Rush
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland


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Review

by Killerhit USER (41 Reviews)
March 28th, 2012 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm not looking back, But I want to look around me now.

In the summer of 2010 Rush embarked on a year-long world tour that would feature a performance of their classic Moving Pictures album in its entirety. This created a huge buzz amongst long time fans, like myself, who consider Moving Pictures to be one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Hard to believe it was released 30 years ago. Although most of us have already seen that album's classic tracks like "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," and "YYZ" all played a million times already - not a problem here - this tour presented one of the few, or only, times you would get to see such deeper cuts as "Vital Signs" and "The Camera Eye" performed.

Rush tapped their Beyond the Lighted Stage directors, Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, to direct this new concert video and they do an admiral job. This video has a very different look and feel to it than their previous couple of concert videos. Everything is much brighter, and the distance and angles of most of the shots do not really capture their brilliance of their stage show as well as the Snakes and Arrows DVD did. Rush's remarkable light show is always great at creating a unique look and mood to compliment each song, and some of that gets lost here.

The setlist would have been a great one solely for the fact that they played all of Moving Pictures, in order, but they also included many songs that have not appeared on any of their other concert videos. Most of these come at the beginning of the first set and none are particularly one's that I would have chosen. Although it was refreshing to hear such a different sounding song as "Time Stand Still" from their keyboard-drenched 1987 album Hold You Fire, following the always explosive "The Spirit of Radio" certainly didn't help its cause.

"Presto" fell kind of flat here, when a song like "Show Don't Tell," from the same album, would have absolutely killed. Maybe next time. "Leave That Thing Alone" was Rush trying to capture the instrumental magic of "YYZ" again, but I find the song repetitive and boring. The instrumentals on Snakes and Arrows are all better. "Workin' Them Angels" is certainly one of the best songs from Snakes and Arrows, but we already have the definitive live performance on that DVD. Alright, enough bitching from me already, because things really take off from here.

The second set begins with Moving Pictures in its entirety, and it was especially gratifying to hear the much lesser-played side two of that album, "The Camera Eye," "Witch Hunt," and "Vital Signs," in order for the first time. "Caravan" is another hard driving rocker from Clockwork Angels, and their instrumental virtuosity is simply stunning. Age certainly hasn't slowed these geezers down a bit yet, other than Geddy Lee not being able to hit those super high notes any more. That kinda sucks for the 70's stuff, but his revamped vocal style, which occurred around the time of the Permanent Waves album, was a welcome change to my ears.

After a typically amazing drum solo from Professor Peart, they whip out a spirited rendition of their first hit ballad, "Closer To the Heart." It wouldn't be a Rush concert if they didn't dust off the usual suspects from 2112, with "Overture" and "The Temples of Syrinx," and although that song is pretty impossible to follow, they do so admirably with a song 31 years its junior, "Far Cry," to close out the second set.

The epic instrumental, "La Villa Strangiato," kicks off the encore set, and Alex Lifeson's brilliant performance on that song alone, should be enough to cement him to any top-20 guitarists list that ever sees the light of day. I was disappointed that they skipped over the two-minute intro section that slowly builds up to that massive distorted riff that kicks the song into gear, but it was just great to have it in the setlist. The song that first got Rush on the radio in Cleveland, "Working Man," fittingly closes out the show, and in true Rush fashion, they first give it a playful reggae makeover for the first couple of minutes before launching into the familiar epic riff.

The production quality for this is stellar. The audio track is about as good as it gets, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track is not too shabby either for you non-surround sound listeners. The video is sharp and crystal clear, and the colors are vibrant. As I mentioned before, I wasn't crazy about the camera direction, but it was certainly better than about 90% of the concert albums coming out these days. So what's to complain? Time with Rush, performing all of their best ballads in one, jam-packed album.

...If anything sounded good here, then I definitely recommend getting this.



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Killerhit
March 28th 2012


5381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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CaptainDooRight
March 28th 2012


30334 Comments


thoughts = m/

climactic
March 28th 2012


19983 Comments


i saw them on this tour TWICE

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KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

got the dvd and its amazing, god damn there is no better band

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CaptainDooRight
March 28th 2012


30334 Comments


bout time Kill showed up

Parallels
March 28th 2012


6643 Comments


ON MY WAY AT LAST x2

KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i saw them on this tour TWICE

only rated 2 rush albums none 5? are you neckin or dude just what are you doing i am pissed

KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dude lame ugh i would kill a fag to see them i want it so bad

KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea i got over 100 quid saved which is a lot to me bands on my list to see are rush and nothing yet but more to come

KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha dude thats pretty lame nah i'll jsut wait till the concert and walk up to some dudes and be like whats your fav rush album until a person says caress, then i know whos the real fuckin fan

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2012


16484 Comments


beating the shit out of republicans and drinking jack daniels


very contradictory if you ask me but cool nonetheless

KILL
March 28th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha what the fuck, honestly what do justice and wilton do apart from corpsepaint hard and hang out in justice's basement takin black and white pics

Spec
March 28th 2012


27298 Comments


Sick.

Spec
March 28th 2012


27298 Comments


Kill proggy and I'll buy you Rush tickets.

Killerhit
March 28th 2012


5381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"dude it's comin dude

just have like 60 pounds saved"



Awesome. I'll be there..




"Kill proggy and I'll buy you Rush tickets."


I'll do it for free.

heyadam
March 28th 2012


1722 Comments


I was at this show. I was really glad I finally got a chance to see them live.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2012


7321 Comments


Where's the tracklist?

beefshoes
April 14th 2012


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got this a few days ago.
The history of Rush bits are too good.
Fuckin' Diane Sawyer.

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Spec
April 14th 2012


27298 Comments


It's a deal.

KILL
April 14th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

just think what we might do



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