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4 stars The very first of far too many Rush live albums.

Rush celebrated their first four studio albums and took a small break from their hectic schedule with this live album. An album released on the back of the massive success with 2112. That album is represented with a version of the title track from that album. But there is also plenty of snacks from the self titled debut album, Fly By Night and a couple of songs from the already almost forgotten Caress Of Steel album. A Passage To Bangkok was included on the LP, but omitted from the CD version due to lack of space.

Rush is at their most raw and intense on this live album. Alex Lifeson's guitars are soaring and Geddy Lee has yet to learn how to reign in his at times annoying vocals. All this is supported by some excellent drumming by Neil Peart and ditto bass by Geddy Lee.

The title track from 2112 is the highlight of the album. A very impressive song. But the medleys from both Fly By Night and the debut album also really impresses me here. So does the excellent version of Lakeside Park too. In short; the songs here are great. The same can also be said about the sound.

In the jungle of Rush live, studio and compilation albums, this is one of the essential albums which every Rush fan should own. It feels as vital today as when it was released. In short; this is a great, great album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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