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Bastille Day '02

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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=1151
Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 79:45, 79:44
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 71402-8
Source: Audience (DAT Master)
Date: July 14, 2002
Location: Tweeter Center, Camden, New Jersey, USA



DISC 1
Three Stooges Intro   0:28
Tom Sawyer   4:53
Distant Early Warning   4:57
New World Man   4:04
Roll The Bones   6:44
Earthshine   5:35
YYZ   4:59
The Pass   5:02
Bravado   6:09
The Big Money   6:43
Between Sun and Moon   4:40
Vital Signs   5:08
Natural Science   8:27
One Little Victory Intro   1:14
One Little Victory   5:32
Driven   5:11

DISC 2
Ceiling Unlimited   5:53
Secret Touch   6:54
Dreamline   5:07
Red Sector A   5:18
Leave That Thing Alone   4:54
The Rhythm Method   8:11
Resist   4:01
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx   6:50
Limelight   4:28
La Villa Strangiato   8:28
The Spirit of Radio   6:43
Bytor and the Snow Dog   4:28
Cygnus X-1   3:12
Working Man   5:17



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Average Rating:Audio: 8.5

Taper's Notes
  

I decided that for this historic return to the stage for one of my favorite bands that I refused to settle for anything less than being 10 rows from center stage. As it turned out I got a seat about 15 rows back in the right center section. Almost directly in front of Geddy. Which actually turned out pretty good for taping, since the P.A. stacks were suspended in mid-air far above the crowd almost directly over my head, pointing down at me. This probably helped a lot in filtering out a lot of crowd noise on the recording, although unfortunately there wasn't much I could do about the jerk who snuck into the row in front of me for the second part of the show and tortured everyone around him with the most loud and piercing whistling I have ever heard (and felt) in my life. Thankfully he stopped whistling after a couple of songs, and seeing the amount of pain he was causing those around him he even apologized to the girl standing next to him!?

A funny "glitch" on the recording to point out occurred during the first song (TOM SAWYER).? I bought a $4.50 bottle of water before the show which the vendor refused to give me the cap for (some kind of recent concert policy about not trusting the crowd with bottle caps I guess). But I came prepared for this and brought a cap of my own since this has happened to me before in Camden, and every single time someone manages to knock my drink over at the beginning of the show. Unluckily my cap didn't fit though (how about some ISO standards for bottle caps? where's big government when you really need them?). And sure enough, in the very first *%&ing song, some guy decides to cut through my row and despite my best efforts to not only place the bottle 100% out of the way but also to shield it with my feet, he managed to kick it over. And although I am a very experienced concert taper and try not to do anything to "impact" my tapes, I was thirsty as hell and had to dive under the seat to rescue what little was left in the bottle before it rolled away completely, during which the guy got caught up in my feet and I guess wondered what I was doing, at which point I exclaimed "YOU KNOCKED MY WATER BOTTLE OVER"!! You'll hear all this ruckus captured on tape, with a bunch of "SORRY SORRY EXCUSE ME EXCUSE ME"s thrown in etc. Just thought I'd point out that story.?

Not much I can say about the performance itself as this was the only show I've seen so far on this tour (but I hope to see at least one more). I thought the band were excellent but then I expected as much. I guess the biggest treat about the show for me was the unplugged rendition of RESIST by Alex and Geddy. I really dug that. I also liked hearing some songs from the new album played live with more of a slant towards guitar "solos" than guitar "textures" that VAPOR TRAILS has. As much as I like the songs on the new album, I find that the lack of guitar solos on the album makes me feel like something is missing, and on repeated listens I'm said to say that the album bores me. Not so with the live experience!?? Tale of the tape: Sonic Studio DSM6s/L mics > SONY D100 DAT with Mod2 battery modification.    (2002-09-14)

Duley
   (Audio - 8.5)

This is yet another nice sounding audience recording. With previous tours really nice sounding audience recordings were few and far between. It seems that on the current tour, all the shows are listenable, and many are very crisp and clear. This is one of the better sounding shows to date. Not as good as the Toronto or Mansfield shows, but quite good, none the less. There is a bit of trouble during the first track as the taper gets his levels set, and sounds like he's moving around a bit (trying to find his seat?). He's apologizing to some people as he moves. There is some phasing that is noticeable when listening in headphones, which is not uncommon for shows recorded outside with the wind blowing. If not for this phasing, I would have given the sound quality a better rating. Overall, I'd say this is a recording well worth adding to your Rush collection.    (2003-03-22)

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 8.5)

Taken from the DAT master, this is one of those great sounding shows that come by every now and then. The sound quality is great, the better your playback equipment, the better it sounds. All the band members are well captured and represented. The only thing holding back this show from a higher grade is some slow phasing between channels during the first half of the show. Nothing drastic, but it is there on occasion. The concert is complete and uncut, always a good thing. The set list is the same as it was for the previous shows with "Ceiling Unlimited" getting the nod this night. Alex's "improv" during LVS is as strange as ever and even Geddy has some fun during the "hey" section of 2112: Overture. It seems that the soundmen get the mix adjusted right before the start of "Earthshine". You can hear some tinkering with the house mix prior to that. Once again, many thanks to Slipkid for providing the wonderful source. As with all Digital Reproductions releases, this is for blank trade or free trade only. Please keep the spirit of trading alive and well.    (2002-09-14)

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