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Kansas - 1978 Two For The Show (Live)

ARTIST: Kansas
ALBUM: Two For The Show (Live)
LABEL: Kirshner
SERIAL: PZ2 35660
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1989, Kirshner, ZGK 35660 * 2008, Sony/Legacy, 88697 30836 2


LINEUP: Phil Ehart - percussion, drums * Dave Hope - bass * Kerry Livgren - guitars, keyboards * Robby Steinhardt - violins, backing vocals, lead vocals * Steve Walsh - keyboards, lead vocals * Rich Williams - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Song For America * 02 Point Of Know Return * 03 Paradox * 04 Icarus - Borne On The Wings Of Steel * 05 Portrait (He Knew) * 06 Carry On Wayward Son * 07 Journey From Mariabronn * 08 Dust In The Wind (Acc Gtr Solo) * 09 Lonely Wind (Piano solo) * 10 Mysteries And Mayhem * 11 Excerpt from Lamplight Symphony * 12 The Wall * 13 Closet Chronicles * 14 Magnum Opus


It was a time when double live albums were the norm. Yes, the late 70's was a period when great bands committed their craft to tape, warts and all. That is, WYHIWYG. However, as we've read elsewhere here at GDM HQ, some of those live albums were tweaked to kingdom come. No need to name names, we know who the culprits are. Kudos then to Kansas, who released the late 1978 two-LP set 'Two For The Show' with next to no tweaking and after-dubs in the studio, apart from audience clapping phasing in and out. Well done to Jeff Glixman. The band recorded many moments on the 'Point Of Know Return' tour, which commenced in 1977 and finished up toward the end of 1978. The double album went gold within a few weeks and eventually reached platinum in March 1979.

The Songs
The interest with 'Two For The Show' was not so much in the material on the album, which showcases the band in their prime, but more in the way the album was handled over the years in terms of reissues. Sure, most of the band's epic songs were included on the double LP. Astonishingly, the 2008 reissue from Sony/Legacy included 11 previously unreleased songs, which were only found after checking the mastertapes. Drummer Phil Ehart admonished the label, and was quoted as saying 'I can't believe that they were sitting on this material for 30 years'. However, give credit where it was due, as the 2008 30th Anniversary edition includes those missing songs, and adds an extra 75 minutes to the run time. If there was ever a version of this album to get, then it would be the 2008 reissue. Sony/Legacy brought Jeff Glixman back to do the remastering, seeing he was there at the start. Though issued on the original double LP, 'Closet Chronicles' was removed on the first CD issue due to the lack of space available on the single CD format (80 minutes). The track was added back in on subsequent reissues.

In Summary
I'm a bit of sucker for these double live albums, and feel that they were an important part of the 70's and early-mid 80's discographic history. You can be assured that GDM will be reviewing as many of these gatefold classics as possible - during 2014. Watch this space!

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#1 | rkbluez on January 05 2014 14:08:53
This is one of IMO the best Live albums by one of the greatest bands now with the added 75 minutes...when this came out it had mostly the well known songs but now the new 2008 version sounds great and has the whole 2 1/2 hour show and all of the tunes die hard Kansas fans like myself couldn't be more happy about...the songs that are added on are a lot of the more harder rockin stuff...Jeff Glixman has again worked his magic and all of the music sounds great making this expanded Legacy version an essential purchase for any Kansas fan...a must own.
#2 | Eric on January 05 2014 17:10:43
Agree, this is a killer live album. Cover was a clever take on a Norman Rockwell painting.
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