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Works in Progress

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Rediscover some of the best songs in classic rock history with KANSAS: GREATEST HITS, an unbelievable CD and DVD package featuring the band’s most well-known tunes. Packed with hits such as "Freaks Of Nature" and surround sound versions of "Dust In The Wind" and "Hold On", GREATEST HITS is an essential album for any music fan.

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
  • ASIN: B000EMGADA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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First of all, Kansas was contractually required by Interscope to release a compilation album of the three releases Kansas had with them (Whiskey, Freaks & Always). So all you Kerry-ites get off your high moral horse pointing an ignorant finger at the band for not releasing new material. If you bothered to keep up with Kansas you would know that Phil Ehart personally oversaw which songs were selected and their order. Since they contractually had to do this, atleast Phil cared enough to make sure the best songs were picked from the three Interscope releases and they flowed together. I personally feel he accomplished both with the CD.

The CD is a great representation of the best songs from the 3 Interscope CD's. To date, I think Freaks of Nature is Kansas' most overlooked and underappreciated album. In my opinion, it is their best album since Audio Confessions, the last time the original group was together and others beside Kerry wrote songs. "Peaceful & Warm" still stands out as one of the best Kansas songs ever. Blasphamy to the Kerry worshipers, but oh well. "I Can Fly", hands down, one of the best rocking songs Kansas has ever done (can't reach "Carry On" levels, but still, of their songs released after the hey days of the 70's, one of the best).

As for the DVD, the three songs from the Whiskey concert are gems. Not many fans have the VHS of the concert, so to at least have three of the songs, with extended Ragsdale solo during Mysteries to Mayhem previously only available on the VHS, is worth a look & listen (solo is included on the CD as well). Note to Phil; get the entire concert out on DVD. As the three songs selected for the DVD show, this was Kansas at a professional peak as far as musicianship.
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