Leftoverture

Label
Epic/Legacy
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
63:26

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Carry on Wayward Son 5:23 495,954
2 The Wall 4:47 70,208
3 What's on My Mind 3:28 30,444
4 Miracles Out Of Nowhere 6:26 33,132
5 Opus Insert 4:26 23,145
6 Questions of My Childhood 3:37 21,175
7 Cheyenne Anthem 6:53 26,971
8 Magnum Opus 8:23 17,873
8 Magnum Opus: Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat / Howling at the Moon / Man… 8:25 3,539
9 Carry on Wayward Son (Live) 4:43 9,098
10 Cheyenne Anthem (Live) 6:55 2,899

About this album

Leftoverture is the fourth album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1976.

Overview
When Kansas’s Masque album failed to produce a hit single, pressure from Kirshner Records intensified. The band knew that if their next LP did not sell, they would be dropped by the label. To make matters worse, Steve Walsh began to experience writer’s block, and his contribution to the album would ultimately be limited to co-authoring four songs. It fell on Kerry Livgren to fill the void. The dark, sprawling suites from the previous two albums disappeared in favor of shorter, more accessible songs which energized the band. Despite their brevity, the new compositions still retained much of the classically-inspired complexity of Livgren’s previous work. Kansas recorded the album at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. (The Studio in the Country was so-named because, as Kerry Livgren described on In the Studio with Redbeard in the episode spotlighting Leftoverture that “It was in the middle of a swamp (chuckling). We’d walk out of the studio and there would be gators in front of the studio, mosquitos the size of B-52s and at times armadillos would run into the control room (laughing).”)


A Detailed Description
Leftoverture begins with the hit single “Carry On Wayward Son,” a song which has become a classic rock staple. Kerry Livgren wrote the song as a sequel to the final song on the previous album (“The Pinnacle” off Masque). Because of this song’s popularity, Kansas is often misclassified as an AOR (Album Oriented Rock) band, when in fact the majority of their catalogue (at least with their original line-up) is progressive rock.

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