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A Gentle Hand


Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 69:38, 50:11, 47:04
Catalog: Sirius Records: SIR0690/0691/0692
Source: Audience (DAT Master)
Date: October 24, 2002
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Three Stooges   0:52
Tom Sawyer   4:53
Distant Early Warning   4:59
New World Man   4:07
Roll The Bones   6:36
Earthshine   5:47
YYZ   4:50
The Pass   5:09
Bravado   6:20
The Big Money   6:22
The Trees   5:16
Freewill   5:36
Natural Science   8:51

One Little Victory   7:55
Driven   5:14
Ghost Rider   5:55
Secret Touch   6:57
Dreamline   5:18
Red Sector A   5:18
Leave That Thing Alone   5:06
Drum Solo   8:28

Resist   4:47
2112: Overture/Temples of Syrinx   6:57
Limelight   4:32
La Villa Strangiato   10:20
The Spirit of Radio   6:50
By-Tor and the Snow Dog   4:47
Cygnus X-1   3:14
Working Man   5:37

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Average Rating:Audio: 8.5

Rusher Man
   (Audio - 9.5)

I glad to see that you're all enjoying this recording as I more than fun taping it. I was as close as can be to the stacks being high up on the side of the stage & knew it would come out much better than the average audience recording, I knew it was more than good but I never knew it would get the attention & numerous, fantastic comments & reviews it has. This is a must have for Rush fans. The band plays practically a perfect show & they were (as always) pumped up for the NYC crowd at the Garden. This is a solid EX TO EX+ recording & there's nothing else to say to describe it, so I'm saying to everyone: "Get a copy & enjoy". Sony ECM MS907 mic > Sony DAT

Modern Day Warrior

Easily, IMO, hands down the best sounding recording of the tour (so far). The boys gave an awesome performance this night as they seemed to be happy to be back at the Garden! There are maybe 2 or 3 times that the recording gets muffled, but that is because someone walks in front of the mic (I know who it was to but he shall remain nameless! LOL). And other that a little bit of talking during the intro to The Trees, this could honestly rank up there with a soundboard recording! It's that great! Every instrument is crystal clear. And the drum solo this night, Neil's arms must have been in flames because he was smoking! Special thanks to John Amato for using my mic. I knew it was a great investment!

Rob Sulcov

A ROIO MASTERPIECE!!! It had been 8 years since Rush last performed at the world's most famous arena. Rush fans' patience were definitely rewarded on this night which was brilliantly captured by the taper. The sound is clean, crisp and clear as a bell. Even the intermission sounds incredible! You can tell by the tone of Geddy's voice when he first says hello to the crowd that they are ready to rock the house and DO THEY EVER!! This boot does not disappoint. Simply put, this is a MUST HAVE!!!


This show rules. Not only is every instrument perfectly captured, but the band had a tremendous amount of energy on this night. I was there in the 10th row, and I can say that this recording perfectly captures all of the fun that the band had, and the crowd was totally into the show at MSG. The best show I caught on the Vapor Trails tour by far out of the 6 shows I went to. A definite must have for any Rush fan.

   (Audio - 7.5)

Finally the download finished....and my first impression of the recording is pretty good. Good crisp highs, some mids are present, but where's the bass?? Some of it's there, but the show has a slight tinny sound to it with the bass being weak. A very "controversial" review...according to the taper and few others. Only the listeners should be the judges.

Sounds very much like the show was recorded with bass roll off, at least to my ears. I would give this a VG+/EX- rating overall. It's a good show to have in your collection, but there are many great VT shows in circulation (Hartford, Mansfield, Toronto, Denver). Performance wise, the boys do love the MSG and it shows. Alex's improvised solo in Dreamline can't be missed!!

Anyways, the taper did a much better job with this tape than his earlier attempts, so my hat's off to him.


When I first got the raw version of this show, I contacted the taper and asked, "so what roadie did you buy the soundboard off of???". In all fairness, it is obviously an audience show, there is minimal talking and a few "woo's" here and there, but closeness of the taper to the side stacks pretty much drowns them out. There are three minor "phases" during the show which are more than made up by the quality of the audio. The boys were definitely on this evening, the energy level is very high and there are very few mistakes the band made playing. The "Alex Rant" is as usual amusing, with him interacting with Geddy and Neil. Instruments are well balanced and come through when they have to for solos, the overall mix is perfect. Rating on this show is high, definitely at the top of the class for the Vapor Trails shows, for those that want a well balanced, very high quality show and want only one, this is the one you want to go after, not putting anything against other awesome recordings like Denver, Mountain View, etc., but this one has "something" about that makes it a notch better. If you are a fan of crisp and energetic audience recordings over soundboards, this show is for you. If you get a chance, find the version that has the fluke version of the Dragon on the intro of OLV, it was something the taper has not been able to reproduce, but it was captured once and matrixed into the release version of "A Gentle Hand", you won't want to miss it.

   (Audio - 8.5)

Another great VT show.   (2005-04-06)

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