The first Kansas album in 16 years to be released in September 23rd.
“The Prelude Implicit” features 10 new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. This will also be the first studio album with the new singer Ronnie Platt. The 2016 Kansas lineup also presents David Ragsdale (violin), Richard Williams (guitar), Zak Rizvi (guitar), David Manion (keyboards), Phil Ehart (drums) and Billy Greer (bass).
Kansas returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with InsideOut Music. Says InsideOut founder and president Thomas Waber: “Kansas is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA. “The Prelude Implicit” undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy. I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.”
The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined. “This is definitely a Kansas album”, remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm In The Spirit’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of Kansas fan. After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of ‘“The Prelude Implicit””.
Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording “The Prelude Implicit” was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that Kansas fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”
Phil Ehard explains the album title: "Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning". Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover. “It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.”
“The Prelude Implicit” will be released September 23, 2016, on InsideOut Music and is distributed by RED. The album will be available on CD, Double 180 Gram Vinyl, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play. Pre-order opportunities will be available starting later this summer at Kansas' website and Amazon.
1. With This Heart
2. Visibility Zero
3. The Unsung Heroes
4. Rhythm In The Spirit
6. The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen
9. Crowded Isolation
10. Section 60
The band will debute songs off “The Prelude Implicit” this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information on the tour in which the band will play their legendary album in its entirety, including tour dates, can be found HERE.
More information about the album soon!