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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=1416
Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 61:50, 71:59
Catalog: Prism Records: PR-0696
Source: Pro Video Feed/Radio Broadcast
Date: March 22, 1994
Location: The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA



DISC 1
Intro
Dreamline   4:58
The Spirit Of Radio   4:55
The Analog Kid   6:13
Cold Fire   4:49
Time Stand Still   5:33
Nobody's Hero   5:10
Roll The Bones   6:09
Animate   7:47
Stick It Out   5:15
Double Agent   4:56
Limelight   4:38

DISC 2
Mystic Rhythms   6:13
Closer To The Heart   5:25
Show Don't Tell   6:44
Leave That Thing Alone   4:34
Drum Solo   7:23
The Trees   5:04
Xanadu   6:44
Hemispheres: Prelude
Tom Sawyer   5:34
Force Ten   4:38
YYZ   4:23
Cygnus X-1   0:47
Pieces of Eight   10:15



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Average Rating:Audio: 9

Ron's Rush RoIO Review
   (Audio - 9)

The second Rush show offered exclusively on the alt.music.rush newsgroup. This is a great show from one of the band?s favorite venues. The boys do sound a bit tired here, and at times seem to be going through the motions. This is the best "Counterparts" show out there -- "Animated" is a bit too trebly and cut up. This is apparently the audio from a professionally shot video, so the sound is soundboard caliber. All the instruments sound great, as do Geddy?s vocals. A must for any collection.    (1999-04-01)

Cary's Notes
   (Audio - 9)

Not one of my favorite shows, simply because I prefer Bravado to the encore of Force Ten/YYZ. I guess it is the best recording of the encore from this tour though, considering that even the DAT from the April 26, 1994 Landover Maryland show didn't have Force Ten in the encore, only YYZ. You might want to seek out the video in addition to or in place of the CD set of this. Also, Critical Mass is the best audio source of this show, superior to Majestic Symphonies and May. Pieces of Eight is from a Modern Drummer soundpage (flexidisc vinyl), and appeared as a hidden track after the encore.    (1999-04-01)

Brent's Bootlegs
   (Audio - 9)

Another one of the best sounding bootlegs from the counterparts tour. This CD is pretty close but not quite the sound quality of Animated. This CD has the Encore -- Animated doesn't. Animated has Bravado -- This CD does not. This CD sounds a lot more "stereo" then Animated does. Take your pick...    (1999-04-01)

Rush Trading Register
   (Audio - 9)

Another boot from the successful Counterparts tour of the US in 1994 - recorded at The Palace of Auburn Hills, MI on March 22nd 1994. Like Animated it's a soundboard recording, but this time you get the entire show. Audio quality not quite as good as the aforementioned CD, - this is in mono - but for my money the instrument separation is better and with more bass. The performances are, as always, almost faultless with some superb musicianship being displayed on Leave That Thing Alone in particular. It also sounds as if the band really enjoyed this concert - something I can say with confidence as I have seen a video of this show. Alex's microphone antics at the beginning of Stick It Out and during Closer To The Heart are just wild. The original source for this boot is interesting. That video I mentioned is a pro-shot affair, although the editing is a bit amateurish and Rush obviously recorded the show for a video release or something. (Does anybody have more info on this? - Ed). and I suspect that the original source for the audio was this video soundtrack. Released as a limited edition and now out of print, getting hold a copy might prove difficult. However there are enough collectors with CD-R machines, or PC's with CD-writers, out there and you should be able to acquire a copy, at least on cassette, through trading.   (1999-04-01)

Jordan
   (Audio - 9.5)

Absolutely superb recording! This is probably good enough to be passed as an official live album, the quality is so good. (But it's not. ONLY FOR FREE TRADE.) The Analog Kid from this boot appeared on Different Stages (official live album), so that just goes to show how great this boot really is. I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed (or if it was just my copy?) but at the end of Limelight on disc 1 when it's fading out, you can hear Mystic Rhythms starting. Oh well, I fixed it anyway. Definitely an essential Rush bootleg!   (2007-08-30)

Aramis K.V.A.
   (Audio - 8.5)

Due to the two sources used, Critical Mass tricks you because of the differences in the sound quality from song to song. You can perceive that some are clearer than others are. However, once you watch the videos available from this venue, you might go for the audio. At least by listening you get a different perspective in terms of energy that the video does not give; the guys are somewhat static on stage and it does not provide an appropriate scope of their performance. Going to the boot, although Geddy is very clear, right in front of you in some of the songs, the instruments are a little distant. Besides, there are some details in the edition to be mentioned: the intro of “Time Stands Still” is tracked in “Cold” file, and then repeated in its corresponding one. The sound changes again for “Roll the Bones”, and with “Limelight” “Mystic Rhythms” is introduced as a fade out, but it starts again properly on disc two. Fortunately, there are other boots from this gig to be considered.    (2008-03-04)

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