A Passage To Oslo - Platinum Edition
A Passage To Bangkok 3:57
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:31
The Trees 5:12
Closer to the Heart 4:02
A Farewell to Kings 5:36
La Villa Strangiato 10:36
The Digital Dan
(Audio - 9)
Another great show from the latter part of the Hemispheres show.?This audience source was taken from the master cassette and it is almost impossible to tell this is an audience source! It is absolutely crystal clear, better sounding than some of the Rush soundboards out there. The source is clear enough that you can hear the buzz from the amplifiers during the song breaks. For a 22 year old source, this is nothing short of a miracle. The sound is actually a bit better than Work of Gifted Hands - Platinum Edition. The boys play with an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm this night displaying that rare and elusive balance between pure raw power and expert musicianship. Geddy is definitely having fun tonight as often reciprocates the fans cheering. While there are some great soundboards from this tour, none have quite the energy and raw excitement of the Oslo show. This is one of those "must have" shows, get your hands on a copy of this one and you will not be disappointed. Once again, many sincere thanks to Perb and friend for making this show available to all Rush fans. Be sure to read the liner notes in the artwork for a better explanation of the show from the taper himself. As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, it's only available via free trade and never for sale. Just visit the trading links section to find people that will gladly trade this recording for free.
I have finally had the time to check up on the date for the show. It is now confirmed, both from a cut-out of the ad for the concert from the norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that is glued to the Hemispheres album that Carl Erik owns, and from the girl who works at the archives at Dagbladet in Oslo, that the show was held in Chateau Neuf Oslo on Thursday 24th of May 1979.
Ron's Rush RoIO Review
(Audio - 9)
Let me start off by saying: this is one of my all-time favorite Rush shows. A solid, high energy performance from the boys on one of their final performances of the marathon "Hemispheres" tour. First off, it features the first live version of "Discovery" I had ever heard, and it?s an amazing one at that. The take of "A Farewell To Kings" will absolutely blow you away. This is truly an incredible show.
(Audio - 9)
This is a collection of some of the greatest organized noise that has ever bombarded my ears! I simply cannot properly put into words how phenomenal this bootleg is! This performance is probably the best ever. I've never heard Geddy have so much fun in my life! The audience is really having an amazing time as well. They say this is an audience tape, but I really don't think so at all. I'd be willing to bet my left testicle (not the right one though) that this is a soundboard. I give this 5 stars in sound although it is not exactly what " A Right to Passage" is in the sound department. There is simply not one damn thing wrong with this jaw dropping bootleg! How amazing! What is there left to be said about it? Kill your Grandma, steal pennies from children, I don't care what you have to do but get this bootleg!!!!!
(Audio - 9)
This is a really great sounding show, one of the best I've heard from the time period. I've never heard the original version, but this platinum edition is really fantastic. A great set list (Hemispheres live!) combined with really great sound, this is a must have for any Rush fan. There is one small problem: there is a cut in the Cygnus part of Hemispheres. However, don't let that stop you from getting this great boot!
(Audio - 9.5)
I LOVE this show! The sound is up there with most of the early known Rush soundboards of the 1970's. This show is so energetic, and great sounding, the tape hiss is non-existant. The only problem is that I don't think the encores are taped, but I don't know. I highly recommend this show to ANYONE. (2008-11-16)
(Audio - 9)
Unbelievable that this is an Audience Recording, but when you read the liner notes as the commenter above said, it's clear why it's so good: They used professional, commercial-grade mic's, 2 guys, on either side of the soundboard (if you can believe that), and no one stopped them.
Wonderful performaces of many of the epics.
Highly recommended. (2008-12-22)
(Audio - 8.5)
addendum: It seems that something happens in this recording in the middle of CTTH. The recording chages a little; the mid's suddenly come forth more (Alex's guitar is way up "in your face" all of a sudden), the detailed crisp highs "sink" to the background.. This continues all the way through to the end of the 2nd disc.
I'm not sure what's going on here, but it's almost as if the azimuth on the tape deck that this cassette was being played in became mis-aligned, and needed to be adjusted.
That sais, this is still a required get for any fan. (2008-12-22)