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A SHOW OF HANDS

Rush

 

Heavy Prog

3.46 | 307 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars I have had this album (almost) for the last 20 years. I probably should get the DVD box too, being a Rush fan. This live album is therefore a part of my music-DNA-profile.

The music have a very considerate 1980s feel over it. It is based on the Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows and Hold Your Fire albums. It is therefore down to if you like these albums or not. There is no songs, with the exception of Closer To The Heart, from the classic albums from the 1970s here. In my view, that explain the cold, clinical feeling of this album. A feeling thankfully ditched on the live albums beginning from Different Stages and to this years Snakes & Arrows Live album. A Show Of Hands is therefore also Rush, captured in a time capsule. The 1980s. The artwork also confirms that. I guess Alex Lifeson will not like to be remembered with this hairstyle and clothes. Sorry, but I cannot hide my laughter. OK, we have all sinned and repented.

When that is said, this is not a bad live album. It has some really good stuff here, although a bit hidden in the flat sound. The songs are faultless delivered. Rush know what they are doing. They deserve the credit due to them. Praise and admire. But in my view; this is both a good live album and a documentation of how Rush was in the 1980s. I liked Hold Your Fire and the three other albums. I therefore like this album. I have played it to shreds over the last twenty years so it is a part of my life. Flat, dated sound but still good.

Good, but non-essential = 3.75 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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