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Drastic Measures

a Studio release

Release Year: 1983

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1996 CD Epic/Legacy 66426
1983 LP Kirshner 38733
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/7/2002 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 2/5/2011 10:53:00 PM by: Rob
  1. Fight fire with fire (3:40)
  2. Everybody's my friend (4:09)
  3. Mainstream (6:36)
  4. Andi (4:15)
  5. Going through the motions (5:43)
  6. Get rich (3:43)
  7. Don't take your love away (3:44)
  8. End of the age (4:33)
  9. Incident on a bridge (5:37)
Kerry Livgren
Guitar, Keyboards
Terry Brock
Phil Ehart
John Elefante
Keyboards, Vocals
Kyle Henderson
Dave Hope
David Pack
Rich Williams

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.