836 346-1 A Show of Hands
Produced by Rush
Released on January 2, 1989
US CHART POSITION #21 . . . UK CHART POSITION #12
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K ronomyth 15.0: SHOW OFF. And thus with an audible chill closes the band’s coldest chapter. A Show of Hands is a live summation of their last four albums, a by-now obligatory gesture and arguably their weakest entry, whose pennance was paid by the poor sales of Presto. Twelve of the fourteen tracks are taken from the band’s Hold Your Fire tour, two (“Mystic Rhythms,” “Witch Hunt”) are from the earlier Power Windows tour, none offer the definitive version of anything. At this stage, the band had become Borg, half synthetics and circuits. Geddy Lee was as likely to be seen standing behind a synthesizer as brandishing his bass, and the old pyrotechnics of Alex Lifeson had cooled considerably. But the real culprit is the material. Listen to the closing “Closer to the Heart” and how the audience connects with it. People simply couldn’t connect with “Red Sector A” and “Manhattan Project” because these weren’t working allegories for our lives. There are some classic Rush tracks on A Show of Hands that you would pay to hear live: Subdivisions, Time Stand Still, The Big Money. There are also some great tracks missing, like New World Man, The Body Electric and Prime Mover. Hard to say what the rationale was behind the track selection here, or why the vinyl version sounds so thin and brittle, but it’s easy to lump this in with the four albums it represents as a cold compromise for a synthetic and scientific age. And while I’m griping, this is the second Hugh Syme cover in a row that sucks it--what gives? For those interested in any milestone left behind by the band, this was also released as a video concert on laser disc, VHS and later, after the last dinosaur had disappeared, DVD.

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TRACK LISTING

    record one
  1. INTRO    0:53
  2. THE BIG MONEY    5:52
  3. SUBDIVISIONS    5:19
  4. MARATHON    6:43
  5. TURN THE PAGE    4:46
  6. MANHATTAN PROJECT    5:00
  7. MISSION    5:59

    record two
  8. DISTANT EARLY WARNING    5:22
  9. MYSTIC RHYTHMS    5:32
  10. WITCH HUNT (PART III OF FEAR)    3:55
  11. THE RHYTHM METHOD (DRUM SOLO)    (Neil Peart)    4:40
  12. FORCE TEN    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart/Dubois)    4:57
  13. TIME STAND STILL    5:10
  14. RED SECTOR A    5:12
  15. CLOSER TO THE HEART    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart/Talbot)    4:53

    All songs written by Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart unless noted

    Concert Video track listing
  16. THE BIG MONEY
  17. MARATHON
  18. TURN THE PAGE
  19. PRIME MOVER
  20. MANHATTAN PROJECT
  21. CLOSER TO THE HEART
  22. RED SECTOR A
  23. FORCE TEN
  24. MISSION
  25. TERRITORIES
  26. THE RHYTHM METHOD
  27. SPIRIT OF RADIO
  28. TOM SAWYER
  29. 2112/LA VILLA STRANGIATO/IN THE MOOD

CREDITS

GEDDY LEE -- bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
ALEX LIFESON -- guitars, synthesizers, backing vocals
NEIL PEART -- acoustic and electronic percussion
Paul Northfield -- engineer
Guy Charbonneau -- engineer
Val Azzoli -- executive production
Hugh Syme -- art direction and design
Fin Costello, Dimo Safari -- photography
John Halfpenny -- The Rockin' Constructivists creation

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
JPN 1988 Epic CD 25.8P-5162  
CAN 1989 Anthem 2LP/CS A1/ANC-1055 gatefold cover
UK/US/FRA/GER/NET January 2, 1989 Mercury/Vertigo 2LP/CD/CS 836 346-1/2/4 gatefold cover
MEX 1989 Mercury 2LP LPR-19187A2 gatefold cover
VEN 1989 Mercury/Sonografica 2LP 90127  
US 1989 Polygram Music Video VHS 041 760  
UK 1989 Phonogram LD 080574-1 laser disc
JPN 1989 Video Arts LD VAL-3105 laser disc
US/GER July 1, 1997 Mercury CD 534 637 digital remaster
BRA   Videolar DVD DVDM-020  
US May 1, 2007 Universal DVD 9879806 digital remaster

 

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