The Anniversary Box (DVD/4CD)

SKU: 2800-12
Label:
SMH Recording
Format:
NTSC
Region:
Region 0
Category:
Progressive Rock
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35th anniversary box set from Kayak featuring their first NTSC format DVD. The legendary symphonic rock band performed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 10/7/08 at which time this pro-shot set was broadcast out over the internet. The tour was in support of the Coming Up For Air album but there was a pretty healthy cross-selection of material from their deep catalog. This is the complete concert. In addition you get 4 CDs with the set - 2 CDs are the audio portion of the convert. The other 2CDs are a greatest hits set of sorts as selected by vote of Kayak fans.

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