RUSH: Snakes & Arrows Live (2008) Review
(More customer reviews)I've been a Rush fan since 1912... kidding, since 1976. The 'fossil' that I am, i've probably seen them at least 40 times live beginning with the 'Farewell To Kings' tour way back when. I have all their CD's and DVD's. I have played their LP's (vinyl records) on an old 'Fisher' tube stereo receiver with 'Realistic' (Radio Shack) speakers, and 8-track tapes back in the day (70's). As an older '40-something' audiophile now thankfully making more than a high school kid did back then, I can now listen to them via high-end McIntosh equipment and Magneplanar hi-res speakers. Rush never sounded better! That said, and with my high expectations, this 'Snakes & Arrows' live DVD is INCREDIBLE, visually and sonic-wise! THIS IS HOW A LIVE CONCERT DVD SHOULD BE DONE! The camera work is stellar, with a good mix of closeups, medium range, and whole stage shots. Audio is excellent, both in stereo and in 5.1. And best of all, Rush is in absolute top form, moving, playing, and singing as if they were 25 again! This is a MUST OWN concert for Rush and/or prog rock fans!
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Filmed over two performances in Rotterdam, Holland in October of 2007, Rush's new DVD Snakes & Arrows Live captures the legendary band in peak form, performing classic Rush material and nine new songs from their critically acclaimed 2007 CD Snakes & Arrows. The 2-disc concert DVD is presented in both 5.1 audio and stereo, and also included is a bonus disc of four songs added for their 2008 American tour, including "Ghost of a Chance," filmed here for the first time.Since the release of their eponymous first LP in 1974, Rush has continually expanded the definition of "progressive power trio." Guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart combine dazzling virtuosity, laser-beam intensity and unbridled creativity to create a cohesive whole that's infinitely greater than its parts. The Toronto-based group has become one of Canada's leading exports, with a catalog of genre-defining releases including 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Vapour Trails and Snakes & Arrows and a live show which combines musicianship, showmanship and multi-media effects that engage all the senses. Following their previous best-selling DVDs Rush in Rio and R30, Snakes & Arrows Live presents a band not resting on its considerable laurels but still earning its reputation as one of the world's best live bands - one night at a time. TRACK LISTING: Disc 1 1.Limelight 2.Digital Man 3.Entre Nous 4.Mission 5.Freewill 6.The Main Monkey Business7.The Larger Bowl 8.Secret Touch 9.Circumstances 10.Between the Wheels11.Dreamline Extras: 1. What's That Smell (DVD Content) 2. 2007 Tour Outtakes 3. What's That Smell Outtakes 4. Far Cry (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage) 5. The Way the Wind Blows (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage) 6. Red Sector A from the R30 Tour Disc 2 1.Far Cry2.Workin' Them Angels3.Armor and Sword 4.Spindrift 5.The Way the Wind Blows6.Subdivisions 7.Natural Science 8.Witch Hunt 9.Malignant Narcissism - De Slagwerker 10.Hope 11.Distant Early Warning12.The Spirit of Radio 13.Tom Sawyer Encore: 14.One Little Victory15.A Passage to Bangkok 16.YYZ Disc 3 Oh, Atlanta - The Authorized Bootlegs 1. Ghost of a Chance 2. Red Barchetta 3. The Trees 4. 2112/The Temples of Syrinx