Cheyenne Anthem – Kansas (1976) FLAC HD Video
“Cheyenne Anthem” was a track on Kansas’ fourth studio album, Leftoverture, which was released just before Halloween 1976. This was the band’s first album to be certified by the RIAA, and remains their highest selling album, having been certified 4 times platinum in the United States.
I’ve always loved this song, especially the majestic final instrumental section (starting at 5:48 just after the lyric “In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay”……I think it’s the piano playing that hits the hardest. Beautiful work.
I’ve been pretty inactive with my video uploads lately due to the hard drive failure that I’d mentioned in the previous video description. “Cheyenne Anthem” was the video I was working on when everything went south. Bad news was that I had to pick up with an older version of this work , and had to recreate some sequences that I’d already finished…..even before the crash this was an epic, tricky one to make (the time changes! the tone changes!), and I really couldn’t get into trying to recreate what I’d lost. As finished, the video is all over the map and I think I’ll try and tie the styles together better at some point with an update in the future, but for now it’s either upload the damn thing or put it on a shelf for a long, long break! 😉 The good news is I was able to recover almost all of the almost 3 years of work files that I’d not backed up! YIKES! I don’t think I would have been uploading many videos after losing all that work, so many updates and new videos I thought were gone forever….now I’m excited that hundreds of my works in progress will survive to see the light of day after all! We live to rock another day, rockers!!! 😉 Thanks to you all for being here with me and I hope you enjoy this one.
Steve Walsh began to experience writer’s block prior to the recording, and his contribution to the album would ultimately be limited to co-authoring three songs. It fell on Kerry Livgren to fill the void. The new compositions retained much of the classically inspired complexity of Livgren’s previous work. Kansas recorded the album at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Studio in the Country was so named because, as Livgren described on In the Studio with Redbeard radio show in the episode spotlighting Leftoverture, “it was in the middle of a swamp. We’d walk out of the studio and there would be gators in front of the studio, mosquitos the size of B-52s and at times armadillos would run into the control room, laughing.”
Leftoverture opens with the song “Carry On Wayward Son”, which Livgren wrote as a sequel to “The Pinnacle”, the final song from the previous album Masque (1975).
The album’s title, Leftoverture, is a portmanteau word.
The album was met with mixed reviews. Rolling Stone called Leftoverture Kansas’s best album to date, and said that it “warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation (with a dearth of flashy solos) with short, tight melody lines and pleasant singing.” The magazine Playboy reviewed the album as “extremely strong” and lauded Kansas for representing “the solid, Midwestern values of our vast musical heartland.” In contrast, Robert Christgau said the album lacked the intelligence and conviction of European progressive rock, and that the self-deprecating humor implied in the song and album titles is completely absent from the record itself.
Modern reviews are likewise mixed. Gary Graff found Leftoverture “Kansas’ breakthrough album and a thorough representation of its assorted musical sensibilities.” The AllMusic reviewer instead wrote that the album contains “neither hooks nor true grandiosity to make it interesting” and, despite the great single “Carry On Wayward Son”, the fact that Kansas “never manage to rival it anywhere on this record is as much a testament to their crippling ambition as their lack of skills.”
From the mountains to the sun, Life has only just begun
We wed this land and pledge our souls to meet its end
Life has only just begun
Here my people roam the earth, in the kingdom of our birth
Where the dust of all our horses hides the sun
We are mighty on the earth, on the earth
You have come to move me, take me from my ancient home
Land of my fathers I can’t leave you now
We will share it with you, no man owns this earth we’re on
Now the wheels are rolling hear the howling winds of war
It’s my destiny to fight and die
But is there no solution, can we find no other way, Lord let me stay
Under the endless sky and the earth below
Here I was born to live and I will never go, oh no
But we cannot endure like the earth and the mountains
Life is not ours to keep, for a new sun is rising
Soon these days shall pass away, for our freedom we must pay
All our words and deeds are carried on the wind
In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay