On this day in music history: October 11, 1977…

On this day in music history: October 11, 1977 – “Point Of Know Return”, the fifth album by Kansas is released. Produced by Jeff Glixman, it is recorded at Woodland Sound in Nashville, TN and Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA from June – July 1977. Issued as the follow up to their breakthrough release “Leftoverture”, Kansas continue to build on their new found success with their next album. Recorded during a break in the bands breakneck touring schedule, “Point Of Know Return” further establishes and refines Kansas’ signature sound. It is an immediate success, surpassing its predecessor in sales, and becoming their best selling studio album. It spins off three singles including the classic “Dust In The Wind” (#6 Pop), which guitarist and vocalist Kerry Livgren initially writes as a exercise for guitar while learning how to play finger picking style. His wife overhears him playing the chord progression and then suggest that he write lyrics for it. Livgren spots the line “for all we are is dust in the wind” in a book of Native American poetry. The same philosophy is also found biblical scripture in verse Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”). The album sees the band at their commercial peak, with “Wind” becoming an FM rock radio staple as well as being used in television commercials (Liberty Mutual Insurance, Subaru), and referenced in films and TV shows such as “Old School”, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, The Simpsons and “Family Guy”. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2002, with two additional bonus tracks added. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Friday Music in 2010, and by Music On Vinyl in 2014. “Point Of Know Return” peaks at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.