May You Rock

May 2, 2017



In May of 1975, Song For America charted at US #57, earning at the time a gold disk for over a half a million sales. Song For America was recorded in Hollywood at Wally Heider Studios, where a significant number of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 albums were recorded.  In the same year Kansas was in the studio, they also recorded albums for Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Weather Report, The Tubes and Rod Stewart.  Producer Jeff Glixman, stated, "Kansas recorded Song For America without multi-tracking each individual instrument, they wanted to record as an ensemble. It was never pieced together."



Steve and Jeff Glixman sharing a laugh behind the scenes in Pittsburgh, 2013 for the 40th Anniversary Fan Appreciation Concert.  - Photos by: Laurie Larson











Steve Walsh – organ, ARP and Moog synthesizers, lead vocals (except on Down the Road), backing vocals on Down the Road and Lonely Street, piano on Down the Road


Robby Steinhardt – violin, backing vocals, lead vocals on Down the Road


Kerry Livgren – electric and rhythm guitars (except on Song for America and Lamplight Symphony), Moog and ARP synthesizers, ARP strings, piano (except on Down the Road)


Rich Williams – electric, acoustic, and rhythm guitars


Dave Hope – bass guitar


Phil Ehart – drums, glockenspiel on Song for America, Moog drum and gong on Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman




Producers: Jeff Glixman, Wally Gold


Engineer: Peter Granet


Mastering: Tom Rabstenek


Preparation: Don Meehan


Arranger: Kansas


Art direction: Ed Lee


Painting: Peter Lloyd










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