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Best of (Audio Cassette) Import

3.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Audio Cassette (Feb. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000IAXS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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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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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 one of the old tunes, "Carry On Wayward Son". in fact it was on the first K-Tel album I brought into the house! The whole CD is great and a smooth listen!
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I recently ordered and received "Best of Kansas". The poor recording quality made it difficult for me listen through the whole C.D. The two songs that I bought the CD for lacked depth and seemed very "flat". I would not recommend this particular recording.
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(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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Pop Kulcher Review: According to Amazon.Com, people who bought this cd also bought greatest hits collections from Boston, Journey, Foreigner, and Styx. What I'd like to know is, where ARE these people? Is there any way we can round them up? Our safety is in jeopardy as long as they live among us.
Now, personally, I know some people who own one of these albums, maybe even two. They're good people -- culturally famished, obviously; lacking in taste, unquestionably -- but not necessarily people you'd cross the street to avoid. But people who own ALL FIVE of these albums? I must admit, it's difficult to visualize the sort of person whose record collection includes Styx, Foreigner, Boston, Kansas, and Journey. I suppose they would have a bit of Bad Company, Survivor, REO Speedwagon, and Meatloaf thrown in for the sake of variety. The walls would no doubt be adorned by posters of Molly Hatchet and black velvet unicorns. X-Men comics would litter the closet floor; a few faded photos of Heather Locklear would be tucked beneath the mattress.
While it is tempting to gather these sad misfits and lock them away from civilized society, we must -- MUST -- hold out some hope for their redemption. Find these people, my friends, find them SOON. Buy them a Clash album, some early R.E.M., some Replacements. Offer them moderate doses of the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth and Pavement. With care and nurturing, we CAN redeem them. Onward!
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By A Customer on March 5 1999
Format: Audio CD
In case anyone else was wondering...
swells@destiny.esd105.wednet.edu from Yakima, Washington , September 17, 1998 Kerry Livgren's departure from Kansas was a disapointment to all die-hard Kansas fans, however we all saw it coming as he and Steve Walsh drifted apart both musically and philosophically. Livgren's Kansas lyrics read like a road map of his search, literally, for life's meaning. We didn't have to wait too long, however, to see what this guitar virtuoso would come up with. On this, his first solo effort, Livgren has gathered together some phenomenal musicians(Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath, Barrimore Barlow of Jethro Tull, David Pack of Ambrosia, Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythym Section and many others including Dave Hope of Kansas) and he's finally done things "his" way. The result is an inspiring and musically powerful collection of songs. It is a departure from the Kansas sound but his Christian perspective is encouraging and his use of great back-up musicians and guests produces a very good recording for anyone who appreciates Kerry Livgren's awesome guitar and keyboard work as well as some deep and thought-provoking lyrics. Go get it (if you can find it).
I guess the guys from Stryper were too busy to help out.
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By A Customer on March 5 1999
Format: Audio CD
I hope we do hear back from A music fan from Indianapolis, who on November 18, 1998 wrote that this album contains songs no one should have to sit through. "Maybe I could buy this, buy the Journey Greatest hits, sit down, and once and for all determine which of these bands deserves the title of Worst Band Ever."
Before publishing the final verdict, maybe he should also consult with other Amazon Customers who bought titles by Kansas (and) also bought titles by these artists:
Styx
Kerry Livgren Rush Boston Journey ..... Foreigner
Surely there must be a Star Trek convention coming to Indianapolis soon, and these alleged customers shouldn't be hard to find there. But in the meantime, from this stellar list I would vote for Styx, with Journey a close second, for overall scatology.
p.s. who the heck is kerry livgren? Is he/she in the Chieftains?
---Big Tone
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