A. D. – Art Of The State – 1985

This was Kerry Livgren’s first album calling his band just AD. This album bumped up against the mainstream record label and rumour has it that the legalities of Kerry getting this album out was a nightmare.

Kerry stated that the complete name change to AD was because he wanted to credit the whole band but behind the scenes it is fairly well known that his contract with CBS records meant he couldn’t even use his name.

This release was on Kerygma Records and distributed by Sparrow. The album itself has a bit of a Kansas feel but not as much as you might think.

Kerry’s songwriting skills are strong on this album and that helps the album stand out from his work with Kansas.

Track Listing:
1 – All Creation Sings – 4:22
2 – We Are The Men – 4:41
3 – Lead Me To Reason – 3:56
4 – The Only Way To Have A Friend – 4:16
5 – Games Of Chance And Circumstance – 4:18
6 – The Fury – 5:34
7 – Progress – 4:39
8 – Heartland – 3:42
9 – Zion – 3:26
10 – Up From The Wastland – 4:25

Art Direction – Bill Murphy
Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Engineer [Assistant], Cover [Front Cover Concept] – Mike Gleason
Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Woodwind, Harmonica – Warren Ham
Bass Guitar – Dave Hope
Cover – Tim Wild
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Dennis Holt
Executive Producer, Management, Cover [Front Cover Concept], Art Direction – Ken Marcellino
Guitar, Keyboards, Producer, Engineer – Kerry Livgren

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One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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