What Makes This Song Great?™ Ep.80 KANSAS

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In this episode of "What Makes This Song Great? Ep.80" we explore the music of Kansas.








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Hacienda Vazquez
Hacienda Vazquez 3 anos atrás
I nominate Rick's WMTSG for the BRvid series of the decade!!! Who's with me???
AngryLittleSpider 11 dias atrás
I have learned far more about music appreciation from these BRvid videos than I did from a semester of Music Appreciation in college. Rick's enthusiasm and genuine love for it is infectious. Admittedly I'm not a musician myself, but now I'm finding I'm hearing things in older (and some newer) songs I hadn't even noticed before. It's like hearing them again for the first time. Highly recommend this channel for EVERYONE! I thank that man from the bottom of my heart.
dskywalker33 Mês atrás
Purple Rocker 31🎸
Purple Rocker 31🎸 2 meses atrás
I Agree The Best Series of Music Breakdowns Ever!!!!
J Boomer
J Boomer Anos atrás
Steve Walsh was known for his vocals but was sorely underrated as a keyboard player! He was a beast !
jack armstrong
jack armstrong 12 dias atrás
@Keith Thorgeirson I agree. It was all Plant, Ann Wilson, Steve Perry, Bradley Delp, Lou Graham,. His vocals were so clear.
mid2170 Mês atrás
Agreed!! As you can hear when Rick isolates the piano and the organ solo, Steve Walsh is amazing. That piano is so melodic and beautiful, it's hard to believe it's part of this great guitar rock song.
Roger McGee
Roger McGee Mês atrás
agreement here. Not only natural deep-throated singing but include handstands on their keyboard along with leg kicks over the ivory while playing some serious keyboards. Wearing an Adidas soccer kit to let the crowd know he was gonna bring movement and energy. Serious performer the likes of which few have matched.
1badsteed Mês atrás
Definitely under-rated, but so is Kerry Livgren!!! Kerry played a mini-moog, as well as multiple electric pianos, synths...
Keith Thorgeirson
Keith Thorgeirson 6 meses atrás
I think Steve Walsh was underrated for his vocals too. Rarely hear his name mentioned when discussions of great rocks vocalists are put forward. But as Rick highlighted, great vocal track, no autotune. Amazing.
Jan Garber
Jan Garber 7 meses atrás
I'm 63 years old. I play percussion. Mostly Latin. I graduated high-school in '77.Kansas is one of my favorite bands & "Wayward Son" is absolutely one of my all time favorites. The song has a great driving beat but also some sweet breaks and fabulous harmony. It' s just special to me.
STSGuitar16 2 anos atrás
Jesus man, I have heard this song a million times now and just take it for granted. When you sit and pick apart all of the stuff that is going on you can totally see how much of a masterpiece this song is. There could be absolutely nothing done to this song that would make it better. Perfection.
Ron E
Ron E Mês atrás
your comment is exactly what I was going to comment! I'll never listen to this the same way again.. I will hear it better from this point forward! What and excellent break down this is!
Jonathan Thomas John
Jonathan Thomas John 3 meses atrás
I felt this way when I watched the video on more than a feeling. Insane
kurt rightmyer
kurt rightmyer 9 meses atrás
More cowbell!
promiskept 11 meses atrás
Check out "This Is How The Story Goes" , by John Elephante w/Rich Williams and David Ragsdale of the past and current Kansas. Elephante and his brother, Dino, were famous for their studio productions for other artists, before John got the lead singer role after Steve Walsh left. ONLY ignored because of the plainly said spiritual implications offered. Listen at your own risk!
Devin Jeffrey
Devin Jeffrey Anos atrás
Must Listengood
Must Listengood 3 meses atrás
The break down of this song with the individual tracks has fully convinced me of what I have long suspected: This song was actually composed by God.
Andrew Morsman
Andrew Morsman Mês atrás
Well, it is based on Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son, after all.
Ralph Bain
Ralph Bain 3 meses atrás
Well the song does end with “now your life’s no longer empty surely heaven waits for you!”
John A
John A 3 meses atrás
Rick does a great job here of explaining how this is really a pretty complex song. Lots of people don't tend to think of Kansas as a Prog Rock band, but they really are.
Robert Kroeker
Robert Kroeker 2 anos atrás
Real instruments, no autotune, real bass, real drums, real harmony....real cool!
my42clips Anos atrás
Real KANSAS!!!!
Baba Gandu
Baba Gandu Anos atrás
Just a master piece ... all the separate parts expertly crafted ... astounding
Lew Buckles
Lew Buckles Anos atrás
And real voices without autotune.
Todd Hamby
Todd Hamby 3 anos atrás
I love that Rick is one of the most talented humans on the planet and he still has the enthusiasm of a 15 year old first discovering music.
Maurice Clemens
Maurice Clemens 4 meses atrás
Rick is the master of air guitar!
Jesus Talbot
Jesus Talbot 4 meses atrás
He is gift to music.
Zed Leppilen
Zed Leppilen 7 meses atrás
Bang on
Gusted a nut
Gusted a nut 8 meses atrás
I’m 19 and feel like I’ve plateaued in my blues phase
ASMR DadBod 10 meses atrás
I dig his "woooo"s
Robert Garrison
Robert Garrison Anos atrás
That whole album is a masterpiece
prism828 4 meses atrás
True. Non-musician here. Does Rick receive special tracks that has the instruments isolated, or is he using software that isolates them?
Redshift 8 meses atrás
It’s not false nostalgia… it’s simply better music and musicianship!!! Rock On Rick
DrChopz 2 anos atrás
My wife and I took our 3 young sons to see Kanas and Yes in concert. They experienced real master musicians playing real instrument. They absolutely went crazy when Kansas performed Wayward Son. That concert opened up their musical vocabulary.
Lloyd Braden
Lloyd Braden 11 meses atrás
@Robert Hansen Yes and Kansas have intermittently toured together since 2005
Robert Hansen
Robert Hansen Anos atrás
@Lew Buckles not likely they were the same concert, but it would have been quite a show
Mike Stevens
Mike Stevens Anos atrás
Wow what a show. Two of my favorite bands Of all time. How did Kansas sound? I never Saw them in later years only at 1977 Spectrum in Philadelphia. Unbelievable show!
Lew Buckles
Lew Buckles Anos atrás
Kansas and Yes? Wow, that must've been one of the best concerts ever.
Bickley Jonas
Bickley Jonas Anos atrás
The organ fill in the main riff is really what makes it flow so seamlessly. It fills in the beats wherever the guitar has to pause. Like they were made for each other.
Russell Steen
Russell Steen 2 anos atrás
I was in Bengaluru India at a very nice hotel and since I was the first guy to show up at the restaurant in the morning, the chef came out to talk to me. He asked what I liked and I admitted I was pretty clueless about the food of India. He walked me through the massive buffet and explained the various dishes, what regions they came from, how they were seasoned and how to properly combine them and so on. His passion and excitement took my ability to appreciate and enjoy Indian food up ten levels in ten minutes. I was there a week and each morning he would insist I avoid the buffet and let him prepare my breakfast, and I swear each day was better than the previous. This reminds me of that experience in a way. Someone so well-versed and passionate about music that it spills off the screen and right into you. I go back to the songs and just bask in the new knowledge and sense of wonder as I listen, and these songs that blew me away as a teenager are infused once again with the power to make listening an out of body "in the moment" experience. Don't forget to take the time to listen to the music after watching these. And thanks Mr. Beato.
Anthony Whalen
Anthony Whalen Anos atrás
Lew Buckles
Lew Buckles Anos atrás
I love the picture you you just painted. Thank you for your story.
bobwhite137 Anos atrás
Leela Palace by any chance?
Sam Wanjere
Sam Wanjere Anos atrás
You just made my tummy rumble ☺ The childlike passion never gets old. Massive 🥂
RexWave Anos atrás
That’s a really cool story. For me, the implicit lesson is that people are real, not cartoons, in every part of the world, despite the efforts of the haters to degrade their humanity. I find that people who have spent time in foreign parts have a different worldview than those who only stay home and consume media. Thanks for saying your reality.
Brick Williams Guitar
Brick Williams Guitar 3 anos atrás of the greatest moments in recorded history.
Oldman099 3 anos atrás
Omg what a voice. On pitch loud and awesome
Michael Linder
Michael Linder 3 anos atrás
Often followed live by a hand stand on the organ. (Walsh was a phenomenal physical specimen. )
Rusty 912
Rusty 912 Anos atrás
Saw them in concert in 1976 supporting this new album. The live version is incredibly close to the studio version...Walsh's voice was as perfect on stage as the record!!...oh, and he did it while playing all these intricate keyboard parts and jumping around like an athlete!!! Everybody on stage was ridiculously professional, top notch musicians.
Anthony Whalen
Anthony Whalen Anos atrás
I remember when this first came out in 1976. But now I have an even greater appreciation for what made this song sooo good.
that70sgeek 2 anos atrás
Steve Walsh. I've said it more than once - most unknown->underrated rock singer of all time. He's got as much talent as any vocalist - Mercury, Perry, etc. But wait - there's more - Walsh also is an awesome pianist/organist.
that70sgeek 2 meses atrás
@Brian McCarthy He likely played piano in this song, but both Walsh and Livgren played piano/organ/synth. If Walsh was playing an instrument while singing, it was usually keyboards. When Livgren was playing - it was usually lead guitar. It's hard to say who exactly played what on the various studio recordings. Wikipedia - Leftoverture Album Personnel: Steve Walsh - organ, piano, additional synthesizers, vibraphone, lead and backing vocals Kerry Livgren - electric guitar, piano, clavinet, Moog, Oberheim and ARP synthesizers ......
Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy 2 meses atrás
@that70sgeek Livgren plays piano on this song. In fact Livgren played almost all the piano while he was in Kansas.
TK 3 meses atrás
@Janice Kates and wrong again...look at the 1975 Don Kirshner rock concert video if it's still up, it goes and comes, Walsh clearly has a Hammond and an ARP soloist sitting on top which had piano and synth sounds and he played both ALL the time; by 76 he had a triple stack, Hammond, ARP pro soloist and and ARP Omni on top of that and had every sound imaginable and he was used them all two handed ala Keith Emerson like he used the double stack in 1975. Livgren was fantastic but don't post junk that's not accurate. By
Mauro Montobbio
Mauro Montobbio 3 meses atrás
Steve Walsh sang two songs in Steve Hackett's second album "Please don't touch" (1978). Drummer Phil Ehart played on some tracks too.
TK 3 meses atrás
@Janice Kates dead wrong... pigeon holing Walsh on organ, I saw them 11 times from 75-1982, their unquestioned halcyon days, and he played organ, synth & piano, underrated on all of them and was the farthest thing from straight ahead rock as I am from being an astronaut. Covered them in an incredible band from 78-94 playing lead guitar and won a battle of the bands in 1980 with 75% Kansas material... pretty much know this stuff backwards and forwards. There's absolutely no reason to set up this Kerry v Steve crap, they were both amazing, legendary.
Jim 3 meses atrás
Watch your channel often. Was a huge Kansas fan before. Even more so now. Local radio station was giving away this album prerelease. Ten or so over a few days. The last day, 3 am. finally made it into the station. Got the question right and scored the album. That's how much I wanted this album. It was totally worth it. Your breakdown of this song gives me even more of an appreciation for their talent.
Jeffrey Watts
Jeffrey Watts 2 anos atrás
And let’s not forget Robby Steinhardt, who who did some pretty badass vocals on his own, and all those amazing harmonies with Steve as well!
Hank Gant
Hank Gant Mês atrás
Robbie is still playing in the Tampa Bay area with a band called Stormbringer
Dwight Gann
Dwight Gann 3 meses atrás
And played violin 👍
David W. Reynolds
David W. Reynolds 6 meses atrás
I had the pleasure of seeing them a few years ago at their annual Homecoming show in Kansas City. Both Kerry and Robby were there and played on a few songs. They’d just gotten their new singer (who I wasn’t totally impressed with), and Robby came out at the end and did “Carry On” with them. Not until that performance did I realize how integral his vocals are to this song. Without him it doesn’t sound half as good.
Clinton Wilcox
Clinton Wilcox 3 anos atrás
My all-time favorite rock song. Phil Ehart is a seriously underrated drummer.
Steve Lacker
Steve Lacker 3 anos atrás
I saw them live in a smallish venue a couple of years ago- not long after Walsh retired and maybe a year before Prelude Implicit. Ehart was mind blowing, even well into his 60s (and I’m not far behind him, so I know how difficult that is!).
Roger Bartlett
Roger Bartlett 3 anos atrás
Fortunately, the drums are mixed a little higher on The Prelude Implicit so you can appreciate what's going on.
Klapaucius 3 anos atrás
Yes he is.
Duane Burcham
Duane Burcham Anos atrás
Seriously, who the heck are the 208 people who gave this a thumbs down? This episode was flawless!
Rich Boshart
Rich Boshart 4 meses atrás
Taylor Swift fans.
Brian S.
Brian S. 4 meses atrás
the good old days when you could Thumbs Down. BTW, I gave it thumbs up. I'd give it two thumbs up if I could.
R Jonboy
R Jonboy 11 meses atrás
Trolls and other vegetable life forms. Digital phone zombies.
Anthony Whalen
Anthony Whalen Anos atrás
woke cancel culture gave it a a thumbs down... Beato's review of this song is amazing.
Guðmundur Benediktsson
fake accounts and bots mostly
M Balash
M Balash 6 meses atrás
Kansas was one of the greatest American bands. Both prog and pop rock. So good. And the funny thing is, because of their instrumentation they actually sound like they are from “Kansas”!!! Amazing group😊
Cormac 2 anos atrás
Rick, you're the best music appreciation teacher I've ever seen.
Keith Page / Schmedley Wilcox
Dude you have the best job like ever... Kansas never got the credit they deserved Imo ...well done sir 🙏
FreeSociety1 2 anos atrás
Kerry Livgren actually played (and composed) the main Acoustic Piano part that defines the versus. Steve Walsh did the Organ work Kerry Livgren also does the amazing Grand Piano work on Cheyenne Anthem too (from the same album). Livgren is a genuis!
Janice Kates
Janice Kates 10 meses atrás
Absolutely! That's why he's known as "The Maestro!"
Gary Hewitt
Gary Hewitt 3 anos atrás
I always appreciated the structure of the song - not a usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus thing.
Crush Everything
Crush Everything 3 anos atrás
Luke Robinett - I think Martin meant no one is arguing with you.
blah deblah
blah deblah 3 anos atrás
The story behind the song is worth telling, too.
Randall Flagg
Randall Flagg 3 anos atrás
Luke Robinett 100% agree the majority (if not ALL) songs that reach the top of the charts use some variation of the verse/chorus format. By that I mean a verse portion leads into a repeating, climactic chorus. Most of the time, songs utilize some kind of build and release, loud/quiet/loud idea. Not that using this formula is necessarily a good or bad thing, it’s just that music is much easier to get into when you’re familiar with the basic conventions a song utilizes. Songs can be huge hits by alienating as few people as possible. Here’s the idea: the verse/chorus format is the familiar building block that most popular music is based on. Verse/chorus is kind of a vague concept, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a song that’s gotten decent radio-play that doesn’t have some sort of hook. You know, that one section of a song that you find yourself humming throughout the day? The part of the song you sing to your friend when she asks “how does that song go again?” The part that literally “hooks” into your memory. The verse builds into the catchy hook of the song. It’s tried and true, and is the one defining feature that binds together every song on the best seller list. Think about it like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. But instead of talking about psychology, we’re talking about music. I believe that there is a similar hierarchy that we all go through when listening to music. For many people, song structure one of the most important factors in their enjoyment of a song, even though they might not realize it. People want to hear a song that approaches songwriting in a familiar way that they can innately understand. Once a listener feels comfortable with a song’s structure, then they can focus on the details like melody and harmony. When a song provides an easy to follow and almost universally recognizable format like verse/chorus, then the listener is open to appreciate what the song is doing melodically. Then add repetition on top of that and you have a song that feels familiar on the very first listen. The verse/chorus format is definitely the most valuable tool a pop song has to make someone enjoy it right away. The only issue then is this becomes quite a stale formula and songs like Carry on Wayward Son sound all that much better because of it. Many other fantastic songs too like Bohemian Rhapsody, All Along The Watchtower, Hey Jude, I Walk The Line et cetera. Imo these songs when they work become transcendent.
Martín Morales
Martín Morales 3 anos atrás
Luke Robinett you do realize you're arguing alone, right?
Maeby Baby
Maeby Baby 3 anos atrás
Far from a straight ahead pop song.
byron lemay
byron lemay Anos atrás
Oh yeah...the whole album is fantastic. Phil Ehart (the drummer) said they were done with the album, had actually packed all their equipment when Livgren came in with yet another song. They recorded Carry On with such precision mainly because they'd already honed the playing with all those other songs...everything worked out perfect. Great players! American Prog.
Mr. Robert
Mr. Robert 9 meses atrás
Just like one of the other posts I just read . Although I've heard this song thousands of times. After he picks it apart and points out what a masterpiece it really is, it's definitely amazing. There was a video that I watched just before this that show them live in Canada. With him running around in yellow boxer shorts sweating his ass off running from the Bongos to the keyboards and singing really an amazing performance! Now I really appreciate the song.
James DellaNeve
James DellaNeve 2 anos atrás
There was some really sophisticated music in those days. I was in Junior High School. There was ELP, Yes, Kansas, Rush, and the Queen emerged. It’s no wonder people are still listening to this music. They have stood the test of time. It’ll be interesting to see if people are listening 100 years from now.
Bob Dobalina
Bob Dobalina 4 meses atrás
Hey you know guys? We should do a series called "What makes Rick Beato great". Episode 1: just his authentic enthusiasm for this great music that we grew up with.
Dave Anos atrás
Every musician needs Rick's Music Appreciation 101. He dives deep into the music and breaks it down into easy to understand parts ... you really don't have to be a musician to appreciate his work at all in conveying the sum of a song's parts. His high energy enthusiasm will keep you captivated throughout the lesson... Making you crave more of his insight to music. Thank you Mr Beato, you are a music professor for sure!
Jackie 1
Jackie 1 3 anos atrás
What a way to end 2019 Rick ! 👍🏻 Been waiting for this !
S Gramling
S Gramling Anos atrás
They deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! I think Dave Hope's P bass always sounds great, and maybe he doesn't get enough recognition.
Wayne Shirley
Wayne Shirley 10 meses atrás
Dave Hope was/is a GREAT bass player! All you have to do is listen. He's been a church leader for many years now. I was a big fan after seeing their debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert as a teenager. They were immediately and refreshingly different. I wrote a fan letter to them - the only time I ever did that to anyone in my life. I received a handwritten reply written by Dave Hope. I will cherish it forever.
Drifterman319 11 meses atrás
They'll never get in. They're too Christian leaning for the Lefty run hall of shame. Depeche Mode? 80s pop gets in. Rap and Hip Hop crap; No George Thorogood either. Kerry Livgren is a staunch Christian. Ex bass player Dave Hope is a preacher in Florida. Again, NO WAY Carry On Wayward Son will see the Hall.
sdime98 Anos atrás
They're not but Run DMC , LL Cool J , Jay Z are , just goes to show you Jann Wenner and the RRHOF don't have a fucking clue
Steven Strimling
Steven Strimling Anos atrás
The HOF is a complete and utter joke! Dolly Parton was nominated for crying out loud. Why do people keep saying "so and so belongs there". No they don't! No decent rock artist belongs there.
Daniel Crawford
Daniel Crawford Anos atrás
Dear God... They're not? I guess that just proves you don't need talent to get in, it's all rigged...
I’ve literally watched this episode at least three times. How can anyone actually DISLIKE it?? They don’t like the song?? Then why listen in the first place. They don’t like Rick’s analysis?? Why? Anyone do it better? Does it lack sufficient enthusiasm ( 😂 )? So many people bothering to click the Dislike Button is just another symptom of our diseased society.
Chris Jeffries
Chris Jeffries 2 anos atrás
Kansas was the first band I ever saw live (in 1983) and I didn’t appreciate them back then. Thank you Rick for showing what a collection of master musicians is capable of. And truly Steve Walsh is one of the most underrated vocalists ever in classic rock. The old saying is true - they don’t make em like they used to. Today’s music sucks and classic rock lives on because of great bands like Kansas.
Bonnie Moerdyk
Bonnie Moerdyk Anos atrás
This has been in my top 10 favorite songs in life, thank you for breaking it down. I just found out a few minutes ago that Robbie Steinhardt died Saturday, but only announced this morning. No one ever made a violin sound so cool! RIP Robbie! Thank you Rick Beato! Love your energy and smiling face!
Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd 2 anos atrás
this song is beyond epic... Steve Walsh's voice...unreal. The definition of a rock vocalist. Who are the 181 jerkoffs who would give this a thumbs down? Really...
Janice Kates
Janice Kates 10 meses atrás
Agreed. Best musicians I've ever seen live...and I've seen a lot. Incredible composition by Kerry Livgren, as always!!
Skoora 3 anos atrás
You have to love how much musical devastation is laid down and then finally Rick says..”Ok, so we’re into the first verse”. Lol
Gillies Clan
Gillies Clan Anos atrás
And it's great that all these bands from those years didn't play to a click track, no autotune, as you have pointed out. They let the tempo breathe and they used the studio to masterful effect. THEN they mounted massive live tours to support these albums and NAILED IT LIVE. Night after night. Not many bands have that ability now. They are out there if you look. Thank you Rick!
Robert Mounsey
Robert Mounsey Anos atrás
Such great band of musicians. Steve Walsh's voice is truly one of the best male voices in rock
Over Comer
Over Comer 2 anos atrás
The worst thing about this video was that it ended.
B34r Anos atrás
Jason Maceyko
Jason Maceyko Anos atrás
No doubt !!
Sgt. Grinch
Sgt. Grinch 11 meses atrás
Kansas was an incredible group of musicians. I have seen them 8 times. Their music is very emotional and diverse. Great video.
Starr 6 meses atrás
Love this track so much. Rick's read brings it even more alive. Am I the only one who thinks the song sounds like they meant for it to be slower but when they recorded it they had to rush to keep up with it?
John Bolton
John Bolton 3 anos atrás
1. They don’t write music like this anymore. 2. Watching Rick get a thrill out of this music is such a big part of this video.
FreeSociety1 Anos atrás
@Angelspawn The R&R HOF is a massive hypocritical and contradictory "political" entity, that has become meaningless by its own shallowness and incompetence. There is no clear cut music criteria, or influence metrics, or talent measurements, or even music genre impact applied that is involved with them. It is just simply all about "trendiness", and a kind of "peer pressure"-based, superficial popularity. In the beginning it was easier to bring attention to the original Rock founders (Berry, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley, Holly, Richard, Gene Vincent, etc.), but since there are so many thousands and thousands of bands since then, and so many styles of music within the space of "Rock", it has become an impossible task to really create a true Hall-of-Fame. It inevitably just degenerates into a lowest common denominator thing .. where no talent bands that did nothing 'special' or unique at all but somehow were "trendy" with largely unknown self-appointed selectors - are chosen to be rewarded, while amazing music talents that stretched the boundaries of popular music and blew peoples minds away (like Kansas) are ignored. And it is not about "breaking the mold" or being controversial either - as you have very "play it safe", uncontroversial, purely commercial -pop-rock Bands like Tom Petty in there (due to "popularity"), while Bands that were unique and stretched Rock music in new directions (Jethro Tull, Kansas) are not even considered. And why are Rap and Hip-Hop people in a Rock Music Hall anyway? (when that is not even close to "Rock music" to be begin with). It is all politics, and like a lot of other cultural things that we see today - defies basic logic and common sense -- in order to superimpose some sort of political agenda. .
Angelspawn Anos atrás
@FreeSociety1 Rock’n’Roll HOF doesn’t do progressive. They only started putting bands like Rush and Yes in because they were running out of bands. I refuse to go (even when I was living in the area). Kansas, Rush and Boston were to the late 70’s what Zepplin, Yes, ELP and Tull were to the early 70’s and what the Beatles’ Abbey Road and The Who’s Tommy were to the 60’s.
FreeSociety1 2 anos atrás
Kansas should be in the Rock-N-Roll Hall-of-Fame. They blew away just about any Band that ever lived with their musicianship, energy, and their brilliant and complex Compositions.
Jerry Wendel
Jerry Wendel 3 anos atrás
good music is still being written; it's just harder to find. do a BRvid search on The Lone Bellow, I'm With Her, Lukas Nelson and/or Corin Ashley. I think you'll find some good song writing and recording with any of these artists.
Rachel Patten
Rachel Patten 6 meses atrás
I am a musical novice and have just loved these songs for the memories they evoke and they are just good! It is amazing to me how much more is involved in each measure than I ever imagined. I have never heard/seen anyone dissect a piece. It is fascinating.
Rob Bourgot
Rob Bourgot Anos atrás
I was lucky enough to see them in concert in the 70s, the most amazing live band ever. I swear to you, Steve Walsh would literally stand on his hands upside down while playing the keyboard! It was beyond words! On top of this incredible music! I was sitting right behind and above him, he did high kicks over his head through the whole show. Unbelievable show, they sounded live exactly like the recordings, and they had much more complicated songs than "Carry on wayward son". I saw many great bands back in that time, but Kansas was the best, hands down.
Andrew Bolt
Andrew Bolt 10 meses atrás
Yep, yep, and yep. Rob, I saw them at Cobo Arena in Detroit in '80 maybe? Same seats as you, from above and behind Steve and saw him like a maniac athlete doing (probably coke-fueled) jump-up hand stands on his organ all night. Also marimbas and congas and perfect rock vocals over all. His vocals are WAY underrated and were what inspired my teenage self to want to be a rock & roll vocal frontman.
Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards Anos atrás
They were the Best!
Chris Hatton
Chris Hatton 2 anos atrás
Love how he breaks down and explains all the individual parts. The songwriting and arranging by Kerry Livgren is a masterpiece. Their harmonies are awesome and the band overall is just tight AF. Look up the excellent rockumentary Kansas, Miracles Out of Nowhere, definitely worth watching.
BarrySmithViolin Anos atrás
Rick gets VERY emotional at 8:34, yes?? 😢 sheds a tear? What a BADASS he is! REAL men cry like tiny babies upon FEELING 🌹
Sheppard Anos atrás
Absolutely amazing. “They just don’t make bands like that anymore. “
Paul Deitz
Paul Deitz 3 anos atrás
That was pure gold Rick, I can tell you really get into it because it’s really that good✌️
David Rogers
David Rogers Anos atrás
Kerry played the piano parts when I saw them numerous times in concert. Steve played organ.
lluewhyn 6 meses atrás
I had to post that when I heard this comment. Although Steve is often credited with playing piano on their early albums, it's usually a much smaller amount compared to him playing organ and synthesizers. Kerry usually did most of the piano work for whatever reason, even though you'd think piano would align better with the singer. My guess is that Steve wanted to be able to detach from the keyboards and be a front-man a good portion of the time while singing and mostly stuck to the keyboards for the instrumental parts, which makes more sense for the instruments chosen over piano. Either that, or Kerry was bringing in the songs with himself already covering the piano so Steve picked other instruments.
Eric Matthews
Eric Matthews Anos atrás
Tears come to my eyes that humans can compose music like this and appreciate it so thoroughly.
Celtic Bastardson
Celtic Bastardson Anos atrás
I love watching Rick play the parts. He's like a forensic detective meets young kid, building a first model car.
Walter Bungard
Walter Bungard 4 meses atrás
❤❤❤ Those dudes could sing! And, they could play. Such talent. Thank you Rick.
Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper 6 meses atrás
So cool to see someone who understands how all the various parts come together to create this masterpiece, explaining the intricacies of this song.
Timothy Arnold
Timothy Arnold 3 anos atrás
I ran into Steve Walsh's mother one day as she lived close by. I told her how much I enjoyed Kansas and she said yeah those seven years of piano lessons paid off. Yes ma'am! 😊
J. Reveille
J. Reveille 11 meses atrás
@Clem Clemson not sure but you definitely are not……
Clem Clemson
Clem Clemson Anos atrás
did his mom think he was "under rated"? lmao
Peter Schiavo
Peter Schiavo Anos atrás
Back in the '80s Kansas was a second tier band on FM radio. Listening to them now, I have a greater appreciation not only how good they were/are, but how good just about everything was that rock stations played back then.
J H 10 meses atrás
Only Rick can pull apart a great, complex song like this and have it all make sense. Awesome!
Punk Nugget
Punk Nugget Anos atrás
Rick, I've been watching you for the last 2 months (almost daily), and you've helped me understand how amazing music really was back in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and how it's trailed off terribly since then. It's amazing how much we take for granted all the things we grew up with, thinking that things in life would only get better. Glad there are people like you to help us understand how much more we need to appreciate what we had and what we still can be musically. Thank you!
dave copeland
dave copeland Anos atrás
This is GENIUS. As a non-musician who actually ran an indie (dance) record label I realize the mountain of knowledge I didn't (and still don't) have. THank YOU!
Carlo Dave
Carlo Dave 5 meses atrás
This song is a relentless hook machine. One after another after another after another. It really is a masterpiece.
Michele Parker
Michele Parker 3 anos atrás
This song has always had a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of my son who suffers from Bipolar disorder with paranoid tendencies. "Carry on my wayward son, there be peace when you are done, Lay your weary head to rest, Don't cha cry no more.
Crush Everything
Crush Everything 3 anos atrás
Michele Parker - Happy new year!! ❤️
Michele Parker
Michele Parker 3 anos atrás
@Crush Everything Thanks, much love to you and Happy New Year!!!😍😍
Crush Everything
Crush Everything 3 anos atrás
Michele Parker - That’s the cherry on top of great music like Kansas made: it has the power to comfort and heal. I wish you and your son the best. Take care.
Arnoldo León
Arnoldo León 3 anos atrás
I use to think about it too... God Bless U
jmagda41 3 anos atrás
You're like me; I took lyrics to actually mean something back then. Not just "Oh, that word rhymes with this one, so let's use it."
Dave Q
Dave Q 2 meses atrás
These breakdowns are so incredibly helpful for those of us who are enthusiasts but not professionals. These add SO much to the simple act of listening to a great song. Thank you!!!
vmpgsc Anos atrás
This song has a jaw-dropping level of musical sophistication, and the performances... OMG. The era of "pay attention" music played on great hifi equipment, sadly, has been killed by streaming services that reduce everything to a compressed background groove for working out, studying, or zoning.
Dan Quinnell
Dan Quinnell 4 meses atrás
If you’re preaching I’ll join the choir.
Brian O'Connor
Brian O'Connor Anos atrás
Bud Harris
Bud Harris Anos atrás
Rick is just an amazing person. Totally love this channel!!!
Garrett 10 meses atrás
I forgot how insane this song is. Super underrated. Up there with some of the most epic rock songs of all time.
Timothy Anderson
Timothy Anderson 2 anos atrás
The way Rick cements songs in your head that you have listened to and then kind of filed away in the subconscious of your mind then brings it back and you go WOW that is a good song and you gain a new appreciation. His love of music is infectious. Takes me back to when I first started falling in love with music. Thanks, Rick for taking me on another grand musical journey.
Christian Changer
Christian Changer 3 anos atrás
"Leftoverture" is peak Kansas. Every song on that album is masterful.
Steven Lowery
Steven Lowery 3 anos atrás
@Cognitive Dissonance Child of Innocence. Great song.
Donald Kuntze
Donald Kuntze 3 anos atrás
This is an absolute blast to play on bass as well. Dial in a SVT growl and let er rip.
Donald Kuntze
Donald Kuntze 3 anos atrás
Title should be "Bestoverture"
WhyTheHorseface 3 anos atrás
Added to playlist thanks!
pyroman6000 3 anos atrás
@Roach Amen! They need to listen to stuff like The Wall, and The Pinnacle- or just buy the live album and listen to it at full volume like I do, lol
John Glenn
John Glenn Anos atrás
This is such an epic song. So tasteful. So very melodic. So sweat. Just perfection.
Cheer Whiner
Cheer Whiner Anos atrás
Watching Rick do these songs shows the enjoyment most rock fans get from listening to them... I probably makes the same faces he does 😊
Steve Kercher Music
Steve Kercher Music 2 anos atrás
This and The Wall are absolutely amazing! Both written in days. I always get emotional at the end of The Wall knowing Kerry's spiritual journey. I had the pleasure of meeting him after an AD show. Such a humble man.
Portcullis 3 meses atrás
Intelligent lyrics, two great singers, a catchy melody and fine musicianship with several instruments.
Gary Jackson
Gary Jackson 2 anos atrás
Wow! Now I know why I loved this song way back when it first came out on vinyl. Kerry Livgren is one of my favorite guitarists. Thanks Rick for breaking this classic down for all of us. So many incredible layers here. Thanks Kansas for giving us real music.
Sven Horlemann
Sven Horlemann 3 anos atrás
One of those songs I've heard too often. Then, you see Rick, with all his enthusiasm for the music, and you hear all the parts, and then you get goose bumps all over and think "thats one hell of a song".
diego garcia
diego garcia 6 meses atrás
It's a long time coming. When these classic rock songs first came out and like them so much, you listen to them a million times. You tend to listen to each and every instrument and vocals individually and how they go. And now comes Rick and do what you always do in your head for a long time. Where have you been Rick? Or where have I been?
Valerie Sutton Payne
Exactly. I’m listening to music in a whole new way. I don’t understand anything he says , but I think I’m learning. And certainly appreciating as never before.
Dan Twomey
Dan Twomey Anos atrás
Exposing multitrack recording is phenomenal content. Multitrack music has affected, in most cases very powerfully, every human on this planet. Usually unintentionally, but it happened. Ha! That's why I think this is this Cat's best series.
Ken Surrency
Ken Surrency 2 anos atrás
@mrz80 haha!
Sven Horlemann
Sven Horlemann 2 anos atrás
@David Dew Yeah, and include the latest two, too. They are really good.
Dustin Flock
Dustin Flock Mês atrás
I come back and watch this occasionally just to remind myself how good of a complete arrangement this song is. Everything is just perfect
Cam C
Cam C 3 meses atrás
Saw these guys WAY after their peak career success...they were phenomenal. Steve Walsh is otherworldly good.
Michael Barrasso
Michael Barrasso 2 anos atrás
An onslaught of awesome parts with guitars, bass, drums, piano and organ before an actual verse. No one does that anymore.
robert taylor
robert taylor Anos atrás
Actually I saw this tour and found one band that can do it of all bands its panic at the disco live at some festival. The also do a great version of BeeGees lonely days at a tribute to them. They're great musicians when doing class
Jackson Boyer
Jackson Boyer 5 meses atrás
Loved this song my whole life, and just like most of the other "What Makes this Song Great" episodes I just keep finding myself falling in love with so many of the songs all over again, as well as drawing attention to those underlying aspects that even avid listeners could have very well missed if they weren't listening with such an analytical music brain like yours. It's such a great service what you do for not just musicians and aspiring musicians, but just people and music enjoyers in general. Whether that be introducing a song or an artist that a younger generation may not have heard or explored otherwise, or by breaking down a classic song that just makes fans of the song appreciate the artistry involved in them even more. Thank you, Rick.
erom1970 2 anos atrás
Rick is the best. His knowledge and enthusiasm is matched only by his love of great music. I love this guy!
mkii1964 3 anos atrás
I remember Carry On Wayward Son and More Than A Feeling constantly being played on the radio. We are so fortunate to have lived through that era of music!
Marion Wiehl
Marion Wiehl 3 anos atrás
Guillermo 3 anos atrás
mkii1964 damned straight, skippy!
larry strick
larry strick 3 anos atrás
Kerry Livgren and bandmates were in majestic unison.
Muskoka Mike
Muskoka Mike 3 anos atrás
When Boston came out it was like every 10 minutes it was on. The debut album was a monster in every sense of the word. ALL played by ONE guy.
sammyvh11 Anos atrás
More talent in this song than all of anything made today.
Mike Hawkins
Mike Hawkins Anos atrás
Such an incredible song and it's impossible for me to sit still while it's playing. I love how it keeps changing and it's almost like it's getting better as it goes on. And when it's over I feel emotionally spent.
Brenda McLean
Brenda McLean 2 meses atrás
This was incredible to watch! Love Kansas and one of my all time favorite songs ever!
Larry Andrews
Larry Andrews Anos atrás
Even if you've heard this song hundreds of times, you really haven't heard everything it has to offer unless you've listened to it through a good set of headphones (not earbuds). The sound engineers on the 70's hard rock and prog. rock albums had a lot of fun doing things like shifting a guitar part (or theremin as in Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love) from one channel to another and then back and forth, splitting the vocals from centered to each channel with a miniscule delay added (Rush, Hemispheres), etc. These sorts of techniques added more depth to songs that were already masterpieces before the sound engineering and final mixing began.
Randy LaFrom
Randy LaFrom 2 meses atrás
One of my all-time favorite songs of all time. So much amazing talent, beautiful leads, and harmonies all in one song!
Mason Morris
Mason Morris 3 anos atrás
I'd love to see a series on amazing songs that were never radio singles and never charted. The lesser known great songs
seraph1337 3 anos atrás
I believe (at least I think this used to be true) that Rick uses stems from Rock Band in order to do these videos. In other words, if a song hasn't been in Rock Band, Rick can't do the part-by-part breakdowns that he does. And because 90% of the songs in Rock Band are radio singles and chart hits... that's kinda what you're going to end up with.
Chuck H
Chuck H Anos atrás
I never liked this song much, but seeing your analysis of it makes me appreciate how much of a masterpiece it really is. Great job Rick!
Gordon McInnes
Gordon McInnes Anos atrás
I always felt the music was onomatopoeic to the lyrics - chaotic start ("Once I rose above the noise and confusion, Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion") then the music soars in a dream like way ("I was soaring ever higher, But I flew too high"), there's a sense of journey to the chorus ("Carry on, my wayward son, There'll be peace when you are done") and so on throughout the song with a repeat of the themes both musically and lyrically, via the anarchy of the bridge. Complete congruence, brilliant writing.
hamadah4 4 meses atrás
Great observations
Brian O'Connor
Brian O'Connor Anos atrás
Tom Monk
Tom Monk 2 anos atrás
Kansas is one of those bands that is under-appreciated or forgotten among the great bands of mid 70s. And they shouldn't be. In their prime, they were as good as anyone. No weak links in the band whatsoever. Rick, thanks for giving them respect....
Joe Ditta
Joe Ditta Mês atrás
One of my favorite classic rocks songs of all time. Never gets old.
Alistair Mulhearn
Alistair Mulhearn 2 anos atrás
For me Kansas were the best American Prog Rock band. This song is one awesome track and I can never get fed up listening to it.
B D 3 anos atrás
Rick was like a kid in Candy store on this one. Love his passion for good music.
Steve Anos atrás
Your the man Rick B.!! “Playing the songbook of my life”. Thank You 🙏
Flint McManly
Flint McManly Anos atrás
Also Phil Ehart - super underrated drummer. If you've ever tried to play along to most Kansas songs, you understand.
nikflagstar 2 anos atrás
I air-play every instrument in this song every time! Organs jabs are awesome. The bassist for Kansas lives in my town and has helped some of my bands book some shows over the years and still plays in local bands himself.
Hedwallfxtd Anos atrás
Still one of my favorite songs to play drums to... but I can’t compete with Rick’s air drumming and air guitar, which are ON POINT in all of his “What Makes This Song Great?” videos...
R G 2 anos atrás
The fantastic combination of guitar riffs, keyboards, melodies, drumming and incredible vocals make this song, without any shadow of doubt, one of the greatest rock songs ever. A true classic, they don’t make songs like this anymore! Rick is definitely a legend in the way he analyzes everything, his vast knowledge, and with so much enthusiasm and passion, it’s infectious!
Mark DeSantis
Mark DeSantis 3 anos atrás
The song Always invokes emotion in me sometimes gets me a little teary-eyed and I can't figure out why
Leo Arronson
Leo Arronson 3 anos atrás
Amen brother, this song never fails to make me think of better, more simple times. Keep on keeping on lad, we’ll all get there eventually.
wordsworthjlang 3 anos atrás
It’s about someone searching for the truth about their existence, to them a seemly unattainable goal. It explains the highs when you think you’ve found the answer and the lows when you realize you haven’t but something inside tells him to CARRY ON because when you truly seek you will find The Answer and when you find it you then have meaning and purpose “surely Heaven waits for you”
Marshall DeVargas
Marshall DeVargas Anos atrás
Kansas is a perfect example of exemplary musicians, very talented band.
Bob Saxon
Bob Saxon Anos atrás
Kansas is one of the most underrated bands of the rock era. Kerry Livgren was a monster guitarist, even better than I thought listening to his solos isolated like Rick did. Why is Kansas not in the Rock Hall?
redstang5150 2 anos atrás
One of the most genius things the TV show 'Supernatural' did was to keep coming back to this song.
indigowhisper Anos atrás
The actors are from Texas. The characters hometown is Lebanon, Kansas - the geographical centre of the US
mick palmer
mick palmer Anos atrás
I believe the main actors are from Kansas.
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