Song For America

Label
Kirshner
Release date
24 Aug 2011
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
67:54

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Down the Road 3:44 15,708
2 Song For America 10:03 57,774
3 Lamplight Symphony 8:15 9,517
4 Lonely Street 5:42 13,936
5 The Devil Game 5:04 19,831
6 Incomudro-Hymn to the Atman 12:12 2,482
6 Incomudro / Hymn to the Atman 16:09 99
7 Song for America (Single Edit) 3:01 2,305
8 Down the Road (Live) 3:44 2,318

About this album

Song for America is the second album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). Endless touring had given Kansas a small following of loyal fans, some of whom would follow the group from one show to another. Despite the minor success of their debut album, they were still, for the most part, a struggling bar band.

While Song for America did little to change that, it is regarded by many as their most progressive work. Like the first album, the writing duties were divided between Kerry Livgren and the former members of White Clover, most notably vocalist / keyboardist Steve Walsh.

Musically, Song for America is a complex wall of sound containing six lengthy tracks full of wailing guitars, violin and generous portions of organ and Mellotron. Lyrically, Kansas had begun to take a dark turn. Walsh’s songs reflected life on the street (“Lonely Street”), drug dealing (“Down the Road”), and a run-in with the Devil. Livgren’s world included a haunting ghost story (“Lamplight Symphony”), a Hymn to the Atman, and the album’s sweeping title track, which is regarded by violinist Robby Steinhardt as the band’s signature tune.



Track listing
“Down the Road” – 3:43
“Song for America” - 10:03
“Lamplight Symphony” – 8:17
“Lonely Street” – 5:43
“The Devil Game” – 5:04
“Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman” – 12:11

2004 CD reissue bonus tracks
“Song for America ” - 3:02
“Down the Road ” - 3:48

Personnel
Phil Ehart - drums
Dave Hope - bass
Kerry Livgren - guitar, keyboard
Robby Steinhardt - violin, vocals
Steve Walsh - keyboard, vocals

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  • Abomination317

    there's a beautiful irony that the shorter songs are the overlong, wanky ones. The two 10-minute pieces are decent typical prog, but nothing really special to be honest.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    overlooked album--quite good

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • arglactable

    One of the greatest prog rock albums ever made.

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • themagicalx1

    Prog.

    5 Apr 2009 Reply

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