Back in the ’70s, Kansas was one of the few American prog-rock acts to translate their complex arrangements and lyrics inspired by literature, history and mythology into mainstream radio success. Your typical Kansas album is a baroque affair, with multi-part suites and bombastic theatricality from the cover art to the music itself. But occasionally you’ll get a song, like their signature tunes “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” that’s as singular as it is ready for radio. The current lineup features founding members Phil Ehart and Rich Williams; let them whisk you back to their glory days.
— Nathan Weinbender