- Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Compendia
- ASIN: B000EMGADA
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,746 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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 bands 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.
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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.
The long and short of it is NEVER BUY BEST OF ALBUMS. In my opinion they always dissapoint, the reason for this being that you don't get to hear the band in a specific mood, but rather a jumble of ideas and songs that just don't gel. Albums are meant to reflect a certain sound of the band at that time.
I also agree with some of the reviewers, please Kerry worshipers, get over him leaving the band after Audio Visions, I am also a Kerry fan but I really like the albums Power, In The Spirit of Things and Freaks Of Nature.
If you want to purchase the best of Kansas, start with the debut, and buy all of them until Somewhere to Elsewhere, because according to me all their stuff is great, Livgren or not.
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. They have never sounded better musically on any other live recording than here. True, Steve's voice is hit and miss due to the problems he was having at the time, but the music is by far the best they have ever been captured live.
The band did not have to include the DVD with this compilation, I see the DVD as more of a bonus here which it is.
At any rate, this is going to be for the fans of the Interscope years of Kansas. If you are someone that is just a casual fan, don't bother. Definitely don't waste space out here reviewing this when you haven't even picked it up and/or have no clue about why it was released.
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.