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TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND

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Heavy Prog

3.83 | 77 ratings

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richardh
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3 stars Rush have released a lot of DVD's in recent years including the excellent Snakes and Arrows so I did wonder whether the world needed another. Rush do have a rich history to call on though that helps them to at least dig out songs like Marathon that the fans havn't heard for a while. The appeal of this particular set of songs is that it includes the whole performance of what many regard as their best album Moving Pictures. The first four songs of that masterpeice are on regular rotation when Rush tour but the last 3 songs(Camera Eye ,Witch Hunt and Vital Signs) not so much. I guess they must have had a discussion about playing one of those and in the end thought why not play the whole thing? And why not! They are excellentsongs recorded at a time when Rush was at its inventive peak.

So the performance- Is it any good?Rush as everyone know are an intensely professional band. They would never undertake anything unless the detail was right. This is certainly no different and in terms of their playing from an instrumental perspective is top notch. Peart is as fluid as ever (even though he is noticeably packing a few extra pounds nowadays),Lifeson is probably the best live guitarist in the world while Lee on the bass is awesome as ever. The concerns, as already raised, have been about Geddy's voice which perhaps is not holding up as well as one might hope. He is notably straining on some of the songs which might be down to having a cold (as one reviewer has already mentioned) or may be down to natural wear and tear.To be fair most of the time I wasn't too bothered but occasionally it becomes an issue.

I do have one bone to pick with this over the sound quality. That dreaded drum sound! Why do all Rush DVD's have this horrible tinny thin snare drum sound? I just hate it and have remarked on it before.The best live recording of Rush in my opinion is the Different Stages CD which has a wonderfull full drum sound. Why they veered away from this I don't know but its been on every single DVD they've released since Rush In Rio. Oh well.

Overall you have to wonder whether the performance of all of Moving Pictures is enough of a reason for yet another Rush DVD. If you are after a blue ray of Rush I would recommend Snakes and Arrows.This is not bad but perhaps the issues with Geddy's voice make this slightly less appealing.

richardh | 3/5 |

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