The album is the first new release in 16 years for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as Carry On Wayward Son and Dust In the Wind, to progressive epics like Song for America and Miracles Out of Nowhere.
Now they are pleased to reveal the albums stunning first single With This Heart, and you can listen to it here!
The band had this to say: “We are excited for With This Heart to be the first new Kansas song released in more than 15 years. It definitely fits Kansas tradition.”
The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:
With This Heart
The Unsung Heroes
Rhythm in the Spirit
The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. Kansas’s signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases new vocalist Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.
Kansas returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music. Says Inside Out 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.”
The album title, The Prelude Implicit means, “Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning,” explains Ehart. 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.”