Buenas Nochas!  Motor City


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Media: 2 CDr
Time: 68:56, 51:24
Catalog: Digital Reproductions  DR 20278
Source: Soundboard 
Quality: EX
Date: 12-02-78
Location: Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan


Track Listing

  1. Introduction  0:39

  2. Anthem  4:18

  3. A Passage To Bangkok  4:10

  4. By-Tor And The Snow Dog  5:22

  5. Xanadu  12:25

  6. Something for Nothing  4:38

  7. The Trees  4:42

  8. Cygnus X-1  10:32

  9. Hemispheres  18:36

  10. Closer to the Heart  3:28

  1. Circumstances  4:26

  2. A Farewell to Kings  5:40

  3. La Villa Strangiato  10:20

  4. 2112    18:54

  5. Working Man  2:26

  6. Bastille Day  1:44

  7. In the Mood  2:42

  8. Drum Solo  5:12


and Reviews:

The Digital Dan:

Taken from a newly obtained source and remastered for the best sound possible from this source.  Last X-mas I obtained the Holy Grail of Rush shows, a full opening act show from the Down the Tubes tour (Stainless Steel), and while it wasn't great sounding, it was a recording that every crazed Rush fan had been looking for.  This X-mas we have been lucky enough to find another Holy Grail Rush recording.  A long hoarded recording that has taken many years to get out into the common trading circles.  It had been long rumored that the show existed, but no one would trade it unless you complete a virtual obstacle course to get it.  Well the friends of Digital Reproductions came through again and acquired this magnificent source for every Rush fan to savor.  This show is the soundboard and not a broadcast performance as has often been eluded.  And unlike the Tucson show, we finally have both a full show and an uncut version of both books of Cygnus!  The only cut on this recording is the first minute of Working Man is missing, a small price to pay to have all the marathon songs intact and uncut.  

And the sound you ask?  Well this sounds better than any version of the Tucson '78 show save (A Desert Passage).  The source is extremely low gen, 1st or 2nd at worst.  Everything is crystal clear with virtually no tape hiss to be heard anywhere in the recording.  There is some minor tape fluctuation during the first part of the show, only noticeable to those that desire nothing but absolute perfection.  It is great to hear a fully uncut version of Cygnus X-1 and Hemispheres.  The boys sound great on this night, Geddy is hitting the high notes with Neil putting down a firm foundation for Alex's searing solo's.  If you are a die hard Rush fan, you cannot be without this show.  As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, they are available for free-trade or blank media trades only.  If someone tries to sell it to you, you are being ripped off as any one of several hundred Rush traders will gladly do it for free.  I'm sure with a source this unique, some low life will try selling it, it's only a matter of time before Gypsy Eye or the like get a hold of it. 


It's wonderful to find a source such as this show. There is a bit of flutter during the first song or two and Working Man's beginning is slightly cut. These are small prices to pay in exchange for a complete and uncut Cygnus X-1, Hemispheres and CTTH!!! Geddy is very talkative and Neil's drums are hitting hard. This show will be enjoyed by me for many years to come!! In regards to the artwork, the map on the front cover is an actual map of Detroit where Cobo Arena is located, and I do own the Rush toy truck!!! This release was first made available to the members of the DRE Newsgroup (Christmas 2000). Please do NOT pay for a copy of this show. It is available via free trading only. Contact the Webmaster for my email and I will personally make sure you get a copy via a trade. (Mar 2000)

Northern Reflections:

Ever since I heard my first ROIO from the Tour of the Hemispheres I have been anxiously awaiting a decent sounding complete concert recording from this tour that isn’t plagued by cuts in Cygnus X-1 or Hemispheres. This soundboard recording of the complete show is truly amazing in terms of sound quality (EX) and the absence of cuts in the songs make this recording a must-have for any fan of vintage Rush. Geddy’s vocals sound particularly good on this recording. Fortunately, this show is from early enough in the tour that they are still playing “Circumstances”. About the only glitch in the show is an abrupt transition into Working Man. Personally, this is a significant concert because this is the first Rush concert in the Detroit area after I became a Rush fan in the summer of 1978. Unfortunately, I was unable to get to the show then and now thanks to Digital Reproductions I can listen to the show I almost went to some 22 years ago. Once again, the release features marvelous artwork by Bumblebee Productions. I would be surprised if we come across a better ROIO from this tour! (January 13, 2001)