Jan 2, 2015

Kansas - Dust In The Wind (1977)

Kansas - Dust In The Wind (1977)
"Dust in the Wind" is a song recorded by American progressive rock band Kansas and written by band member Kerry Livgren, first released on their 1977 album Point of Know Return.

The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas's only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The 45-rpm single was certified Gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified Gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas's only single to do so certified as of September 17, 2008.


  1. Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry on Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. Released in 1977, Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.

  2. KANSAS LEFTOVERTURE was my first 8-track I ever bought when I was teen. I still know most of the words to most of the songs after all these years.

  3. Features of This Track

    mystical qualities
    folk influences
    a subtle use of vocal harmony
    acoustic sonority
    intricate melodic phrasing
    minor key tonality
    melodic songwriting
    a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
    a dynamic male vocalist
    acoustic rhythm guitars
    solo strings