January 20, 2012 – 4:33 am

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Mayhem Symphony [PRRP018, 2CD]

Live at the Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; October 30, 1976. Very good to excellent Pre-FM. With special guests Ambrosia.

This popular show was shared on the net back in 2005; and it’s a big thank you to the PRRP team and to the original seeder.

Here are some notes that came with the show:

The show presented on these discs consists of three parts. First is the Kansas concert itself. The band provides a nice mixture of both old and new material for the enjoyment of the crowd. The second piece is an interview of the band members that occurred at the end of the concert. During this interview they discussed the tuxedo worn during the performance by Rich Williams, the masks worn by many of the band members during the show and many other things. The final segment is the Ambrosia performance. As the warm up band, they did play before Kansas but for the purpose of this package putting them at the end of the discs seemed appropriate.

The exact date of this performance is still in question. During the interview a reference is made to Halloween. As the show likely finished after midnight this would give the date as October 30. Other sources argue that the masks worn on stage were, in part, motivated by the fact that the concert was occurring on October 31. Either way, this show is an excellent record of the band’s power and proficiency as one of the leading Progressive Rock bands of the era.

This great Kansas show was remastered from a CD copy of the original Pre-FM radio station tapes. The sound quality is excellent with harmonics and music signal up to 18,000 Hz. The clarity and crispness of the sound is also superb, however a number of changes needed to be made to improve the show.

First, the noise level was moderate in volume and interfered with the appreciation of the subtle and quieter sections; therefore it was reduced. The tracking was incomplete and off in some sections so tracking was re-aligned. The tonality also needed adjustment. Mostly, the bass was deficient and needed boosting. In a few sections the frequencies in the 5-8kHz (treble) range were cut to remove a piercing characteristic to the symbol crashes and other high pitched events.

Applause sections were often inconsistent or cut. Some were too loud and others too short. We attempted to obtain some uniformity in the applause sections between songs to enhance the listening experience.

The interview track was obtained from a separate tape source. At its baseline this recording had quite a bit of shrill loud noise that was reduced as much as possible. It is most noticeable between spoken words but, using multiple techniques, now has been minimized. The Ambrosia tracks were obtained from a third source and were not part of the master radio tapes. The quality is good but not at the outstanding level of the Kansas segments.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 3:46 (6.0MB)
Track 102. Carry On Wayward Son 5:22 (8.6MB)
Track 103. Icarus - Borne On Wings Of Steel 5:44 (9.2MB)
Track 104. Down The Road 3:29 (5.6MB)
Track 105. Good Evening Introduction 1:28 (2.3MB)
Track 106. Mysteries And Mayhem 4:12 (6.7MB)
Track 107. Lamplight Symphony 2:30 (4.0MB)
Track 108. The Wall 4:49 (7.7MB)
Track 109. Introduction 1:38 (2.6MB)
Track 110. Lonely Wind 6:55 (11.1MB)
Track 111. What’s On My Mind 3:33 (5.7MB)
Track 112. Miracles Out Of Nowhere 6:44 (10.7MB)
Track 113. Guitar Solo 3:24 (5.4MB)
Track 114. Child Of Innocence 4:30 (7.2MB)
Track 115. Introduction 1:07 (1.7MB)
Track 116. Keyboard Improv/Drum Solo/Magnum Opus 13:44 (22.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Song For America 9:45 (15.6MB)
Track 202. Violin Solo 4:07 (6.6MB)
Track 203. Cheyenne Anthem (Ending) 3:32 (5.6MB)
Track 204. Belexes 4:45 (7.6MB)

Bonus Tracks
Track 205. Interview with Band Members 7:21 (11.7MB)

The Opening Act: Ambrosia
Track 206. Make Us All Aware 6:30 (10.4MB)
Track 207. Can’t Let A Women 6:38 (10.6MB)
Track 208. Holdin’ On To Yesterday 6:12 (9.9MB)
Track 209. I Wanna Know 7:45 (12.4MB)
Track 210. World Leave Me Alone 4:33 (7.3MB)

Steve Walsh – vocals, keyboards
Kerry Livgren – guitars, keyboards
Rich Williams – lead guitar
Dave Hope – bass
Phil Ehart - drums and percussion

Kansas were promoting their fourth album, Leftoverture (1976) - which was then just released, at this concert. Click here to order the album.

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  1. 19 Responses to “KANSAS - PITTSBURGH 1976”

  2. Listening to “Carry On Wayward Son” and damn, either it is the original hit with audience noise punched in or they came up with an EXACT replica of the classic. May want to have a second look at this…

    By Tony on Jan 20, 2012

  3. Hello Tony

    Thanks for your note.

    Belexes posted the following comment at Dime: “Yes, the beginning of the tape did not survive, so when the radio station pulled it out of their vault, they had to do a splice.”

    Belexes aldded added: “I do have recordings of the original broadcast, FM, without the splice, but the quality is too poor to have spliced one into the other.”

    By bigozine2 on Jan 20, 2012

  4. hey bigo, i may get this minus ambrosia. i was a never a fan. i was listening to both boston sets you offered in october. i like it and the canada show so i’ll probably get this too. syria mosque sounds like a cool venue, to me. zappa played there. post it next!

    on researching the date, various sites have 10.31.76.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 20, 2012

  5. hey bigo, i found this site. i guess 10.30 it is cause on 10.31 they were in louisville, ky, according this site.



    By Ed Saad on Jan 20, 2012

  6. The Facist Imperial Federal GUBBMENT of the USSA strikes again! The website MEGAUPLOAD, based out of NEW ZEALAND has been seized and shut down. Why? The Hollywood establishment and other facist groups like the RIAA are all wound up about piracy….. so they have to seize and censor.

    Recordings like the ones here are NOT pirated!

    What a wonderful world we live in. I cant wait for Obama to leave the White House, not that any of the GOP candidates would be any better

    By The Russian Assassin on Jan 20, 2012

  7. that sucks about megaupload, russian assassin, but i’m glad i got ufo-the real strangers in the night, international amphitheatre, chicago, il 10.13.78 yesterday. it was a megaupload link too. get that one, if you can later. it rules!


    By Ed Saad on Jan 20, 2012

  8. Where did you find that UFO? What website?

    By The Russian Assassin on Jan 20, 2012

  9. i got it from hear rock city, but i don’t recall it having alternate download links. his version sounds pretty good. he said he cleaned up the original raw sounding mp3’s. if all else fails, just do a search for it on google. i’m sure another blog has it. i know it’s on guitar forum.

    be nice if bigo posted another ufo show with either phil mogg on vocals or graham bonnet would be ok by me, but definitely with michael schenker on guitar. he shreds. early msg is good too and scorpions. i have two scorpions shows already from toldeo 82 and nagoya 85. both rule. lovedrive show with michael schenker would be good. after he left ufo, he toured with them.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 20, 2012

  10. Hey BigO,
    Thanks for the Kansas and Ambrosia.

    Hey Ed,
    I got to see UFO in the ’70s with Michael Schenker on guitar. Great band!

    Sad about Megaupload. Guess I have to consider myself fortunate that I bought LPs, CDs and cassettes of my favorite bands while I still could. The day is fast approaching when owning music on physical media will be illegal. Or maybe we’ll be allowed to own it, but won’t have anything to play it on. This geezer ain’t buyin’ no iPod.

    By aking on Jan 21, 2012

  11. Thanks for this wonderful show.

    By Tom L. on Jan 21, 2012

  12. Thanks everyone involved for the work to make this a great recording of Kansas! For sentimental reasons, I’m going with the Oct 30, 1976 date, as that was the very date my late sweet wife and I got married in the Los Angeles area. We really liked Kansas, and my sister-in-law’s husband headed up his own progressive band in the L.A. area called Mad Baggins. He was the keyboardist, still active in the studios. They frequently performed a couple Kansas numbers, including Dust in the Wind, which they performed at a number of the Great American Smoke-Out events each year.

    By 3yrsnojob on Jan 21, 2012

  13. Have not listened to stuff like this for ages. But: A great show by a really gifted band! The track ICARUS is still my favourite.

    By tony lauber on Jan 21, 2012

  14. *** Yes, first song is the original LP studio release mix until 3:16, there may have been inherent problems on the master tape that caused the matrix mix. Or back in the day, usually there was only one 2 track tape machine (cassette or reels) at the soundboard. Normally bands had intro tapes that they used to take the stage. If they wanted to run a board tape, the sound man would have to take intro tape out and start the record tape, therefore losing the first few minutes of the show. The dead giveaway is the punched audience and the perfect studio acapella intro. If you listen the COTWS version on the “Two for The Show” album it will provide a framework for how the song it was actually performed live.

    By Woodstock on Jan 22, 2012

  15. more… I’d just checked, they did use the studio acapella intro for COTWS (tape) as an intro to their live show (during this time) and that would support the tape machine theory a bit. - Peace

    By Woodstock on Jan 22, 2012

  16. Thanks for the live Ambrosia (and also Kansas). Very under-appreciated band that gets recognition normally only for their romantic ballads. Their first 2 albums were genius (IMO). As always, thanks for all that you pass on to us!!!

    By DanC on Jan 26, 2012

  17. Thanks for the gig … this reminds me of the old years ! I was 15 when i bought the Leftoverture album … Heard it so much that it brokes down
    cheers from france
    [email protected]

    By Nowandever on Jan 27, 2012

  18. Is there a way I can get a copy of this album????

    By gustavobobadilla on Dec 28, 2014

  19. Thank you Big O Amigos. Reminds me of a time . . .
    Be well, as always, James

    By James on Aug 18, 2017

  20. I better like kansas when the mix is good,and this
    mix is the best!
    it must be very hard to sound together a violin
    with synths ,voices,guitars,with a lot of breaks
    and drums,hat off to the sound engineer.
    thanks bigo

    By easy on Aug 23, 2017

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