Rush – Rock In Rio – 4LP Box Set31st January 2019 0 By John Deaux
For the first time EVER Rush‘s live recording Rock In Rio is finally issued on vinyl for audiophiles.
Firstly let’s get this out of the way, this is quite possibly the finest live concert Rush ever commited to record and the CD version (let’s be honest) sounded muddy.
This wax version makes it sound a lot better (obviously as it’s analog). Every note, drum hit, cymbal hit, vocal (good or bad) is present and correct.
I have A&Bd this with the CD version and I can say that the vinyl wins hands down for clarity.
However, with the original release the crowd still drowns out the band at times. Although it does go to show the exuberance of the Brazillian crowd it still gets a little irritating (especially during YYZ where they sing to main riffs of the track) but that’s just a tiny niggle.
I’ll be totally honest I was expecting this to sound compressed due to the limitations of records as it’s only 8 sides (4 records) to comprise a 3 CD set. My fears where dashed when I heard 2112 on side F. This is the best live version I have heard and it’s so much more clear on record.
2112, Roll The Bones and Tom Sawyer have ALWAYS been firm favourites of mine as I’m not the biggest of Rush fans (even though my CD collection will tell you otherwise)
The board bootlegs (Between Sun and Moon, Vital Signs)from the CD set have been included on the final slab which was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting them to appear due to them being a bonus on the CD.
The packaging is fabulous. It’s a a double gatefold sleeve (so each record has its own place unlike so many other albums in recent years). The otographs from the show are lush and being a full size 12 inches (ooer missus) you can actually see what was going on (especially if you don’t have the DVD. In which case you really should)
To sum up, is this 4LP set worth its current £60+ price tag? Yes it is (especially as it also comes with a download code). Everything about it is sublime. I’m immensely happy that I got my grubby mitts on a copy as you will be too.
LP Track Listing:
- “Tom Sawyer”
- “Distant Early Warning”
- “New World Man”
- “Roll The Bones”
- “The Pass”
- “The Big Money”
- “The Trees”
- “Free Will”
- “Closer To The Heart”
- “Natural Science”
- “One Little Victory”
- “Ghost Rider”
- “Secret Touch”
- “Red Sector A”
- “Leave That Thing Alone”
- “O Baterista”
- “La Villa Strangiato”
- “The Spirit Of Radio”
- “By-Tor & The Snow Dog”
- “Cygnus X-1”
- “Working Man”
- “Between Sun & Moon”
- “Vital Signs”
18th January 2018
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Some say Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy! is a biographical movie based on John. Some have even said that his favorite artist is Chesney Hawke! All we really know is he sleeps inside out and his hair tastes like candy floss.