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Two For The Show

a Live release

Release Year: 1978

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1978 LP
Recorded at various shows from 1977 -1978
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/17/2004 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 2/5/2011 10:56:00 PM by: Rob
  1. Song for America (7:31)
  2. Point of know return (3:07)
  3. Paradox (4:09)
  4. Icarus - Borne on the wings of steel (5:56)
  5. Portrait (He knew) (5:20)
  6. Carry on wayward son (4:36)
  7. Journey from Mariabronn (8:55)
  8. Dust in the wind (6:18)
  9. Lonely wind (4:29)
  10. Mysteries and mayhem (4:00)
  11. Excerpt from Lamplight symphony (2:39)
  12. The wall (4:53)
  13. Magnum opus (11:17)
Kerry Livgren
Guitar, Keyboards
Steve Walsh
Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Ehart
Percussion, Drums
Dave Hope
Robbie Steinhardt
Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams

Reviewed by Eric on 24 Mar 2004

I ‘m not a big fan of live albums although there have been a few that have stood out for me, including UFO’s Stranger’s In The Night, Hawkwind’s Space Ritual and Thin Lizzy’s monster Live And Dangerous, but overall, most fail to capture a bands essence or even the power of live performance. As a Kansas fan I bought this double LP almost immediately after it’s release yet I always felt it to be somewhat lackluster. Of course the musicianship and material is impeccable, yet much of this is too close to the original album versions which I expect in this context, considering Kansas were playing to huge mainstream crowds in eight to ten thousand seat Arenas at the time of these recordings. Hard to fault the band for playing for the people, but I just wished for more from this set.
Compounding the problem is the CBS CD reissue tragically omitting Closet Chronicles- one of the band’s best works. Let’s hope Two For The Show gets the reissue upgrade it deserves. While not one of the great live albums in history, it’s a fine work from one of America’s best.