On the cover of the first album of Kansas you could see a drawing representing a scene from the American Civil War. When I saw it I thought it probably would be a band from Kansas playing southern rock or country music. Indeed, the musicians were from Kansas, but they played a spectacular symphonic rock with a touch of hard rock. Whether the flute is the hallmark of Jethro Tull, the violin makes Kansas unique. My favorite Kansas albums are the first ones, because in the late 70 they started writing a more commercial music. They are virtuoso instrumentalists (like almost all symphonic rock bands), but Kansas also has amazing vocals.
Kansas - Mysteries And Mayhem