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Schemer-Dreamer
Steve Walsh
Schemer-Dreamer
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
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1993 Japanese reissue of solo debut by the former vocalist/ keyboardist for Kansas, originally released on the Kirshner label in 1980. Contains seven tracks, including 'Schemer- Dreamer/ That's All Right', 'Get Too Far' an...  more »

      
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All Artists: Steve Walsh
Title: Schemer-Dreamer
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sbme Import
Release Date: 12/28/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Arena Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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1993 Japanese reissue of solo debut by the former vocalist/ keyboardist for Kansas, originally released on the Kirshner label in 1980. Contains seven tracks, including 'Schemer- Dreamer/ That's All Right', 'Get Too Far' and 'Wait Until Tomorrow'. Guests on the album include guitarist Steve Morse and Walsh's Kansas bandmates Kerry Livgren (guitar), Rich Williams (guitar) and Phil Ehart (drums).

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CD Reviews

The other half of Audio-visions?
Patrick the rogue | NC, USA | 05/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw a remark somewhere, I think from Robby Steinhardt, the violinist for Kansas, that the Kansas album of 1980 (Audio-visions) had suffered because both Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh had kept their best material for their own solo albums. One can only agree that the best from Schemer-Dreamer by Steve Walsh, Seeds of Change by Kerry Livgren, and Audio-visions by Kansas, would have resulted in one phenomenal album. Fortunately for us fans we have all three and can consider 1980 to be a banner year.
The production and musical choices on this album are very close to the sound of classic Kansas, though lacking many of the progressive rock elements that were normally supplied by Kerry Livgren.
Wait Until Tomorrow however would fit on a Kansas album without a blink; changes in mood, expressive, well crafted lyrics - the song begins with soft voice and piano and builds to a desperate jam-filled crescendo.
The ballad Just How it Feels, a tribute to his grandparents, is possibly the most poignantly beautiful and touching song ever sung or written by Steve, reminiscent of Lonely Wind, from Kansas' first album, more than Dust in the Wind.
The foot stomping, piano punching rocker Every Step of the Way is Steve's autobiographical statement - would have been Kansas' answer to Boston's Rock and Roll Band.
The energetic You Think You Got It Made was included on Kansas' Audiovisions tour playlist, was played pretty much exactly as it sounds on the album and fit in very well, testifying to how close to Kansas the sound is.
Any Kansas fan will find much to love here. The sound is definitely in the vein of Monolith/Audiovisions Kansas rather than Steve's later work with Streets. Highly recommend this gem."
The best voice in Classic Rock
Mark Milo | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have enjoyed the lead vocals from Kansas, this CD is a must. Steve Walsh has incredible talent that goes far beyond his powerful voice. He can write music, and do it well. Check this CD out for some outstanding music composed, written and sung by Steve himself."