Two for the Show (Kansas album)

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Two for the Show
Kansas - Two for the Show.jpg
Live album by Kansas
Released October 1978
Recorded 1977, 1978
Genre Progressive rock
Length 80:12
Label Kirshner
Legacy/Epic
Producer Kansas and Jeff Glixman
Kansas chronology
Point of Know Return
(1977)
Two for the Show
(1978)
Monolith
(1979)
Singles from Two for the Show
  1. "Lonely Wind"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Two for the Show is a double-live album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1978. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2008. Recorded over the course of the band's three previous tours in 1977 and 1978, it was Kansas' first live album. It was certified Gold and then Platinum shortly after its release.

One single, "Lonely Wind", was released from the album. The single version was edited to under 3 minutes, and included a small amount of the piano solo that precedes it on the album. It received a reasonable amount of airplay and rose to #60 on the pop charts.

In addition, Kirshner Records issued a promotional album of edited selections from the release, entitled Kansas Mini Concert on the spine and label, and Two for the Show Special Limited Edition on the cover. It features "Lonely Wind", "Dust in the Wind", "Song for America", and "The Wall". The same songs appear on both sides, and the first side is unbanded, meaning there is no indication on the vinyl of where each song begins.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1978 LP version[edit]

Side One[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
1. "Song for America" Kerry Livgren Song for America 7:31
2. "Point of Know Return" Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, Robby Steinhardt Point of Know Return 3:07
3. "Paradox" Livgren, Walsh Point of Know Return 4:09
4. "Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel" Livgren Masque 5:58

Side Two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
5. "Portrait (He Knew)" Livgren, Walsh Point of Know Return 5:19
6. "Carry On Wayward Son" Livgren Leftoverture 4:38
7. "Journey from Mariabronn" Livgren, Walsh Kansas 8:55

Side Three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
8. "Dust in the Wind" (featuring Rich Williams acoustic guitar solo) Livgren Point of Know Return 6:19
9. "Lonely Wind" (featuring Kerry Livgren piano solo) Walsh Kansas 4:29
10. "Mysteries and Mayhem" Livgren, Walsh Masque 4:01
11. "Excerpt from Lamplight Symphony" Livgren Song for America 2:39
12. "The Wall" Livgren, Walsh Leftoverture 4:54

Side Four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
13. "Closet Chronicles" Walsh, Livgren Point of Know Return 6:55
14. "Magnum Opus"
  • a. "Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat"
  • b. "Howling at the Moon"
  • c. "Man Overboard"
  • d. "Industry on Parade"
  • e. "Release the Beavers"
  • f. "Gnat Attack"
Livgren, Walsh, Ehart, Rich Williams, Dave Hope, Steinhardt Leftoverture 11:18

* "Closet Chronicles" was omitted from the original CD release due to time constraints but appears on the remastered version of The Best of Kansas released in 1999, and appears on the second CD of the remastered version of Two for the Show.

2008 remastered version[edit]

The Two for the Show album was re-released as a 2-CD set to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the album with a second disc of songs that did not appear on the original album (except "Closet Chronicles") and a 24-page booklet.

Disc One[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
1. "Song for America" Livgren Song for America 7:29
2. "Point of Know Return" Walsh, Ehart, Steinhardt Point of Know Return 3:07
3. "Paradox" Livgren, Walsh Point of Know Return 4:09
4. "Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel" Livgren Masque 5:58
5. "Portrait (He Knew)" Livgren, Walsh Point of Know Return 5:18
6. "Carry On Wayward Son" Livgren Leftoverture 4:38
7. "Journey from Mariabronn" Livgren, Walsh Kansas 8:55
8. "Dust in the Wind" (featuring Rich Williams acoustic guitar solo) Livgren Point of Know Return 6:17
9. "Lonely Wind" (featuring Kerry Livgren piano solo) Walsh Kansas 4:29
10. "Mysteries and Mayhem" Livgren, Walsh Masque 4:00
11. "Excerpt from Lamplight Symphony" Livgren Song for America 2:38
12. "The Wall" Livgren, Walsh Leftoverture 4:58
13. "Magnum Opus
  • a. Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat
  • b. Howling at the Moon
  • c. Man Overboard
  • d. Industry on Parade
  • e. Release the Beavers
  • f. Gnat Attack"
Livgren, Walsh, Williams, Hope, Ehart, Steinhardt Leftoverture 11:14

Disc Two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
1. "Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman (Intro)/Hopelessly Human" Livgren Song for America/Point of Know Return 8:42
2. "Child of Innocence" Livgren Masque 7:47
3. "Belexes" Livgren Kansas 4:34
4. "Cheyenne Anthem" Livgren Leftoverture 6:55
5. "Lonely Street" Walsh, Hope, Williams, Ehart Song for America 8:20
6. "Miracles Out of Nowhere" Livgren Leftoverture 7:59
7. "The Spider" (featuring Phil Ehart drum solo) Walsh Point of Know Return 7:41
8. "Closet Chronicles" Walsh, Livgren Point of Know Return 6:55
9. "Down the Road" Walsh Song for America 3:44
10. "Sparks of the Tempest" Livgren, Walsh Point of Know Return 5:19
11. "Bringing It Back" J.J. Cale Kansas 7:07

All of the bonus tracks were recorded for the album but omitted from the original album due to time constraints. Different versions of "Bringing It Back", "Down the Road", "Cheyenne Anthem" and "Sparks of the Tempest" appeared as bonus tracks on the remastered versions of Kansas, Song for America, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return respectively. A different, earlier live version of "Lonely Street" appears as a bonus track on the later recorded Live at the Whiskey.

In 2010, Legacy released the Kansas entry in Legacy's Boxed Set series known as The Music of Kansas. The 3rd of 3 discs from this Boxed Set is culled entirely from the double CD version of this album, featuring live cuts from both the original and expanded release, marking the first compilation to feature any of the previously unreleased tracks.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Kansas and Jeff Glixman
  • Engineers: Brad Aaron, David Hewitt, Davey Moiré
  • Associate engineer: Brad Aaron
  • Mastering: David Hewitt, George Marino
  • Art direction: Tom Drennon
  • Cover art concept: Kansas
  • Design: Tom Drennon
  • Artwork: Jim Barrett
  • Illustrations: Jim Barrett
  • Photography: Terry Ehart, Andy Freeberg, Darryl Pitt, Neal Preston, Raul Vega

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 32

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Lonely Wind" Pop Singles 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Two for the Show at AllMusic