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4.30 | 230 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars None for the money

This live double album was released early on in the band's career, and thus focuses on material taken from their first few albums. For me, one of Kansas' strengths on their studio albums was the production standards, which to put harshly (but in my view fairly), covered up for some weaknesses in their song writing.

This live recording however loses the benefit of those production values, leaving a raw, incoherent, and unbalanced sound, which reduces rather than enhances the appeal of the original tracks. The performances are reasonably faithful to the studio versions, with the exception of the phase of the performance which features an acoustic version of "Dust in the wind". This softer phase is ironically the high point of the album, being followed by the excellent "The wall".

Fans of Kansas who have witnessed their live performances may consider this to be a worthwhile reminder of the experience. For anyone else, I would recommend sticking to the studio albums.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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