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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=1342
Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 62:17, 75:10
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 52583
Source: Audience (1st Gen)
Date: May 25, 1983
Location: Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland



DISC 1
3 Stooges Intro   0:51
The Spirit of Radio   4:51
Tom Sawyer   5:34
Freewill   5:53
Digital Man   6:54
Subdivisions   5:28
Vital Signs   5:11
The Camera Eye   7:01
Closer to the Heart   3:44
The Analog Kid   4:20
Broons Bane   1:43
The Trees   4:26
Red Barchetta   6:21

DISC 2
The Weapon   8:06
New World Man   4:02
Limelight   4:50
Countdown   5:50
2112: Temples Of Syrinx   6:24
Xanadu (cut)   1:58
La Villa Strangiato (cut)   3:19
In the Mood   3:48
YYZ / Drum Solo   11:12
Tom Russell Interviews Neil Peart (05-24-83)   25:32



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Average Rating:Audio: 6

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 6)

OK, one of the more rare shows from the Signals tour. In fact, it is the last show for the entire tour. Some history to explain the show. The show was originally recorded on a C120 cassette. C120 or 120min cassettes are notorious for having very thin tape and bad cassette housings. The housings have to be as minimal as possible to fit so long a tape, even if it is considerably thinner than normal tape. That being the case, they tend to suffer from an extreme amount of wow and flutter and can often result in being able to hear part of the reverse side of the tape during playback! This source was not exempt from those problems. In the need to keep a back up copy of the recording, the owner had an unfortunate accident that resulted in the "maiming" of the original cassette. Unfortunately, the original cassette proved to be unusable for numerous reasons. Thus the 1st gen copies were used.

Now that all of that is out of the way, the show is pretty decent. It is a bit distant and compressed sounding. Occasionally you can hear a bit of the opposite tape side being played in the left channel, but it is pretty much limited only to the low bass frequencies. There are some cuts in the recording including a short cut in the middle of The Analog Kid and Limelight, a major cut between Xanadu and La Villa Strangiato that claims almost 5 minutes of the show. But once the discs get to the middle sections, the recording is actually quite good and relatively clear. The audience is very well behaved as far as the shouting and screaming. But Geddy has to beg the audience on several occasions to quit pushing towards the stage. All in all it is very similar to the incident during the Tucson '78 show. YYZ begins off with a funky little intro showing the band is having some fun on this evening. Once again many thanks to Nick Stewart for letting DR use the master tape to work from. As with all Digital Reproductions releases, this is available for free trade or blank media trade only! No exceptions. Visit the trading links and newsgroup to find any one of many individuals that will trade it to you for free. Please keep the spirit of trading alive and not rip off the band by trying to make a quick buck!    (2001-06-24)

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