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Rush in Rio [Live]

RushAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000C0FJB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tom Sawyer
2. Distant Early Warning
3. New World Man
4. Roll the Bones
5. Earthshine
6. YYZ
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. One Little Victory
2. Driven
3. Ghost Rider
4. Secret Touch
5. Dreamline
6. Red Sector 'A'
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Limelight
2. La Villa Strangiato
3. The Spirit of Radio
4. By-Tor & The Snow Dog/Cygnus X-1
5. Working Man
6. Between Sun & Moon
See all 7 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Long revered as one of the world's greatest live units, Rush return with a mindblowing new collection that captures their on-stage power and majesty. Recorded on November 23, 2002, on the final date of the acclaimed Vapour Trails World Tour, RUSH IN RIO features the legendary trio -+ Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neal Peart -+ performing before 60,000 ecstatic fans at the world famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The three-CD set -+ the first live Rush recording since 1998's DIFFERENT STAGES -+ features blazing performances of songs from all stages of the band's amazing career, from classics like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and "Closer To The Heart," to epic masterpieces like "2112" and "La Villa Strangiato," to new favorites like "Ghost Rider" and "One Little Victory." RUSH IN RIO is an ideal representation of the band operating on all cylinders -+ simply put, it's Rush at their very best.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Live CD that sounds LIVE December 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most live CD's are so polished that they sound like studio albums with crowd noise piped in between tracks. The only reason to buy them is to see how the guitarist voices the songs with one guitar instead of studio overdubs (and many live albums have overdubs that ruin even that); however, 'Rush in Rio' captures a true live sound like no live CD (or album) I have ever heard since Kiss Alive. To get a live recording through the mixing board the band can jam with or without a crowd, and apart from possibly a bit more energy in the performances, what is the point. The liner notes claim a primitive Brazilian mobile recording truck captured the performance, but it also captured the ambiance of the massive soccer stadium full of 40,000 fans, the energy and excitement of a live show. I have been to over 100 live concerts (6 of them Rush) and if you close your eyes listening to this CD your ears hear what a live show delivers. Better yet, buy the Rush in Rio DVD and keep your eyes open!
I did read one review below that complained of the sound quality. If you want a great sound quality recording, but the studio CD's. This CD gives live sound that was never meant to be clear as a bell. One very interest note is that at every concert I have ever been to, the mix is always a bit off on the first two or three songs as the sound people adjust for the arena and the given night. True to that, the first few tracks of this are the worst of the mixes, but again that is all part of the live experience. Rush rocks, makes us think, and amazes us that three men deliver such rich and dynamic sounds. My favorite band is great again. Thank you Geddy, Alex and Neal.
PS If you read 'Ghost Rider' by Neal Peart you will have a much greater appreciation of his performance and presence on this tour.
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196 of 241 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good setlist, HORRIBLE sound November 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Let me state first and foremost that I rarely, if ever, complain about the overall sound quality of an album. Usually a little tinkering of the EQ fixes whatever perceived deficencies exist in the album, or it sounds better through a different pair of speakers. Let me also state that I was very much looking forward to the release of this album. I thought Rush sounded as good as they ever did on the VT tour, and the setlist included some songs I never thought I'd get to hear live.
However, I cannot state how disappointing the sound quality is on this disc. Simply put, it is terrible...possibly the worst-sounding live disc I have ever heard (officially released, that is). And contrary to what you may read on others opinions here, this complaint ISN'T exaggerated and it CAN'T be overlooked. The poor audio EQing and the atrocious mixing ruin what could have been a fantastic live album.
Musically, tunes such as YYZ, Secret Touch, Between Sun and Moon, Limelight, etc. sound fantastic and full of life...and let's not forget Neil's revamped drum solo, which is equally jaw-dropping on disc as it was live. Unfortunately, all of that is wasted on a disc that has too much crowd, not enough vocals, drums that sound like tin cans, and a jumbled mix of instruments that sound, oftentimes, like one great big mess. This is especially hard to take from a band like Rush, who pride themselves on their perfection in the studio and in the live setting. I don't care of this *was* viewed by the band as an afterthought official bootleg. It wasn't priced like an afterthought, and surely it wouldn't have hurt to spend a few extra days at the mixing desk tweaking things. This is a hack job, pure and simple.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sample online, and decide for yourself July 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people have complained about the mixing of this CD, and since Rush has always had high quality control standards, I can offer only this thought.

I've never - never - heard a crowd this energized for anyone. I'm not sure they made this much noise for the Beatles at Shea in 1965. Listening to this is almost like looking down on the band from the lawn seats, in terms of what I hear, and the crowd noise excites me as much as anything the band does here. Maybe that influenced the band's decision not to emphasize their parts unnaturally in the mix, and anyway, I have had no problem making out the instrumentalists or what they're doing - particularly Lee, who gets the most clarity and warmth he's ever had on a live album without the benefit of a soundcheck. Sometimes Geddy's voice and the crowd's tie for volume, but he's effortless and in pitch throughout.

Download Real if you don't have it, and listen to the samples here for a good idea of whether or not their mixing will bother you. To me, several songs are given what sound like definitive renditions ["Big Money," "Dreamline," "Red Sector A"...and even if it's not the clearest recording ever, it's fun to hear Rio drown out Geddy on "Tom Sawyer"] and it would be a mistake to ignore the obvious exchange of energy and emotion between the band and the audience just because the audience hasn't been muted through the song and jacked artificially for the segues. Casual fans of Rush might do without, but anyone who enjoys hearing Rush live will love this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sound could be better but crowd/band energy, track selection, and...
The sound quality is not great but it does possess a good energy and I like the crowd. I'm surprised how bad some live Rush releases are but this is not the worst. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
The return of Rush, excellent album, no matter is 10 years old, it sounds graet, I very enjoy this pice of art.
Published 4 months ago by Mau
5.0 out of 5 stars Best live show I've ever heard!!
And what makes it the best: the enthusiastic crowd. They are the show. I already had the DVD and was skeptical about the CD after reading some of the negative reviews. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Taj Mahal
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst sounding live recording I've ever heard...
This is far and away the worst sounding live recording I've ever heard, be it a professional or amateur recording. Be warned.
Published 9 months ago by Ross L Primrose
5.0 out of 5 stars must-have for any Rush fan
I am not a Rush fan, but my husband is. This was on his wish list. He had also been talking about what an amazing concert this was supposed to have been and how this album is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phantasmagoria Eve
4.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love Rush
Rush was my first concert. Every time I seem them live, I am blown away by how good they are. Every one of their albums is disappointment, since the magic of Rush live on stage... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Timothy S. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wnot to Love about Rush!
My all time favorite band! Pushing it forward, gave a copy of this cd to my 15 year old nephew for a birthday gift. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cole M. Gill
2.0 out of 5 stars songs are great. sound quality is terrible
Rush has great songs (at least their older stuff) but it seems like all their live albums are recorded with a mic in the crowd. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Band, Great Songs, Rude Crowd
Poor sound quality? The reviewers who said that were casting blame in an incorrect direction. I am sure the recording studio folks did the best they could with this material. Read more
Published 22 months ago by dharmaaspie
1.0 out of 5 stars VOCAL SHORTFALL
Rush in Rio musically is not bad....BUT....the vocals on this release are terrible!!I trust this release was trying to mirror a "bootleg" release,but it fails when you can buy... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Daniel Sneddon
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What is Rush's best value live album?
Tough call between Exit Stage Left and Different Stages. Both are so good. Exit Stage Left is probably my favorite, but Different Stages does have more songs and I would say more experimenting with the music. Both are so great though.
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