This is the first rock album I ever bought with my own money:

Kansas Leftoverture

When my religious grandparents who were raising me at the time finally relented and allowed me to listen to evil rock & roll radio in 1976, the first song that truly blew me away was “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas, and so Leftoverture wound up being the first rock album in my collection.

The rest of the songs on the album, especially “Miracles Out of Nowhere” and “Magnum Opus” appealed to me because I was¬†already in love with classical music, and so the¬†suite-like structure of some of the songs quickly because the best thing about them. I bought Point of Know Return the day it came out, and once I had the cash caught up on all of Kansas’ previous albums.

Some of their music didn’t age as well for me as stuff I later embraced, like Yes, early Genesis and King Crimson, as well as jazz from Miles Davis and Pat Metheny, but Kansas always held a special place in my heart because that was where I lost my rock & roll virginity. They were also my very first concert experience in 1980.

So I’m looking forward to the first real documentary from the band about the band.