Point of Know Return

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12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Point of Know Return 3:12 88,006
2 Paradox 3:50 23,108
3 The Spider 2:05 18,208
4 Portrait (He Knew) 4:32 25,123
5 Closet Chronicles 6:30 32,253
6 Lightning's Hand 4:24 16,597
7 Dust in the Wind 3:25 490,906
8 Sparks of the Tempest 4:15 19,802
9 Nobody's Home 4:40 18,704
10 Hopelessly Human 7:08 14,907
11 Sparks of the Tempest (Live) 5:16 1,421
12 Portrait (He Knew) (Remix) 4:49 1,551

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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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  • MikeySchenker

    Pure and simple, fabulous album. Been way too long since I hear this one...

    26 Jun 12:16pm Reply
  • Darkhorse74

    Todo un clásico! 10/10

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • DiscoJer

    And I also bought it on 8-track a few years later

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DiscoJer

    This is the first LP I ever bought.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • joshmattg

    Awesome album! Such a masterpiece of musicianship :)

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • marinhoh

    i've got this LP

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • metizor

    the first time i heard this album: mind = blown

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • GrizzlyMike

    Kansas is super with Carry on My Wayward Son and I just download 3 of their albums to my library.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • celiotintori

    i love kansas since i saw it in the don's rock concert brasilian tv

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Zodiac_Killer

    All we are is dust in the wind...

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • BurningRemnant

    All we had to do was to upload the correct ones, and vote for them. Of course voting with thumbs down for the one, helped a bit. I'm so glad that finally it is fixed! It was worth uploading the right covers, it seems!

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Anabyosis

    Wrong cover artwork.

    5 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Xarlie_Moreno

    ♫ Dust In The Wind Qué candy de canción =D ____________ XM

    7 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Chemin

    It's the same with Leftoverture. Must be a conspiracy! Yes!

    29 Sep 2007 Reply
  • thamazingbender

    Why is the cover art Masque?

    22 Aug 2007 Reply

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