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Rush - Replay (1989)

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Excellent value and great stuff for the fan!

  • Jul 2, 2006
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This package is really designed for the die-hard Rush fan. I'm glad to read that "newbies" have discovered and enjoyed it, but I feel like this was an early Christmas present to longtime fans like myself.

First of all, I am amazed that there are people attacking the quality of the video and/or audio. Particularly in Exit Stage Left. The damn thing was shot on video, probably 3/4" or 1". It had to use the lighting that was available, and for video (as opposed to digital video) this was hard. Rush, in those days, often used green and orange for their lighting, and this was in the days of Par Can lights...long before intellibeams. So yes, the concert is occasionally murky. But the alternative...never seeing it...is hardly an option. It sounds great, and it's fun to see "the boys" more than 20 years younger.

The Grace Under Pressure concert is quite tight, and the video is much better. There are some awkward bridges (at one point, Geddy says somthing like "here's another 'red' song" right before Red Sector A. Clearly, they had just played "Red Lenses," but it isn't on the video), but overall, it's a good portrait of them at this time in their career.

The SHOW OF HANDS video is interesting. The CD was always my least favorite of their live works...but I think it's my favorite of these three DVDs. The video quality is outstanding, and the audio, particularly Geddy's vocals, is outstanding. And the song selection is great for catching all those post-Moving Pictures songs. They do trot out their older classics at the end, but for nearly an hour, it's "lost" classics like "Mission," "Marathon" and two songs that aren't on the CD but are among my favorites: "Territories" and "Prime Mover." I would have bought the package just for these. "Prime Mover," in particular, is terrifically performed.

The live CD is very nice too. It covers familiar territory, but I'm not going to complain. I do agree that the Best Buy bonus tracks, save for a new version of "Limelight" is nothing to get excited about. Inexplicably, there is no track list for the CD.\

The miniature tour booklets are wonderful as well. I've seen Rush 5 times, but did NOT see them on these particular tours, so it's great to have the tour books, even in miniature. The box containing it all is well designed.

Overall, this was a TREAT. I'm anxious for some new material from RUSH, but this will tide me over nicely.

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While Pink Floyd's widely popularPulseranked as one of the bestselling DVDs of 2006,Rush: Replay x 3is a similarly praiseworthy treasure-trove that's geared more for long-time Rush fans with a working knowledge of the band's evolution. New fans and late-blooming converts are just as likely to enjoy this three-concert package (compiled from previously available VHS releases from the 1980s), but it's the die-hard devotees of Canada's premiere prog-rock power trio who'll get the most from this epic-scale, remastered DVD package. Particularly welcome here are the miniature reproductions of the official programs from each of the tours featured here: "Exit Stage Left" (1981), "Grace Under Pressure" (1984) and "A Show of Hands" (1987-88). With tour-diary notes by the band's illustrious percussionist and co-founder Neil Peart, and often humorous personnel profiles and equipment list by Peart, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and bassist/synth player and vocalist Geddy Lee, these handy booklets offer both tour-related nostalgia and successive glimpses into the band's creative process. Lavishly illustrated, they're also fascinating as visual records of the band's on-stage look, album designs, and related materials.

As presented here (as opposed to earlier releases on VHS and laserdisc), the concerts are intended to complement the same live recordings (with some variations in playlists) that were previously released on CD, and the "Grace Under Pressure" CD, included here as a special-bonus ...

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Cast: Rush
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
Studio: Island / Mercury

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