Clockwork Angels Tour
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Three CD edition. 2013 live release from the Canadian Prog Rock trio. Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour features over three hours of music including favorites "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio," three drum solos, new string arrangements of classics such as "YYZ," "Dreamline" and "Red Sector A," and rarely performed songs such as "The Body Electric" and "Middletown Dreams." With over 40 million albums sold worldwide and more consecutive gold and platinum awards than any other rock band following The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Rush remains one of the most inventive, compelling, and relevant musical groups today.
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The set was recorded in Dallas, TX in November, 2012. I was luck enough to be at the show and was blown away by it live. They play a lot of songs from the most recent album, Clockwork Angels, and they even some extra accompaniment which I will not spoil. Most of the hits are there, drum solo or two as well. The one thing that really got me pumped about this release is the recording and mix sound...which finally has been nailed. The band have suffered from a loudness issue with their albums for years and now that is not present. Everything sounds great and you wouldn't even notice it was live if not for the talking/cheering.
If you're a fan you'll have to get this just to keep the collection going but in truth I think this release trumps a few of their more recent live releases. While the content may not be as deep, the sound quality and surprises are fully worth it. For the casual fan, if you want a good collection of Rush tunes with some of the known songs and other more current ones, this is a good release for you.
This goes well with the live DVD/Blu-Ray!
Listening to "Middletown Dreams" as I type & I scratch my head as to why I ever had doubts about Rush playing some of the lesser known tracks from "Power Windows." "Dreams", "Grand Designs", and "Territories" all rocked and the rarely played gem "The Body Electric" is quickly becoming one of my favorite live tracks.
The new material from "Clockwork Angels" gets better with each new listen, particular standouts for me are "The Wreckers", "Seven Cities of Gold" and "Wish Them Well". The string accompaniment the band employed on this tour was a definite success in my book.
And I really enjoyed the strings on some of the old classics like "Red Sector A" and "YYZ". I don't know if I would say it was the best renditions of those songs, but it's very close to the top for me.
Overall, if you love Rush then this 3 CD set should be very much to your liking.
Mostly based on their latest "Clockwork angels" CD, of which they play almost its entirety, the concert allows us to hear the same, perfect, right-on-track Rush with some additional elements - such as the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble - that only help enhance the musical experience.
A must not only for Rush fans (who already own it) but for anybody who truly appreciates the way music should be made and performed.