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Hartford Civic Center '81


Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 73:06, 41:46
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 00081-9
Source: Audience
Date: December 20, 1981
Location: Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

2112   6:34
Freewill   5:50
Limelight   4:40
Hemispheres: Prelude   4:27
Beneath, Between, Behind   2:43
Subdivisions   4:47
The Camera Eye   10:07
YYZ / Drum Solo   9:11
Broon's Bane   1:36
The Trees   4:29
Xanadu   12:37
The Spirit of Radio   5:19

Red Barchetta   7:18
Closer to the Heart   3:23
Tom Sawyer   4:48
Vital Signs   4:57
Working Man   1:33
Hemispheres: Armageddon   0:50
Bytor and the Snow Dog   3:56
In the End   1:39
In the Mood   1:31
2112: Finale   2:32
La Villa Strangiato   9:20

MP Hartford 81.pdf
MP Hartford81.pdf
rush hartford back.jpg
rush hartford front.jpg

Average Rating:Audio: 7.5

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 7.5)

This is the first full MP or ESL show released on cd / cdr. This Digital Reproductions release was produced in the summer of '96, about two weeks after "Leaving Omaha". And to date many consider this the best concert from those two tours because it is a soundboard. It had been a while since I had listened to it and I forgot just how good it really is. The bass is definitely strong, but the overall clarity of the recording and the distance of the crowd make for a really vivid recording. 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.


Upon closer examination this is not a soundboard. This is an audience recording. A damned good one too. Listening to "Preludes" you can hear close clapping to the mics and some people yelling. This is totaly inconsistent with any known soundboard I've heard of Rush, even the '74 Agora shows in a small club. There is some debate as to whether there really is a soundboard of this show. If there is, figuring it out shouldn't be to hard as Preludes makes it pretty obvious. My apologies to any of the people that traded for this show over the last 5 years that only did so because it was a soundboard. To those of you that can listen to audience shows, this is a pretty good one if you can find a lower gen source.    (1998-08-12)

Bill Girton
   (Audio - 7.5)

This is the best copy of the Hartford soundboard show I have heard. It is better than Moving Picture Story. It has been digitally remastered and much of the generation loss has been corrected resulting in a 'brighter' sound. It is one of the few Rush soundboard recordings to exist so it is unique in that respect. There is a mess up between tracks two and three. The first few seconds of Freewill are missing from the start of the song but are spliced onto the beginning of Limelight. It is weird but not that big of a deal. Overall a decent recording.    (2000-03-20)

Brent's Bootlegs

Yes .. this is a very interesting bootleg. First off .... this recording is extremely rare and has not been officially released by anyone as a bootleg. The sound ranges from good to very good but for the very large majority of the time, this boot sounds great. It has an awesome reggae version of Working Man which is uncommon to find on most boots. The in between song talking by Geddy is also very interesting -- You get to hear Geddy say that "this next instrumental is where we live ... it's called YY Zed. You also get to hear a pre release version of subdivisions! This is Rush at their finest as they cruise through a powerful, energetic show. There are a couple of recording/mixing flaws such as you hear a bit of "The Spirit of Radio" at the beginning of "Limelight" but nothing serious enough to make you want to shake a dead cat at it. This boot doesn't have quite as good of sound as another very similar bootleg entitled "Exit Stage Right" but it is still a nice CD to have.   (1999-04-01)

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