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Queen By-Tor
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4 stars Every Rush fan-boy's dream

Ah those Canadians, always releasing live stuff. However, this collection isn't just any live performances, they're the live performances that made Rush so famous. Always known as a live band first and foremost, Canadian power-trio Rush have always been able to create a fascinating amount of sound when they go to perform live. As the name suggests, there's three concerts from the band's olden days. DVD equivalents of the Rush discs Exit. Stage Left and A Show of Hands are here as well as a previously unreleased set known only as Grace Under Pressure Live which makes its appearance here on both CD and DVD.

As far as the visuals go, they're not quite as good as, say, Rush In Rio, but this is because of the time of recording, of course. Not that it matters at all, the quality is still quite good and the performances save the DVDs from ever becoming poor thanks to the visuals on their own. What's also nice about the DVDs is that the track listing is different from the original albums, meaning that even if you've heard the live albums a million times before it's still going to be somewhat fresh the first times you watch the DVDs.

As for Grace Under Pressure Live which was recorded (obviously) on the Grace Under Pressure tour, it's quite nice to see! The band's sense of humor is clearly visible at points, but what's best about the disc is that the band plays a lot of songs which are otherwise not recorded live. The Weapon is a great addition to the set list, as is The Enemy Within. Vital Signs makes a rare appearance, and the two medleys at the end make for interesting combinations of familiar classics.

If you don't like Rush then this collection isn't for you, but if you've ever liked Rush in any way, shape or form then this is definitely a set you should acquire. Very good! Maybe not completely essential, but very worth the investment. 4 stars!

Queen By-Tor | 4/5 |


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