Kansas – The Best Of Kansas (1984)
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About the Album
The Best Of Kansas is the first compilation album from the American progressive rock band Kansas. It was originally released in 1984, and featured one new track, “Perfect Lover”, written by then-lead vocalist John Elefante and his brother Dino Elefante. The compilation was re-released in 1999 in a version supervised by the original band members, so “Perfect Lover”was dropped in favor of three additional tracks to make it fit on a single CD. Added were “The Pinnacle”from Masque, “The Devil Game”from Song for America, and a live track deleted from Two for the Show called “Closet Chronicles”, originally from Point of Know Return. The album has sold over 4 million copies in the United States and was certified quadruple platinum in 2001.
The versions of “Carry On Wayward Son”and “The Wall”on the 1984 release of The Best Of Kansas are specially remixed versions unique to the first version of this collection. For the 1999 reissue of the collection, the original 1976 mixes from the album Leftoverture are used instead. The removal of “Perfect Lover”which had previously been available only on this album, makes the track out of print in the United States. The original track listing and mixes were restored for the 2014 180-gram vinyl release of the album by Friday Music.