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  • I personally find this album to be the finest Rush live release in the band’s long and prestigious career. In fact, this album was the album that really made me a listener of the band and brought me to other such jewels as ‘Moving Pictures’ and ‘Signals’. I have listened to both ‘Different Stages’ and ‘Exit Stage Left’ and while they both have their positive points neither, in my opinion, comes close to the musicianship and presentation of ‘A Show of Hands’. While I will admit that many of the studio releases of these tunes sometimes have a stagnant or synthetic type of feeling, they just work on a much higher level in this live recording, especially the what was then newly released ‘Hold Your Fire’ material. I also agree, with many of my fellow reviewers, that much of the “live rock grit” has been pulled out from this album but personally I always found such grit to be more of a flaw than asset. However, I should point out that I am by no means a rock or Rush afficienado as most of my music collection consists of jazz (but it does include a large quantity of fusion,free and funk). Either way ‘A Show of Hands’ provides a unique type of Rush experience and should be interesting and worthwhile to rock and jazz listeners with slightly broader tastes.

    Posted on February 18, 2010