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A Show Of Hands Live
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RUSH A Show Of Hands (1989 West German 15-track CD recorded live in Birmingham [UK] New Orleans Phoenix and San Diego during the 1988 Hold Your Fire tour as well as in the Meadowlands [East Rutherford NJ] during the 1986 Power Windows tour; fold-out picture sleeve)
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but this one is an excellent show case of Rush's 80's material as that is what it mostly contains which seems (from my research) to be a period of semi turmoily discontent among Rush fans, However Rush play these songs loud and proud and rightly so, they are wonderful songs and they sound great with the energy of a live show, my favourite is the ever present drum solo
Red Sector A and Big Money is pretty cool too the opening song after the intro.
Excellent performance from all three members of the band
Essentially a best of the the mid 80's era ,this combines most of the best tracks,whilst a couple notably those from HOLD YOUR FIRE have improved in the live arena,Alex Lifeson on fire,more evident than on album.
From the moment the disc finishes you just want to put it on again.Highpoints the opener 'Big Money','Subdivisions',Time Stand Still' & 'Closer To The Heart'.
The DVD is even better with some archive tracks such as Temples of Syrinx/La Villa.. plus live favs 'Spirit Of Radio' & 'Tom Sawyer'
Arguably some of the tracks chosen to represent the 'Show of Hands' tour were not in theory the strongest studio songs ( Big Money , Mystic Rhythms) and the tour followed on from the release of ' Hold Your Fire ' (which was criticised by some fanatics as having less than great production values ) when played live the very same songs were transformed into a raw sound which perhaps revealed the songs to be better than the studio sessions suggested.
I was literally blown away by the power of such tracks as 'Subdivisions' and ' Marathon' along with the classic ' Witch Hunt' and 'Closer To The Heart'.
Where the guitar influences of Alex lifeson had been strangely subdued in the studio here the lexmeister was in his element pounding out all forms of riffs at a satisfyingly loud volume. As ever the bass and drums of geddy lee and neil peart complement these to near perfection.
Years of playing together as Rush allow the trio to produce an incredibly tight performance on all the tracks.
The album also features an extended solo by Peart - often such antics allow a quick interlude for the listener to slip away elsewhere - but in the hands of Peart the 'Rhythm Method' sets the standard for others to follow . A true master of his craft.
The vocals and keyboards are provided by Lee in his customary clear and concise ( if slightly soprano ) voice.
The album fittingly ends with the aforementioned all-time classic 'Closer To The Heart'.
Finally let me quote Neil Peart in his preface to the two night NEC performance :
'But for these two nights the gods smile'.
I for one won't argue with that.
But I'm not sure I would recommend you to buy this album. All the tracks are good enough to be studio versions, making this have the feel of a compilation that's redundant if you've already got all the tracks elsewhere.
Of course if you're a completist you should buy this album and you'll find that it's excellent. If your attitude to your cd collection is like Roman Abramovitch's attitude to his footballer collection at Chelsea FC and want to buy all the best in the world even if you don't need them then you'll be happy with this. It's as good as Joe Cole.
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Excellent, this is a replacement copy, as my previous one had just worn out, through continuos use....Published 2 months ago by gerard keane