant work here from these longhaired misfits from America’s heartland, ca. 1971. Add this to your list of crap bands that had genuine roots (ZZ Top, Styx, Journey, Supertramp… we can argue about this later. My office hours are mon 5-8)

1) Hobbit extravaganza, lore filled lyrics, lots of prog changes, art rock! Ragnar!
2) cheesy stuff, sorta funny, super epic
3) prog feel w/ free jazz sax, Zappa feel, flute
4) galloping deep purple, ELP feel
5) silly regal feel at first, distorto noise-fest bridge, prog fest in end, long
6) mellow love feel
7) sounds a lot like Zappa/Crimson at first, turns English classical-rock quick
8-9) live recordings: nice organ, waaaay prog jazz rock feel

Track Listing
1. Hegemonium   5. Totus Nemesis
2. Reunion in the Mountains of   6. Greek Structure Sunbeam
3. Nactolos   7. Incomudro
4. Belexes   8. Cyclopy
  9. Skont