Kansas are musically impeccable on Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond

Out now: Wayward sons Kansas still carrying on to the Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond

Kansas: Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond
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At the coal face for more than half a century, without ever quite becoming giants, Kansas deserve reconsideration, and this double live album shows why. 

Still with original drummer Phil Ehart and Rich Williams, lead guitarist since 1973, their COVID-19-halted 2019-20 tour was a showcase for Point Of Know Return, their best and best-selling album, plus assorted catalogue picks from 1974’s Lonely Wind to the 2016 pair Refugee and the elegiac Summer

The band are musically impeccable, of course, and they’re on inspired and spirited form. Vocalist Ronnie Platt is Steve Walsh-esque without being a clone, David Ragsdale’s violin adds depth, and Williams still sizzles. 

Carry On Wayward Son retains its magnificence, but Closet Chronicles and the epic Miracles Out Of Nowhere run it close, while Hopelessly Human climaxes with tubular bells, and Dust In The Wind, their only US Top 10 hit really ought to be a standard by now. Excellent.

John Aizlewood

As well as Classic Rock, John Aizlewood currently writes for The Times, The Radio Times, The Sunday Times, The i Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and Mojo amongst others.  He’s written four books and appears on television quite often. He once sang with Iron Maiden at a football stadium in Brazil: he wasn’t asked back. He’s still not sure whether Enver Hoxha killed Mehmet Shehu…