Alphabetical Listing
Audio Only Listing
Video Only Listing
Fly By Night
Caress of Steel
All the Worlds a Stage
A Farewell to Kings
Tour of the Semispheres
Permanent Waves
Pre-Moving Pictures Tour
Moving Pictures
Exit Stage Left
First Tour of the Nadars
Grace Under Pressure
Second Tour of the Nadars
Power Windows
Hold Your Fire
Roll the Bones
Test For Echo
Vapor Trails
30th Anniversary
Snakes and Arrows
Snakes and Arrows Live
Time Machine
Secret Empire


Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 47:28, 36:21
Catalog: Digital Reproductions: DR 50279
Source: Audience (1st Gen)
Date: May 02, 1979
Location: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England

Anthem   4:59
A Passage To Bangkok   4:07
By-Tor And The Snow Dog   5:37
Xanadu   12:59
Something for Nothing   4:42
The Trees   4:58
Cygnus X-1   10:06

Hemispheres   20:38
La Villa Strangiato   10:54
Drum Solo   4:49

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Average Rating:Audio: 5.75

The Digital Dan
   (Audio - 5)

Another really rare show from the Hemispheres tour. The source came to me directly from the taper of the show. The cover art is also comprised of photos taken at the same show and gives the recording a real historical perspective. Technically this is a?first gen recording as it is a tape copy of the master tapes and some of the songs were intentionally left off, why I don't know. The sound quality is decent, though Geddy's vocals do get buried at times. The instruments are discernable and the recording isn't too distant because it is a bit of a smaller venue. Because it is an audience recording, there is some unevenness to the sound. From midway in Xanadu to the first bass riff in Cygnus X-1 the recording is duller than the remaining concert, blocked microphone? That section was mastered to match the rest of the concert for sound quality, and the overall effect comes very close. Included is a very good version of Cygnus X-l that is complete for a change! No cuts, just a mic transition before the bass guitar comes in. Hemispheres is here in its full glory as well. There is a split second cut at the beginning of The Sphere, but this has to be one of the more complete versions captured on tape. 2112 is noticeably absent along with Closer to the Heart and a few other compositions. But, all in all, this is a very interesting recording worth having in a larger Rush collection. As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, it's only available via free trade and never for sale. Just visit the trading links section to find people that will gladly trade this recording for free.    (1999-04-01)

   (Audio - 6.5)

I am really interested in this recording. First off, its a very rare source, and in fact its the only source from this dates, so to speak. The sound is a little more to be desired, but it really isn't that bad. The instruments are very clear, and there is little taper hiss, as well with little audience noise, only at the beginning and the end at each song, really. We also get a pretty good performance, as with the long version of Hemispheres being played, which is really great. Another thing thats really good about this is the artwork. Its actual screenshots of the date, which adds some rarity to the source, as with the music itself. Something thats really for collectors, and its a great Hemispheres era performance from the boys in their overseas trip.   (2009-01-01)

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