Sunday, January 8, 2012

Kansas - Vinyl Confessions

This is Vinyl Confessions, the eighth studio album, and ninth album overall, by American rock band Kansas, released in 1982 (see1982 in music). It includes "Play the Game Tonight", which broke the Top 20 and is Kansas's third highest-charting single, surpassed only by "Carry on Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".  The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2011.  Apparently - the founding members became (were?, are?) born again Christians.  Then - on that topic, wiki reports...Vinyl Confessions was a major turning point for the band.  After the conversion of both guitarist/keyboard player Kerry Livgrenand bass player Dave Hope to Christianity, and the focus that Livgren placed on his religion in the band's lyrics, lead singer Steve Walsh did not agree with the new direction of the band and left to form his own band, Streets.  Walsh had also contributed much as a songwriter, so the band was forced to find a new lead singer who not only had a vocal style that fit the band's music, but also could contribute material for the upcoming album.  After a long audition process, the choice came down to three strong candidates: Warren Ham, Michael Gleason and John Elefante. The band eventually settled on Elefante.

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