Captures the band at their best (at least from the early days). The sound is raw and unpolished, but not their musicianship, which is out-of-this-world. You really get the feeling you're right there in the concert hall with them. Just three guys tearing up their instruments. Virtually no keyboard, no overdubbing, just their great early songs.
Highlights include BASTILLE DAY and LAKESIDE PARK from CARESS OF STEEL, generally considered their worst album, but these two songs rock. ANTHEM is great, and of course, hearing 2112 live is a treat. And WORKING MAN and other stuff from their first album really gives guitarist Alex Lifeson a chance to show us what an incredible rock guitarist he is.
Geddy Lee's voice is about as shrill as you'll ever hear it, which is fun. Neil Peart's drumming is great, of course. The only drawbacks, really, are the production values, which are just fine for the equipment and technology available back in the '70s, but seem a little "amateurish" today. But, that's also part of the charm.
Pros: Great music and a great snapshot of a great band! Cons: I had to hide the album with the pentagram from my mother. The Bottom Line: Buy it without question. A great band in a great period of their history. As a kid, I grew up in a town that was right across the river from Sarnia, Canada. Occasionally we would go over there to this park that had a band shell where many new bands would come play for free. … more
Wow...I've never heard a live recording where the crowd whistles so much. Anyway, that's not important. Rush had just released their pivotal power-prog release 2112, which featured the phenomenal side-long title track based on the writings of Ayn Rand. And the highlight of this live release is, in my opinion, an awesomely energetic performance of that epic. Some parts are cut out, reducing the song to 16 minutes, but it still rocks, man. At this stage in their career, Rush was rockin' hard, evident … more