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Best Of The Batch: Kansas
The 30th Anniversary Collection
By MuzikMan
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2004-11-17
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Artist: Kansas
Title: The 30th Anniversary Collection
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Epic/Legacy Recordings
Website: www.kansasband.com
Download: Sail On - The 30th Anniversary Collection, 1974-2004

Well another Kansas boxed set has hit our shores. That old ship is still sailing right along. It comes as no surprise that the popularity of this band has not waned over the years. Their staying power is evident with this three-disc set (two CDs and one DVD). You can still hear “Carry on Wayward Son” playing on the radio frequently, after all that is one of the songs that defined an era. Clearly, it was more than just a ‘70s thing. The musical juggernaut called Kansas has continued strongly into the new millennium, and they show no signs of slowing down.

This is without a doubt the finest package that the band has released to date. The only thing that is left is a full-blown career spanning boxed including all their studio albums, rarities and out takes. Of course, now you can get all of that from the recently remastered set of albums released earlier this year.

This music never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times I hear a Kansas song, I pick up something different. They were, and remain an amazing unique band. Besides all of the best tracks from their career, now longtime fans get the best treat of all: live concert footage from the early Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert days, which I remember well, even though I was a crazed teenager back then. Included are old videos from the Monolith album period and more.

This is the definitive and ultimate Kansas boxed set, so far. Funny, I said that about the Ultimate Kansas set, too. I cannot wait to see what will come out next. I can never get enough of this band.

Rating-10/10

Disc: 1

1. Can I Tell You
2. Journey from Mariabronn
3. Song for America
4. Lamplight Symphony
5. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
6. Pinnacle
7. Child of Innocence
8. Carry on Wayward Son
9. Cheyenne Anthem
10. Miracles Out of Nowhere
11. What's on My Mind

Disc: 2

1. Point of Know Return
2. Portrait (He Knew)
3. Dust in the Wind
4. Lightning's Hand
5. Sparks of the Tempest
6. Paradox [Live]
7. People of the South Wind
8. Hold On
9. Get to Rock On
10. Play the Game Tonight
11. Fight Fire With Fire
12. All I Wanted
13. Rainmaker
14. Desperate Times
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Icarus II

Disc: 3

1. Can I Tell You
2. Journey from Mariabronn
3. Death of Mother Nature Suite
4. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
5. Pinnacle
6. Point of Know Return [Multimedia Track]
7. Dust in the Wind [Multimedia Track]
8. On the Other Side [Multimedia Track]
9. People of the Sound Wind [Multimedia Track]
10. Reason to Be [Multimedia Track]
11. Away from You [Multimedia Track]
12. Fight Fire With Fire [Multimedia Track]
13. All I Wanted [Multimedia Track]
14. Preacher [Live]
15. Miracles Out of Nowhere [Live]
16. Carry on Wayward Son [Live]


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