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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000068QYD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Carry On Wayward Son
2. Song For America
3. The Wall
4. Lonely Street
5. Journey From Mariabronn
6. Child Of Innocence
7. Mysteries And Mayhem
8. The Pinnacle
9. Bringing It Back
10. Down The Road
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Point Of Know Return
2. Cheyenne Anthem
3. Fight Fire With Fire
4. Dust In The Wind
5. Hold On
6. No One Togethor
7. Play The Game Tonight
8. Closet Chronicles
9. Sparks Of The Tempest
10. Portrait (He Knew)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The heart and soul of the American heartland with the chops and invention of prog rock-that's the recipe Kansas used to become one of the biggest bands of the '70s. This is their most comprehensive overview yet: Dust in the Wind; Carry On Wayward Son; Point of Know Return; Play the Game Tonight; People of the South Wind; Hold On , and more hits plus 20 more on 2 CDs!

Customer Reviews

I think this is one of the most talanted groups ever.
Charles M. Alden
This compilation has remastered versions of several great songs that aren't available on remasters of the full albums.
Music Fanatic
You will definitely want to buy at least one proper Kansas album upon listening to this compilation.
Argyris

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BOB on January 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With deference to the preceeding reviews, yes, there have been many "best of" KANSAS collections to date. This compilation, however, contains the new remastered audio from the three best-selling catalog titles ("Masque", "Leftoverture" and "Point Of Know Return"), which were re-released in the last two years.

All of the past "best-of's", including the box set, are sonically inferior and basically obsolete; the only exception being to the completist, as each older compilation has some demo or live track exclusive to that title.

The bottom line is, if you are looking for the most up-to-date sound, buy this set.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By eveoflove on August 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Made in USA in 2002, Serial# E2K-86452, Playing Time 143:12
Many people know KANSAS for their radio-friendly tracks (like "Dust In The Wind", "Hold On", "Carry On Wayward Son", etc.)
Well, this 2CD-set has those, but also has what is, in my opinion, what makes KANSAS such an interesting band: their "epics" like "Song For America", "The Pinnacle", "Death Of Mother Nature Suite", etc.
The re-mastering job produces a crisp sonic environment, very pleasing to my ears!
It features material from their SONY days (the material stops at their 10th album, "Drastic Measures".)
However, there are 2 things I don't like about this compilation: the first is that we're jumping all over the place chronologically, so it makes for a rather foggy musical evolution; second, why on earth would they strip out the first 2 minutes from the live version of "Magnum Opus" (the last track on disc 2?); there was enough room on the CD!
All in all, an exciting retrospective... borrow it from a friend, and then I'm sure you'll want EVERY album featured on this set! It's a piece of history, and we shouldn't let great moments like these fade away!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Argyris on January 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Actually, that's technically not true. My first actual Kansas disc was a Christmas gift (it was a live CD, which I didn't like). I then went out and bought Leftoverture for "Carry On Wayward Son" (yes, I admit I was attracted to this truly overplayed song at one point). At that point I was left with a quandary: I really like "Point Of Know Return," but since it obviously wasn't on Leftoverture, I had to get it elsewhere. Another song which appealed to me was "Dust In The Wind." I was not particularly interested in the band, so I decided I would just buy the Kansas Greatest Hits collection and be done with it. Unfortunately, the venue to which I went to purchase this item (Virgin Records in Chicago) didn't have it. They had Point Of Know Return and The Ultimate Kansas. Seeing as the two songs I listed were both on Point Of Know Return, it all could have ended there. But I also wanted "Play The Game Tonight" (Vinyl Confessions, 1982), so I decided to spring the extra money and go for The Ultimate Kansas. It's the best decision I have ever made.

This compilation introduced me to the wonderful world of progressive Kansas. Believe me, "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust In The Wind" are NOTHING like the rest of the band's music. People always judge this band upon these two songs; Kansas is actually highly progressive in nature, contrary to the AOR label which has been fixed to the band. Yes, this compilation served its purpose when I first bought it.

And after that is just sat on the CD rack for about a year, untouched and forgotten. I was a bit guilty I had spent so much money for so few songs, and I resolved to forget that folly. All would change in May 2005.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rohit R on June 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The ultimate Kansas is a terrific compilation from this great progressive rock band from Kansas.the best part of this collection is the excellent remastering of the songs which sound much better than the previous versions.almost all their great songs feature here and I highly recommend this fantastic compilation to all rock fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "zonebuster" on December 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is their best compilation on the market. The remastered CD's sound terrific. It includes most of Kansas' highest charting sinlges and their best epic progressive rock tracks. It gets 4 out 5 starts only because of some omitted songs. They left off "Miracles Out of Nowhere" from Leftoverture (a personal favorite and one they always play live). Also, there are no tracks from their two 1980s albums with guitarist Steve Morse made for MCA. It would have been great to have "All I Wanted" and "Power" on this collection. Still, it is a must buy for all classic/progressive rock fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William J. Nolan Jr. on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I baught this CD for one reason, to hear the songs re-mixed with a better sound.It is good and very crisp.You can realy crank it up!
I have to agree with the other review however and say that the "compilation" thing has run its course.Enough already!
My 4 stars are for sound quality and having all the songs on one CD. Two songs that are not on the cd that belong there are "ICRUS" original.and "Miricles out of nowhere" This would have really made the cd complete. These two songs could have easily taken the place of the "pop" hits "hold on" and "fight fire with fire" Anyway, buy it for the re-mastering alone.
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