Label: Epic - EICP 20081 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
Drastic Measures is the ninth studio album by American rock band Kansasreleased in The shift in direction that Kansas took Going Through The Motions - Kansas - Drastic Measures Vinyl Confessions took its toll before recording began on this album. After hearing that Christian fans of Kansas were using lyrics from Vinyl Confessions in religious tracts and handing them out prior to the band's live appearances, violinist Robby Steinhardt grew tired of Kansas' new Christian affiliation and quit the band at the end of the tour.
Despite the success of Vinyl Confessions, both among mainstream and Christian audiences, the album was criticized in some quarters — especially by Rolling Stone — for being too repetitive of Kansas' prior efforts. Because the sound of Adrian Barron - Flashback Measures is more akin to the successful records that Loverboy and Foreigner were putting out at the time, Livgren was greatly displeased.
This is bluntly expressed in his lyrics for "Mainstream", which are as much a criticism of the band's new direction as they are a slam at the music industry in general. With the exception of the last three songs on the record, any Christian lyrical content Going Through The Motions - Kansas - Drastic Measures mostly indirect and oblique, although this was primarily due to Livgren holding back a number of songs for his future projects.
Combined with a strange choice for an album cover, the new Kansas presented on Drastic Measures confused long-time fans and disappointed Christian listeners. Kansas officially disbanded after giving a New Year's Eve concert at the end of their tour,  although Ehart, Williams, and Elefante stayed to record the song "Perfect Lover" for The Best of Kansas compilation album. Livgren and Dave Hope left the band to found ADwhile Elefante went on to become a successful producer of contemporary Christian music bands like Petra as well as a popular CCM performer in his own right; as of he has never performed with Kansas again.
One of the first rock videos along with " Beat It " and " New Frontier " to be blown up to 35mm film and exhibited in movie theaters as a trailer, the music video for " Fight Fire with Fire ", directed by Dominic Orlando, was released theatrically across the U. The song reached No. The album was recorded mixed and mastered digitally on Livgrens Synclavier tapeless studio. All tracks are written by John Elefante and Dino Elefante except where noted.
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