Three Stooges Intro 0:55
Tom Sawyer 4:47
Distant Early Warning 4:56
New World Man 4:03
Roll The Bones 7:13
The Pass 4:56
The Big Money 6:28
Between Sun And Moon 4:45
Natural Science 8:33
Dragon Intro 7:01
One Little Victory 5:28
Ghost Rider 5:50
Secret Touch 6:55
Red Sector A 5:16
Leave That Thing Alone 4:57
O Baterista 8:33
2112: Overture/The Temples Of Syrinx 6:53
La Villa Strangiato 9:19
The Spirit of Radio 6:57
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 4:27
Cygnus X-1 3:17
Working Man 5:40
|Average Rating:||Audio: 8.25|
(Audio - 8)
Fernie [British Columbia] was a small mountain community built partly on hard labour (mining and logging) and partly on outdoor recreation, for it was surrounded by mountains and lakes that offered both winter and summer activities. As I cruised the half-quaint, half-prosaic main street (the practicalities of hardware and work clothes, the play-toys of snowboards and bicycles), I decided the best place to find a postcard which said "Fernie" on it would be the drug store. Sure enough, a few minutes later I was sitting on my motorcycle, parked on its centrestand, writing a postcard to Alex.
Concerned only that the name "Fernie" appear on the card, I hadn't really paid attention to the picture, but before I started writing I noticed the caption at the top: "Ghost Rider." Turning it over, I saw a photograph of a lenticular cloud trailing off the peak of Trinity Mountain. Ghost Rider was apparently the local name for this atmospheric phenomenon.
Now, it must be explained that Alex and I shared a particular mode of writing to each other in "Moronese," and with the pen in my left (wrong) hand I started scrawling, "Eye em thuh gost rydur." Then I stopped, my head jerked back, and I thought, "Whoa, yeah! I am the ghost rider!" The phantoms I carried with me, the way the world and other people's lives seemed insubstantial and unreal, and the way I myself felt alienated, disintegrated, and unengaged with life around me. "Oh yes," I thought, "that's me all right. I am the ghost rider."
- Neil Peart - "Ghost Rider"
Special thanks to Neil Peart for sharing his journey on the healing road. If you haven't read "Ghost Rider" I strongly encourage you to do so. Thanks to LeeGeddy for remastering assistance and to Daneck and Cymbaline for help with the artwork and of course, Firmdragon for his excellent recording. (2004-08-19)
(Audio - 8)
This is a nice recording by Firmdragon from GM Place. I recall that night quite distinctively, for it was the only night that rains fell during *my* Rush tour.
The raw source had many level problems which I did my best to even out. There are some shifts in the channel volumes throughout the show.? It sounds as if the taper's position changed a bit. Perhaps he was attempting to get away from a loud and madclapping crowd!
Slight high end and low end EQ were added for some crispness and low bass presence, respectively. Loud handclaps were removed or reduced in many instances.? Otherwise, the recording faithfully captures the sound of the show. (2004-08-19)
(Audio - 8)
This is a fantastic sounding show. I can't say enough good things about it. Kudos to the taper for a job well done and also to Madman et al. for the excellent work fine tuning this show.? This is one of those rare shows that you want to keep turning up the volume as the louder it gets the better it sounds.? I prefer an audience recording of this calibre over a soundboard as I like to feel the ambiance and atmosphere of the show and this is no exception. You get the feeling you are there at GM Place with this show. The band sounded great that night and this recording captures it beautifully. There is a bit of audience chatter throughout but this does not spoil it by any means.
This show goes to 11.
Many thanks to the folks at Madman Productions for releasing this show. It is truly one of the finest recordings of the 2002 Vapor Trails tour and a must have for all collectors. (2004-08-19)
(Audio - 9)
This is about as good an audience recording as I've ever heard. GM Place is a great concert venue and the acoustics of the building give Rush a nice atmosphere for their music to zoom through. The balance is almost perfect. Neil seems to be a little up front of the mix but what a great capture of the whole kit. The bass drum is TIGHT, the snare is crisp, the hats and cymbals sound a little unnatural (not that I'm complaining) but I love the toms. They just come through so loud and clear without being overpowering.
Alex is a bit distant at times but never so that you can't hear him. The arena reverb really sounds nice on songs like Distant Early Warning, Red Sector A and on all the solos. I love that intro to Earthshine.
Geddy's bass too, is almost perfect. I have to keep reminding myself that this is an audience boot. The tonal qualities are all there. The crunchy high frequencies do get burried at times but the mids and bottom end are right there and don't interfere with or mask any of the music. As I said, the overall balance of this boot is incredible and its often the bass guitar that can make a recording sound really muddy.
Geddy's vocals are right where they should be. Loud and clear.
What's amazing about this boot is that you can hear each instrument clearly, even when the band is going full blast. The recording is consistant through the whole show (as far as I can tell) and it's complete. It's worth mentioning that the audience noise is everything that it should be. A very enthusiastic crowd and I actually think that this bootleg would suffer if there was less crowd noise. Listen to Resist and you'll know what I mean. The best is when some girl near the taper screams "Geddy Ilove you" and she seems to get a response from the crowd. The performance is typically amazing. I've seen Rush twice and heard many boots and I've never understood when others can rate a Rush performance as "poor" or "off". Other than Geddy's voice sometimes being tired or soar from a cold, (IMO) they play their asses off every show.
I could have rated this boot a 10, but I don't want to be misleading. I'll award this bootleg a solid 9 and put it up against any other Rush boot out there, soundboard or audience.