|Previously released material|
Track 2.16 produced by Phil Ehart, Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh
|Released on July 1994|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|Z2K 47364 booklet cover
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K ronomyth 14.5: THE PEAK O’ KANSAS. Kansas gets the box treatment in a two-disc set that contains the usual bits: digitally remastered sound, some unreleased material and a playbill filled with historical facts and never-before-seen band photos. Instead of a career summary of Kansas in all its various incarnations, this boxed set is strictly limited to “classic” Kansas: the band’s first seven studio albums. That means you don’t have to listen to Kansas without Steve Walsh (Vinyl Confessions, Drastic Measures) or Kansas without Kerry Livgren (Power, In the Spirit of Things), but you do have to listen a 16-minute live version of “Incomudro – Hymn to the Atman.” that includes both of them plus an awesome drum solo from Phil Ehart. Unfortunately, you also have to listen to a new song, “Wheels,” that features all three of them plus new violinist David Ragsdale. That song definitely could have used a drum solo, not to mention a pair of cymballs. As you’d probably expect, about half of Point of Know Return and Leftoverture are on here. So is about half of Masque, which is kind of a surprise. Three tracks from each of the two albums before (Kansas, Song For America) and after (Monolith, Audio-Visions) round out the set. Presented in chronological order with an early demo version of “Can I Tell You” and a few unreleased live versions peppered in between, the Kansas box set tells the story of The Six (Ehart, Livgren, Walsh, Dave Hope, Robby Steinhardt and Rich Williams) and The Seven they left behind. What followed, of course, wasn’t entirely inconsequential, and you’ll find it chronicled on the double-disc compilations that came after: 1997’s Definitive Collection, 2002’s erroneously titled The Ultimate Kansas and, in an apparent attempt to lure in confused Styx fans, 2004’s Sail On.
PHIL EHART -- drums (2.16)
KERRY LIVGREN -- guitars, keyboards and background vocals (2.16)
DAVID RAGSDALE -- violin (2.16)
STEVE WALSH -- lead vocals (2.16)
Jeff Glixman -- engineer, mixing (2.16)
Barron Storey -- illustration
Jim de Barros - art direction
Neal Preston, M. & M. Wambsganss, Jonathan Exley, Terry Ehart -- photos
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||July 1994||Epic Associated/Legacy||2CD/2CS||Z2K 47364||boxed set|
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