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on 18 November 2013
As you would expect and demand from Bluray (but seldom get), a crystal clear picture that picks up every wrinkle and hair. The main show has various cameras dotted around capturing the obligatory over head shot of Neil Peart, close ups and full stage panoramas including one sat within the the drumkit looking up at Neil.
Geddys voice is better than that of the Time Machine tour DVD but does get 'pitchy' at times. Alex is captured with all his fantastic guitar playing and buffoonery and the whole show perfectly captures the bands friendship and interaction.
Anyone who doesn't know, Rush took on tour a small string section with them for the second set which includes much of Clockwork Angels and also adds a new dimension to older favourites.
Also, extra songs from other shows which weren't played in this show in an effort to mix things up a bit and freshen the show on a nightly basis are here including Middletown Dreams.
A tour documentary and rear screen films and a Family Guy salute to the band make up this fantastic Bluray.
I watched this on a 1080p Plasma 42" and the picture and the panning of the camera was excellent, I usually pick up issues with the picture so from an initial screening it is spot on, as is the sound which I blared through a 1000 watt surround system.
Hopefully that covers it.
After reading other reviews about sound, I have had another listen and I personally found the sound really good. I did have to flick through the sound settings on my surround system to get the 'perfect sound' though.
Also I must point out that Rush didn't play the same set on a nightly basis, one night they would play Middletown Dreams in favour of Grand Designs and maybe The Pass in favour of The Body Electric, so as well as the original Dallas set you also get the others that were played in Phoenix. In total, 14 different setlists were played through the whole tour including one for Ottawa Blues Fest and one for the Sweden rock Festival.
Beware, big fans of the sword and sorcery era of Rush that despise the synth era will not like this DVD/Bluray as it only features ONE pre-eighties track,2112 (however Working Man did feature in the first five setlists before being dropped permanently for Spirit of Radio but does not feature in the extras).
Hopefully that covers it.
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