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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=554
Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 72:56, 67:54
Catalog: Prism Records: 199803
Source: Audience
Date: April 02, 1988
Location: Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA



DISC 1
The Big Money   6:12
Subdivisions   5:32
Limelight   4:51
Marathon   7:04
Turn the Page   4:47
Prime Mover   5:45
Manhattan Project   5:05
Closer to the Heart   4:26
Red Sector A   5:30
Force Ten   5:16
Time Stand Still   5:13
Distant Early Warning   6:35
Lock and Key   6:38

DISC 2
Mission   5:55
Territories   6:24
YYZ   3:16
The Rhythm Method   6:34
The Spirit of Radio   5:04
Tom Sawyer   5:47
2112: Overture   4:23
2112: Temples of Syrinx   1:55
La Villa Strangiato   5:29
In the Mood   3:06
Manhattan Project   5:36
2112: Overture   4:24
2112: Temples of Syrinx   2:03
Grand Designs   5:05
In the Mood   2:52



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Average Rating:Audio: 7.666666666666667

Rush CD Bootleg List
  

Quite possibly the best audience tape ever. It has more sonic characteristics of a soundboard than an audience tape. Many times the crowd has the usual (low volume) roar that is consistently found on confirmed soundboard tapes like Hartford '81. What is most striking is the amazing clarity and separation of the different instruments. Each effect on the drums and every keyboard trade is well balanced in this audience tape's mix. Omaha is a prime example of a late Hold Your Fire show. Highlights: Prime Mover, Turn the Page, Marathon, Drum Solo/Red Lenses medley. Setlist was static on this tour. This is certainly the best available show in its entirety.

Brent's Bootlegs
   (Audio - 8)

This is the HYF boot to get ... for now at least. Here is what Mike Bahr had to say about his creation:

The conventional wisdom on Omaha '88 is that it was an audience show, because one Nebraskan took credit for supposedly taping it from the front row. However one listen to the source tape makes it obvious that it's a soundboard recording. Several collectors have since stated that it is, indeed, a recording from the mixing board. The first two tracks could be clearer and I'd accept them as audience, but for the duration of the show, the crowd practically doesn't exist, the bass guitar is very defined and sharp, and the drums do not distort, all distinguishing marks of a soundboard tape. Listen to 2112 overture during the part where the crowd is supposed to echo back during the guitar stops... if this show ain't a soundboard, then Oakland '92 must not be either. By the time you get to the end of the HYF show, the sound quality is really quite excellent, surpassing Experience to Extremes in my estimation. Plus of course we are treated to the HYF songs live all in one place. The CD was missing Prime Mover and Lock and Key, and the video lacked Time Stand Still and Lock and Key, and the laserdisc lacked Time Stand Still but did contain Prime Mover and Lock and Key. The second show is well known as a soundboard from Milwaukee in '86, one of the very best. The songs included here are ones that were not included on Mystic Dreams. These excerpts from that show are not as crystal clear and astoundingly awesome as Mystic Dreams was, but they definitely don't suck, I'll tell you that. They just about overshadow the main show for sound quality! Grand Designs in particular sounds just fantastic.

Now back to reality ... this is not a soundboard recording. Neither are the bonus tracks. In fact, the songs on Beer Power (bonus track material) sound quite a bit better than these. Still though, you've got to admit it has to sound pretty decent to be mistaken for a soundboard recording. Each instrument is very separate and defined. This is definitely the best complete HYF boot in circulation as of now.

Curtis
   (Audio - 7.5)

There are two different audience source tapes from this date. Make no mistake, this boot is an audience recording AND it's not the better of the two. Mike Bahr could have possibly done the best he knew how with the source tape he used. Unfortunately, it was the inferior to begin with. When you throw in the fact that it's anyone's guess what generation that tape was, this boot can be summed up like this. If you don't already have it- don't break your leg trying to get a copy. There will be a much better copy available eventually.

Chris Quartly
   (Audio - 7.5)

This is definitely an audience recording, and for me an overrated one. OK, so the crowd aren't that noticeable but the instruments don't stand out as much individually as other audience recordings. I'd choose Better Beer or Experience To Extremes for quality any day. The overall quality is fairly good and after the first few tracks things seem to pick up a bit, this is definitely a recording that sounds better the louder you listen to it. Good, but not great.

Ron's Rush RoIO Review
  

Capturing Rush in a Midwest performance, this ROIO offers a very tight HYF show. This is a great show, but is typical of HYF performances. The one point of note is that the band was having some feedback problems during this show, especially during Prime Mover. Although the song doesn?t stop, it sounds as if Geddy actually stops playing for a few seconds while the sound crew struggles to fix the problem. An excellent audience recording. The sound is a bit compressed, and there?s a small amount of high-end distortion, but overall, this show sounds great. Not the best from the HYF tour (I think the 5/5/88 show is better), but a good addition to any collection.

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