Kansasâ€™s â€œTwo For The Showâ€ was originally released in 1978, and Sony Legacy has decided to re-release the CD right, adding an entire disc of new tracks â€“ 9 in number â€“ that were originally recorded for the album but were ultimately dropped due to time constraints. Of course, the classic live sound of Kansas comes through on the original tracks, whether the band is going through their hits (â€œCarry on Wayward Sonâ€, â€œDust In The Windâ€), or tracks that may have fallen through the cracks in the years that have followed (â€œLonely Windâ€, â€œMysteries and Mayhemâ€).
Where there are a blend of known and less popular songs on the first disc, the gems that are on the second CD shine even more brightly than the first. The bandâ€™s version of â€œBelexesâ€ will send shivers up and down listenersâ€™ spines, while the drum solo seems like Hephaestus eirself was pounding out a divine set of armor. â€œMiracles Out Of Nowhereâ€ is much more intense, showing a side of Kansas that simply did not show up much during the bandâ€™s biggest hits. â€œTwo For The Showâ€ is really, in my opinion, a greatest hits type of album for the period of Kansasâ€™s career from their founding up until 1978. If individuals wish to hear a band at the height of their popularity and creative ability, â€œTwo For The Showâ€ will give listeners a sense of how capable the band was.
Where â€œMagnum Opusâ€ seemed a good enough end to the original version of â€œTwo For The Showâ€, the new ending â€“ â€œBringing It Backâ€ â€“ significantly changes the overall impressions left by the album. Where â€œMagnum Opusâ€ seemed to be an ending, â€œBringing It Backâ€ is a track that shows that Kansas could conceivably be kicking for another set, if need be. Beyond the inclusions of the previously-excluded tracks, the packaging will give listeners (viewers) a sense of where the band was at during the years immediately preceding the release of â€œTwo For The Showâ€, which will undoubtedly foster more appreciation for the tracks that are present on this release. Make sure to pick up â€œTwo For The Showâ€, as high sales figures for this type of release will ensure that Sony BMG will continue to re-release and expand upon both Kansas and other live albums alike.
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Kansas â€“ Two For The Show (CD) / 2008 SonyBMG / 24 Tracks / http://www.kansasband.com / http://www.legacyrecordings.com /