Rush Series 2: The 1990s – Different Stages CD2 (1998)

Alright! Well, as if yesterdays trip through the monster that is CD1 of this set wasn’t enough, I’m back for another swing on CD2. And holy hell, this one’s equally monstrous. My goodness.

Again, all songs were recorded 1997-06-14 at the World Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois [except the stuff in brackets].

And here’s the tracks:

Test For Echo
The Analog Kid [1994-03-22 at Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan]
Freewill
Roll The Bones
Stick It Out
Resist [1997-07-02 at Molson Amphitheater, Toronto, Ontario]
Leave That Thing Alone [1997-06-23 at Great Woods Performing Arts Center, Mansfield, MA]
The Rhythm Method – 1997
Natural Science
Force Ten [1997-06-04 at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio]
The Spirit Of Radio
Tom Sawyer
YYZ

I mean, holy fuck. This was amazing. Every version was a killer. And Leave That Thing Alone! YES! Also, the version of YYZ here is an absolute bomb. Jeez.

One thing I found odd, which I should have mentioned yesterday as well, was the inclusion of tracks from three years previous. On CD1, two tracks were from 1994, and one song here on CD2 as well. I’m sure they were great example versions the band wanted to include, but that’s quite a time gap. Oh well, no matter. Shut up and rock, right? RIGHT!

This is a band who’s been at the peak of the game for so damn long it actually makes many other bands look really, really bad. Sorry, other bands, I know it’s not fair. I get that, I really do. All you can really do is hold on for dear life and rock the fuck out as Rush just nails it, song after song after song. It’s all any of us can do.

If you haven’t already bought this set… GO BUY IT NOW.

8 thoughts on “Rush Series 2: The 1990s – Different Stages CD2 (1998)

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hey, thanks for the follow! I’ll head over and return the favour in a minute. Don’t know how much I can comment on the games – I don’t do video games – but I always enjoy a good read.

      I love my iPod. It holds everything I own, ever since I re-ripped everything to 128 kbps… It’s got 120GB of space and it’s almost full. Wahoo!

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  1. mikeladano says:

    So after the great performance of 2112 we get this disc of classics and new stuff. Here’s where I think you can really hear the Test For Echo stuff sounded great live. Much better live than on CD I thought.

    And Leave That Thing Alone! YES! Told ya it was smoking live.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I don’t know if I could compare the two discs and come away with liking one more than the other. CD2 is a damn strong disc, but then, so was CD1… LTTA was brilliant, and straight into the drum solo. Like you said, betcha nobody went to get a beer or take a piss during any of THAT!

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  2. Deke says:

    Analog Kid…still remember flipping over the cover in the record store and once I saw Analog Kid on there I just aboot lost me shit!!!
    Hahahaha ….and of course Natural Science,Stick It Out,Roll The Bones..man slamming tune after slamming tune!
    U cannot got wrong with this Rush live album…..

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha we have ways of making you say the word ‘about!’ (that’s a reference to canadian Bacon. If you haven’t seen it, we will make sure you do).

      Yeah the track listing here is insanely good. I don’t think I could listen to both of these CDs in one go – my brain would probably melt. I’m glad I spaced them out by a day!

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