Definitive Collection

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Definitive Collection is only three tracks short of matching the same number of cuts from Kansas' box set, and it does contain most of the band's better hits. Fans of Kansas' progressive stock will notice the absence of "Magnum Opus" as well a few other worthy instrumentals, but for the most part it serves as a fair collection. Six of seven of the group's Top 40 hits are present, as well as a couple of creditable surprises in "Reason to Be," "Hope Once Again," and "Got to Rock On," which aren't included on the box set. The only real dispensable track seems to be the demo version of "Can I Tell You," but longtime fans will appreciate the live cuts of "Song for America" and "The Wall," which more than make up for it. Actually, the track selection is pretty sensible, avoiding what could have been a lot of inessential filler from albums like Masque, Monolith, and Audio-Visions, to name a few. Completists may want the box set because of its packaging and liner notes, but Definitive Collection stands as a commendable overview of Kansas' work from a musical standpoint.

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