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&at=11l9vR
  2. Song for Americahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. The Wallhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Lonely Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Journey from Mariabronnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Child of Innocencehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Mysteries and Mayhemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. The Pinnaclehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Bringing It Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Down the Roadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. What's on My Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Death of Mother Nature Suitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Point of Know Returnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Cheyenne Anthemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Fight Fire with Firehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Dust in the Windhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Hold Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. No One Togetherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Play the Game Tonighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Closet Chronicleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Sparks of the Tempesthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Portrait (He Knew)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. On the Other Sidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. People of the South Windhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. A Glimpse of Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Magnum Opus [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-essential-kansas/id399052667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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