30 Years Ago In the Studio: Kansas- Leftoverture 11-14-88

In the Fall 1988, Kansas had reunited most of the original band and they were eager to talk, plus key man Kerry Livgren, who had retired from touring in order to become a Georgia farmer, had parked his John Deere and picked up his Les Paul to do some Contemporary Christian solo albums, so  suddenly he became available as well.

By 1976, it was go big or go home for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka Kansas. Their first three albums had shown significant growth in all areas of songwriting, musicianship, and production, but as you will hear from ex-guitarist/keyboardist/main songwriter Kerry Livgren, guitarist Richard Williams, original singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, ex-violinist/singer Robbie Steinhardt,  and drummer Phil Ehart, they fully realized that if the fourth Kansas album Leftoverture   did not spawn a hit and sell significant quantities, the party would be over. And the “party” had run up a tab of over $175,000 in debt. Because of the hit “Carry On Wayward Son” ( submitted by the prolific Livgren even as the band was packing up to leave the studio ) and radio hits “Miracles Out of Nowhere”,”The Wall”,Cheyenne Anthem“, and “What’s On My Mind “, Leftoverture   gave Kansas rock statehood to the tune of over four million sold. –Redbeard