Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Miracles Out of Nowhere from Kansas, a DVD/CD package celebrating one of the most popular American bands of the 1970s. The package includes a new, full-length, documentary film and a companion audio disc of greatest hits, deep album cuts, and more, in March 2015.
Epic/Legacy will also release a deluxe limited edition CD/DVD set, available exclusively through Kansas. This edition includes an additional DVD of bonus features and outtakes not included in the documentary and not available in stores, along with the 78-minute documentary DVD and specially crafted companion CD. The unique CD, curated by longtime Kansas producer Jeff Glixman and Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, features hits and deep cuts alongside audio extracts from the film.
Miracles Out of Nowhere deluxe limited edition CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray/DVD set is available now for pre-order and features exclusive content not available anywhere else. The standard version will be available for pre-order on Amazon on December 26th.
2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Kansas, the band’s debut album. To commemorate the occasion, the classic Kansas lineup reunited, for the first time in more than 30 years; at the place their incredible journey began, Topeka, Kansas! There, they relived the incredible untold story of one of the most successful American rock bands of their era. Returning to monumental career landmarks in their hometown, as well as sharing untold memories ranging from touring to songwriting and recording, the band shares how the smash hit “Dust in the Wind” was just a passing comment away from never being recorded! Viewers will hear the band tell stories about recording in the studio next to John Lennon, a backstage fight with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and how the words “free beer” changed their lives forever! Miracles Out of Nowhere presents Kansas in a way they have never before been seen.
Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features interviews from legendary Queen guitarist and former tour mate Brian May, acclaimed producer Brendan O’Brien, Rolling Stone journalist David Wild, and more. Featured prominently is country icon Garth Brooks, who counts Kansas, alongside The Beatles and the Eagles, as one of his greatest inspirations. These extraordinary new insights are coupled with rare and unseen footage, including live performances and candid, fan-shot footage of the band on the road. Miracles Out of Nowhere offers an unprecedented look at the incredible ascent of Kansas, a story that will appeal to new fans and veteran enthusiasts alike.
From the beginning, Kansas was fascinating in its unconventional approach to rock stardom. The sextet, composed of drummer Phil Ehart, bassist Dave Hope, keyboardist/guitarist Kerry Livgren, violinist/vocalist Robby Steinhardt, vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh, and guitarist Richard Williams were unlikely candidates for mainstream success in every way. After an improbable pairing with rock impresario Don Kirshner, the man behind the Monkees who signed and financed Kansas on his Kirshner label, their relentless drive to succeed eventually resulted in instantly recognizable iconic hits like “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.”
Kansas has released eight gold albums, three 6x platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, The Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and the million-selling single “Dust in the Wind.” Albums and singles by Kansas could be found on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks during the 1970s and 1980s. “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On My Wayward Son” can still be heard on today’s radio.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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