Alphabetical Listing
Audio Only Listing
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Fly By Night
Caress of Steel
All the Worlds a Stage
A Farewell to Kings
Tour of the Semispheres
Permanent Waves
Pre-Moving Pictures Tour
Moving Pictures
Exit Stage Left
First Tour of the Nadars
Grace Under Pressure
Second Tour of the Nadars
Power Windows
Hold Your Fire
Roll the Bones
Test For Echo
Vapor Trails
30th Anniversary
Snakes and Arrows
Snakes and Arrows Live
Time Machine
Toronto's Last Stand


Media: 6 CDr Audio
Time: 65:52, 58:31, 66:49, 57:53, 66:48, 61:55
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 39981-2
Source: Audience (1st Gen)
Audience (1st Gen)
Audience (1st Gen)
Date: March 23, 1981
March 24, 1981
March 25, 1981
Location: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx   6:33
Freewill   5:55
Limelight   4:38
Hemispheres: Prelude
Beneath, Between & Behind   2:58
The Camera Eye   10:43
YYZ / Drum Solo   7:43
Broon's Bane   0:47
The Trees   4:26
Xanadu   12:39
The Spirit of Radio   5:07

Red Barchetta   7:18
Closer to the Heart   3:51
Tom Sawyer   4:47
Vital Signs   5:26
Natural Science   8:26
Working Man   1:21
Hemispheres: Armageddon
By-Tor and the Snow Dog   4:02
In the End   1:40
In the Mood   1:33
2112: Finale   2:48
La Villa Strangiato   9:43
CHUM FM Special of the Week""   6:42

2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx   6:41
Freewill   5:56
Limelight   4:42
Hemispheres: Prelude
Beneath, Between & Behind   2:57
The Camera Eye   10:45
YYZ / Drum Solo   7:57
Broon's Bane   0:48
The Trees   4:25
Xanadu   12:56
The Spirit of Radio   5:16

Red Barchetta   7:13
Closer to the Heart   3:29
Tom Sawyer   4:46
Vital Signs   5:21
Natural Science   8:19
Working Man   1:23
Hemispheres: Armageddon
By-Tor and the Snow Dog   3:53
In the End   1:39
In the Mood   1:31
2112: Finale   2:39
La Villa Strangiato   9:35
CHUM FM Special of the Week""   7:12

2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx   6:09
Freewill   5:57
Limelight   4:37
Hemispheres: Prelude
Beneath, Between & Behind   2:50
The Camera Eye   11:08
YYZ / Drum Solo   8:26
Broon's Bane   0:48
The Trees   4:27
Xanadu   12:57
The Spirit of Radio   5:02

Red Barchetta   7:21
Closer to the Heart   3:42
Tom Sawyer   4:55
Vital Signs   5:24
Natural Science   8:30
Working Man   1:23
Hemispheres: Armageddon
By-Tor and the Snow Dog   4:01
In the End   1:42
In the Mood   1:33
2112: Finale   2:58
La Villa Strangiato   9:51
CHUM FM Special of the Week""   9:41

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Average Rating:Audio: 7

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 7)

Well it's Christmas time again here in the year 2002. That leads to an obvious question. What does DR have up its sleeves for the 2002 Christmas Gift to Rush Fans? In 1999 we brought you the first Caress of Steel show, "Stainless Steel". In 2000 we brought you the first full Hemispheres soundboard, "Buenos Nochas, Motor City". In 2001 we brought you the 1st Gen version of the famous 1983 London show, "Countdown to London". This year we bring you the boys' entire 3 night stand at the Maple Leaf Gardens in their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Taken from 1st Gen sources, this is one of the cooler box set releases we've conjured up.?

The shows themselves sound good for the era. It's got more punch, more definition and less hiss than the previous 3/24/81 release. While not the best of the tour, they are definitely in the upper echelon (at least the 24th recording). There is a bizarre intro to La Villa is really cool, Alex does a little ditty that I hadn't heard before. Now the debate can ensue, which songs from which performances were used to make the official ESL release. As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, this is for free trade or blank media trade only. Please do not buy, sell or distribute for profit. Help keep the spirit of trading alive and well. Much deserved thanks and happy holidays to everyone. We look forward to another great year.    (2002-12-25)

   (Audio - 7)

If my memory serves me correctly, this release is the 3rd Box Set in DR's Rush catalog. (The others are "Suite Signals" and "The Big Apple Box"). These recordings represent a large milestone in Rush's long career. With the huge success of Moving Pictures, Rush began playing in larger venues in comparison to the ones played during previous tours. In fact, Geddy has mentioned that Rush knew that "they made it" when they played the famous Madison Square Garden in New York during the MP tour.??

Now on to my reviews....The best recording from these 3 nights is the 24th show. The sound is very reminiscent of the great Chicago and Anaheim recordings, but not as good. Over the years, my sound quality grading has somewhat become more strict and selective as I listen to more live recordings. My taste in sonic quality remains constant where I listen for good dynamics and pronunciations in the different instruments. It's difficult (and unfair) to judge a 1981 analogue recording to a 2002 DAT master recording made with Schoeps or other high end microphones. However, we must all find a working grading system to make sense of it all. I guess I'm still learning. The SQ grading I gave these recording is quite conservative and should only reflect my grading, and not yours. These recordings have that nice warmth to the music and are quite enjoyable at louder volumes. As a Rush fan that LOVES the 80's stuff, I am ecstatic to have these recordings in my collection. The 1st Gen tapes were obtained from a Led Zeppelin collector who generously lent the tapes to me for digital archiving. Hope everyone enjoys these recordings as much as I have. The radio bonus track is from CHUM FM's "Special of the Week" re-broadcasting the world premier of Moving Pictures, discussion with Geddy and Terry Brown and short discussion about the upcoming 3 nights at the MLG. Lastly, a huge thanks to the taper(s), where ever he or she may be.

Analogue Transfer: Nakamichi CR-7A (with manual azimuth adjustment for both sides of each cassette) > Audioquest Coral RCA interconnect > Sony PCM-R500 DAT w/Super Bit Mapping @ 48kHz.

Digital Transfer: Sony PCM-R500 DAT > Audioquest VSD-2 Coaxial interconnect > Sony CDR-W33 recorder.

SHN Lineage: CDr > EAC > Cool Edit Pro > CDWav > MKW (SHN)    (2002-12-25)

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