Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pre-GUP Dates

September 23, 1983 Row in a Night
Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA
Source: Audience
Grade: B+
Setlist: Tom Sawyer 5.16
Digital Man 6.33
Subdivisions 5.23
Vital Signs 5.11
Red Sector A 5.27
Closer to the Heart 3.13
The Analog Kid 4.40
The Body Electric 5.06
Broons Banes/The Trees 5.01
Kid Gloves 3.21
Limelight 3.46
Countdown 5.56
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx 6.17
Medley 8.24
YYZ 10.33

Comments: First off I want to say its a bit incomplete, missing The Spirit of Radio, Red Barchetta, The Weapon, and New World Man. There are a few other cuts, but none that are overly distracting. Though the sound might not be as good as Countdown Platinum Edition, it still sounds very good. Its a little rough, but defiantly very listenable. There is some distortion, but I don't think that it is as distracting as some tape hiss that it has, which isn't as distracting as anything else either. The performance is pretty good, Geddy gets confused with "Night in a Row" with "Row in a Night" (hence the title) but its pretty nice. A show for the collectors and people of mainly that nature.

September 18, 1983 Countdown Platinum Edition
Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA
Source: Audience (1st gen)
Grade: A-
Setlist: 3 Stooges Intro 0:47
The Spirit of Radio 4:48
Tom Sawyer 5:21
Freewill 6:12
Digital Man 6:53
Kid Gloves 4:28
Subdivisions 5:45
Vital Signs 5:29
Red Sector A 5:45
Closer to the Heart 3:32
The Analog Kid 4:45
The Body Electric 5:10
Broon's Bane 1:41
The Trees 4:36
Red Barchetta 8:03
The Weapon 7:16
New World Man 4:15
Limelight 4:29
Countdown 6:11
2112: Overture / The Temples of Syrinx 6:29
Xanadu 2:26
La Villa Strangiato 3:34
In the Mood 2:32
YYZ / Drum Solo 10:39

Comments: A great recording is what we get here. The pre-release versions of The Body Electric, Red Sector A and Kid Gloves are definatly awesome. The lyrics are a bit different, but most of them stay the same. The guitar solos and some different passages are used here, the guitar solos being very different from their original versions as Alex has no damn clue of what he is going to do there. The sound quality is very good too, as well. There is no tape hiss as this is a first generation source, luckily. Everything sounds good, but the high end is way too overpowering at most times. The bass and drums cut through very well as this might have been recorded right on Geddy's side, more or so closer to the stage than most recordings. The mix is very good, as everything is pretty much well heard. A show that you should definatly get.

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