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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B005L12SB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 CD box set containing the complete Sony back catalog from the American AOR/Prog rock band housed in mini LP sleeves. Includes the albums Kansas, Song For America, Masque, Leftoverture, Point Of Know Return, Two For The Show, Monolith, Audio Visions, Vinyl Confessions and Drastic Measures. Epic Legacy.

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For Kansas fans, a must have.
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I recommend for the die-hard Kansas fan -- has Kansas after Kansas album -- good listening -- get to know them better besides just their "popular" songs!
Denise
And it is interesting to see how their sound evolved, if I could use that word.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thompson on December 8, 2011
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Well, let me just say that I have to disagree with bob twain. I think this is a great box and I am glad I bought it. Here's why: first off, it's a great buy at $50. You're getting 11 cd's for that price, so that's less than $5 a disc, and these are not old first generation 90's cd's that they usually package up in a 3-pak to sell at a bargain price, these are the newest Kansas remasters that not only sound great, but include bonus tracks on the first five albums AND they include the 2-disc expanded 30th anniversary edition of the Two For The Show "Live" album. And, to top it all off, the Monolith cd is remastered here for the first time!

The old product description was pretty good, but it seems to have been revised and gives you less info now. Here is what you get: 10 Classic Kansas albums from the debut in 1974 to Drastic Measures from 1983 all in mini-LP replica form of the original Kirshner Records releases. A 22 page booklet which includes a song listing for each album along with standard liner notes of band members, crew, album dedications, production information, and of course band photos. Now I will admit that the booklet is slightly on the cheap side because it is black & white only.

Oh, and to address that criticism of the white border on all the replica album jackets, well guess what, it makes reading the title on the edge of each album much easier. They also made the Monolith replica a "gate-fold" just like the original album. I really couldn't care less that they have a white border vs. the album art going from edge to edge. I just think it would make reading the album titles harder. I will admit that I do not own any of those Japanese SHM releases in mini-LP replica form. The reason is...I only care about the Music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RisingPhoenix on July 25, 2013
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The Kansas Classics Albums Collection should be the benchmark for how collaborations of this format are assembled. All of the classic albums from the original Steve Walsh era (74-80) plus the two often-maligned but still solid and impressive efforts from the Elefante era for less than $7.00/disc. Minature gatefold sleeves showing the classic artwork of these legendary albums. And most importantly - the sound quality on these discs is amazing, perfectly remastered and clear. Monolith and Audio-Visions have never sounded better. I can discern each and every instrument and dynamic range without clipping, brickwalling, distortion and other hinderances that ruined similar "remasters" from other artists (Genesis comes to mind, their 2007 remasters were atrocious).
I am more than satisfied and delighted that I purchased this testament to America's greatest progressive rock band.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MUSICFANATIC on March 22, 2012
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HERE'S THE LOWDOWN ON THE BOX SET. THE ALBUMS,KANSAS,MASQUE,SONG FOR AMERICA,LEFTOVERTURE,POINT OF NO RETURN AND TWO FOR THE SHOW ARE THE SAME REMASTERS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE MARKET. AUDIO-VISIONS,DRASTIC MEASURES,AND VINYL CONFESSIONS GOT A SONIC FACELIFT BY BEING RE-REMASTERED FOR THIS BOX SET. AUDIO VISIONS SOUNDS ESPECIALLY GOOD,THE LAST REMASTERING WAS KIND OF BASSEY AND MUDDY SOUNDING. AND OF COURSE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE BOX SET IS "MONOLITH" WHICH IS BEAUTIFULLY REMASTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME,I'VE WAITED SO LONG FOR IT I ALMOST GAVE UP. ALL IN ALL IT'S A GREAT BOX SET FOR ANY KANSAS FAN. GET IT WHILE YOU CAN.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francine The Spider Monkey on September 27, 2014
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I kept telling myself for the longest time that I was going to buy all my vinyl Kansas on CD when I won the lottery. Imagine how excited I became when I found this particular 11 CD set for such a low price. My heart was racing the entire time I was ordering. I expected shipment in 7-15 days. I'd waited THIS long, so no big deal, right? My parcel arrived 2 days later. The box that it arrived in was a little smooshed on one side. Eh, okay. Every individual CD inside was unharmed! I was hooked on Kansas @ 12 years old. I stopped collecting and listening to any vinyl right after Drastic Measures. You know, work, school, being a productive citizen. All of that nonsense that can subtly take the joy away from you in 1-4 short decades. I still have all my vinyl Kansas, but no turntable. Funny, some things I just cannot part with. Immediately, I fired up my dream system (yeah, that's right) and it works perfectly, put in the first 4 CDs and hit PLAY. I don't care if the packaging is cardboard. I don't care if there are no lyrics included. After all these years, I began to sing along with the music. My old woman brain remembered every last keyboard, violin and guitar note played, every change in drum beat and every word sang in the music of my youth. I think I may have wept a little. Thank You Amazon for such speedy service. It's been a great day!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 11, 2012
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I finally purchased this box set after considering it for a long time. I have many of the Kansas Albums on Vinyl. I must say that the remastering is excellent. Many remasters subject the listener to way to much sub bass...although this can be equalized out ...it still tends to muddy up the Bass guitar and bring the Bass Drum forward...that being said... these cds sound great. For the price...very cool. The box for this set is not great...the packaging is better than Jewel cases and the booklet basic. I do see at least 3 diff individuals involved in the re mastering of the cds. Overall a great purchase for any Kansas or prog rock fan.
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Monolith, Audio Visions REMASTERED!!
John, does the set give any information on who did the Monolith and AV remasters, and is there any bonus material on those discs? I am disappointed to hear that VC and DM are the same as the 1996 versions, as those are not very good editions. The Rock Candy remasters do sound nice, but they used... Read More
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