Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004

Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004

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by Kansas
     
 
Sony's Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004 is certainly the most lovingly crafted of the many Kansas retrospectives. Featuring 27 album cuts that range from classic FM hits like "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of No Return" to fan favorites such as "Song for America," a 35-page booklet that includes extensive liner notes and

Overview

Sony's Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004 is certainly the most lovingly crafted of the many Kansas retrospectives. Featuring 27 album cuts that range from classic FM hits like "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of No Return" to fan favorites such as "Song for America," a 35-page booklet that includes extensive liner notes and career-spanning photos, and a 16-track DVD that collects numerous television appearances, videos, and live recordings, Sail On seems to be the definitive tome of the Midwest art rock band's very existence. The album tracks are dished out in a linear fashion, making Bret Adams' interviews with the rotating cast of bandmembers all the more resonant, and the much needed remastering -- the band's first two albums arrived in this form a month before -- crackles with the kind of indulgent glee that can only come from the combination of crispy Hammond B-3 riffing over crafty mid-'70s time signatures. There's not much new here for fans who bought 1994's Box Set besides the additional DVD and the inclusion of five tracks from albums released on post-Epic/Legacy labels MCA, Intersound, River North, Diablo, Compendia Music, and Magna Carta, but for fans who have yet to upgrade their Columbia House copy of The Best of Kansas -- with its inevitable scratches and fingerprints from late-night/post-bar fumbling -- Sail On may open up a whole new world of appreciation for this tenacious group of prog-pop gentlemen.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969266120
catalogNumber:
92661
Rank:
53896

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Can I Tell You
  2. Journey from Mariabronn
  3. Song for America
  4. Lamplight Symphony
  5. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
  6. The Pinnacle
  7. Child of Innocence
  8. Carry on Wayward Son
  9. Cheyenne Anthem
  10. Miracles Out of Nowhere
  11. What's on My Mind

Disc 2

  1. Point of Know Return
  2. Portrait (He Knew)
  3. Dust in the Wind
  4. Lightning's Hand
  5. Sparks of the Tempest
  6. Paradox
  7. People of the South Wind
  8. Hold On
  9. Get to Rock On
  10. Play the Game Tonight
  11. Fight Fire With Fire
  12. All I Wanted
  13. Rainmaker
  14. Desperate Times
  15. Eleanor Rigby
  16. Icarus II

Disc 3

  1. Can I Tell You
  2. Journey from Mariabronn
  3. Death of Mother Nature Suite
  4. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
  5. The Pinnacle
  6. Point of Know Return
  7. Dust in the Wind
  8. On the Other Side
  9. People of the South Wind
  10. Reason to Be
  11. Away from You
  12. Fight Fire With Fire
  13. All I Wanted
  14. The Preacher
  15. Miracles Out of Nowhere
  16. Carry on Wayward Son

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kansas   Primary Artist
Steve Morse   Musician
Kerry Livgren   Musician
Steve Walsh   Musician
Phil Ehart   Musician
John Elefante   Musician
Billy Greer   Musician
Dave Hope   Musician
Greg Robert   Musician
Robbie Steinhardt   Musician
David Ragsdale   Musician
Larry Baird   Conductor
Richard Williams   Musician

Technical Credits

Trammell Starks   Producer
Kansas   Producer,Liner Notes
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Morse   Composer
Kerry Livgren   Composer,Producer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Andrew Powell   Producer
Ken Scott   Producer
Rob Frazier   Composer
Brad Aaron   Producer
Phil Ehart   Composer,Producer
Dino Elefante   Composer
John Elefante   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Producer
Jeff Glixman   Producer
Wally Gold   Producer
Dave Hope   Composer
Neil Kernon   Producer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer
Davey Moire   Producer
Robbie Steinhardt   Composer
Rich Williams   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jeff Magid   Producer
Danny Flower   Composer
Bret Adams   Liner Notes
Don Mischer   Director
Richard Williams   Producer
R. Williams   Composer
Ria Shibayama   Art Direction
Frank Carbonari   Graphic Design
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Louis J. Jorvits   Director
Steve Smits   Memorabilia
Peter Lloyd   Cover Art

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Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Now that Kansas has three different two-CD compilations, a fan might be confused as to which one to get. 'Kansas Box Set' covers the original lineup from the debut album, through the peak years of 'Leftoverture' and 'Point of Know Return', to 'Audio-Visions' (1974 to 1980) ... 'The Ultimate Kansas' covers the period when the band was on the Kirschner/Sony label (1974 to 1983, going past 'Box Set' to include hits from 'Vinyl Confessions' and 'Drastic Measures') ... now 'Sail On: the 30th Anniversay Collection 1974 - 2004' as the title implies brings it all up to date, to include material from the whole thirty year career (which includes post-Sony releases, and when Steve Morse was in the group). There are ten tracks shared between all three sets, which include the big hits "Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return" and early epics "The Pinnacle" and "Song for America" so picking up any of the three would satisfy the casual Kansas fan. However it's due to the DVD that makes 'Sail On' the overall best package of the lot -- at least the in concert footage of early classics "Icarus" and "Journey From Mariabronn" make it worth getting ... the pre MTV videos are worth a chuckle (even Rich Williams comments on them as being 'of their time' so to speak). However if the DVD isn't what you're after, stick with 'The Ultimate Kansas' which, judging strickly on the song selection alone, and the running order, is the best Kansas compilation (especially if you're not keen on their output from the mid-80s on)