Monday, July 31, 2017

Rush 1980-02-02 Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX(1st source)

Media: 2 CDr
Time: 62:21, 61:49
Catalog: Digital Reproductions  DR 20280-9
Source: Audience (1st Gen HiFi VHS)
Quality: EX-
Date: 02-02-80
Location: Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX


Track Listing
Disc One:

2112   15:07
Freewill  5:56
By-Tor and the Snow Dog  5:17
Xanadu  12:55
The Spirit of Radio  5:19
Natural Science  8:40
A Passage to Bangkok  3:58
The Trees  5:04

Disc Two:

Cygnus X-1  8:18
Hemispheres  14:17
Closer to the Heart  3:16
Beneath, Between and Behind (cut)  2:43
Jacob's Ladder  7:29
Working Man  3:28
Finding My Way  0:22
Anthem  1:39
Bastille Day  1:27
In The Mood  2:39
Drum Solo  6:19
La Villa Strangiato  9:44


and Reviews:

The Digital Dan:

Well there had been a 1st gen of this show passing around for a while, but it was always "hush, hush".  But enough people believed that it was as well kept a secret as ingredients to McDonald's special sauce on their Big Mac's!  To that end, this source is just a little different in that the master cassette was copied to HiFi VHS, well known to long time tapers as the DAT before there was DAT.  While not digital, the increased frequency range and signal to noise ratio resulted in a much clearer copy than could be obtained with cassettes. Having both versions of 1st gens, the HiFi version is clearly better.
Many Rush fans have long said that this show is the best complete show from the PEW tour.  And that was said in spite of the lower quality of the more circulated versions of the show.  But the 1st gen is a great step up in quality and clarity making this show an essential part of any collection.  Not only is the performance and sound great, take a look at the setlist.  Even though the epics were slightly truncated on this tour, this still has to be the best Rush setlist ever.  You get all the epics and a nice assortment of other classics to balance it out.  Thanks to Rubicon for helping to obtain this alternate source.  As with all Digital Reproductions releases, this is for free trade or blank media trade only.  Do not buy, sell or distribute for profit.  Let's keep the spirit of trading alive and well. (January 27, 2002)


This is a great show in all respects......Sound Quality, Setlist, and Performance.  Here are the details about the source:  Master Cassette > HiFi VHS > DAT > CDR (via digital transfer).  As Digital Dan mentions above, a "1st Gen" copy has been floating around for quite sometime, but this new source sounded much clearer and had more dynamic range than the aforementioned.  This show was taped by the same person who taped the Rush Hollywood '77 show (see review for Canadian Bacon-Platinum Edition).  That source also had a nice warmth to the sound just like this Ft. Worth '80 source.  We owe everything to this guy for making such great recordings!!  I hope everyone will enjoy this Platinum Edition as I will for many years to come.  THIS RECORDING IS AVAILABLE THROUGH TRADING. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS RELEASE, AS IT CAN BE OBTAINED FREE THROUGH STRAIGHT TRADES OR BLANK TRADES.  (FEB 'O2).


When I first began collecting Rush shows I spent much time on the DRE researching sound quality and set lists, trying to get the best shows I could. This performance was one of the first shows I traded for in the form of Three Magicians. I mean, take a look at the set list, what's not to love? Look at the Epics, look at some of the songs rarely performed. Actually, the truth of it is that I went for this show because it contained Jacobs Ladder, and was supposed to be the best sounding full show from that tour. I loved the show when I got it, but was a little disappointed with the sound. Imagine my excitement when I learned of a low gen version of this show making the rounds. When I listened to this version I was very impressed with the sound. All the instruments are loud and clear, Geddy's vocals right up front, good highs and very nice low end. I even noticed some crowd noise I hadn't heard before in the last track of the show when guy says to another "Sit down, damn it". Actually, it's hard to hear, but I can't recall ever hearing it before in the old version, as it was buried in hiss. Speaking of the audience, they are very well behaved around the taper for the most part. This version of the show was sourced from 1st gen VHS tape. I hadn't expected there would be that much difference in the sound quality over casette, but it is quite noticible. This show is a definate must for any collector of Rush live material.


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