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Best of (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Kansas Audio Cassette
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1. Carry on Wayward Son
2. Point of Know Return
3. Fight Fire With Fire
4. Dust in the Wind
5. Song for America
6. Hold On
7. No One Together
8. Play the Game Tonight
9. Wall
10. Pinnacle [*]
11. Devil Game [*]
12. Closet Chronicles [*]

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Here, unfortunately, is a simple-minded greatest hits collection from a band known for concept albums, not singles. This Arista collection will please fans of the group's best known tracks: "Carry On My Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind," "Point of Know Return," and the maudlin 1982 hit "Play the Game Tonight." But the digital remixes of "The Wall" and "Wayward Son" from 1976's Leftoverture are superfluous (the originals sounded warmer) and the absence of any tracks from the band's self-titled debut and the excellent Masque is inexcusable, albeit commercially safe. The song sequence also leaves a lot to be desired: the jump from 1975's Genesis-like "Song for America" to the corporate pop of 1984's "Perfect Lover" is jarring at best, and does little to make the case that Kansas deserves any more than the belittled reputation they've unfortunately inherited. --James Rotondi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory chapter for KANSA FANS July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been KANSAS fans for over 20 years.They had ups and downs.I think this CD is a best introductory for the beginner for AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE ROCKS.This band's pop sides are strongly stressed in this hit collection.If you are a DIEHARD fans KANSAS,dig another fulllength albums.So many long time complex pieces are omitted here.This GREAT BAND can't be told with only this CD.This is a good main gate for the AMERICAN PROG-ROCK SEEKERS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Autobiography of a Supergroup Dec 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
Each track on this handy compilation embodies all of the genuine elements that made Kansas one of the all-time greats, consisting of the Topeka-homegrown innocence (without the cliched naivety) combined with weary-eyed looks at the past, present, and an uncertain future. Springing from the virtuous, innocent American heartland, Kansas was a band that remained honest in their hopeful-sad-determined subject matter, and became one of the premier supergroups of its time (and remaining unmatched in their genre to this day). They proved they could pull off their love of British progressive rock without sounding overblown or overproduced, while keeping an authentic Southern jam essence. This slightly made-over version of the original release showcases examples of the things that made Kansas stand out; whether it's the doleful realizations of 'Dust in the Wind,' the power of 'Point Of Know Return' or 'Carry on Wayward Son,' or reflections of Kerry Livgren's search for redemption through Christianity, every song here remains some of the best work released during their respective times. However, it should be noted that "The Best Of Kansas" is not necessarily a place to start for new fans; rather, Kansas is one of those bands whose immense creativity is best experienced with each individual album, and no compilation completely does them a significant amount of justice. Nonetheless, it's still a relatively sturdy overview, and a fascinating musical biography.
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The original issue of this album, released in 1984, was attrocious. It contained the big hits (Wayward Son, Dust, Hold On) and a few key album rock staples (Point of Know Return, Song for America and The Wall). But the rest of the album was devoted to dire tracks from their 1980s output: The generic hard rock of Fight Fire With Fire, Play the Game Tonight and No One Together, and a perfectly dreadful "previously unreleased" track, Perfect Lover. Their first three albums, surely their most artistically accomplished (if not most commercial) were represented by the lone track "Song for America". In essence, this seemed a desperate effort to paint the group as still vital by placing undue focus on their then-recent output.
In a word: Worthless.
This reissue, in addition to modest improvement in fidelity, gooses the track list to make it much more palatable. The terrible Perfect Lover has been jettisoned completely, and in its place we get three new additions: The Pinnacle (from Masque), The Devil Game (from Song For America) and Closet Chronicles (from Point of Know Return). The album is now a far better balanced view of Kansas' career. There are still many more excellent tracks from their first five albums that could have been used in place of the 1980s filler (and surely one track from the not-completely-horrible Monolith could have been included), but this isn't bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Kansas Sept. 11 2003
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
This remastered version of their Greatest Hits is the perfect introduction to the prog/rock group Kansas. The most recognizable songs on the disc are the rocker "Carry on my Wayward Son", the progressive influenced "Point of No Return", and the thoughtful ballad "Dust in the Wind". Other less known, but still wonderful songs are "Fight Fire with Fire", the ballad "Hold On", and "The Wall".
Unfortunately, in the remastering of this disc there were songs removed as well as added. Although you get "Pinnacle", "Devil Game" and "Closet Cronicles", all worthy additions as bonus songs, the track "Perfect Lover" was inexplicably removed. Other than that, the album benefitted GREATLY from the remastering, as the song quality and clarity is now excellent.
Overall this is a great introduction to Kansas, and a solid glimpse into the early prog/rock sounds that paved the way for more modern groups like Dream Theater and Spock's Beard. Absolutely Classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Amazon...your review is way off the mark! March 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
(A special thank you to my buddy Steve Simpson for letting me log on and sound off.) To James Rotondi, the designated Amazon reviewer for the "Best of Kansas" CD: With a little homework, you could have written a much more accurate and helpful review. First of all, the CD is released on Epic Associated/Legacy, not Arista. Secondly, you bemoaned the lack of any tracks from the excellent "Masque" album. Actually, "The Pinnacle" (Track 10) is from "Masque" and is, I might add, definitely the best track from that album. Also, you discuss the jarring nature of "Perfect Lover." What's really jarring is that "Perfect Lover" is NOT EVEN ON THIS ALBUM! It WAS on the old "Best of," but was deleted on this re-release. So, three strikes, and you're out, pal! As for my opinion, for what it's worth, this is as perfect as possible for an overview of a group that, as Rotondi notes, is at its finest on longplay albums. Enduring rock hit classics, such as "Carry On Wayward Son," "Point of Know Return," and "Dust in the Wind," are nicely complimented by epic album cut masterpieces such as "Song for America" and "No One Together." And, the long overdue CD debut of the 1978 live version of "Closet Chronicles" finally makes its appearance on this compilation. In short, this CD is a must for any true progressive music fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kansas - poor quality
I recently ordered and received "Best of Kansas". The poor recording quality made it difficult for me listen through the whole C.D. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2011 by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes BEST OF Isn't Best
The Best of Kansas is OK. For the casual fan, maybe more than OK. But for the long time hardcore fan, we like the songs, but like the songs that never "charted" a lot too. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2006 by J. Hendershott
3.0 out of 5 stars The best is decent.
I must say, there are a number of classic rock hits on here, but none of them excite me very much. I probably wouldn't even own this if it wasn't for "Dust In The Wind". Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best!
This is the first Kansas album that I bought and all I can say is that it is SO good and definitely the best album to start with if you're interested in Kansas. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Mike Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Best
While this set does have many of the famous and less famous Kansas tracks from the CBS/Sony era, it is missing everything from the MCA and later years. Read more
Published on June 20 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BAND. ODD OMISSIONS.
I'm not going to join your feud as it's none of my business. I've got my own internet war raging in the video section mostly (starting with ALIEN and ALIENS; although the poor... Read more
Published on March 26 1999 by paris@WebTV.Net
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of a superb band's superb songs!
Rejoice, Kansas fans! One of rock's most enduring bands celebrates its 25th recording anniversary with a superb re-mastering of its popular BEST OF Collection. Read more
Published on March 10 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Dust in the Wind: Worst song ever, or just very close?
Pop Kulcher Review: According to Amazon.Com, people who bought this cd also bought greatest hits collections from Boston, Journey, Foreigner, and Styx. Read more
Published on March 9 1999 by Pop Kulcher
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