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Excellent! Possibly their best Live blu-ray.,
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After the awful Time Machine Blu-ray (dire video quality etc etc - despite the excellent Moving Pictures set-list) this one really shines.
Very very good picture quality and sound - don't know what some of the other reviewers are missing here, as it sounds great on my (albeit pretty decent 2 ch set-up). I set the Blu-Ray disc to the 2 Channel Stereo setting and it sounds fast, up-beat and clear, maybe a touch bright, but to be fair, that is actually the Rush sound. If I switch to the 5.1 DTS-mega whatever setting, my amp re-codes to 2ch stereo and the sound is very different, very bassy and much more dense, which some may prefer. I suggest having a fiddle with your player/amp or disc settings. What I like about this video is the very live-show feel to it - it's been well thought out. Sometimes Rush make their videos too much like a presentation and miss out on the atmosphere. Not here. The picture quality is very clean and clear but has plenty of little cut-away shots from loads of different angles that captures bits of the audience too - and you'll identify the many types of Rush fan and find yourself in there somewhere. I really like the soundcheck at the beginning and the slightly self-conscious Geddy, Alex and Neil mingling with the stage crew. You also get to see the boys creep onto the stage during the intro film - which we see from the audience perspective, rather than cut-in to the edit.The sound too has not been taken just from the desk, as sometimes happens - where you don't get a sense of the arena. Here, you get the feeling of the sound being in the space - it sounds real to me. A few of the set-list tracks have been relegated to the DVD extras, Manhattan Project, the Pass, so the presented set-list is very much centred around the Clockwork Angels LP. Ok, maybe the set-list on the night won't go down in history as one of their best, but it had an idea behind it, and heck as if there aren't enough other Rush live vids out there. Of course, you get the extra benefit of the String Ensemble which adds a new layer to YYZ - worth seeing.
Yes the S&A live vid is perhaps a better all round disc, with the slotted in between track movies and goofs and the better set-list but I really think this Blu-Ray captures the show as it was on the Tour, has plenty of atmosphere and balances the technical polish with a sense of adrenalin.
I was going to buy it as a souvenir in any case, but now having played it a couple of times I am actually very pleasantly surprised - especially as the Live CD version has got some luke-warm reviews. Top purchase. Thank you.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2013 19:38:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2013 08:32:01 GMT
G. Young says:
Excellent review, clear, detailed and thoughtful. I saw them in Glasgow on this tour and it was such a fantastic evening. Halo Effect, The Pass and The Garden were real highlights for me. Going out to buy the DVD tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to viewing it.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 20:56:08 GMT
R. Mills says:
Thanks. Hope the DVD is as good, there are some nice extras on the BluRay, not checked if the DVD is the same. I guess the actual show is the same footage. Enjoy.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 12:13:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2013 12:14:27 GMT
G. Young says:
Well I watched the DVD yesterday and I thought it was fantastic. It feels like a live show and the band are clearly enjoying themselves, which shows in an electric, energised performance. I have a simple AV amp with 2 speaker Denon set up and whilst the sound is not perfect, the drums are a little low in the mix and the guitar perhaps too bright in places, it is good enough (certainly much better than the dreadful Time Machine sound mix and patchy, misty, picture quality) and I can see this becoming a favourite Rush live experience. It still amazes me just how good a live band Rush are.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 12:35:29 GMT
King of GCSE says:
Yeah..I think when you have the visuals, the drums being dominant in the mix is less important, as the camera direction is pretty good in reflecting the equal share of the music Neil Peart provides. I felt it was good to hear Alex Lifeson quite forward too; glad you enjoyed the disc. I listened to the CD via Spotify the other day, and it is a bit hollow sounding.
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 15:49:45 GMT
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