As a KANSAS fan, of course I was interested in hearing this cd. The two albums, “1st” and “Crimes In Mind”, are not available on cd. So, if you don’t own the vinyl, you may want to check it out. Most of the material comes from the first album, “1st”. The other few remaining are from “Crimes In Mind”. The music is dated, but it’s still pretty good. It’s obvious that the band members are in top notch condidtion. If you want to hear more “straight forward” rock, check it out.
In the early ’80s, Kansas vocalist/songwriter Steve Walsh struck out on his own with the poppy hard rock outfit Streets. This King Biscuit Flower Hour In Concert release preserves a show recorded in Pittsburgh on October 28, 1983. The sound quality is quite good, and the style is very much of the early ’80s; plus, since (as of 2001) the band’s studio albums are no longer in print, King Biscuit Flower Hour In Concert is also the first stop for anyone not owning any Streets albums.
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This show rocks out, big time. Walsh really did it when he pulled together these rockers for his band Streets. It’s the perfect mix of Kansas and proto-80’s FM radio rock. Buy the studio albums as well, particularly “1st”, which will rock your socks off.
Streets were a band that came so close to getting the kind of sales and airplay that Journey and Forigner were enjoying at this time. Hard rock pop with above average musicianship is a ball park description of this style.The studio albums Streets recorded are excellent. Hopefully Walsh owns the masters of those and perhaps some day they will be available on CD.Until then, you deserve to hear a collection of well crafted, well performed and rather nicely produced songs that represent some of the best elements of the style. Worth owning.
Its like Kansas sort of, its like Whats on my mind KansasBut what surprised me was the high level of musicianshipand the great drum solo ,in fact everything the drummerdoes. The guitars are also great as well as the keys.Steves vocals sound fantastic around this period.If you like 80`s rock bands like journey ,foreigner , evenToTo (rock maker style)and you are also a bit of a prog headthis will make you very happy, I like it alot.
After leaving KANSAS in 1982, Steve Walsh recruited CITY BOY guitarist Mike Slamer, drummer Tim Ghert, and future KANSAS bassist Billy Greer to form STREETS. Diehard KANSAS fans were in shock!! Gone were the complex musical textures and what stood in their place was a ball to the walls tear yer head off rock band! This KBFH release contains almost all of the STREETS 1ST album plus a couple of cuts not included on either studio release. As of 2000, both STREETS 1ST and CRIMES IN MIND are no longer in print(and were never released on CD…not officialy anyway!!!) So, if you can’t find these two on LP or cassette, BUY THIS!!!! You won’t be dissapointed! It may be your only chance to hear one of the greatest bands of the 80’s. P.S. lot’s of luck finding copies of these two lp’s! I’ve got 2 copies of 1st and one of Crimes in Mind and it took forever to find them!!