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Original Album Classics [Box set]

Kansas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B001P5VT7M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Can I Tell You - Kansas
2. Bringing It Back - Kansas
3. Lonely Wind - Kansas
4. Belexes - Kansas
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Down The Road - Song For America
2. Song For America - Song For America
3. Lamplight Symphony - Song For America
4. Lonely Street - Song For America
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man) - Masque
2. Two Cents Worth - Masque
3. Icarus (Born On Wings Of Steel) - Masque
4. All The World - Masque
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Carry On Wayward Son - Leftoverture
2. The Wall - Leftoverture
3. What's On My Mind - Leftoverture
4. Miracles Out Of Nowhere - Leftoverture
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Point of Know Return - Point Of No Return
2. Paradox - Point Of No Return
3. The Spider - Point Of No Return
4. Portrait (He Knew) - Point Of No Return
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

This is a five classic albums CD box set with the original artworked 'mini LP' CD wallets in deluxe packaging. It contains the albums Kansas, Song For America, Masque, Leftoverture and Point Of Know Return.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles and miles of Kansas 20 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK, if you're a Kansas fan you probably don't need this. As other reviewers have noted about the Original Album Classics series, five albums at low budget price is great value for money. The Kansas collection is one of the more expensive ones, though I was pleasantly surprised to find Amazon had knocked a few quid off the #17.98 quoted. You only get facsimile sleeves and no notes, so the only information that comes with this is what was printed on the original outer sleeves, though there's a full track listing on the box. This reveals that there are a couple of bonus tracks on each disc, always alternative versions of tracks from their respective albums.

My knowledge of Kansas before buying this was sketchy. I was familiar with the obvious hit, 'Carry On Wayward Son', and a friend played me part of their live album 'Two For The Show' soon after its release. I remember thinking, 'Ah yes, Genesis clones' and as I already had a lot of Genesis I wasn't particularly interested. Certainly, there are frequent touches of English prog, but there's a lot more besides. The debut album is, as is often the case, significantly different from the others. Rough around the edges, it displays the hunger of a band that hasn't yet made it. They hadn't quite settled on a particular style either. The album includes a sparky cover of J. J. Cale's' 'Bringing It Back'.

'Song For America' is more polished and I'm surprised this only went gold as it not only defines their sound, but is a very good album. 'Masque', which sees Kansas marking time is a relative disappointment. The highlight for me is 'Leftoverture' and not just for the hit single. Both style and sound are perfectly honed and the material is uniformly superb, though 'Magnum Opus', the centrepiece track is a little self-indulgent in places.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock at a bargin price 21 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
These albums vary from the very good (Masque) to classic rock (Point of no return & Leftoverture.)A couple of years ago I paid what this set cost for Point of no return & Leftoverture as a double album. And that didn't come with the bonus tracks that you get on this set! What a bargain. Not to mention that the neat packaging with each disc in its own mini copy of the original album sleeve takes up no more shelf space than a conventional double Cd case.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible value 3 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Five great albums for twelve quid? Unbelievable. Kansas were ill-served by the media of the time, despite being great songwriters and players. Listening to these albums again, it is a real jolt to remember just what amazing musicians they are: but it's not just noodling for noodling's sake! Within the complex time signatures and virtuoso playing there are some inspired tunes and really thoughtful words.

The finest albums are Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, in MHO, but they are all well worth the effort - and sometimes, as in Lightning's Hand, you just want to shout with joy when they carry off that incredible instrumental section.

Then along came punk and dropped everything to the lowest common denominator. I have nothing against the Ramones or their ilk personally, but to hear the pride of Kansas oozing out of every note played being replaced by two-chord badly-played heavy metal is an absolute disgrace. They could do it live, too: if anybody out there went through the sheer purgatory of seeing The Clash on stage, they will know how important that is.

Just buy this and delight. Too much ignored and a reappraisal is long overdue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Tip. 23 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Rather than shell out for 5 Kansas CDs why not shell out around a tenner more and check out the new Box set that contains all the above Cds PLUS 5 others!
The set is remastered and 'peppered' with extra tracks?
The actual albums included are
Song for America,
`Two for the Show' (A LIVE DOUBLE)
Point of Know Return,
Audio Visions,
Vinyl Confessions, and
Drastic Measure

this is notr a review! Just a friendly point you in the right direction type of thing!.The Classic Albums Collection 1974-1983
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music at a great price 26 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Kansas are one of those bands unfortunate enough to have had a couple of commercially successful hits,Carry on wayward son and dust in the wind and thanks to commercial radio and the casual rock fan thats all they are remembered for which is a real shame because they have made some truly memorable music, mixing progressive elements with pomp and hard rock and with Robbie Steinhardts violin,at times a rootsy feel pervades the music to create something really unique.Maybe there lies the problem,too heavy for your average prog head and too proggy for your average metalhead. If you can rock out as well as prog out then Kansas are the business.
Here you can get their first five albums all in remastered form with a couple of bonus tracks on each. These albums were released between 1974-77 which shows how prolific Kansas were at this time. To complement this box set you should buy the 30th anniversary edition of the live album Two for the show which comes with virtually a whole second disc of unreleased material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy another Kansas disc 20 July 2011
By Russell
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What more can be said. Great remastering, a few bonus tracks, original covers and a very nice cost of admission. I'll be looking for other in the original Alum Classics after this set. Just go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
Listening to single tracks is okay, but this collection reminds you of when band cared about crafting an album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr P G Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars good value way to get digital versions
All tracks from the original Kansas albums at a great price.
Can now have kansas in the car (without ,messing around with digtal downloads etc).
Published 15 months ago by Terry Greenland
4.0 out of 5 stars A box set of the first five Kansas albums. Gotta be good surely?
I have listened to the 1999 release the 'best of Kansas' on countless occasions and enjoy all twelve songs, nine of which are from their first five albums. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars to hell with Purism
Hearing "carry on wayward son" at the end of the movie "Anchorman", spurred me on to get this minimalist packaging box set, and in many ways its worth getting an album (or 5 going... Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by cagire
2.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately the last albums were made
they started with rock n roll ended with bible kinda songs that made them lose track this is were you will find classics like dust in the wind and songs that everyone from the... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Nawaf Ahmed Albardooli
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN' AWESOME
kansas rock, kansas kick ass, this is just brilliant.great music for fans of real music and a million miles away from the rubbish released in todays charts. Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by A. Charters
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great.
Like Dream Theater and Bad Co? Listen to Leftoverture.
Like Boston? Listen to Masque.
Listening to music like this it's easy to go all 'Spinal Tap' but these guys had a... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by Mr. Kevin P. Teasdale
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 storming albums all together here
The first five albums by Kansas are all you need, what came after was just a plethora of commercial radio-friendly generic pop-rock releases. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by F. M. Havicon
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound Quality
I have all five of these discs on vinyl(sadly no turntable at present...kids) and I have to say the sound quality compared to the original vinyl albums is nothing short of... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by TonyC
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