Kansas discography

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Kansas discography

Kansas in 2008.
Releases
Studio albums14
Live albums6
Compilation albums7
Singles25
 
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Kansas discography

Kansas in 2008.
Releases
Studio albums14
Live albums6
Compilation albums7
Singles25

The discography of Kansas, an American rock band, consists of fourteen studio albums, six live albums, seven compilation albums, and twenty five singles. Formed by members Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Dave Hope, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, and Rich Williams, the group signed a recording contract with Kirshner Records in 1973. The same year they released their self-titled debut album.[1]

After the release of two albums in 1975, including Masque (which sold a half a million copies in the United States), the group released Leftoverture in October 1976. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the single "Carry On Wayward Son", which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, leading the album to sell over five million copies in the United States. The following year their fifth album Point of Know Return was issued and certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and spawned the Top 10 single "Dust in the Wind".[2] After the release of a live album, the group sixth studio release Monolith was issued in 1979, which spawned two singles. Audio-Visions was released in 1980 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Their eighth studio album Vinyl Confessions released the single "Play the Game Tonight" which became their first Top 20 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in four years, however the album itself did not sell and eventually after the release of a ninth studio album in 1983, the group disbanded.[1]

Kansas reformed again in 1986 and released the studio album Power on MCA Records, whose single "All I Wanted" reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. After the release of another album in 1988, the group reunited seven years later for the forming of the album Freaks of Nature (1995) on Intersound Records.[2] In 1998 Always Never the Same was released on River North Records,[1] followed by Somewhere to Elsewhere in 2000 on Magna Carta Records. Kansas has sold 15.5. million records according to the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
SWE
[6]
1974Kansas174US: Gold[7]
1975Song for America
  • Release date: February 1975
  • Label: Kirshner Records
57US: Gold[7]
Masque
  • Release date: September 1975
  • Label: Kirshner Records
70US: Gold[7]
1976Leftoverture
  • Release date: October 1976
  • Label: Kirshner Records
52US: 5× Platinum[7]
1977Point of Know Return
  • Release date: October 11, 1977
  • Label: Kirshner Records
47US: 4× Platinum[7]
1979Monolith
  • Release date: May 1979
  • Label: Kirshner Records
101827US: Platinum[7]
1980Audio-Visions
  • Release date: September 1980
  • Label: Kirshner Records
269635US: Gold[7]
1982Vinyl Confessions
  • Release date: June 1982
  • Label: Epic/Kirshner Records
16
1983Drastic Measures
  • Release date: July 1983
  • Label: Epic/Kirshner Records
41
1986Power3593
1988In the Spirit of Things
  • Release date: October 1988
  • Label: MCA Records
114
1995Freaks of Nature
1998Always Never the Same
  • Release date: May 19, 1998
  • Label: Magna Carta Records
2000Somewhere to Elsewhere
  • Release date: July 11, 2000
  • Label: Magna Carta Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
1978Two for the Show
  • Release date: October 1978
  • Label: Epic/Legacy Recordings
3229US: Platinum[7]
1992Live at the Whisky
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Intersound Records
1998King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas
  • Release date: October 20, 1998
  • Label: King Biscuit Flower
2001Dust in the Wind
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Disky Communications Europe
2002Device - Voice - Drum
  • Release date: October 8, 2002
  • Label: JVC Victor
2009There's Know Place Like Home
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilations[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
CAN
[5]
1984The Best of Kansas15486US: 4× Platinum[7]
1992Carry On
1994The Kansas Boxed Set
2002The Ultimate Kansas
  • Release date: July 2, 2002
  • Label: Epic/Legacy Recordings
2004Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection
  • Release date: August 31, 2004
  • Label: Sony BMG
2005On the Other Side
2006Works in Progress
  • Release date: May 23, 2006
  • Label: Comependia Records
2008Playlist: The Very Best of Kansas
  • Release date: April 29, 2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[8]
US Main
[8]
US AC
[8]
CAN
[9]
NZ
[10]
PLUK
[11]
1974"Can I Tell You"Kansas
1975"Bringing It Back"
"Song for America"Song for America
1976"It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)"Masque
"Carry On Wayward Son"11551US: Gold[12]Leftoverture
1977"What's on My Mind"89
"Point of Know Return"2813Point of Know Return
1978"Dust in the Wind"66336US: Platinum[12]
"Portrait (He Knew)"6462
1979"Lonely Wind"6062Two for the Show
"People of the South Wind"2359Monolith
"Reason to Be"52
1980"Hold On"40Audio-Visions
"Got to Rock On"76
1982"Play the Game Tonight"1743524Vinyl Confessions
"Right Away"7333
"Chasing Shadows"54
1983"Fight Fire With Fire"583Drastic Measures
"Everybody's My Friend"34
1984"Perfect Lover"54The Best of Kansas
1986"All I Wanted"19101475Power
1987"Power"8438
"Can't Cry Anymore"
1988"Stand Beside Me"13In the Spirit of Things
1995"Desperate Times"Freaks of Nature
"Hope Once Again"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other album appearances[edit]

YearSongAlbum
2001"The Light"Sounds Like Christmas

References[edit]