Kansas: Robby Steinhardt (vocals, violin); Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards); Billy Greer (vocals, bass); Richard Williams (acoustic & electric guitars); Phil Ehart (drums).
Producers: Richard Williams, Phil Ehart, Trammell Starks.
Engineers include: James Majors, Russ Fowler, Peter Cobbin.
Kansas: Robby Steinhardt (vocals, violin); Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards); Richard Williams (acoustic & electric guitars); Billy Greer (bass, background vocals); Phil Ehart (drums).
Additional personnel: Larry Baird (arranger, conductor); J.T. Thompson,
James Majors, Larry Stock, Jim Roberts (drums); London Symphony Orchestra.
Producers: Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Trammell Starks.
Recorded at Southern Tracks, Electric Landlady, Tree, Atlanta, Georgia;
Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
Always Never the Same... is the first strong album of the Kansas '90s comeback. Largely recorded at Abbey Road, with large portions of the album featuring strings by the London Symphony Orchestra, the record mainly consists of older material given new, sweeping symphonic treatments. These songs don't necessarily sound fresh, but they do sound revitalized, and the group's three new songs -- "The Sky is Falling," "In Your Eyes," "Need to Know" -- fit well into the group's repertoire, as does their overblown rendition of "Eleanor Rigby." The fusion of the orchestra and the rock works pretty well, even if it's a stretch to call this symphonic. It's an album for hardcore fans, but that's all that's left in 1998, and they'll be very pleased with this record. ~ Daevid Jehnzen