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Check This Out


Media: 1 CDr Audio
Time: 78:42
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR-21880-1
Source: Audience
Date: February 18, 1980
August 31, 1979
April 05, 1990
May 17, 1990
Location: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA
Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Spirit of Radio   5:15
Synthesizer Test   1:28
Guitar Test   1:16
Freewill   5:17
Entre Nous   4:43
Jacob's Ladder / Instrument Tests   8:29
Guitar Test #2 / Various Songs   19:14
Bass Test   4:24
Drum Test   5:01
Jam w/ Billy Sheehan   14:35
Soundcheck   8:28

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Average Rating:Audio: 6

Ron's Rush RoIO Review

This is a very revealing tape of a Rush sound check. A lot of jamming and some snatches of familiar songs are played here. Most interesting is the alternate guitar solo on Jacob?s Ladder, and the lengthy Classical and Instrumental Jams. The last version of The Spirit Of Radio features all the instruments, but no vocals. The true rarity on this tape is a live version of Entre Nous! It?s pretty interesting -- Geddy sings the first verse, but then drops out, leaving the rest of the song as an instrumental. This tape is great if you?re into experimentation or behind-the-scenes compilations. The sound quality is not so good. This was most likely recorded from the parking lot, as the band sounds very distant. There is also a bit of distortion on this tape. As a plus, all the instruments are audible. Funny enough, the first half of this is in wide circulation, while the second half is much harder to find.    (1999-04-01)

Bill Girton
   (Audio - 6)

This is a pretty cool item. As mentioned, it is a sound check. It was recorded from a standard tape recorder by someone sitting in the auditorium. The sound is not that great. The songs done are very rough and sloppy but is the only live recording of Entre Nous I have heard of. It has come to my attention that this tape is actually from two different sound checks. The Spirit Of Radio thru Entre Nous is from 8/31/79 Hara Arena, Dayton, OH and the rest is the Richfield show. For a serious Rush collector it is a very neat item. If you ever wanted to hear what is done at a sound check, it is also a good choice. But it is boring.   (2001-12-02)

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 6)

Generally I have always considered sound checks to be filler material. But, this sound check is a little special. For one thing it is much longer than usual. The other special thing about this sound check is the only known "live" performance of "Entre Nous". One of my favorite tracks too so it is very interesting to hear them play this song (yet not play it at the concert). The sound quality is not too bad, about VG or so and sounds right for the Richfield Coliseum and Hara Arena. It definitely wasn't recorded from the parking lot as I have been to many shows at the RC and that sounds correct for a building that size. After all this is where the Cav's played, not well mind you, but they did play there for years so it is a rather large arena. Incidentally as I am writing this they are taking wrecking balls to the place since the Gund is the new home of the Cav's. There is distortion in the bass range, to be expected from a tape this old and the situation under which it was recorded. Still very listenable. The Jam with Billy Sheehan on bass was recorded during the sound check on the Presto tour. This is another really cool recording with really good sound, bit heavy on the bass, but that is what actually makes it better. Unlike sound checks that can get repetitive and boring, this one is a great jam and the boys are definitely having fun. The last tracks is another sound check from the Presto tour, a bit distant, but the best sound quality of all the sound checks on this release. I wouldn't consider this a mush have for average Rush fans. If you are a serious Rush fan, than yes it is a must if only for "Entre Nous" and the "Jam with Billy Sheehan". All in all a very different slice of Rush with some real rare gems thrown in for good measure. And yes, I did spent a lot of time mixing and mastering these recordings to get the best possible sound out of each. As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, it's only available via free trade and never for sale. Just visit the trading links section to find people that will gladly trade this recording for free.    (1999-04-01)

   (Audio - 6)

Pretty interesting stuff! This isn't the best quality, but it's interesting to see what goes on at a soundcheck. It's very cool to hear the guys play before "the big night" (The Big Night being whatever concert they were holding that night.)! Check it out!   (2005-10-16)

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