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In the Spirit of Things

In the Spirit of Things

by Kansas, James Cleveland Kansas
In the Spirit of Things

In the Spirit of Things

by Kansas, James Cleveland Kansas


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Kansas hired Bob Ezrin to tighten up their sound for 1988's In the Spirit of Things. In a strange way, the timing was opportune, since they had a hit in 1986's Power, and 1988 was welcome to veterans, thanks to the boom of classic rock radio stations and the rejuvenating power of the CD. And, give 'em credit -- they wound up with an album that's arguably more focused than their '70s highlights. That doesn't mean it's on par, since they can't deliver a hit single as good as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Point of Know Return," and whatever remnants of humor they had are gone, as this is doggedly somber. Still, they're musically more adept, thanks to Ezrin and guitarist Steve Morse, which is welcome. That doesn't mean it's an unqualified success, however, since the cavernous, DDD-wannabe production screams 1988 even more than Leftoverture epitomizes 1976. Nevertheless, In the Spirit of Things remains one of the group's more consistent albums and easily a latter-day highlight. (By the way, Brendan O'Brien, a superstar producer of the '90s, working with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, recorded this record.)

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1995
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076732625422
catalogNumber: 6254


  1. Ghosts
  2. One Big Sky
  3. Inside of Me
  4. One Man, One Heart
  5. House on Fire
  6. Once in a Lifetime
  7. Stand Beside Me
  8. I Counted on Love
  9. The Preacher
  10. Rainmaker
  11. T.O. Witcher
  12. Bells of Saint James

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kansas   Primary Artist
James Cleveland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Morse   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Walsh   Keyboards,Vocals
Terry Brock   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Croes   Keyboards,Synclavier
Phil Ehart   Drums
Bob Ezrin   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Greer   Bass,Vocals
Ricky Keller   Synthesizer
John Pierce   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Greg Robert   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Southern California Community Choir   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Yavelow   Synthesizer,kurzweil
Rich Williams   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kansas   Arranger
Phil Ehart   Producer
Bob Ezrin   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Ricky Keller   drum programming
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Engineer
Garth Richardson   Engineer
Stan Katayama   Engineer
Bob Loftus   Engineer
Storm Thorgerson   Art Direction
Paul Maxon   Producer

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