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4 stars One of my favourite Rush albums

Let's get one thing stright ... I am not a great fan of live albums. I love concerts. Concerts are for attending. Ok Friday Night in San Francisco floats my boat .. but generally I'm not a great fan of live albums ( OK so Thelonius Monk at the Five Spot Cafe is a cracker). No really I'm not a great fan of live albums. For example: All the World's a stage ... pants.

Look, if you have seen Rush then you know you get a polished well-rehearesd performance. Top-notch. it's not Lynott screaming "Is there anyone out there who'd like a bit more Irish in them?", or freddy (RIP) prancing round the stage like the great showman he was.

So why would you want to listen to this offerring?

Spirit of the Radio/red Barchetta/YYZ/Closer to the Heart ... great songs but yadda yadda the studio recordings are miles better. The same is probably true for most of the rest although La Villa is worth a second listen.

So why listen to this album???

Broon's Bane/The Trees/Xanadu

IMHO it's the best side of an album produced by this great prog band. I've dug this album out hundreds of times over the years (that's decades now, cripes!!!) and it is always this side that gets played again and again and again.

Or maybe I'm just biased because a quarter of my family are Canadian and I was conceived there (explains the prog leaings)... (ooh far too much detail)...

obiter | 4/5 |


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