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4 stars After the "Moving Picture" album, RUSH made this live album. The tracks mostly come from the "Moving Pictures", "Permanent Waves", "Hemispheres" and "Farewell to Kings" albums. The Rickenbacker bass is VERY loud, full of bottom and has a more than usual superamplified vibrating spring sound. Peart's drums are excellent, as usual: on YYZ, he plays an OUTSTANDING solo! Lifeson's electric guitar is however not as shiny and clean as on the studio albums: his rythmic sound is sometimes almost killed by the extremely loud bass, and sometimes his higher notes are almost inaudible, like on "Villa Strangiato". The recording is not very good, also because the sound is not crystal clear at all, even sounding flat, a bit coarse: the keyboards are sometimes hard to distinguish, like on the "Tom Sawyer" song. There is no doubt about the great power of the sound and the unforgettable live atmosphere involved: that's the real strong point of this record. It takes a huge sound system to correctly manage such a powerful & heavy sound. The better your system, the better you will appreciate this live performance.

My rating: 4.4/5

greenback | 4/5 |


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