Monolith – Kansas – 1979


Album Monolith by the band Kansas
Album Monolith by the band Kansas

Monolith is a progressive rock album by Kansas, released in 1979. It was their third consecutive studio album to reach the top ten on the Billboard charts, but it also received mixed reviews from critics and fans. The album was inspired by the book of Urantia, a mystical work of Christian origin, and by the Native American history and culture. The cover art depicts a post-apocalyptic scene of Native Americans wearing astronaut helmets in a desert landscape, surrounded by the ruins of a highway and a monolith. The album features songs like “People of the South Wind”, “Reason to Be” and “On the Other Side”.

Monolith is considered to be one of Kansas’s lesser-known albums. It is not as well-regarded as their earlier work, such as Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, but it is still worth checking out by fans of progressive rock and arena rock.


  • Steve Walsh – keyboards, vocals, vibraphone
  • Rich Williams – guitars
  • Kerry Livgren – guitars, keyboards
  • Robbie Steinhardt – violin, vocals
  • Dave Hope – bass
  • Phil Ehart – drums, percussion

The different versions published for this album :