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This live symphonic DVD celebrates the 35th anniversary of the release of the band's 1974 self-titled debut album. The show was filmed on February 7, 2009 in HD mixed in 5.1 surround sound at Washburn University's White Concert Hall. The group members Ste
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Back in the day, I liked Kansas, though I wasn't a 'superfan' by any means. Considering the predominance of 5-star reviews, I thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane and give this DVD a try. Unfortunately, it turns out that I can only rate it 3 stars because I don't anticipate that I'll be watching it often in the future.
The main reason is that the guitar is fairly muted in the mix, instead largely replaced with the orchestra. In my opinion, this takes a lot of rock edge away from the music and makes it sound somewhat low-energy. This just isn't the high-power progressive rock band I remember. My favorite track is actually the bonus track, where they're jamming during the soundcheck without the orchestra.
While this DVD may be a must-have for serious Kansas fans, it may be a pass for the rest of us.
The film production allowed the viewer to see what was going on from many angles. It captured the live concert experience in an intimate venue, a first-class presentation with great lighting and sound. Steve Walsh is one of my favorite lead singers, and he still sounds very good after all these years. Billy Greer (bass/vocals), Richard Williams (guitar), and Phil Ehart (drums) provided very solid musical and vocal support. I recommend this video very much any Kansas fan- add it to your collection and enjoy.
In short, if you EVER listened or watched Kansas as I have over all these years, then you simply MUST add this video to your collection. You will never be the same, and won't be disappointed. Just moved. If I had to summarize it in one word, it would be "MAGNIFICENT"!!!!