"Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust in the Wind", "Point of No Return": Kansas were amongst the best of the more popular prog-influenced bands of the late 70's, a genre that included Alan Parson's, Marillion (the best ?), Manfred Mann's Earth Band, maybe even ELO. Kansas et al. brought prog to the masses, adding melody and radio friendliness at a time when prog was on the wane.
An expanded edition of Two For the Show, Kansas's Live Double album will be released July 1st to celebrate thrity years since it's original release.
"Kansas possess a musicianship that rivals any of their peers with lyrics that go far beyond the 'I love you' tunes of Top 40 radio, often discussing emotions that all of us have felt and struggled with yet were too afraid to talk about. The band's style of songwriting mixed classical, hard rock, progressive rock, and pop in a way that had not been done before.
"Looking back, it is hard to believe that these six long-haired, rough and tumble Midwesterners took only a few years to go from playing local bars to selling out Madison Square Garden .but that is exactly what happened"
"The album is a testament to a great band at the top of their game. A large majority of the track listing is still found in the band's set list today, proving their music remains both majestic and timeless.This album is a true testament to their abilities. So, the time has come for me to Welcome you to Kansas and invite you to sit back, crank up the volume, and enjoy TWO FOR THE SHOW."
- Jeb Wright, from the liner notes
Disc One - 1. Song For America . 2. Point Of Know Return . 3. Paradox . 4. Icarus - Borne On Wings Of Steel . 5. Portrait (He Knew) . 6. Carry On Wayward Son . 7. Journey From Mariabronn . 8. Dust In the Wind - acoustic guitar solo . 9. Lonely Wind - piano solo . 10. Mysteries And Mayhem . 11. Excerpt From Lamplight Symphony . 12. The Wall . 13. Magnum Opus
Disc Two - (All Previously unreleased)
Selections: 1. Hopelessly Human . 2. Child Of Innocence . 3. Belexes . 4. Cheyenne Anthem . 5. Lonely Street . 6. Miracles Out Of Nowhere . 7. The Spider - drum solo . 8. Closet Chronicles . 9. Down The Road . 10. Sparks Of The Tempest . 11. Bringing It Back .
Image: Courtesy Kirshner