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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 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.
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.Read more ›
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I don't personally own this album, but I do have all the Kansas albums except Vinyl Confessions and Drastic Measures. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by Audio Ear
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. Read morePublished on December 11, 2006