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Works in Progress

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mysteries & Mayhem
  2. Portrait
  3. Down The Road
  4. Black Fathom 4
  5. Freaks Of Nature
  6. Under The Knife
  7. I Can Fly
  8. Peaceful And Warm
  9. The Wall
  10. Cheyenne Anthem
  11. Hold On
  12. Dust In The Wind

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Compendia
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Works In Progress is a collection of live tracks that was intended to fill some of the chronological gaps in Kansas' live recordings. There was little record of the band's live work after their 1977 'Point Of Know Return' tour. 'Two For The Show' only covered up to their fifth album, and the only two major live releases that followed were either unlistenable, like the infamous 'Live At The Whiskey' that features an about to go into rehab Steve Walsh croaking in a horribly damaged voice, or minimally representative of their work, as on the 1988 King Biscuit show from the Tower Theater in Philadelphia that's been released about 20 times by Sony BMG under different names.

Some of the tracks seem to have been pulled from the aforementioned King Biscuit show in Philadelphia. Some of them seem to be pulled from the excellent 'Device, Voice, Drum' live show recorded in 2002. I can't verify this as there are no liner notes to indicate when or where the songs were recorded, which I found annoying

The choice of tracks makes little sense. Many of the songs are from their `70s albums and have already been covered on other live albums. 'Power' and 'In The Spirit of Things' are not represented at all, but 'Freaks Of Nature' oddly gets five tracks, and 'Somewhere to Elsewhere' only gets one song, which is unconscionable given the importance of that album in the band's career.

At first I thought it was cool that they released some of the `80s and `90s work that's been overlooked. It is nice to hear some of the songs from 'Freaks of Nature' presented live for the first time. However, the album seems thrown together without any care or cohesion. This compilation isn't really an essential unless you're a Kansas completist, and even then it might not be essential.
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Save your money.

The DVD contains 3 songs from the Whiskey concert, and 3 from the Device Voice Drum concert. The DVD also contains remastered Dust in the Wind on and Hold on (audio only).

The CD also has Dust inthe Wind and Hold on, as if we need to hear them twice in one purchase.

If the band can't, or won't, write new material I wish they'd stop greatest hitting their fans to death.
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A Kid's Review on December 11, 2006
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Forget what other compilations you have, if so you dont need this anyway. But if you dont have The Ultimate Kansas, The Best Of Kansas, Sail On, etc. I myself am a Kansas freak so I have bought every CD they have just to have it! Although this may not be the best, judging it purely on what it is it's a decent CD with a lot of good tracks. Compared to some of the BAD newer Kansas CDs over the past decade or so, this compilation is much better then some of those. For those fans who keep wishing for new material, sometimes for an older classic band, that doesnt always produce a satisfying result either. And apparantly these reissues make money for bands, because so many of them are guilty of it putting them out. So 3 1/2 stars for this issue, I just rounded it off and gave it 4.
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no more compilations
Where's the "Monolith" remaster? I'd much rather have that.
Apr 13, 2006 by Keith A. Morse |  See all 10 posts
Again ? you have got to be joking
I whole-heartedly agree! The official Kansas web site in early 2006 suggested that their Live album "Two for the Show" was going to be released this year in a remastered format. Now, those plans have been put on hold (indefinately?) and I see they are now offering this Works in... Read More
Apr 23, 2006 by Richard Thompson |  See all 2 posts
Working Band
Fresh is something Kansas needs but sadly doesn't have. I can't stand the comp's. I've heard all and seen all. # times live and they keep re-hashing the same over and over. Even DVD was the same. Perhaps if they knew what their fans wanted they would care too.
Jun 17, 2006 by gone |  See all 2 posts
Working Band
I like what you have to say Chuck...but there is a little old band from Canada that I would put in your conversation.Of course,I'm lucky to get a chance to see Rush once every 5 years at a large arena,whereas Kansas has made themselves much more accessible and I have been able to see them up... Read More
May 13, 2006 by clearingsky |  See all 2 posts
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