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All the Worlds a Stage
A Farewell to Kings
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Exit Stage Left
First Tour of the Nadars
Grace Under Pressure
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Snakes and Arrows Live
Time Machine
Virtual Songs


Media: 3 CDr Audio
Time: 73:22, 70:22, 72:22
Catalog: Prism Records:
Source: Audience
Date: November 29, 1996
October 19, 1996
May 07, 1997
December 12, 1981
January 04, 1981
Location: America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, New York, USA
Hospitality Point, San Diego, California, USA
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Universal Juveniles (Max Webster)

Limelight   4:21
Stick It Out   4:25
Dreamline   5:53
The Big Money   7:00
Driven   5:10
Half the World   3:59
Red Barchetta   6:56
Animate   7:05
Limbo   5:25
The Trees   5:23
Red Sector A   5:20
Virtuality   6:11
Nobody's Hero   5:12

Closer to the Heart   5:05
Overture   4:34
The Temples of Syrinx   2:25
Discovery   4:07
Presentation   3:47
Oracle - The Dream   2:02
Soliloquy   1:59
Grand Finale   2:07
Test For Echo   5:57
Subdivisions   5:41
Freewill   5:47
Roll the Bones   6:23
Resist   4:25
Leave That Thing Alone   4:42
Drum Solo in 3/4   5:49
Natural Science   8:06

Force Ten   4:49
The Spirit of Radio   5:31
Tom Sawyer   5:06
YYZ / Cygnus X-1   4:58
Time and Motion   4:44
Freewill   5:49
Limelight   4:47
Prelude   4:26
Subdivisions   4:50
The Camera Eye   10:57
Closer to the Heart   3:07
Vital Signs   4:52
Working Man   1:32
Armageddon   0:49
By-Tor fragment   0:37
Battlescar - (Rush and Max Webster)   5:51

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Average Rating:Audio: 6

Brent's Bootlegs

This boot was one of the earlier recordings to come from the T4E show and of course is an audience taping. WHEN WILL WE GET A SOUNDBOARD SHOW???!!! oh well... I would definitely have to recommend this CD over "Never Stands Still". While the sound quality isn't far superior, it does represent the whole T4E tour (even songs that were played on the 2nd leg of the tour). Plus, you get the bonus material from Johnson City which sounds pretty good. If you're looking for the best sounding t4e boot and have $65 (well worth it) to spend on it then head over to Scarred page and order "To Hear Amazing Things".    (1999-04-01)

Ron's Rush ROIO Review

This is the controversial TFE offering from Prism records. Initially, this was the only was to get this show, since Mike Bahr taped it himself. The burden of producing a 3-disc set eventually resulted in huge backorders, which in turn caused the reputation of Prism to slip to the point where the company was closed. All that aside, it?s a pretty good show. Not the best from this tour (or even the first leg of the tour, but still pretty good). The sound quality is a bit boomy, but all instruments are clear, and it?s a pleasurable listening experience. VS comes with a few bonus tracks: Time And Motion (10/19/96), Limelight (5/7/97), Stick It Out (5/7/97), and the Johnson City, TN show from 12/12/81.    (1999-04-01)

Cary's Notes

I rate this show just below the opening night in Albany.? Sound isn't as clear, and the taper's section is rather loud.? Overall, I rarely listen to this show, simply because I've got better TFE shows from both legs.? It should be noted that there were two print runs for Virtual Songs, one with bonus tracks inserted where they appeared on the second leg, and one as above with the bonus tracks placed after the main show.? There were also a few discs that included a cover of the Rush song "Tears," performed by Dream Theater.? That makes for at least three distinct pressings, the setlist above was taken from the Scarred Records site.? As for Mr. Bahr himself, I enjoyed all the releases that he put out for Rush.? His product was good, just the service was lacking.    (1999-04-01)

Rush Trading Register

You can tell that this 3CD release from Prism Records (previous Rush releases include CYGNUS and CRITICAL MASS) was assembled by people who are Rush fans and are dedicated to producing top quality Rush CD boots. VIRTUAL SONGS includes the entire November 29, 1996 show from the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona plus Time & Motion from the October 19, 1996 Albany, New York show and Limelight and Stick it Out from the second leg of the tour. The listener is presented with the complete Test For Echo tour setlist derived from audience DAT recordings. VIRTUAL SONGS captures the energy of the Test For Echo tour with consistent sound quality and the intermittent crowd noise does not detract from the listening pleasure. Highlights include the complete rendition of 2112 along with the surprising Natural Science (who would have thought Rush would have resurrected this song after all these years?), Driven, Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo and, of course, The Spirit of Radio. Bonus tracks 7 to 14 on Disc Three are from a 1981 Exit Stage Left show from Johnson City, Tennessee. Although the recording speed for the 1981 tracks appears somewhat fast, it includes a reggae version of Working Man, The Camera Eye and a pre-Signals version of Subdivisions. Oh and finally, don't miss the "mystery" bonus track which rounds out Disc Three?.. In terms of packaging, the front cover is the ancient world map which originates from the Test For Echo CD booklet and the back cover has Half the World video shots of Geddy, Alex and Neil derived from the Test For Echo Tour book. Best of all, each of the tracks is properly identified. The discs themselves feature a vintage late 1970's group shot of the band. If you are looking for a CD boot release which is representative of the Test For Echo tour, this is it.    (1999-04-01)

Bill Girton
   (Audio - 6)

An average audience recording. A little crowd noise but overall it is not that disturbing. The first few songs have cuts between them. Over all a decent representation of this first leg of the tour. Disk three also has some filler.    (1999-04-01)


A bit muffled sounding and distant. Lots of crowd noise, talking etc. Sounds like the taper was deep within the hall. Was purported to be THE best total package for the Test For Echoes tour! About the only thing it has going for it is that it represents all the tunes played on the tour (I think) Definitely not the BEST sounding, however! This is only worth it if you want every show possible from the T4E tour (or if you were there). Don't get me wrong, it's not awful by any means, it's very listen-able, but there's nothing special about this show (unlike Albany which was the first show and about the same quality)

The packaging is at least Rush related (as opposed to the normal Prism art, and the term art is used very loosely!) Given the choices that have made themselves available I would hold out for To Hear Amazing Things.    (1999-04-01)

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