RELEASE
October 25, 2010
LABEL
Sony Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Art Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

Epic/Legacy's double-disc set The Essential Kansas pretty much fulfills the promise of its title. Although it doesn't delve into the group's latter-day recordings for MCA and other labels, that's not a problem because most listeners -- whether they're fairweather or dedicated fans -- will want to concentrate on the group's peak in the '70s, which is precisely what this does. Over the course of 26 tracks, all the hits and album-oriented radio staples are featured, usually in their full-length album versions, plus a number of fan favorites and key album tracks that help draw a full picture of what the group did. The remastered and expanded single-disc The Best of Kansas remains the best bet for the casual fan, since it has all the big hits on one disc, but anybody seeking to dig deeper than the hits and radio favorites -- without actually hearing the original albums -- should turn here, since its selection and sound is better than the three-disc box.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Carry on Wayward Sonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  2. Song for Americahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  3. The Wallhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  4. Lonely Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  5. Journey from Mariabronnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  6. Child of Innocencehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  7. Mysteries and Mayhemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  8. The Pinnaclehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  9. Bringing It Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  10. Down the Roadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  11. What's on My Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  12. Death of Mother Nature Suitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  13. Point of Know Returnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  14. Cheyenne Anthemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  15. Fight Fire with Firehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  16. Dust in the Windhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  17. Hold Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  18. No One Togetherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  19. Play the Game Tonighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  20. Closet Chronicleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  21. Sparks of the Tempesthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  22. Portrait (He Knew)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  23. On the Other Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  24. People of the South Windhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  25. A Glimpse of Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
  26. Magnum Opus [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5
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