Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection 1974-2004

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969266120
  • Catalog Number: 92661
  • Sales rank: 10,287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can I Tell You (3:33)
  2. 2 Journey from Mariabronn (7:57)
  3. 3 Song for America (10:03)
  4. 4 Lamplight Symphony (8:15)
  5. 5 Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel) (6:04)
  6. 6 The Pinnacle (9:36)
  7. 7 Child of Innocence (4:36)
  8. 8 Carry on Wayward Son (5:23)
  9. 9 Cheyenne Anthem (6:54)
  10. 10 Miracles Out of Nowhere (6:28)
  11. 11 What's on My Mind (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Point of Know Return (3:13)
  2. 2 Portrait (He Knew) (4:35)
  3. 3 Dust in the Wind (3:26)
  4. 4 Lightning's Hand (4:23)
  5. 5 Sparks of the Tempest (4:16)
  6. 6 Paradox (4:09)
  7. 7 People of the South Wind (3:39)
  8. 8 Hold On (3:52)
  9. 9 Get to Rock On (3:22)
  10. 10 Play the Game Tonight (3:27)
  11. 11 Fight Fire With Fire (3:41)
  12. 12 All I Wanted (3:23)
  13. 13 Rainmaker (6:47)
  14. 14 Desperate Times (5:26)
  15. 15 Eleanor Rigby (3:23)
  16. 16 Icarus II (7:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Can I Tell You
  2. 2 Journey from Mariabronn
  3. 3 Death of Mother Nature Suite
  4. 4 Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
  5. 5 The Pinnacle
  6. 6 Point of Know Return
  7. 7 Dust in the Wind
  8. 8 On the Other Side
  9. 9 People of the South Wind
  10. 10 Reason to Be
  11. 11 Away from You
  12. 12 Fight Fire With Fire
  13. 13 All I Wanted
  14. 14 The Preacher
  15. 15 Miracles Out of Nowhere
  16. 16 Carry on Wayward Son
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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
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Respectable overall collection of Kansas' career

    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)

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