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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - "Kansas" (1974)
1. Can I Tell You (3:32)
2. Bringing It Back (3:33)
3. Lonely Wind (4:16)
4. Belexes (4:23)
5. Journey From Mariabronn (7:55)
6. The Pilgrimage (3:42)
7. Apercu (9:43)
8. Death of Mother Nature Suite (7:44)
9. Bringing It Back (Live) 9:41

CD 2 - "Song For America" (1975)
1. Down The Road (3:43)
2. Song For America (9:59)
3. Lamplight Symphony (8:11)
4. Lonely Street (5:43)
5. The Devil Game (5:03)
6. Incomudro - Hymn To The Atman (12:12)
7. Song For America (single edit) (3:02)
8. Down The Road (Live) (3:48)

CD 3 - "Masque" (1975)
1. It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man) (3:09)
2. Two Cents Worth (3:10)
3. Icarus - Borne On Wings Of Steel (6:07)
4. All The World (7:13)
5. Child Of Innocence (4:38)
6. It's You (2:35)
7. Mysteries And Mayhem (4:20)
8. The Pinnacle (9:35)
9. Child of Innocence (Demo) (4:40)
10. It's You (Demo) (7:17)

CD 4 - "Leftoverture" (1976)
1. Carry On Wayward Son (5:13)
2. The Wall (4:47)
3. What's On My Mind (3:27)
4. Miracles Out Of Nowhere (6:29)
5. Opus Insert (4:26)
6. Questions Of My Childhood (3:38)
7. Cheyenne Anthem (6:50)
8. Magnum Opus (8:27)
9. Carry On Wayward Son (live)
10. Cheyenne Anthem (live)

CD 5 - "Point Of Know Return" (1977)
1. Point of know return (3:11)
2. Paradox (3:49)
3. The spider (2:08)
4. Portrait (He knew) (4:32)
5. Closet chronicles (6:30)
6. Lightning hand (4:21)
7. Dust in the wind (3:26)
8. Sparks of the tempest (4:15)
9. Nobody's home (4:37)
10. Hopelessly human (7:10)
11. Sparks of the Tempest (Live) (5:17)
12. Portrait (He Knew) (Live) (4:49)

Total Running Time approx. 264 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Phil Ehart / drums
- Dave Hope / bass, backing vocals
- Kerry Livgren / guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
- Robbie Steinhardt / lead vocals, violin
- Steve Walsh / lead vocals, keyboards
- Rich Williams / lead guitar

Releases information

Sony BMG 88697459822.

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KANSAS Original Album Classics ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (4%)
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Review by Matti
4 stars For a library user these multi-album sets are very handy! This contains the first five albums of the American Symphonic / Hard Prog legend Kansas, covering their best era. As usual, the original vinyl covers are duplicated as they are, which causes some uncomfort if one wishes to read the texts. The printing is really tiny and there are no details such as tracks' running times, or band members listed. Also information concerning bonus live tracks are missing (they seem to be the same bonuses as the CD editions of the individual albums have had). Therefor it would be very friendly from Sony to accompany these minimalistic sets with an additional sheet of paper giving at least some information, if not the original liner notes having appeared elsewhere than outer cover.

Pardon me for concentrating on the physical aspects. Just a few words on the music. Even though I have probably heard three or four of these albums some long time ago, it was - at this point of my prog journey - very useful to listen to them all at once. I found many good proggy tracks (more or less new to me), such as 'Apercu' from the debut, and 'Lamplight Symphony' and 'Incomudro - Hymn To The Atman' from the second album.

While I agree with the common idea that Leftoverture and its follower Point Of Know Return were Kansas' highest achievements both artistically and commercially, the three earlier albums have some great stuff that have unjustly remained less well-known. The two albums of classic status may be better executed on the whole, as the band's weakest - the least interesting ones for a prog listener, that is - straight rock songs are to be found on their earlier albums. So, especially with a band like this, whose style operates between Brit-influenced Symphonic Prog and American Hard Rock with a certain 'big country' feel to it, this is really the best way to get a fresh close look at their halcyon days.

Review by Warthur
5 stars If you know the Original Album Classics series and similar, you know the deal here: small slipcase, set of CDs in simple cardboard sleeves replicating the original LP sleeve design, no booklet, no frills.

In this case, this collection brings together the first five Kansas studio albums. There's another box set which includes the Two For the Show live album and all the studio albums up to Drastic Measures - but you'd have to be a very uncritical Kansas fan to want all of those.

As it is, this is a cheap way to get the cornerstone of a Kansas collection, and for many this (plus perhaps Two For The Show) will be the only Kansas they really need. For a fairly reasonable price you get two widely-acknowledged classics (Leftoverture and Point of Know Return), a strong and overlooked album (Song For America), and two albums which aren't as hot as the others here but which both have strong moments and are nice to have as a bonus (Kansas and Masque).

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4 stars Basically, this is pretty much about all the Kansas anyone could need or want. All 5 of their classic early studio albums are here with some live bonuses thrown in to sweeten the pot. 264 minutes of great American Progressive Rock is here from KANSAS through SONG FOR AMERICA, up to POINT OF KNOW RET ... (read more)

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