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|Source:||Audience (master tape)|
|Location:||Selland Arena, Fresno, CA|
Bastille Day 5:07
Lakeside Park 4:20
Working Man 14:55
Fly By Night 2:06
In the Mood 2:55
The Digital Dan:
This source is taken directly from the original master tape, so this is as good as it gets. This is a perfectly preserved performance of Rush during the "AtWaS" tour. This concert is a true gem, better than the other audience performances of this tour. A must have for any Rush fan, this is a perfectly balanced recording of a very tight performance. Makes you wonder why would a band back then want Rush opening for them, they were that good! This show is sourced from the master tape, so it is as clean as it will ever get. It gets a heavy rotation of play and it is among my most favorite / cherished Rush ROIO's. As with all Digital Reproductions recordings, it's only available via free trade and never for sale. Just visit the trading links section to find people that will gladly trade this recording for free.
Attention all Rush Fans...this is a MUST HAVE if you like early Rush. When I first heard this recording, I was drooling and giggling with joy. It's so hard to imagine that a recording this old can be so good. This show has been mastered from the original Master Analogue tape and it's amazing. Geddy's bass has that warm, fat sound to it..sorta like if you listen to vinyl on a hi-fi stereo system with a good hi-end amplifier. Neil's bass drums will put your subs to the test. I only wished it had just a bit more mid-bass punch to even things out. Alex's guitars are perfectly represented. This recording is a tremendous find for all of us!! (July 2000)
In my humble opinion there are a drought of good bootlegs starting with the “Fly By Night” tour and ending with the “Hemispheres” tour. This newly found source is the first that stakes a claim during that era. It is a nice little show with a very tight and hard-hitting performance. It is listed as an EX+ in sound quality, I don’t think so at all, though it is by all means a very good one. Also, if you take it for its time, it is absolutely breathtaking. I was expecting something along the lines of “A Passage to Oslo PE” and was sourly disappointed at its far miss; however, I do enjoy this show and will listen to it in a very healthy rotation for some time. I’ve heard better performances from the band around this time although this is a great performance anyway. The sound has a little bit of a “hollow” feel, as if it were recorded in a seller or something. Not that warm airy feel of the Oslo ’79 show. Like the Oslo ’79 show this was recorded on poles (I’m told), but you can tell for sure this is an audience recording because of a few instances (that are not at all distracting) where you hear talking or clapping, most notably a “YEAH” at the beginning of “Working Man”. It really won’t bug you, even if you listen on really good headphones! I really enjoy listening to this show, but do not share others enthusiasm for it. Oh ya, in case you are wondering, I does kick the ass of “By-Tor’s Battle”. So much more equalized, much more pleasant to listen to. To me “All the World’s a Stage” is irreplaceable, but this is a nice alternative to listen to. All in all a good package, worth getting.