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Rush - Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour CD (album) cover




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3.93 | 177 ratings

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3 stars I am a sucker for Rush live albums......... and Rush albums in general. So now you know.

Hence I bought this Replay x 3 collection of DVDs, in which this album is included on a CD. This album has now been released on it's own, I have now learned halfway through writing this review.

This live album is a snapshot of the Grace Under Pressure tour. This is a period also covered by the A Show Of Hands live album. Thankfully, the setlist on the Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour live album is pretty much different from Show Of Hands. And so is the mood too. This is mostly due to Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour being one concert and not a collection of many concerts as Show Of Hands was. This recording therefore feels more real.

The songs is taken from the period of Rush career I have some problems with. The technology and the shorter songs had taken over from the long songs. But it is a long time since I have been listening to the Grace Under Pressure album and the previous three albums. But Rush gives a good account of the songs present here. The medley with Syrinx, Tom Sawyer and YYX is an oddity and I don't believe this medley can be found anywhere else. Anyway, this medley works. There are also some intros I have not heard anywhere else. The rendition of Witchhunt on this live album is the best version I have ever heard of this song. The rest of the songs are also great.

My gripes is that the songs here is not particular great, although the three musicians does the best they can out of this material. I am not a sworn fan of this era of their career. Hence my three and something stars. But fans of this era should flash their credit cards now in the direction of this live album. But this live album is still a good listening.

3.55 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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