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A class of their own,
By A Customer
This review is from: Rush In Rio (Audio CD)
Unusually for Rush, this is their second triple-live album in just four years (they tend to do them at the end of four-album cycles), follwing on from 1999s "Different Stages".
Recorded on their "Vapor Trails" tour of 2002, this see's Rush back in the limelight (sic) after their sabatical following drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's personal tragedies of losing his daughter and wife (see "Ghost Rider" in the book reviews).
Some reviewers have mentioned poor sound quality and the crowd noise as being minus points, but they did'nt bother this listener. In fact, the crowd noise adds to atmosphere - these guys are going nuts!
My only gripe is seeing some over-familiar songs again (Closer to the Heart, Spirit of Radio, Freewill etc to name but a few) that have been featured on previous live albums (including the prior "Different Stages"). But this is more than made up for by the new material from "Vapor Trails" - freed from the muddy production/mastering of that studio album, songs like "Earthshine", "Ghost Rider" and "Secret Touch" come alive - shame there's not more of them! The acoustic version of "Resist" is simply gorgeous, a shame Rush don't gear down a little like this in the studio more often.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson's narration in the middle of "La Villa Strangiato" is like some kind of surreal dream and a blast at that. Geddy Lee's bass really punches through on most tracks and his voice sounds great for the most part, if a little thin on the high notes - lower down the warm, rich tones of his singing really shine.
Hell, its Rush - they haven't toured the UK and Europe in over a decade (and they comment as such in the sleeve notes) - so this (and the DVD) are the next best thing.
Rush still remain something of a enigma to Joew Public, but they have endured and have constantly redefined their sound and been innovative - how the critics must hate them for having the nerve to still be here and producing good music.
I doubt "Rush in Rio" will break in any new fans - but for the faithful, this is great stuff.
You can never have too much Rush!