Classic rock titans Kansas are back with the Leftoverture Live & Beyond, a collection of live performances pulled from their ongoing 40th anniversary tour. The set, featuring hits like “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son,” finds the rockers working with longtime producer Jeff Glixman, who helmed the original Leftoverture LP back in 1976.
Glixman detailed the unique recording and mixing process that happened with the album, and why Vlado – who he regularly worked with while at Sony Music Studios – was the perfect man for the job.
Vlado Meller and Jeff Glixman at Sony Music Studios, December 2004
”When we decided to move forward with this project, we knew it was to going to be a sonic challenge: 12 shows, 2 hours of music each in 12 different venues – and the entire thing recorded ‘blind’ directly from the on-stage head amp to .wav files on a computer with no monitoring whatsoever,” Glixman said. It was imperative that the finished project had continuity and provided the listener with the sensation of being at one show, although in fact the tracks are from a variety of performances.
”We felt selecting the best takes, as they were performed, was the most realistic way to achieve this goal; there was no re-recording after the fact. Approaching the mix in this fashion, it was critical that my point of reference was accurate. As such, the first thing I did was mix a track from one of the shows and send it to Vlado. My trust in his ears and talent is supreme; this mastered track became my reference for every mix that followed.
”As with all my projects; when it’s time to let it go and hand my work over for the final creative process; I always turn to Vlado!”
Vlado was similarly excited to reunite with the group, who he caught up with backstage in early December at a show in Charleston.
Vlado Meller and founding Kansas member Phil Ehart
”It was my pleasure and privilege to work on this live project, as they were my favorite band in my early days at CBS Records,” Vlado said. “Furthermore I worked with Jeff on various projects at Sony and Universal. I knew his work and his sound very well, so I was thrilled when he called me to master this new Kansas live album.”
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