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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=1396
Media: 2 CD Audio
Time: 77:57, 75:07
Catalog: Insect Records: IST 21/22
Source: Audience
Audience
Date: January 23, 1994
April 02, 1988
Location: UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA



DISC 1
Also Spracht Zarathustra   1:29
Dreamline   5:15
The Spirit Of Radio   5:01
The Analog Kid   5:38
Cold Fire   4:39
Time Stand Still   4:11
Nobody's Hero   6:53
Roll The Bones   6:11
Animate   6:36
Stick It Out   5:30
Double Agent   5:23
Limelight   4:36
Mystic Rhythms   6:06
Closer to the Heart   4:47
Show Don't Tell   5:34

DISC 2
Leave That Thing Alone   6:09
The Rhythm Method   7:22
The Trees   5:12
Xanadu / Hemispheres: Prelude
Tom Sawyer   5:57
Force Ten   4:44
YYZ/Cygnus X-1   4:38
Subdivisions   5:39
Marathon   7:06
Manhattan Project   5:08
Lock and Key   6:33
Mission   5:34



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Average Rating:Audio: 6.5

Rush CD Bootleg List
   (Audio - 7)

As is common with all the Counterparts boots that I've heard, this is lacking in sound. Bass? Are you sure Geddy played bass that night? Hm, don't seem to hear any...The crowd is much louder than the band, and can be heard talking during parts of the songs. You can't hear what they're saying, except for the yelling. You also can't hear what Alex is saying on stage! However, this does sound like it was actually recorded in the same room as Rush was playing, just a very large room. The pictures they used in the booklet are wonderful, too bad they're wasted in such a poor-sounding recording. And too bad they're from the previous tour. The indexing is slightly off, track 7 ("Nobody's Hero") actually begins in the middle of the previous song. As seems to be the fad these days, this boot does not just contain one show. (The songs "Subdivisions" through "Mission" at the end of the set list are from 4/2/88 - Ron). Perhaps to make up for the lack of sound quality, part of a second show has been added at the end of disc 2. However, they are not from the "Cornhusker Arena" as the CD states -- there is no such place. Instead, they are from the Civic Arena in Omaha. The sound on this is odd; it sounds distorted, and very non-stereo, yet sounds almost like it came from the soundboard; there is little crowd noise except between songs. It's also easy to tell that these songs were spliced together and NOT in the true song order. The best way to describe it is "hollow". It's possible that this is a many-generation copy of the original soundboard, as Rush did tape all of the Hold Your Fire tour for the live album A Show of Hands. Overall this isn't a bad boot, much better than Northern Heroes, but lacking overall. The songs from Omaha almost make this CD worthwhile. Get this one on tape if you get it at all. Or better yet, track down a low-gen copy of the Omaha show and forget about the Counterparts one!    (1999-04-01)

Aramis K. Vidaurre
   (Audio - 6)

It can be considered an unfortunate night for this recording and edition. You will read why. But first, the obvious comment: when you listen to this boot, you wonder why a record company (strange name though) would not take more time or spend money in equipment technology AND in checking the spelling AND the correct name of the songs. The eighties were over. Better recordings from their previous gigs were made (even from the 80s). Hence, why do we have to expect such poor quality recording? Ok, someone would say, it is a boot. Those things happen. In fact, the name says it all, a pirate recording (???) What can you ask for? So, if the sound is out of question, let’s focus on their performance. “Dreamline” and “Spirit” are always welcomed, the audience responds cheerfully. Then you have “Cold Fire”; this time Geddy chooses an annoying “you’re such a’ Cold Fire” that does not fit with the overdubbed vocals. At 2:53 of “Time Stands Still”, Alex misses the notes; it seems that the guitar got disconnected. Strange it is that this very song is cut right at 4:11 to be edited with the next one, “Nobody’s Hero”. As it is usual in this gig, Alex jokes around before “Stick It Out”, but this time it sounds as if he were reluctantly willing to speak (it is barely understood what he says); so, it is Geddy who introduces the tune. Besides, during his rant the guitar gets lower. In “Double Agent”, you hardly hear the bass cue starting the song, and the overdubbed vocal-speech is barely understood. Another mishap takes place: during “Tom Sawyer”, Alex’s guitar fails; so, from 0:13 to 0:29 you only hear Geddy’s bass and drums. And if you want to notice something hilarious, check the first secs of “Force Ten” intro; it is as if the guy who has to let the tape roll pauses it and immediately plays it; it sounds distorted. If you didn’t have enough with misfortune, then you have the second part of this recording: from “Sub” to “Mission”. This time the problem is not the audience. Even though the sound is clearer, it is quite noisy. “Manhattan project” sounds muffled. If you still want to listen to GOB yourself, ok go and get it. But do not tell me I didn’t warn you!!!   (2007-10-23)

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