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A Desert Passage - Platinum Edition


Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 73:25, 66:03
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 12078-9
Source: Soundboard (1st gen)
Date: November 20, 1978
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Intro   3:09
Anthem   4:17
A Passage to Bangkok   4:19
By-Tor and the Snow Dog   5:20
Xanadu   12:12
Announcement   1:47
Something for Nothing   4:29
The Trees   4:39
Cygnus X-1   10:45
Hemispheres   18:50
Closer to the Heart   3:33

Circumstances   4:37
A Farewell to Kings   5:35
La Villa Strangiato   10:04
2112   19:12
Working Man   3:08
Bastille Day   1:42
In the Mood   2:40
Drum Solo   5:13
Something for Nothing   4:12
Cygnus X-1   9:33

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Average Rating:Audio: 9.1

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 9)

This is the even fuller soundboard from the infamous Tucson show. This show is actually an amalgamation of several sources using the best source for the overall show and filling in any problems or adding extra material from other sources. Many of the bootlegs from this period have captured the part where Neil is warming up on the drums while music is playing over the PA. For the first time that I am aware of, we get to hear the actual song that is played before the band takes the stage. It's rather interesting music to start off a Rush show with to say the least. The sound changes right before the line "With our people left..." through the section right after "My ship Rocinate..." line in Hemispheres, and then sound changes back to normal. That was present in all four sources I had for this show. The section of Hemispheres that was cut (Dream Sequence) was filled in from the same section of the Detroit '78 soundboard. Being only 13 days apart, the performance was virtually identical and the sound close enough to make a fairly seamless transition. If you are a purist and this bothers you greatly, I would suggest going with "Every Soul's a Battlefield" which is another fine production of the full soundboard with almost no treatments to the raw source. But if you are a semi-purist, you'll be happy to know that no noise reduction was used on this production. At the end of the show, two bonus tracks were included, "Something for Nothing" and "Cygnus X-1". Both originally appeared with the Frankfurt '79 source, but became apparent than these two tracks do not belong to any of the known soundboards from this era. Therefore they are a kind of "mystery" as to where they come from.

The performance itself is quite excellent and also very unique. The extended intro is interesting, though not remarkable in and of itself. The problems with the crowd are further expounded upon by the venue management after Geddy is unable to gain the cooperation of the massing crowd. Cygnus X-1 is finally presented in an uncut format. And we finally have the rest of 2112 and the encores. Geddy has a little fun with Lerxt in the Working Man lyrics. Then the soundman decides to do some interesting things to the sound of each of them during the Medley. Geddy's vocals are changed considerably during "In the Mood" and some of the effects on Neil's drums are quite interesting in the Drum Solo. All in all the definitive Rush concert. Many thanks to Rubicon for donating one of the sources used, and many thanks to the others that donated sources, but wished to remain anonymous. As with all Digital Reproductions releases, this is for free trade or blank media trade only. If someone is trying to sell this show, they are trying to rip you off and profit off the work of others. Please visit the DRE Newsgroup to find other Rush fans that will gladly trade the show for free.

Ron's Rush RoIO Review
   (Audio - 8)

If there is ever an award for the most-often-upgraded bootleg, this one is sure to win. This show has gone from a partial, distorted source to finally (in May 2000) the full, glorious-sounding show. Amazing how much better a bootleg can sound when produced properly! My first exposure to this bootleg was with the "Cygnus" disc. The difference between that boot and this source is like night and day. This is a remarkably clean bootleg that came straight from the soundboard. The sound is nothing short of stellar ? you can hear every nuance of the band's playing here. It's especially sweet to hear Alex's guitar here, as he seems to have attained the perfect effects balance on this night. The show is also a bit unusual in that Geddy delivers a severe reprimand to the crowd, who apparently is pushing quite a bit at the start of the show. Interestingly enough, this tape reveals that one of the road crew (Skip Glidersleeve? Liam Burt?) also asks the crowd to move back. This was deleted from every other source. The only real flaws are a cut in the middle of "Hemispheres" and at the end of "Cygnus X-1." Even considering gems such as the 12/2/78 and 5/28/79 soundboard shows, this one gets my vote for the best sound.

   (Audio - 9.5)

This is THE show that you want from the Hemispheres Tour, forget about Buenas Nochas! Motor City and Buenas Nochas, Mein Frankfurt !!! As good as the the 2 Buenas Nochas shows are, they just don't cut it compared to what comes blasting out your speakers when you stick 1 of these discs in your player.....the whole show is simply outstanding and from the references to the rowdy crowd you really get a sense of what it must have been like to see Rush in their heyday. Big thanx to Geddy on Dime for expanding my now fastly increasing list of shows.    (2007-01-18)

   (Audio - 10)

This is the only version of the show I have, and this is only version of the show that I really need, because, from what I have heard, this is really one of the better versions of the show. The sound quality is really blistering, and same with the performance, Rush was turing their A game on. There is only really 1 problem with the whole recording, but it really isn't that bad. There is weird crunching sound in the middle of "A Passage to Bangkok" but it really isn't that distracting at all. I highly recommend this how. If you don't got it, GET IT.   (2008-11-16)

   (Audio - 9)

This bootleg is as good as some live recordings by other bands. I was at this show close to Alex and actually the problem with the crowd was serious for a few minutes but it really didn´t damper the concert at all. It actually did the opposite and charged everyone up more. It was just an intense evening! I was only 16 but being a drummer and a huge Rush fan, it was like nothing anyone had ever seen or heard. This is great to have this recording of the first of many Rush concerts I have been to since. There was a seperate incident with Rush in Tucson during the Grace under pressure tour where some idiot threw a lighter and hit Geddy Lee in the eye or head during the intro of ¨Distant early warning¨. That put a huge damper on the rest of the concert and Geddy was gracious enough to finish the show, a real professional. After that Rush came back to Tucson a few more times, but then just went to Phoenix since it is within close proximity. Again great recording with a great intense performance. The only other bootleg I´ve heard that is intense but not the same quality is the St. Louis show in 1980.   (2010-12-17)

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