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Monday, September 29, 2008

Hemispheres Dates


January 11, 1979 Live in Boston 1979
Loaction: Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Source: Audience (Analog Master)
Grade: A
Setlist: Intro
Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
Circumstances
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
2112
Working Man
Bastille Day
In the Mood
Drum Solo

Comments: Another newly discovered Hemispheres show, and its a good one. I got this one yestereday, and I am damn happy I got it. The sound is absolutly stunning. Its only slightly distant in Anthem that makes you know its an audience recording, but every other song is cystal clear, with nice highs and decent lows for all of the shows. Its a very warm sounding recording. The mix is excellent too, everyone comes in fairly clear for all of the show, and the audience is very nice around the taper. I would say it was more recorded on Alex's side of the stage because the vocals and bass are slightly lower in the mix than the guitar and drums, but everything is very clear and well heard. The performance is very awesome too. Alex only messed up the solo to Xanadu at the beginning, but he recovered very well. There was a power outage at this show too, as Geddy addresses it after Xanadu. Overall, you need this show in your collection.


May 23, 1979 Forgotten Kings
Location: Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden
Source: Audience
Grade: B/B+
Setlist: Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
The Trees
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
2112
Working Man
Bastille Day
In the Mood
Drum Solo

Comments: A virtually complete show, but with some minor cuts that aren't too distracting. The show sounds pretty good, but not as good as Lost Circumstances, but obviously the same taper because of what happens in 2112. In overture, about 3:28 I think, someone says okay, and the bottom end drops out, and the sound gets worse from Grand Finale, but a good show. There is tape hiss, and there are dropouts, but the instruments are audible enough. The performacne is definatly excellent, the boys are in a great mood to be in Sweden, a rare event for them. More for the collectors, but its still a good show to have in any collection if you are definatly willing to grow out.


December 02, 1978 Oak Oppression
Location: Cobo Hall Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A-
Setlist: Intro 0:40
Anthem 4:14
A Passage to Bangkok 4:02
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:18
Xanadu 12:05
Something For Nothing 4:34
The Trees 4:37
Cygnus X-1 10:14
Hemispheres 18:24
Closer to the Heart 3:29
Circumstances 4:21
A Farewell to Kings 5:33
La Villa Strangiato 10:04
2112 18:27
Working Man 2:24
Bastille Day 1:42
In The Mood / Drum Solo 7:56

Comments: A pretty shameful release, to be completely honest. Its pretty much the exact copy of the Digital Reproductions release of Motor City, unfortunatly. Its still got all of the cuts, all of the same track numbers, and the same sound. The reason I didn't rate this as high and Motor City is because of the copy thing. A version of the show that you do not want, you want Motor City instead of this piece o' crap release.

November 04, 1978 Rocinante Remastered Edition
Location: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Source: Audience
Grade: B+
Setlist: Anthem 4:08
A Passage To Bangkok 3:47
Something For Nothing 4:07
The Trees 4:38
Hemispheres 17:51
Closer To The Heart 3:34
Circumstances 4:00
A Farewell To Kings 5:27
La Villa Strangiato 10:18
Working Man 3:03
Bastille Day 1:40
In The Mood 2:37
Drum Solo 4:57

Comments: Its a very incomplete show. The other Digital Reproductions release of this show (this is also a Digital Reproductions release) Waltz of Sheerves is complete, and with much better sound and much less hiss. The other reason to get the other show is because it is very much so complete, luckily. That source is an analog master source, as this show might be a different generation or so. The sound is pretty good, apperantly the original show had some crazy problems with it, but sounded pretty good. Everything is pretty much clear, and the performance is a very good one indeed. Geddy has an absolutly amazing night tonight with his amazing vocal powers. The band are in very good form. This is a show that is good, but get the other Digital Reproductions release first.

May 25, 1979 Tivoli Gardens
Location: Tivoli Garden, Stockholm, Sweden
Source: Audience
Grade: B/B+
Setlist: Anthem 3:44
A Passage to Bangkok 3:08
Xanadu 11:35
The Trees 5:21
Hemispheres 19:24
Closer to the Heart 2:35
La Villa Strangiato 10:00
2112: Overture / Temples of Syrinx 6:25
Discovery/Presentation/Soliloquy/Grand Finale 8:46
In the Mood / Drum Solo 6:07

Comments: If this were the complete show, it would have easily been an A- or so. The sound is very good for a Hemispheres show. The volumne itself is a little low, but you really need to crank it anyway. The highs aren't as detailed as some other shows, but its there and the bass and the mids seem fairly detailed. This show is plauged with cuts. There is about 1 cut in every song, but most of it is here. The mic gets muffled in In the Mood, so that is the only downside really soundwise. The performance is good, but its not a full show because of time constrains, maybe, but they are completely rocking from every song to the next. A show that might make it into your collectio at one time or another. A good Hemispheres show overall.

December 31, 1978 New Years Eve Bash 1978-1979
Location: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Source: Audience
Grade: B-/B
Setlist: Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
Circumstances
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
New Years Festivites
2112
Working Man
Bastille Day
In the Mood
Drum Solo (Cut)

Comments: I've heard that this was a bad show, and it is anything but. Sure, the sound might not be the best that I have ever heard from this tour, but it certainly isn't the worst that I have heard, those honors could go to several other show. There is some distortion, and a bit of echo if you listen closely, but everything is pretty clear, and the mix is good. There isn't too much taper talk from what I am hearing, but the audience is a bit loud at times, luckily not too much during the music, but they are loud overall. The performance here is the story. The boys are so excited tonight, Geddy is in one of his best moods, as you can hear the guy screaming so loud up there. Alex's guitar work will make you shiver, and Neil is pounding the drums with his skilled arms and his masterful hands. A show for the collectors soundwise, but for the performance, it is absolutly amazing if someone wants a more performance like show.

December 14, 1978 Hemispheres from Chicago
Location: International Ampitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Source: Audience (Analog Master Cassette)
Grade: C+
Setlist: Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
Closer to the Heart
Working Man
Bastille Day
In the Mood

Comments: Here is a very rare show from the Hemispheres tour, and it has some damn good reason to be rare. The show is very good because of the performance, though, the boys seem to be in good spirits as they are at their first night in Chicago. The sound is not too hot. The audience is very loud, louder than the music at most times, and there is distortion and speed problems. There are times when you can hear them okay, near the end. The boys play a surf intro to Working Man that is pretty cool. A show left for the hardcore, mostly.


April 04, 1979 Turn the Pages of History
Location: War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, USA
Source: Audience
Grade: C+
Setlist: Anthem 4:25
A Passage To Bangkok 4:07
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:32
Xanadu 12:29
Something for Nothing 4:41
The Trees 4:53
Cygnus X-1 9:05
Hemispheres 19:05
Closer to the Heart 3:26
Circumstances 4:26
A Farewell to Kings 5:37
La Villa Strangiato 10:25
2112 17:44
Working Man 9:08

Comments: Here is a very rare recording from the Hemispheres tour, and it has every right to be as rare as any other recording. There isn't too much tape hiss here, but I think that the distance is very consuming over the whole recording. The resolution isn't great, with only Geddy being great in the mix, while everything else seems to be very background and very quiet for most of the show. The performance is what makes this a must have rare recording, though. In fact, we probably get the absolute best version of "Hemispheres" on here, it really is that good, it sounds like pure heaven, but the overall sound isn't great. A must have for the hardcore collector, but for casuals this might be a pass, unless you are looking to complete your collection sometime soon.

May 18, 1979 Belgium 1979
Location: Nr. Kortrijt, Poperinge-Maekeblijde, Belgium
Source: Audience
Grade: C-
Setlist: Intro
Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Xanadu
The Trees
Hemispheres

Comments: This is probably the worst Hemispheres recording in my collection. The sound here is definatly not to good, and it is very incomplete. But what saves this show is that the performance is very good, as with most of the European shows, or whatever the band called the later tour. I think there is alot of distance with the band and the taper, but all the instruments can be heard, its just that there isn't as much detail with the recording as many other shows have. The only reason to get this is the performance, otherwise stay away.


April 30, 1979 Armed with Sense and Liberty
Location: The Apollo, Manchester, England
Source: Audience (Analog Master)
Grade: B+/A-
Setlist: Anthem 4:17
A Passage To Bangkok 3:49
By-Tor and The Snow Dog 5:37
Xanadu 12:21
Something for Nothing 4:26
The Trees 5:03
Cygnus X-1 10:01
Hemispheres 19:37
Closer To The Heart 3:21
A Farewell To Kings 6:08
La Villa Strangiato 10:39
2112 19:08
Working Man 3:38
Bastille Day 1:41
In The Mood 2:44

Comments: An extremely good audience recording. Even though this thing is a little distant, the performance is really good, and the sound overall definatly isn't that bad. I think that the boys were really excited to be in England again, as we got great versions of songs like "Anthem" and "Xanadu". This isn't perfect by any means, though. There is no tape hiss at all, which is really good, but the recording can seem distant and feel a little loud for some people. The audience isn't too loud, which is great with a recording so old. The sound is also a little muddy at times, keeping it from being a great show by any stretch of the imagination. But, for about 90% of the time, this could even catch up to Oslo! The balance and the mix between the instruments is great, which makes this show a must-have for that reason! A great show for everyone to enjoy and for many years to come, a must-have otherwise.


November 15, 1978 Looking Down From Olympus
Location: Warnor's Theater, Fresno, California, USA
Source: Audience (1st gen)
Grade: A-
Setlist: Anthem
A Passage To Bangkok
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
Xanadu
Something For Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer To The Heart
Circumstances
A Farewell To Kings
La Villa Strangiato
2112

Comments: Definatly one of the best from the tour. Its a bit better than Dedication Platinum Edition, Welcome Back Home, and meets the same league as A Passage to Oslo Platinum Edition, Waltz of Sheerves, and Held Hostage in Hollywood. The sound is really good, there is only some distortion on the tape that keeps this from getting a straight A. The band comes in really well, and the performance is caught perfectly on the taper. The boys were up tonight, giving their best performance to California. There is little to no distance in the recording, which makes it even better. You shouldn't not have this in your collection, so get the bootleg now, because it really sounds incredible!


February 03, 1979 Dedication Platinum Edtion
Location: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA
Source: Audience (1st gen)
Grade: B+
Setlist: Anthem 4:59
A Passage To Bangkok 3:59
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:39
Xanadu 12:23
Something for Nothing 4:10
The Trees 5:06
Cygnus X-1 10:42
Hemispheres 19:36
Closer to the Heart 3:28
Circumstances 4:11
A Farewell to Kings 5:55
La Villa Strangiato 10:27
2112 18:36
Working Man 3:26
Bastille Day 1:45
In the Mood 2:27
Drum Solo 5:13

Comments: Definatly one of the best Hemispheres audience shows performance-wise and definatly sound-wise. The performance itself is perfect, because Rush is in Ohio, and Rush's absolut favorite place to play is in Ohio. It really shows when Geddy introduces "Working Man", in his own words, "There is only one place we can dedicate this next song to, Cleveland!" and then "Working man" starts, and its great. The sound isn't perfect, but it sounds really good for being an audience recording, . There is some audience noise, but its really not that distracting, but at first the audience is really out of hand. The band itself is very clear, and the mix is good. The sound isn't to distant either. The high end is a bit bright for my taste without much low-end to be heard at times. Definatly a Hemispheres show I recommend getting.

April 24, 1979 Belt up and Listen
Location: City Hall, Newcastle, England
Source: Audience
Grade: B-
Setlist: Anthem 3:45
A Passage to Bangkok 3:57
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:31
Xanadu 11:30
Something for Nothing 4:20
The Trees 5:21
Cygnus X-1 9:43
Hemispheres 16:31
Closer to the Heart 4:10
A Farewell to Kings/La Villa Strangiato 16:17
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx 6:23
2112: Discovery/Presentation >Oracle/Grand Finale 11:29
Working Man/Bastille Day >In the Mood / Drum Solo 14:26

Comments: An okay listen at best, with mcuh to be desired. Some songs sound great, while others sound distant and very compressed. I wonder why the taper caught some of the songs really good, and some others songs very much in the compressed, distant, and hollow range. A good example of a good captured song is most notably "A Passage to Bangkok" while "Hemispheres" is very compressed. The audience gets really loud at the beginning and end of each song, but they are pretty well behaved in-between, luckily. The performance is pretty well captured in this bootleg, but it won't get any sound awards.

May 05, 1979 Instant Attraction
Location: The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Source: Audience
Grade: B
Setlist: Anthem 4:24
A Passage To Bangkok 3:57
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:29
Xanadu 12:27
Something for Nothing 4:42
The Trees 4:57
Cygnus X-1 10:01
Hemispheres 20:13
Closer to the Heart 3:31
A Farewell to Kings 6:05
La Villa Strangiato 10:42
2112 19:05
Working Man - surf version 3:40
Bastille Day 1:44
In the Mood 2:45
Drum Solo 2:23

Comments: Definatly not the best from the tour, but not the worst, by a longshot. The sound, at first, is a little distant, much like the Chicago show, but gets better. It dosen't match up to Oslo 79 or Chicago 78, but it gets the job done, and right. The sound starts off a little distant, without that much clarity, but after the 5th minute of Xanadu, or so, the sound dramaticly gets better, but definatly not an A grade or anything. The performance here is something to shout about too, much like the Oslo show. An excellent edition for your collection if you like the hemispheres era of Rush.


May 24, 1979 A Passage to Oslo
Location: Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
Source: Audience
Grade: B+
Setlist: Anthem 4:36
A Passage to Bangkok 4:05
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:35
Xanadu 13:08
The Trees 5:22
Hemispheres 17:45
Closer to the Heart 4:02
A Farewell to Kings 5:37
La Villa Strangiato 10:42
2112 18:50

Comments: Though it is not as good as the other version, Platinum Edition, its still pretty damn good even for being older. The tape hiss is much louder, and its a little more compressed in comparison to the master recording, but its not too bad. Everything is audible, and definatly not at all distant. The crowd isn't loud either, pretty quiet. The performance is awesome here, but the Platinum Edition is much better than this older, and generation version of the show.

November 20, 1978 A Desert Passage
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Source: Soundboard ( 1st Gen)
Grade: B+
Setlist: Intro 0:49
Anthem 4:10
A Passage to Bangkok 4:12
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:09
Xanadu 12:58
Something for Nothing 4:22
The Trees 4:29
Cygnus X-1 9:30
Hemispheres 16:20
Closer to the Heart 3:37
Circumstances 4:01
A Farewell to Kings 5:23
La Villa Strangiato 9:43
2112 6:27

Comments: Well, this is very incomplete, there are many cuts, and the Intro song is completly gone, unlike Desert Passage Platinum Edition, which has everything, and good sound quality. I can say that the sound is above average, but the lack of content is a real killer, so overall, I really have to bump the grade down because of that fact. The performance isn't the best, which all the Tuscon shows aren't that great. The 12-02-78 and 5-28-79 shows beet this one in the performance stage. But, by all means, this is a pretty good bootleg, just lack of complete and songs. But, an essential for a completist.

November 20, 1978 Cygnus
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Source: Soundboard
Grade: B
Setlist: Intro
Anthem
Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
Circumstances
A Farewell to Kings

Comments: This is, as I beileve, the first available source of the show. There are many better sources from this show, like Desert Passage Platinum Edition, Every sould a battlefield, and alot more. The sound is alright, but not as clear as some of the other sources are. Another bash, I should say is that its incomplete, like more of the Tucson shows are. Most of the shows are missing "La Villa Strangiato" "2112" and the encores. This is really only for completists.

November 20, 1978 Cygnus Gold Edition
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A-
Setlist: Intro 0:43
Anthem 4:21
A Passage to Bangkok 4:16
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:23
Xanadu 13:10
Something for Nothing 4:27
The Trees 4:33
Cygnus X-1 9:47
Hemispheres: Prelude 4:33
Hemispheres: Apollo / Dionysus 4:46
Hemispheres: Armageddon 3:11
Hemispheres: Cygnus 5:37
Hemispheres: The Sphere 1:01
Closer to the Heart 3:43
Circumstances 4:07
A Farewell To Kings 5:30
La Villa Strangiato 9:52
2112: Overture 4:24
2112: Temples Of Syrinx 2:40
2112: Discovery 3:04
2112: Presentation 4:06
2112: Soliloquy 2:27
2112: Grand Finale 2:32
Working Man 3:29
Bastille Day 1:46
In The Mood 2:47

Comments: This is the second complete realese. The first was Every Soul a Battlefield. I can't really tell a difference between the two except that this one divided all of the "2112" and "Hemispheres" pieces into their formal names. The sound quality is pretty impressive, but definatly not as good as A Dessert Passage Platinum Edition, but its still workable. A really good bootleg, a must have for the great version of everything, but there are better sources of this show out there.


November 29, 1978 Every Soul a Battlefield
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A-/A
Setlist: Intro 0:56
Anthem 4:15
A Passage to Bangkok 4:17
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:30
Xanadu 13:57
Something for Nothing 4:21
The Trees 4:54
Cygnus X1 10:37
Hemispheres 16:41
Closer to the Heart 3:34
Circumstances 4:27
A Farewell to Kings 5:46
La Villa Strangiato 10:04
2112 19:03
Working Man 3:18
Bastille Day 1:43
In the Mood 2:41
Drum Solo 5:13

Comments: This is the first (almost) complete source of the Tucson show back in 1978(A Desert Passage Platinum Edition being the first with the added intro). This holds a pretty special place because of it really giving the full, really uncut show. Now with that out of the way, this is definatly not a perfect source. There are many cuts, and glitches, as I would like to call them, with this record. But, luckily, none are really all that serious or bad. The sound is also improved over most of the other sources that are found. But, A Desert Passage Platinum Edition is still the definitave version of this show, but this is still a great substitute.

May 02, 1979 Secret Empire
Location: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England
Source: Audience 1st gen
Grade: B-
Setlist: 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

Comments: This is pretty rare show, to say the least. This is the only source of the show that I have found, and its actually not that bad. The sound is a tad distant, but its not really all that bad. The only really bad thing is that the vocals get buried in the mix, and there is some uneveness with the band. With that all said, there is some good in the bootleg. The performance was excellent, almost flawless. As a treat, we get an extra long version of "Hemispheres" on display, and a really great one. The whole show is actually very nice. This is really an essential if you a completist, but maybe not a casual bootlegger.


December 29, 1978 Welcome back home
Location: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Source: Audience (1st Gen)
Grade: B+/A-
Setlist: Intro - Nights, Winters, Years (by The Blue Jays) 0.37
Anthem 4:12
A Passage To Bangkok 4:06
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:09
Xanadu 12:04
Something For Nothing 4:28
The Trees 4:28
Cygnus X-1 10:09
Hemispheres 18:54
Closer To The Heart 3:20
Circumstances 3:54
A Farewell To Kings 5:38
La Villa Strangiato 10:04
2112 18:26
Working Man 3:11
Bastille Day 1:39
In The Mood 2:38
Drum Solo 5:07

Comments: Pretty good, great performance, and great sound. This is the complete show, as well, so you really don't want to miss this show. Rush, is playing in Canada, so you definatly know its gonna be a great performance. The sound is not perfect, but its still great. If I didn't know it was an audience, I could have mistaked this for a decent soundboard. You should get this, why? Because both books of Hemispheres are being played, and good sound, and great performance. You won't regret this boot, if you get it.

May 23, 1979 Lost Circumstances
Location: Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden
Source: Audience
Grade: B+
Setlist: Anthem 4:50
A Passage To Bangkok 4:01
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:23
Xanadu 12:58
Something for Nothing 4:41
The Trees 5:00
Hemispheres 20:18
Closer to the Heart 3:26
A Farewell to Kings 6:11
La Villa Strangiato 10:42
2112 19:16
Working Man 13:08

Comments: An okay listen. The sound is a little muffled, but it seems to clear up. A really funny thing about this show is that Alex dosen't even start at the beginning of "Anthem" its hilarious, but the rest of the performances is pretty nice. Another funny thing is that Alex has a technical problem, or forgets how to play "A Farewell to Kings" but thats really the only two problems with the performance. Sound wise, this thing is great at best. Its just an ordinary Sweden show, but this is also a last Sweden show, so it has some rarity to it. You should only get this if your a Hemisphers fan. Geddy sounds pretty nice as well. Overall, something you really don't want to miss.


May 27, 1979 Invasion from Canada
Location: Stadhalle, Erlangen, Germany
Source: Audience
Grade: B/B+
Setlist: Anthem 4:27
A Passage To Bangkok 4:01
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:27
Xanadu 12:32
The Trees 5:00
Hemispheres 11:34
Closer to the Heart 3:26
Farewell to Kings 5:43
La Villa Strangiato 10:09
2112 17:53
Working Man 3:59

Comments: This isn't the worst audience bootleg, but definatly not the best. The sound is running a little too fast (I can't say approximatly) but for the most part, its really clear, and a great listen. The instruments come in fine, the bass is a little low in the mix though. The guitar is loud, clean, and its the most prominate instrument being played. The drums are pretty loud, as with Geddy, being upfront. Overall, a must-have for Hemispheres lovers. Another thing that I don't really care for is that its an incomplete show, most of Hemispheres is missing, and some other songs have cuts, but still okay.


January 21, 1979 Spinning in a Spectrum of Hemispheres
Location: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Source: Audience (1st Gen)
Grade: C+
Setlist: Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog/Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings/La Villa Strangiato
2112/Working Man/Bastille Day/ In the Mood
Drum Solo

Comments: This is one of those really rare finds, the ones you don't see very often. The sound, its okay, the audience is a little loud, but all of the instruments are heard okay, but Geddy's voice seems a little distant, but nothing serious. Thats to bad, as well, with Geddys voice. He sounded really pumped to play at the venue that night. He really was hiting all of the high notes, and singing right on pitch. And everything else is really background in the mix, most prominatly low in the mix is the guitar. Its a shame, Rush was playing a pretty good performance. Its only really recommended to die-hards.


December 07, 1978 Rush in Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Source: Audience (2nd Gen)
Grade: C
Setlist: Introduction / Anthem 3:49
A Passage to Bangkok (Cut) 2:41
A Passage to Bangkok 1:08
By-tor and the Snowdog 5.49
Xanadu 12.25
Something for Nothing 4:29
The Trees 5:10
Cygnus X-1 11:00
Hemispheres 19:25
Closer to the Heart 3:36
Circumstances 4:14
A Farewell to Kings 6:13
La Villa Strangiato 10:22
2112 Working Man 3:46
Bastille Day 1:43
In the Mood 2:43
Drum Solo 2:36

Comments: I find this really tricky to rate. The sound is okay or decent at best, but its really a very rare performance. One thing that I can mention is that there is a cut in A Passage to Bangkok, but the rest is played, just a few seconds missed. Overall, its pretty decent. The sound is a little muffled at the beginning, but it clears up about the time of the middle of "Xanadu" or "Something for Nothing". But for the most part, the sound is very distant and isn't that great with the mix, as most of it is drowned out by the audience. I can only recommend this to diehards, though.


April 29, 1979 Fun in England
Location: Apollo Theater, Manchester, England
Source: Audience
Grade: B-
Setlist: Intro/Anthem
A Passage to Bangkok
By-tor and the Snowdog
Xanadu
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1 (Tape Flip?)
Cygnus X-1
Hemispheres
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
2112 (Cut)

Comments: This is one of the best rare shows that I have found. The sound is a little compressed at times, but the instruments are incredibly clear. Geddy is really loud, but, unfortunatly, so is the crowd, so its kind of like Rush in Rio, when the crowd is a little two loud for my liking. There is some distortion in the heavy places and in the middle frequencies, but it isn't too distracting. Another bad this is that it isn't the complete show, but for what we get, its a good find. The performance is great on this night as well, they seemed pretty nice tonight. Overall, a must-have for Rush collectors.


March 10, 1979 Held Hostage in Hollywood
Location: The Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Source: Audience (Analog master)
Grade: A-
Setlist: Anthem 4:18
A Passage To Bangkok 3:55
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:43
Xanadu 12:04
Something for Nothing 4:28
The Trees 4:56
Cygnus X-1 10:28
Hemispheres 19:38
Closer to the Heart 3:28
Circumstances 4:13
A Farewell to Kings 5:52
La Villa Strangiato 10:25
2112 19:47
Working Man 3:34
Bastille Day 1:43
In the Mood 2:41
Drum Solo 5:05

Comments: This is a pretty nice sound for an audience boot. Not as good as A Passage to Oslo P.E., but it pretty great. The sound is a little hissy, but it sounds great, and all of the insturments are heard just fine. I really love how the warm analog is at all of the show, if makes it more of a beilevable show, thus giving a better rating. Geddy also sounds pretty nice on this date, so its worth having just for that. "Hemispheres"and "Circumstances" are really great, too. This is one of the last times "Circumstances" is played. The first 30 minutes of the show is a tad muffled, but the remaining part of the show is amazing. The performance here is a little dull, though. Nothing really special with Alex, Neil, or Geddy (bass-wise) until later songs like "La Villa" or something like that. I strongly recommend this.


December 16, 1978 Fallen Trees Platinum Edition
Location: International Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Source: Audience (Analog Master)
Grade: B+/A-
Setlist: Introduction 0:35
Anthem 4:19
A Passage To Bangkok 4:09
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:05
Xanadu 12:10
Something for Nothing 4:28
The Trees (cut) 0:14
Cygnus X-1 (cut) 5:10
Hemispheres 18:55
Closer to the Heart 3:31
Circumstances 4:17
A Farewell to Kings 5:35
La Villa Strangiato 10:07
2112 18:54
Working Man 3:16
Bastille Day 1:42
In the Mood 2:39
Drum Solo 5:07

Comments: This is pretty good. I can't say its bad, but it has its falls. The sound is a little low, and its a little hard to hear on low, so turn it on high to hear it. The Trees and Cygnus X-1 were cut, so thats not very good, but the quality is really nice. Geddy's vocals are on fire. One note is something pretty weird in " A passage to Bangkok". It could be the taper, or even Geddy. There was a little crackeling at the beginning of the chorus to "A passage to Bangkok." I think it may have been Geddy, because it more or so sounded like it was craking, or something, but the perfromance is still pretty nice. But, overall, a pretty good listen, you won't regret getting it. One thing I may mention is that the sound tends to travel from time to time from left to right channel, but isn't a really big problem. The version of "Hemispheres" is also very nice from the show. Its recommened, pretty good sounding show.


November 04, 1978 Waltz of Sherves
Location: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Source: Audience (Analog Master)
Grade: A/A+
Setlist: Anthem 4:12
A Passage to Bangkok 3:49
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:24
Xanadu 12:00
Something for Nothing 4:04
The Trees 4:45
Cygnus X-1 10:14
Hemispheres 18:19
Closer to the Heart 3:20
Circumstances 4:05
A Farewell to Kings 5:43
La Villa Strangiato 9:28
2112 18:25
Working Man 3:09
Bastille Day 1:39
In the Mood 2:34
Drum Solo 5:06

Comments: 97% of the time, this show sounds like and A+, this a great show. There are only a few glitches that get it to an A, but it really impressed me when I heard it. Its also pretty funny when Alex messes up in "By-tor and the Snowdog", its really worth having just for that. Geddy and is vocals were on fire, so it was really great to hear that. All the instruments are heard fine, so I was also impressed with that as well. This, at times, seems to challenge the known soundboards from the tour in strength, depth, and overall quality of the recording this old. This excellent bootleg is highly recommended.


November 20, 1978 A Dessert Passage Platinum Edition
Location: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Source: Soundboard(1st gen)
Grade: A
Setlist: Intro 3:09
Anthem 4:17
A Passage to Bangkok 4:19
By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:20
Xanadu 12:12
Announcement 1:47
Something for Nothing 4:29
The Trees 4:39
Cygnus X-1 10:45
Hemispheres 18:50
Closer to the Heart 3:33
Circumstances 4:37
A Farewell to Kings 5:35
La Villa Strangiato 10:04
2112 19:12
Working Man 3:08
Bastille Day 1:42
In the Mood 2:40
Drum Solo 5:13
Something for Nothing 4:12
Cygnus X-1 9:33

Comments: The best version of the Tucson show out there. The sound is clear, and crisp, and near perfect. One of the only problems is that there is a little crunch sound at the middle of A Passage to Bangkok, but it still sounds incredible. There seems to be the same probelm for a minute in Hemsipheres, but nothing to serious. There is also a little bit of hiss in the background. The Announcment is a pretty funny "song". The crowd was pushing to hard on the stage, and Geddy tried to save everyones lives, but they wouldn't listen. But one of the body gaurds got it under control, so the performance was saved. The performance overall isn't great, but definatly not bad at all, just a little dry with the performance. Highly recommended.


May 24, 1979 A passage to Olso Platinum Edition
Location: Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
Source: Audience
Grade: A/A+
Setlist: Anthem 4:30
A Passage To Bangkok 3:57
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:31
Xanadu 12:41
The Trees 5:12
Hemispheres 16:57
Closer to the Heart 4:02
A Farewell to Kings 5:36
La Villa Strangiato 10:36
2112 18:23

Comments: I have been listening to this, and I love it! I now believe this is one of the best audience bootlegs that you could find out there. The vocals are really nice, and the taper must have been close to the speakers, because you get a nice full sound out of the taper. The vocals aren't as on fire as at the beginning of the tour (shame on you Geddy!) but they are nice and soft, but still hard rock like Rush is. Turely, one of the best sources I have found in a long time, and a really great performance as well. Another note, Alex messed up at the end of "Xanadu" its really funny, but it just adds to how cool this performance is. The sound is so clear, and there is no hiss and no distance. It can be mistaken for a soundboard source at times! I highly recommend obtaining this in a trade, its great.


June 04, 1979 A Right to Passage
Location: Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Holland
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A-/A
Setlist: A Passage to Bangkok 3:55
Xanadu 12:43
The Trees 5:12
Hemispheres: Prelude
Closer to the Heart 4:10
La Villa Strangiato 10:07
2112 9:06
In the Mood / Drum Solo 7:12
Something For Nothing 3:10

Comments: The pinkpop festival, very heavily booted. This is one of the better versions of the show, and this is the only one that I own from that show. Overall, Rush was playing great that time. Geddy (in the middle of "La Villa Strangiato") Geddy tried to sing that rant that he usually does at the begining of the second solo, and the microphone, I think, was turned off! Or it was turned really low, but it was funny to kind of hear him. The performance here is pretty good, being that this is last of the tour, really, last of tour! I think that they played a great performance, even if it is incomplete. The sound is great, and I highly recommend this.


May 28, 1979 Black Forest
Location: Stadhalle, Offenbach, Germany
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A+
Setlist: Anthem 4:19
A Passage To Bangkok 3:58
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:42
Xanadu 11:57
Something for Nothing 4:32
The Trees 4:59
Cygnus X-1 9:31
Hemispheres 19:47
Closer to the Heart 3:21
A Farewell to Kings 5:42
La Villa Strangiato 10:40
2112 19:08
Working Man (surf version) 3:38
Bastille Day 1:39
In the Mood 2:44
Drum Solo 5:14

Comments: Probably my favorite boot from the Hemispheres tour, except I think that the December 02, 1978 show really sounds great, and I think they are both tied with the overall quality. The sound here is nothing short of amazing, there is a great amount of clarity and rarity with the sound. The performance is definatly best of tour, along with the amazing Oslo show, this performance is much better than the November 20, 1978 show, which has great sound, but a less than stellar performance. The show is definatly a priceless gem, it is really that good. A must have show for anyone who loves Rush at all.

December 02, 1978 Buenas Nochas! Motor City
Location: Cobo Hall Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Source: Soundboard
Grade: A+
Setlist: Introduction 0:39
Anthem 4:18
A Passage To Bangkok 4:10
By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:22
Xanadu 12:25
Something for Nothing 4:38
The Trees 4:42
Cygnus X-1 10:32
Hemispheres 18:36
Closer to the Heart 3:28
Circumstances 4:26
A Farewell to Kings 5:40
La Villa Strangiato 10:20
2112 18:54
Working Man(Cut) 2:26
Bastille Day 1:44
In the Mood 2:42
Drum Solo 5:12

Comments: This is my favorite bootleg from the Hemispheres tour, the sound is far superior to most of the bootlegs from many tours. Everything is great, and the drums are nice, and the guitar is loud, and so is the bass. There are only a handful of problems (they aren't that bad, though). In "Xanadu", in the middle, there is this weird noise when Geddy is about to sing, but it goes away about after a second. In the beginning of "Anthem" the noise a little rocky, but still is amazing. And there is a short cut in "Working man". But still, this is a real must have for any serious Rush collector. Geddy has the magic voice, its sounds really nice on that nice. I obviously highly recommend this.

1 comment:

Martin Mensik said...

I am very interested in the following two recordings. Is there any possibility of a trade. I was actually at these concerts!

June 06, 1980 Big Ben
Location: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

May 05, 1979 Instant Attraction
Location: The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Please contact me. Thanks

MM