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"AN EVENING WITH RUSH...
VAPOR TRAILS TOUR"

                                  

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      26 nights of Alex's comments during "La Villa Strangiato" from the "VAPOR TRAILS TOUR"
2002                 Lerxst In Strangiato, Vol. 1   

1CD AD Various

      20 nights of Alex's comments during "La Villa Strangiato" from the "VAPOR TRAILS TOUR"
2002                 Lerxst In Strangiato, Vol. 2   

1CD AD Various

      CTNOW.com Meadows Music Centre, Hartford, Connecticut
6-28-02      Hartford 28-06-2002 

3CD AD EX-

The taper was having trouble getting settled for the first 2 minutes of the show. A very little bit of CD2, track 1, "One Little Victory", is missing. About 3 seconds is all. About 20 seconds into CD2, about 12 real quick source clicks occur in the right channel. (DAT Master)

6-28-02          Celebrate The Moment

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. This show is just barely EX. (DAT Master)

6-28-02             Another Chance At Victory - V2  

2CD AD EX-

The intro and a good minute of "Tom Sawyer" are missing. I only have a Front insert for this show. (DAT Clone)

      Montage Mountain Amphitheater *OR* Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
6-29-02         By-Tor On The Mountain  

3CD AD VG+

This show almost received an EX-, but Geddy's Bass is a little distant. Track 4, on CD3, is a "Rockline" world premier of "Vapor Trails", with Geddy and Alex from 5-13-02. The songs themselves have been edited out. This bonus track lasts over 30 minutes. (DAT Master)

6-29-02         Dragon's Bane Lane  

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (MD Master)

      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, North Carolina
7-1-02         Southern Trails - Part 1

2CD AD EX-

If it weren't for Geddy's slightly distant vocals, this show would have received an EX. This is a Matrix mix from 3 (DAT Clone) sources.

      Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia
7-3-02             Sweltering At The Beach 

2CD (UI) AD VG+

Sadly this show has a low to medium volumed level of distortion, otherwise it would have received an EX-. CD1, track 14, "One Little Victory", the volume drops to near nothing for about 45 seconds at the beginning. (DAT Clone)

      ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, North Carolina
7-4-02      Independence Day 

2CD AD EX-  

If it wasn't for the phasing, this show would have received an EX. (MD)

7-4-02          In The Evening Sky 

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. CD1, track 2, "Tom Sawyer", sounds like the taper was either getting into the music, or people were walking by, because it fades in and out heavily at times. (DAT Master)

      Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York
7-6-02                  Saratoga Performing Arts Center    

3CD NI AD VG+

7-6-02 Live In Saratoga

3CD NI AD VG+

The show "Saratoga Performing Arts Center", CD1, track 11, "Vital Signs", has Alex's guitar cut out on the stereo bounce back from side to side on one track. "Live In Saratoga" on CD1, track 1, "The Big Money", the volume goes from fine to speaker shreading loud. It literally brought me up off my chair! This lasts for 9 seconds and then for the next 10 seconds the volume is messed with. During "Ghost Rider" the microphone(s) are blocked as if a long line of people were walking by. The audience isn't that bad. I can pretty much ignore the consistant talking. CD2 seems to have a lot of phasing, but it sounds more like the microphone(s) aren't being held still. Can't blame the taper for having fun!! You must definitely play CD1, track 1, at a very low volume! The show "Saratoga Performing Arts Center" is the better of the two.

7-6-02        Sunrise In The Mirror  

2CD AD EX-

(DAT)

      Six Flags Darien Lake (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center), Darien Center, New York
7-7-02            A Voice In The Wilderness   

2CD AD EX-

There are a handfull of tracks where the microphone(s) are tapped. There are also a few spots the audience talks and can be annoying. (DAT CLONE)

7-7-02           Fire In Lackawanna 

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. This is a high EX-, but it does fall short of EX. This version of this date is the best sounding one. (MD Master)

      Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, Virginia
7-9-02             The Tempest Of Nissan  

3CD (UI) AD VG+

There is some phasing. Instrumentally, I give it an EX-. Geddy's vocals however are VG+. (MD Master)

      PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
7-11-02           A Swim In Central Park

2CD (UI) AD EX-

There are 4 or 5 really quick scratchy type of noises at the very beginning of CD1. These aren't bad enough to take away from the show in my opinion though. The very end of "The Temples Of Syrinx", and the very beginning of "Limelight" are missing due to an emergency change of batteries by the taper. Less than 15 seconds are missing total. (DAT Master)

7-11-02               Zippy, Zany, Zingy, Dreamy 

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (DAT)

      Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts, Mansfield, Massachusetts
7-12-02      Reflected Light

2CD AD EX

7-12-02 A Welcome To Kings

3CD AD VG+

The intro is missing on "A Welcome To Kings" (DAT Master), but "Reflected Light" (DAT Clone) has the intro. Right after the beginning of the show there are several loud cracks for a few seconds, of which I do not believe are from firecrackers. The next couple of minutes are rough as the taper is adjusting the settings. There is only one song in which the crowd's understandable need to whoo hoo is too much for me. With the other times it just adds to the feel of actually being there. Overall it isn't done that much, nor for long any time other than the one.

7-12-02          Earthly Luminescence 

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (DAT Master)

      Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, New Jersey
7-14-02    Bastille Day '02  

2CD X AD EX-

If you get a show from this date, here is some referrence information. Geddy announces Philadelphia/Philly with great enthusiam over and over, but mailing address wise this venue is in New Jersey. Geddy was correct in his saying Philly though. This venue is in an area called something like The Greater Metropolitan Philadelphia __________. Sadly, the beginning of this show the taper has problems getting things set up, and then someone knocks over his water bottle. While the taper goes to grab the water bottle, the sound becomes muffled for a minute or so is all. The first half of the show has phasing. (DAT Master)

7-14-02        Taming The Dragon  

2CD (UI) AD EX

(DAT Clone)

      Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater, Long Island/Wantagh/Jones Beach State Park, New York
7-15-02            Jones Beach   (Raw Source) 

2CD NI AD VG

7-15-02     Like A Ghost Rider 

2CD AD VG+

There is audience talking, but for the most part it's not too bad. (DAT Master)

      Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7-17-02       Our Ceiling Unlimited  

2CD AD EX-

7-17-02 Hometown Victory

2CD AD EX-

The first 30 seconds or so of CD1 on "Hometown Victory" (DAT Clone) is rough. During the clapping between songs there is some reverberation due to the taper was clapping, but it is only during the cheering between songs and not too bad, nor does it last that long. Tough choice here for best of date. "Our Ceiling Unlimited", which is a Matrix mix from 2 (MD Master) sources is crisper than "Hometown Victory", but in my opinion it is a little too bright. "Hometown Victory" is a little tinny, but sounds nice still. If pressed, I would choose "Our Ceiling Unlimited".

      Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7-19-02            Poking Around In Hell 

3CD (UI) AD EX-

7-19-02 A Dry Kind Of Humid

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, "A Dry Kind Of Humid" is a 2CD show. The first 4 minutes of "A Dry Kind Of Humid" (DAT Master) are a little rough, but is the better of the two. To me there isn't very much difference between these 2 titles quality wise. I think my choice is ever so slightly brighter is all. "Poking Around In Hell" is from a (DAT Master Clone).

      Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, Illinois
7-20-02            A Huge Giant Marshmallow

3CD (UI) AD EX-

(DAT Master Clone)

7-20-02           Changes Never End 

3CD FM (SC & AD) VG+

"Gypsy Eye" claims this show is an SB, but there is NO way it is!!! The show is clear for the most part except for a little bit of crackling like noise at higher frequencies in the left channel, but not that of clipping. Too bad it was mastered this way. Could have received an easy EX-. Tracks 1-3, on CD1, and 8-10, on CD3, are from the AD only. Tracks 4, on CD1 to track 7, on CD3, is from an FM Scanner & AD. Tracks 8-10, on CD3, are from Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, California on 9-28-02, and I rate these 3 tracks EX-.

      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Kansas City, Bonner Springs, Kansas
8-1-02      On Certain Nights

2CD AD EX-

There is some clipping although it sounds like more of a scratchy noise through my speakers, but not through the headphones.

      UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis/Marylands Heights, Missouri
8-2-02             The Time Is Now Again 

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (DAT Master)

      Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
8-4-02    Aces High '02  

3CD AD VG+

CD1, track 4, "New World Man", has a pop at 2:36. There is a lot of low to mid-volumed talking throughout. CD2, track 3, "La Villa Strangiato", the taper becomes engaged in a conversation with someone after they notice this is being taped. This lasts for a few minutes until right after Alex's comments during "La Villa Strangiato". CD2, tracks 9 & 10, are a soundcheck from what I would imagine is this night. This part was recorded from the parking lot, but luckily this show was at an outdoor venue, and the wind was being nice most of the time, so this part actually sounds rather decent.

8-4-02     A Ghostly Glow 

2CD AD VG+

There is alot of talking throughout this show. I cannot understand what they are saying most of the time, but the volume of the talking is noticeable. CD2, track 10, "La Villa Strangiato", about 3 minutes in, the taper gets noticed taping and gets drawn into a conversation for about 2 minutes. At this point all the words they say are understandable. There are a handfull of spots where the sound drops in and out for brief flashes. These are scattered and not one after another. (MD)

8-4-02         Cincinnati Unlimited  

2CD X AD EX-

(DAT Master)

      Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
8-6-02           A Plum Of An Evening  

3CD X AD EX-

(DAT Master)

8-6-02            Reflecting The Glory 

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (MD Master)

8-6-02         Post-Gazette Vapors   

2CD X AD EX-

This title is the best version of this date. (DAT Master)

      Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio
8-8-02      Trails To Polaris  

2CD X AD EX-

(DAT Master)

      Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana
8-9-02          Noble Warriors   

2CD (SHN) X AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT Master)

      Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas
8-16-02       Along A Wooden Trail

3CD AD EX-

(DAT Clone)

      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Selma, Texas
8-17-02   Alex Can Dance 

3CD AD VG+

There is somewhat constant but slight phasing. (DAT Master)

      Smirnoff Music Centre (Fair Park), Dallas, Texas
8-19-02  J.R.   

2CD (SHN) X AD VG+

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. Sadly this isn't a complete show. The last hour or so is missing. This show ends after 1:46 into "Red Sector A" by fading it out. (MD Master)

      Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, Colorado
8-24-02    Mile High Fiddler's  

2CD AD EX-

(DAT Clone)

      GM (General Motors) Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
9-8-02     Reeking Havoc

3CD X AD VG+

(DAT Clone)

9-8-02           Vancouver Victory  

2CD (SHN) AD VG

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. Even though this show was sourced from the Master tapes, there is still that hiss from analog that's unavoidable. This show has the sound one gets when you speak directly into a fan, although not as bad. At the end of track 6, we loose a rather small amount of the next song due to a tape change. (Analog Master)

9-8-02          Thuh Gost Rydur 

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. This show is a very high EX-. If it wasn't for the bass being recorded slightly too high, it would have received a low EX. This version of this date is the best one IMO. (DAT Master)

      Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Washington
9-14-02      A Fun Consrt 

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. (DAT Clone)

9-14-02     Land Of The Living  

2CD AD EX-

"Land Of The Living" is the better of the 2 versions, even though it is a little tinny. (DAT Master Clone)

      Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
9-15-02            A Gift For The Giving 

2CD (SHN) AD VG+

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. Sadly there is alot of audience talking. This show was recorded in mono, and due to seating problems, the taper missed the first two songs of the show. The second set was recorded with automatic level control, and sounds significantly different than the first set. The quality drops to VG, and there is distortion during the second set. (MDLP Master > CDR)

      Chronicle Pavilion at Concord, Concord, California
9-17-02            Flight Of The Meat Bees

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT > CDR)

      Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, California
9-20-02   Zero Cool  

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. CD3, track 2, around 2:45, there is a noise that sounds like the squelching noise of that of a CB Radio. This happens for about a second and there is no need to turn down the stereo, as it isn't shocking to the speakers. This show just misses getting an EX! (DAT)

      MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
9-21-02        Thrilla In La Villa 

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT Clone)

      Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona
9-27-02            Bitter Wind & Stormy Skies 

3CD AD G to EX-

About half way through Set 1, a heavy wind kicks up and brings the quality down to G for awhile. The 2nd Set and the Encore are basically fine. During the 1st Set there are 2 areas during "Vital Signs", and 1 during "Natural Science", where there are very small amounts of music missing. (MD Master)

      Ice Palace Arena, Tampa, Florida
10-10-02      Pirates Of The Caribbean

3CD X AD VG+

CD2, tracks 5-8, there is static. Here is what the person that mastered this show had to say about this problem. "There is a fair amount of static, especially in the second set and especially during the drum solo. This was probably the part of a poor transfer to CD-R, but without the master tape, that is hard to judge."

      Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida
10-11-02                     Flying Shark Snakes Swarm The Coral Sky  

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT Master)

      Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
10-13-02     Southern Trails - Part 2  

3CD AD EX-

This show is a high EX-.

10-13-02              One Big Victory  

3CD X (Scanner/Monitor Mix) EX

Although I have seen a few bad comments from other traders about this version of this show, one must really be sensative to notice why they put them. My stereo doesn't sound that great, but my headphones are pretty good sounding, and listening to this show on both of them the sound quality is really great as my rating indicates. I can hear the over loudness of the mastering or the original recording itself, but if you think the officially released CD called "Vapor Trails" sounded good, you will like this version of this show as well.

PRODUCERS COMMENTS:
"Here is a monitor mix (mono) from the Vapor Trails tour. Monitor mixes are sent wirelessly to each band member, who listen through an earpiece. It's not clear to me if the source is directly from the soundboard or if it was intercepted by a scanner, but my best guess is the latter. While the sound is mono (indicative of scanners), the sound is consistently clear and fuller than I'd expect from a scanner source. Regardless, this is an absolutely superb recording of Rush on their Vapor Trails tour. The original source has been remastered and the new sound is very clear with nice depth and punch. While the low end isn't nearly as bottomless as "Rio" you can hear every detail here (including Geddy's impromtu cough in the first verse of "Limelight"). One of the nice things about this show is the band were playing their "B" setlist, which included "Between Sun And Moon", "Vital Signs", "Ceiling Unlimited" and the Monty Python break at end of "Big Money" (instead of The Simpsons). If you're looking for a great sounding show from this tour, definitely check this out!"

      1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
10-15-02  Feeling Unlimited   

3CD AD EX-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. There are about 10 seconds of CD 3, track 5, "The Spirit Of Radio", where it sounds like a switch was hit by accident by the taper. When the encore begins, which is the next track, the problem has been noticed and is switched back. (MD Master)

      Centre Bell (Bell Centre), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10-18-02                 Horizon To Horizon Part 1   (of 4)  

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format this is a 3CD show. The people that taped all 4 shows are from Japan, thus the title. The sound quality adjustments aren't as bad as the tapers notes have it seem. I have used but reduced the tapers notes to cover quality only.

TAPER'S NOTES:
"(29th row, Center).? Well, it was not only my first live Rush show, but also my first experience to use DAT recorder. So I don't know the standard recording level to tape Rush show, I handled the recording volume knob sometimes, not only in the beginning of 1st set but also in 2nd set. This made instability in recording level. Also, this time I used 44.1KHz mode to record. And this recording does not have about the half of Tom Sawyer because we sat on our seat at 7:55, only 5 minutes before the show started! The actual hall sound was not clear in bass sound. I felt sound circulation and then this recording also has that. And there is a major flaw on the end of The Big Money. Well, that time a security person asked the seat number to me so I had to hide the mic!! I'm sorry." (DAT Master)

      Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
10-19-02                 Horizon To Horizon Part 2   (of 4)

2CD (SHN) AD EX-

In audio CD format this is a 3CD show. The people that taped all 4 shows are from Japan, thus the title. I agree with the taper on how the sound of the hall was bouncing all around. This show still sounds good though. I have used but reduced the tapers notes to cover quality only.

TAPER'S NOTES:
"(14th row, Al's side) Still I could not figure out the right recording level so there're some volume changes. I'm sorry. The hall sound was the worst in these four shows. I felt MUCH sound circulation and actually it was very difficult to listen to pitch of Ged's bass. Also, during this show, I sang all songs I could so this recording has MUCH of my singing :-P Sorry." (DAT Master)

      Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
10-22-02               Horizon To Horizon Part 3   (of 4)

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format this is a 3CD show. The people that taped all 4 shows are from Japan, thus the title. I have used but reduced the tapers notes to cover quality only.

TAPER'S NOTES:
"(26th row, Ged's side) The hall sound of this night was INCREDIBLE. Almost no sound circulation and all sounds' edge were really sharp. And we traveled Japan>Montreal>Quebec City>Toronto only in 5 days, the tire reached to the top, so not only we did not sing but also did not scream. And the Toronto audience is VERY quiet during the boys are playing. Consequently, the recording made excellent, still a bit instable in volume during the first several songs and does not have almost of Three Stooges Intro, though. Then, on the top 1st disc has pre-show announcement by the radio DJ in Toronto (not complete)." (DAT Master)

10-22-02       Canadian Trail Mix - Matrix   

3CD AD EX-

(MD Master)

      Madison Square Garden, New York/Manhattan, New York
10-24-02                Horizon To Horizon Part 4   (of 4)

2CD (SHN) AD VG+

In audio CD format this is a 3CD show. The people that taped all 4 shows are from Japan, thus the title. This show borders EX-. I have used but reduced the tapers notes to cover quality only.

TAPER'S NOTES:
"(5th row, Ged's side) Although the seat was amazingly good and close to the stage, the speakers were almost high above. My mics were set to the front, so the sound quality was not as good as I expected, but has fat low range! There were many Rush enthusiasts so has much audience screams and this show was our last one so we sang and shouted again. Sorry :-P" (DAT Master)

10-24-02   A Gentle Hand 

2CD (SHN) AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 2CD show. CD1, track 5, "Roll The Bones", the crowd talking gets annoying during the part of the song where a back ground audio tape should be, and is running. This whole show is a lower EX. I cannot figure it out, but something is missing that could have turned this show into an EX+. The taper and his friends talk a good portion of CD1 and throughout, which did get annoying, but mostly on CD1. I still recommend this show. (DAT Master)

      Giant Center, Hersey, Pennsylvania
10-25-02                      ...Like A Box Of Chocolates   Vol. 1   (of 3) 

2CD (SHN) AD VG+

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT Master)

10-25-02                      ...Like A Box Of Chocolates   Vol. 2   (of 3) 

2CD (SHN) AD VG+

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. This gets a low VG+. This show has what sounds like the microphone(s) were being blocked by what may have been people walking by. This is throughout the show, but it isn't constant. (DAT Master)

10-25-02                      ...Like A Box Of Chocolates   Vol. 3   (of 3) 

2CD (SHN) AD VG+

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. CD2, track 4, "La Villa Strangiato", at 4:04, there is a spot where less than a second is missing. Of the 3 Volumes, I think this version is the best one. (MD Master)

10-25-02    To Be The Other Half

1CD NI AD EX

This show is a low is EX.

      First Union Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10-27-02          An Evening In Philly   10.27.02 

3CD AD VG+

CD1 is a little rough with the sound quality being muffled at times. CD2, track 1, "One Little Victory", is muffled also, but not as bad.

10-27-02    Philadelphia Freedom

3CD X AD EX-

This show is a high EX-.

      Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
11-2-02    The Secret Touch 

3CD AD EX-

(DAT Master)

      Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
11-4-02        Coin Operated   

2CD (SHN) X AD EX

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. (DAT Master)

      Continental Airlines Arena (Meadowlands Arena), East Rutherford, New Jersey
11-6-02    Trails Of Vapor

3CD X AD EX-

      Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
11-8-02        Knight Of Wands   

3CD (UI) AD VG+

CD1, track 3, at 00:48, there is a single noise like a switch was hit or unplugged. CD1, track 5, there are 2 spots where the music speeds up for well under a second. CD2, track 1, around 3:30, there is a moment of missing music, and again same CD, except on track 11, around 1:30. This happens again on the last track. There is a small skip around 00:30 & 00:45, on CD3, track 2.

      Estadio Olimpico, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
11-20-02   Thousands Of Songs 

3CD AD VG+

This show was recorded at very high levels thus creating a fuzzy sound throughout. It's not bad on the phasing up until the final track on CD2. All this taking into account that this was recorded in a huge outdoor soccer stadium. The phasing happens 2/3rds of the way through the show.

11-20-02          A Shot Of Satisfaction   

2CD (SHN) AD VG-

In audio CD format, this is a 3CD show. This show was recorded too high, thus giving us distortion throughout.

      Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi), Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
11-22-02        Sweet Miracle In Sao Paulo   

3CD AD VG-

This is the final date of the tour. Even though this show was recorded at a very large outdoor venue, the phasing isn't bad at all. (MD Master)



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