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THE BEST OF KANSAS

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

2.54 | 75 ratings

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Finnforest
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2 stars Good songs (mostly), another pointless compilation

Kansas needs no introduction and this "best of" is as silly as they usually are. As with so many of these titles that attempt to condense years of progressive rock into one tidy package, it really has no chance of completing the mission. There are some very good songs contained within and yet the listener suffers without the context of the full recording, hearing them outside of the album the artist intended. While not quite as insane as the idea of a Pink Floyd or Genesis one disc "best-of", Kansas deserves far better than this.

A few tracks are extracted from albums dating from the mid 70s to mid 80s, including big FM radio players like "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Song." The wonderful "Song for America" is also served. There are some later semi-duds too which were the result of Kansas changing their sound to a more commercial approach in the 80s. For someone who wants but the briefest overview of this band's many albums, perhaps this could suffice. But anyone with a real desire to explore the band should spend this money on getting a real album instead.

Years later, this album would be re-released with an updated track list.

Finnforest | 2/5 |

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