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A Show of Hands [Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ET1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but... September 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Historically, Rush delivers 4 albums and closes each cycle with a live offering. The first live album being "All the world's a stage" in 1976 or so, "Exit.. stage left" was next in 1981 and this one "A show of hands" from 1989. "A show of hands" derives it's title from the song "Turn the page" off of the "Hold your Fire" album.
What is great about their live album cycle is that it effectively captures each Rush era. Unfortunately, Rush music from the 1980's doesn't translate well to a live album this over-produced. The songs and consequently, the live experience, come across as sterile. I went their to concerts during this era and "A show of hands" is not indicative of that experience. I gave it 3 stars because I don't have the heart to give a Rush album less. Frankly, this album was a C-grade effort. From interviews I have read with Geddy Lee in context of their previous live album "Different Stages" (which is infinitely superior), he states that "A show of hands" was inferior to their other albums.
I do disagree with the reviewers that criticize the album for sounding too much like a studio album because if a band cannot reproduce an album live, they aren't as talented as they could be. Rush obviously is amazingly talented but "A show of hands" comes across as fairly lightweight. Buy it if you are completing your catalog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons This Album Is Good. March 18, 2012
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Number One: This is a very good clarity live recording. I have heard some really bad live recordings, in my years of listening to music. There's no fuzziness or gargled vocals here, it's clear as a bell. Number Two: The recordings are all from the same general time period, the majority of tracks coming from 1986-88. This disc serves as a good core supplement of the better 1980s material. Number Three: Neil Peart's five minute drum solo entitled "The Rhythym Method." Some people would place this in the #1 spot, but I would like to tell them "Neil Peart is not God, and I hold the utmost certainty that he would agree with me"...but, this is a highlight of the disc. In conclusion, this is a great live disc, building off great studio work.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars. Good live cuts from eighties period Rush January 14, 2003
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The cycle of four studio recordings, followed by a live issue continues with this third live set by Rush, from 1989. Tracks are taken primarily from the Power Windows tour of '86 and Hold Your Fire of '88 and also includes cuts from Signals and Grace Under Pressure.
I like this live set. I think it's a good representation of the eighties period Rush disks, and the performances here bring out some of the energy lacking in the over-produced, sterile-sounding studio versions. "Subdivisions" really comes alive with great guitar and drums, as does "Mystic Rhythms." "Turn the Page" has a positive vibe often missing in rock. I also like the inclusion of "Witch Hunt" here, as well as "Closer to the Heart" with the added instrumental jam by the band. Of the three musicians, I think Alex Lifeson's guitar work shimmers with more energy than the studio versions.
Compared to their other live releases, All The World's a Stage, Exit...Stage Left, and Different Stages, this set still has an over-produced feel to it. Heavy on special effects and augmented things like a recorded version of Aimee Mann's voice on "Time Stand Still" rather than the real thing. When I listen to a live set, I want surprises, not exact recreations of the studio cuts. Yes, there are nuances here, but they are subtle textural things.
Still, this is a group of three guys who, to the best of my knowledge, do not use outside musicians to augment their sound, something a lot of larger bands do for their shows. And, Geddy Lee often plays bass and keyboards at the same time, while singing too!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to get this album March 22, 2002
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1) If, like me, you didn't really get into the so-called "synth period" of Rush, this albums gives you a good slice of that period of the band to make up for the studio albums you probably neglected to buy.
2) All Rush live albums are incredible. They perform their songs with almost mathematical precision, but still add a bit of live grit to them as well.
Now for the bad. If you're not familiar with this material, it's pretty synth heavy and can come off a bit cerebral and sterile. This is definitely music for the head. I happen to like it. While I never got too into this period for the band, songs like "Mission" are really quite compelling, with incredible lyrics. And Geddy's use of both synth and bass is really incredible. You almost forget that he is playing both instruments.
Another gripe. You get the sense that Peart was a little too excited about his new MIDI triggers. Geddy too. It's neat to hear the technology, but it does lack some grit of their older playing.
Last gripe. "Closer to the Heart" was on "Exit . . . Stage Left," this album, and later on "Different Stages." This is overkill. I sincerely hope they leave it off the NEXT live album.
Overall, it's a great listen of some incredible live performances. The synths are very heavy, but I happen to like it overall.
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