Kansas – Point of Know Return

Published on 22 February 2019 by

      Kansas – Point of Know Return is the fifth album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1977. The album marked the commercial peak of the band. Point of Know Return would be Kansas’ highest charting album in the US, peaking at #4 in January 1978, and would sell four million copies in the US and be certified Quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.

      Robert Taylor: ‘ Kansas – Point of Know Return is the definitive Kansas recording and includes their most famous tune, “Dust in the Wind.” The band is in peak form and also churned out the single “Point of Know Return,” which is still played daily on classic rock stations. While their pop-oriented approach and standard rock guitar sound helped define the classic rock sound of the ’70s, careful listening reveals that this band’s talent goes beyond colleagues such as Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Boston. Their arrangements and time signatures more accurately reflect the music of Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. “Paradox” and “The Spider” are both excellent examples of their progressive approach. Unfortunately, the band always struggled to maintain a healthy balance of progression combined with pop. That made for such awkward moments here as “Portrait (He Knew)” and “Lightning’s Hand.” Yet despite the minor inconsistencies and a dated sound, their interplay and superior musicianship make this both an essential classic rock and progressive rock recording. ‘

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 4



Kansas – Point of Know Return Tracklist

  1. Point of Know Return
  2. Paradox
  3. The Spider
  4. Portrait (He Knew)
  5. Closet Chronicles
  6. Lightning’s Hand
  7. Dust in the Wind
  8. Sparks of the Tempest
  9. Nobody’s Home
  10. Hopelessly Human

Kansas - Point of Know Return

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