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on 9 September 2014
I am stunned by the lack of sound quality of this album. I've played it on a number of rigs and the whole thing is a complete inaudible mess and, without a word of exaggeration, I thought that I had picked up a dodgily recorded bootleg from someone's tape recorder in the audience.
Rush are quite simply my favourite band but the last few albums have been dreadful in terms of sound engineering. So bad that the Vapor Trails was remastered. Long gone have the days when the albums have room to breathe now it seems that Rush are a victim of the Loudness Wars. I really find it incomprehensible that a band of this stature, of this quality permit such poor recordings go out in their name?
There's an excellent article on this with reference to Rush albums here: http://riprowan.com/over-the-limit/
Anyway, back to this. There are two problems with this album. The first is the musical quality; or rather Geddy Lee's vocals. Another concert should have been chosen for the album rather than this one as I am afraid to say that Lee sounds terrible on this recording. The second problem is the engineering as a whole. There isn't a word or phrase that I can use which describes the dreadful quality of this.
I've played this album a few times on different rigs, as I have said, and I won't be playing it again. If the record companies wish to cut down on bootleggers then perhaps they ought to consider producing better albums.
I am sorry. One star is all this deserves. This should never have seen the light of day.