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4 stars Great live concert of this famous band re released on DVD in 2007. Concert from 1988 to promote Hold your fire album just relese prior year in 1987. Great concert full of classic Rush tunes. Brillian is for me Mission, on of my fav Rush pieces ever, great are the lyrics too, the rest are also top notch. Excellent prestation of the band, plus some brilliant and very sugestive cartoon movies shown on almost every piece. If you have the VHS is ok, if you have the DVD is also ok, in any case a must have for every Rush fan and not only. Recommended.

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Posted Friday, January 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
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4 stars A Show Of Hands is a 90 minutes concert experience and as such way better than the previous DVDs available, namely "Exit Stage Left" and "Grace Under Pressure". It is excellent also due to the use of animations on the big screen and the overall setlist. The songs are from "Hold Your Fire" mostly and I believe they are better heard live than on that album so that is a drawcard of this particular DVD. It also has a very solid quality sound throughout and the band look great and have heaps of fun. From "Hold Your Fire" the songs appear, Mission, Prime Mover, Force Ten, and Turn The Page so there is a lot from their latest at the time.

Closer To The Heart is always present of course along with quintessential Tom Sawyer, and The Spirit of Radio. I always love to hear the magnificent Red Sector A and hard rocking Force Ten, and it was great to see them play Mission, another one rarely heard live on these DVDs.

Marathon, Territories and The Big Money from "Power Windows" are good rockers for the crowd to get into. The drum solo by Peart is terrific, with his vibes section and patented cymbal jazz splashes along with some incredible triplet work though his drums are still stationary in this era, and not as many.

The concert ends with a brilliant medley 2112, The Temples Of Syrinx, La Villa Strangiato and In The Mood. Overall a strong concert, one of the best live documents of the band and worth getting hold of above the rest.

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Posted Sunday, May 13, 2012 | Review Permalink
4 stars Here we have another Rush video concert. I think I'm not wrong when I say this is one of their best performance ever recorded, even better than "Exit Stage Left". The latter, in fact, though it focuses on one of their best full-length works, "Moving Pictures", suffers from some lack of sound quality. In "A Show Of Hands" we find 90 minutes of very good production, with clear sound and some interesting on-screen animations. The setlist is composed of some great songs from their latest albums, in particular "Grace Under Pressure", "Power Windows" and "Hold Your Fire", that easily conquest the crowd. We can find stuff like The Big Money, Force Ten, Marathon and so on, though featuring some good ol' classics like Closer To The Heart, The Spirit of Radio, the hit Tow Sawyer and an outstanding "2112/La Villa Strangiato/In the Mood" medley to close the concert. All songs are played perfectly, and Geddy's sound is freaking awesome, like the rest of the group. I always loved Alex's tone and playing, and Niel Peart here shows very well his majesty with drums, even with these less progressive and more pop-oriented songs. In conclusion, if you like Rush and their 80s stuff, you gonna really love this!
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