A Passage To Bangkok
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
Something for Nothing
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
Working Man / Bastille Day / In the Mood / Drum Solo
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Great Rush Bootleg Series
(Audio - 5)
This is essential because it contains the inaugural tour?s presentation of the full Cygnus epic, as well as all of 2112 minus only "Oracle," and a pile of other goodies. Sound quality could be better, but it?s not shit. Just audience. The tapers are cracking some decent jokes in between songs. Due to tape cuts, our faithful tapers missed "The Trees." There is a soundboard boot from this tour which contains the contents of Chicago as well, but I won?t even touch that subject because of its extreme rarity, and the fact that it won?t help you much as a Rush collector, what with the fantastic sound of Pinkpop. (1999-04-01)
Ron's Rush RoIO Review
(Audio - 5)
A great show from the last of four nights in Chicago. Almost the entire show is on this tape; only "The Trees" is missing. The highlights here are rare live versions of "Circumstances," "A Farewell To Kings," and "Discovery." All in all, a good show for any collection. This is an audience tape -- the quality could be better, but it?s not all that bad. The main flaw is that the guitars are a bit quiet. But, the drums are very well-resolved and Geddy?s voice comes through clear as a bell. "Cygnus X-1" and "Circumstances" are chopped up.? Part of "Dionysus" and "Presentation" are also missing, presumably where tapes were switched. (1999-04-01)
National Midnight Star CD Bootleg Listin
(Audio - 5)
Although the sound is slightly worse than on the "Cygnus" boot, here you get the advantage that you're getting the whole concert. However, the two discs come in the now "environment-unfriendly" large double-cd case. Geddy does mention that this is their 3rd night in Chicago, so the date on the case is most likely correct.
The sound does get off to a shaky start, but the volume increases quickly. During the very quiet parts (in-between songs), you can hear hiss, probably because this was recorded off a tape. In places it seems that the tape speeds up slightly, or slows down. This was definitely done as an audience tape -- you can hear several people arguing about seats during "Bangkok".
The quality fluctuates, and at one point sounds like someone hit the recorder. It does cut out in a few places; it's hard to tell if it's chopping off music as well.? Generally though, a very decent sounding show. One nice thing is it sounds like a small venue, and during the music you don't hear much talking. Another good thing is (of course) the song selection! If you like pre-Permanent Waves Rush, you'll love this, although Caress of Steel is sorely underrepresented. And I loved the transition between "By-Tor" and "Xanadu"! However, because of tape limitations some parts of songs do get cut off when the tape was flipped.
Packaging? Not on this one! There's a bad color photocopy of Neil for the cover, and a worse one of the Hemispheres album cover for the back. There is no booklet included. The cds themselves are gold with green undersides -- if I didn't know better, I'd think these were CDROM discs pressed at home.
A decent show overall, and definitely worth a listen, especially if you're a big fan of their longer "epic" songs. It also would be fairly simple to buy a single double-cd case and dump the larger one it comes in. (1999-04-01)