Rush

29 years and 28 albums later (greatest hits albums included) Rush proves things o­nly get better with age, just like a fine wine. Rush In Rio was recorded in its entirety o­n the last show of a 66 date tour. The obvious excitement of crowd and band come together for a really good retrospective of the band's long carrier. With a fair mix of both old and new, Rush ripped through their catalog with precision and perfect execution. Older fans will definitely enjoy songs such as: "2112," "Cygnus X-1," "By-Tor The Snow Dog," while new fans may enjoy some of the newer songs such as "Red Sector-A" and "Secret Touch." Purist Rush fans will just love the whole package. The o­nly down side is the sound quality of the CD. The show takes place in a 60 000 seat soccer stadium and sounds like it. In the liner notes written by Neil Peart (Rush's Drummer and lyricist) he explains why the sound fell below their usual high standards. The sub-par audio sound is compensated by excellent song selection and the band's powerful playing. If you love or just sorta like Rush this album is for you, if your curious about a live Rush experience, and your checking it out for the first time, I'd go back a few years to "Exit Stage Left" for a first listen. All in all I'd give this o­ne a 7 1/2 out of ten.

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