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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars A good example and "best of" collection of Rush's '80's output (minus "Permanent Waves" and "Moving Pictures"), containing most of their finest songs from this era played with more energy and flair than you're likely to find on their studio releases.

However, comparing this live album to their later releases one can really tell the difference in the band's stylistic quality, and "Show of Hands" comes off as sounding almost commercial when juxtaposed to the more mighty and raw sounding "Different Stages". I suppose it was just the band's decade long obsession with perfection that eliminated their once unstoppable rock, and while those albums (and "Show of Hands") certainly aren't bad, they just aren't on par with the group's finest. This album, however, does a good job of showcasing their sound during those days.

I would say that "Show of Hands" is a logical purchase for fans of "Grace Under Pressure" through "Hold Your Fire", but don't think it'll be as powerful as other live albums.

Setlist 3 Instrumental Performances 3 Stage Energy 3 Live Experience 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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