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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. The Wall|
|10. The Pinnacle|
|11. The Devil Game|
|12. Closet Chronicles|
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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Now I am not an old music junkie, but I must admit that this music is really cool! I grew up when this music era was almost done, that is out of the seventies, but I got to hear... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Lamoureux 'Lambo' (NLVM)
I recently ordered and received "Best of Kansas". The poor recording quality made it difficult for me listen through the whole C.D. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2011 by Jay
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2006 by J. Hendershott
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 morePublished on July 11 2004 by H3@+h
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 morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Mike Coleman
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 morePublished on June 20 2003