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Thread: 40 Years Ago... KANSAS Released AUDIO VISIONS

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    "was Steve struggling with his voice at the time?"

    Obviously....

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    I think Audio Visions was the last album where his voice was in full glory. The timbre of his voice changed for the Streets albums, and by the time Power rolled around he was a different singer. He could still do the job, but he didn't sound the same at all. Then by the time of Live at the Whisky and Freaks of Nature, his voice was utterly shot and made some decent songs rather painful to listen to. He got back up to speed for Somewhere to Elsewhere, though, so I'll give him that. But the rich resonance of his seventies voice is utterly gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    I saw that video. WTF is he wearing? Cutoff overalls....
    I wish I could unsee that.

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    I still remeber my first Kansas concert that I saw (Fall '90 with a very rare Lineup Walsh,Williams,Ehart, and Greer with Greg Robert and
    Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope (!)).

    His voice was much rougher but still ok (the soulfull part lost). He still could sing fluent and powerfull without fighting with his voice.

    As few years later he always looked as singing would "hurt" him (and like he's going to spitt blood soon), and he sounded like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the winter tree View Post
    ^that was during their "dark period". Musically though, they were cooking. Walsh ruined his voice with cocaine, smoking , and alcohol and having to yell when playing small clubs with inadequate monitors. An unholy combination. He always managed to stay in shape physically, thanks to increasing the mileage of his daily runs the more substances he was imbibing. I read all this in a very candid interview he did.
    I remember seeing them live during this time and thinking, man I hope I am in half as good shape as Walsh when I am his age. Little did we know what was going on behind the scenes. He always looked so healthy.

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    This album was a total disappointment for me. Havenít revisited it in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    I saw that video. WTF is he wearing? Cutoff overalls....
    The grunge look, according to Steve Walsh!

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    Given that Walsh wrote or co-wrote more songs on the album than Livgren, I find it ironic that Walsh left soon afterwards. Walsh apparently didn't like the way Livgren was injecting his new found Christian faith into his lyrics.
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    i would have liked Freaks Of Nature better if it were a Steve Walsh solo album.
    it's down at the bottom with Drastic Measures as Kansas albums go.
    even the Kerry song (probably a crumb he kick to Phill to get him off his back) didn't impress me.
    Steve left in '81 because he couldn't deal with a 'born again' Kerry.

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    Another probable reason Audio Visions was so weak was Kerry used up his new ideas on Seeds of Change. As previously mentioned, both came out around the same time.
    Last edited by progmatist; 1 Week Ago at 12:07 PM.
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