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2.0 out of 5 stars Muddy, 20 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Clockwork Angels Tour (Audio CD)
It's a muddy mess! Drums are buried in the mix, the hihat is barely audible. Why can't Rush make albums anymore that sound as good as they used to? What's happened to sound quality? This is just a wall of sound and yet another in a long list of crummy sounding recent Rush albums that should sound so much better. Geddy's vocals are dreadful. They sounded awful and far too bassy live in Sheffield in 2013 and this isn't much better. Give me Exit Stage Left over this any day. If you want the 80's era of Rush on a live album then buy A Show Of Hands.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2013 09:39:27 GMT
J. Milner says:
Sadly this is what passes as good quality these days. Seems that nobody in music production today has a clue how to engineer, mix and master an album so it's enjoyable to listen to. There's this obsession to fill every last space of the sound spectrum so the music just cannot breathe. I always think the mark of a good mix is if you can pick out the individual instruments and follow them in the mix. Try that here and your brain would explode. For a band who were once renowned for their technical expertise and quality of sound they have back pedalled an awful long way.

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 22:16:58 GMT
G. HAMILTON says:
I agree that the sound quality of recent Rush albums has left much to be desired (especially Clockwork Angels) but I don't think this one is too bad for a live album. It amazes me that you prefer Exit Stage Left. I know ESL is from the golden era of recording but it is a dull, thick & muddy as they come - the only Rush live album I truly dislike!
However, I would really like Steven Wilson to work with Rush on their next Studio album in a production/engineering/mixing capacity - maybe then we would get a really great sounding modern Rush album!

Posted on 31 Dec 2013 00:17:49 GMT
Totally agree with the review. I am really disappointed by the muddiness, where is the treble and for me Alex's guitars just disappear! String section overwhelms.

Seen them live in Birmingham which was great, no real sound issues and a good setlist.

Best live album is Different Stages followed by All the Worlds a Stage by a country mile.

Posted on 6 Jan 2015 18:21:07 GMT
Rush needs to talk to Peter Frampton's sound engineers! Still think that many of the recent live shows (R30- Snakes) sound great though even though they are over compressed.
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