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4.30 | 230 ratings

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5 stars Beauty and abundance

This live album was released at the very pinnacle of Kansas' career just after their two studio masterpieces Point Of Know Return and Leftoverture. Two For The Show presents us with the best songs from the band's first five studio records with songs from the two aforementioned albums rubbing shoulders with fantastic versions of older Kansas classics like Icarus (Borne On Wings Of Steal), Song For America, and Journey From Mariabronn. The live versions of the songs from the early albums are often improvements over the studio originals, making Two For The Show the ultimate place to discover many of these songs.

To my knowledge, there are three different versions of this album: the original double vinyl LP, a single CD reissue and a double CD version (30th Anniversary Edition). While the first CD release had to drop one of the songs (Closet Chronicles) from the original vinyl track list to be able to squeeze the album onto a single compact disc, the recent 2CD version offers the complete program plus an abundance of extra live material. This new version (remastered by Jeff Glixman who produced Point Of Know Return and Leftoverture) is the ultimate version. (If you wish to hear the album as it was on the original vinyl LP you can rip both discs onto your computer and program it to play the album this way.

Two For The Show is Kansas' counterpart to Yessongs, Seconds Out, and Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends (by Yes, Genesis, and Emerson Lake & Palmer respectively). This is one of the best live albums of all time! Very highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 5/5 |


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