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  • 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.

    Posted on February 18, 2010