I don't know if it's their name, their look, the fact that their not from England?
The fact that Dust In The Wind was jammed down out throats by FM radio in a most cruel manner.
But Kansas was a stellar band and they do not get the props they deserve.
I've been listening to their earlier stuff and albums up to the incredible live album "Two For The Show"
there just isn't anything even close to what these guys were doing... that came after.
Kansas were the last ones in of the great Prog bands from the 70's and maybe that's why they dont get
the same recognition as Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, ect. ( I would agree their body of work is smaller).
But the fact is ..they put out a string of 4 albums in a row that are stellar.
Masque, Leftoverture, Point Of Know Return, and the amazing live document Two For The Show are beyond reproach.
Their first 2 albums Kansas and Song For America are almost good enough to be included in that string of great albums.
And they do have a truley American signature sound, and influence to those works that their English counterparts obviously do not posess, making Kansas somewhat unique....American Progressive Rock.....not as plentiful as U.K. progressive rock by any means.
It's easy now to look back now and see that these bands were taken for granted by some.