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Bookmark: http://www.digitalrushexperience.com/database/review.php?RecordingID=965
Media: 1 CD Audio
Time:
Catalog: Prism Records: PR-0795
Source: Soundboard
Date: November 20, 1978
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA



DISC 1
Intro
Anthem
Passage to Bangkok
Bytor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
Circumstances
A Farewell to Kings



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Average Rating:Audio: 7

Ron's Rush RoIO Review
   (Audio - 7)

The controversial "Cygnus" show offered on the alt.music.rush Internet newsgroup. This performance comes from a few months into the "Hemispheres" tour. The band is experimenting with keyboards quite a bit here. As a result, we hear some nice keyboard backing in songs like "Anthem" and "A Passage To Bangkok" which are again removed from the songs later in the tour. This show also contains a rare instance of Geddy yelling at the crowd to stop pushing. The complete versions of "Cygnus X-1" and "Hemispheres", as well as "A Farewell To Kings" and "Circumstances" really make this one a collectors item. While this is certainly a very listenable show, you probably won't be writing home over this one. The best way to describe this is that it sounds like someone tapped into the soundboard before the effects were added to the mix. So, Geddy?s voice sounds very dry and out front, which can be disconcerting at times. The recording level was also set way too high, resulting in some high-end distortion. Not a bad sounding show overall, but rumor has it that there are better versions of this concert floating around out there.    (1999-04-01)

Rush CD Bootleg List
   (Audio - 7)

This is the most unusual bootleg I've ever seen. It claims to be a "promo" album for a band called Cygnus, covering bands of the '70s.The songs all listed on the back are indeed Rush songs, although they claim to be by such great bands as Zebra, Exhibit A, and Hadrian. This was probably to get around the U.S. copyrights, as this is the only boot I've ever seen released by a company in the U.S. Do NOT be fooled by the packaging, this is a Rush bootleg! The show is from a Tucson soundboard recording, although this CD sounds several generations away from the master. Overall the sound is excellent; each instrument stands out, but sounds almost like the recording level was set too high. A neat "bonus" is Geddy telling the crowd to "get back or the stage will collapse, and it would be a real bummer". The song selection on this CD is great! The fade from By-Tor to Xanadu is amazing, and it does contain most of both books of Cygnus. I say most, because somewhere in "Hemispheres" it fades out, then in again at a later part in the song.? My guess is the tape ran out at this point. Since this is supposed to be a band called "Cygnus", the packaging reflects that. It tells a little about the band, who's in it (apparently they have four members), and various copyright jargon. It has nothing to do with Rush except the song listing on the back cover -- which is correct, amazingly enough. Overall, an excellent addition to a collection. Finding the CD itself might be a little difficult, it was originally offered for sale across the alt.music.rush newsgroup.? I don't know if this will be available through the "normal" channels, or is limited to the person who originally offered it. However, you can also find this show on tape (perhaps even with better sound quality) from various traders. If you can find it, grab it!    (1999-04-01)

National Midnight Star
   (Audio - 7)

The show is from a Tucson soundboard recording, although this CD sounds several generations away from the master. Overall the sound is excellent; each instrument stands out, but sounds almost like the recording level was set too high. A neat "bonus" is Geddy telling the crowd to "get back or the stage will collapse, and it would be a bummer".

The song selection on this CD is great! The fade from By-Tor to Xanadu is amazing, and it does contain most of both books of Cygnus. I say most, because somewhere in "Hemispheres" it fades out, then in again at a later part in the song.? My guess is the tape ran out at this point.    (1999-04-01)

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