Reviewed by Eric on 21 Jan 2003
I saw Kansas (with opening act Pure Prairie League) at the Minnesota State Fair
in support of this album. While the show was good, it was clear that everyone was going
through the motions and much of the spark that made early Kansas so special and unique
was missing. Listening to 'Drastic Measures' just short of 20 years later has not changed
my feelings about that hot September night in 1983.
This is a decent AOR album with a couple songs that still get airplay on Classic Rock
radio- 'Fight Fire With Fire' and 'Everybody's My Friend'. Elefante is a good vocalist, but
overall the material falls short and almost comes across as filler in several places. In the
context of AOR, 1983 was a banner year with former Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh's
Streets releasing their debut, Aldo Nova's 'Subject', LeRoux's
'So Fired Up' among others, but 'Drastic Measures' does not capture the same excitement
of the time which is too bad, as this was the last we would hear from Livgren on a Kansas
album for far too long.
Livgren had already started AD with ex-Bloodrock Warren Ham by the time this
record was released, the first and third AD albums being the best. Elefante and his brother
Dino formed Pakaderm Records- a Christian AOR label that released a series of classic
albums by Guardian, The Brave and Halo, as well as Elefante's own
Mastedon, who released 2 albums. The second and best 'Lofcaudio' is certainly
worth checking out for early 80's Kansas fans.