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KANSAS - Drastic Measures

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John Elefante (vocals)
Rich Williams (guitar)
Dave Hope (bass)
Kerry Livgren (keyboards, guitar)
Phil Ehart (drums)
Produced by: Neil Kernon
Engineered by: Neil Kernon
Mixed by : Neil Kernon
Mastered by: Howie Weinberg
Digitally Remastered by: Jon Astley
‘Drastic Measures’ was the band’s ninth and final studio offering before hanging up their instruments. As the prime purveyors of progressive pomp rock, Kansas ruled the roost during the ‘70s accruing the sort of multiplatinum success that they could only have dreamed of at the start of their career back in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas. But it wasn’t just album sales that won them an immense following. Against all odds they actually scored hit singles, taking their music into the hearts and minds of a new and expansive audience. ‘Drastic Measures’, originally released in 1983, was the band’s second album to feature new vocalist John Elefante – an appointment made necessary after the departure of Steve Walsh. Not surprisingly, the band’s sound was evolving, moving with the times and displaying a more accessible timbre. Sure, the progressive rock element was still entirely audible but the songs and delivery fitted into the jet stream of men on a mission. AOR for sure but with an edge and urgency that leaves little room for debate. Produced by Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Dokken) the sound is both contemporary and sophisticated, allowing the band to fully embrace their past yet utilise the latest technology. Contains the top five rock hit single ‘Fight Fire With Fire’. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,000 word essay about the making of the album, interview with John Elefante and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.

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