Point of Know Return

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12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Point of Know Return 3:12 92,845
2 Paradox 3:50 24,127
3 The Spider 2:05 19,138
4 Portrait (He Knew) 4:32 26,379
5 Closet Chronicles 6:30 33,710
6 Lightning's Hand 4:24 17,432
7 Dust in the Wind 3:25 527,205
8 Sparks of the Tempest 4:15 20,891
9 Nobody's Home 4:40 19,713
10 Hopelessly Human 7:08 15,630
11 Sparks of the Tempest (Live) 5:16 1,494
12 Portrait (He Knew) (Remix) 4:49 1,623

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Point of Know Return is the fifth album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1977.

The huge success of Kansas’s previous effort, Leftoverture, brought a new kind of pressure. While they were no longer desperately poor and starving for a hit, the band wondered whether they’d be able build on, or at least maintain the level of achievement the years of recording and touring had brought them. The sessions for their follow-up LP, Point of Know Return, were filled with tension as singer/songwriter Steve Walsh, who had always been uncomfortable with the artistic direction of the band, left the group briefly. Years later, Walsh would admit in an interview with nationally-syndicated radio host Redbeard on the weekly rockumentary series In the Studio with Redbeard (edition #849, week of 9/27/04 and again on the 30th Anniversary Episode for Point of Know Return in 2007) that he had been something of a prima donna at this point. The other members of the group talked him into returning and the sessions continued. As with the previous album, it was a last-minute addition to the track line-up that would prove to be a huge success.

Kerry Livgren had been practicing with his acoustic guitar, working on a chord progression that he had written as a finger exercise. His wife, Vicci, happened to hear what he was doing and remarked that the melody was nice and that he should write lyrics for it. The result was a short song called Dust in the Wind. Again, Livgren was unsure as to whether his fellow band members would like it, since Kansas was not known for acoustic ballads. Needless to say, the song was recorded, securing Kansas’s place in the annals of classic rock.

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