Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rush Spirit of the Airwaves live 1980 radio broadcast
12:20PM EST | comments (43) |

UPDATE - 1/26@1:37PM: Power Windows has a great page of scans from the February shows where this was recorded, including ticket stubs, adverts, and scans of the LPs given to radio stations that broadcast the concert.

UPDATE - 1/26@9:14AM: Readers Leif and stergios2112 note in the comments that the iTunes Europe listing and vinyl listings show that La Villa Strangiato is included; the Amazon listing is likely in error.

A live radio broadcast recording of a 1980 Rush concert will be released on CD and vinyl in Europe this coming March. It's titled Spirit of the Airwaves and was recorded at a February, 1980 show at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis during the Permanent Waves tour. It was actually already made available for digital download this past December 9th and can currently be purchased on iTunes and other digital music providers in Europe. It will be available in the US and Canada as an import only - likely due to legal issues as it's not an official Rush release. Similar to the Rush ABC 1974 live release from a few years back, this is essentially a packaged release of a bootleg that's been around for many years; namely the St. Louis '80 bootleg that was sourced from a direct A/D transfer of the original 4LP record set provided to radio stations for broadcast. Here's the tracklisting as given by iTunes UK:

1. 2112: Overture 4:36
2. The Temples of Syrinx 2:16
3. Discovery 0:30
4. Presentation 2:35
5. Soliloquy 2:25
6. Grand Finale 2:29
7. By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:14
8. Xanadu 12:17
9. The Spirit of Radio 5:19
10. Natural Science 8:24
11. Beneath, Between, Behind 2:29
12. Working Man 3:30
13. Finding My Way Intro 0:23
14. Anthem 1:40
15. Bastille Day 1:28
16. In the Mood 2:39
17. Drum Solo 5:11
18. La Villa Strangiato 9:51

Thanks to treyalex for the heads up.



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#43 - Posted 3/23/14 @11:33AM by rush21122 [contact]

Has anyone got this yet???? I read on the rush forum, someone one on there has it and said it sounds great....
#42 - Posted 1/31/14 @4:15PM by 1357

There's always a demand for Live RUSH material.
#41 - Posted 1/31/14 @11:09AM by clockworkingman [contact]

Thanks Shimdog! This just made my day!
#40 - Posted 1/29/14 @2:39PM by Denny Crane [contact]

Thanks Shimdog for the youtube link. I am listening to it now instead of doing my real work. I agree that Geddy has a bit more echo going on. Limelight is a bit different from the studio version we all know so well. Fantastic music.

#39 - Posted 1/28/14 @8:39PM by Shimdog [contact]

For those of you in a bootleg mood. Search You Tube for ( Rush something old something new ) great show that was post PW and pre MP. In the song limelight there is a totally different solo then what was recorded for MP.
Other highlights are Jacob's Ladder and Trees. It's a great bootleg for those who loved ESL and wish it had more songs from that concert. This is rush at the apex of their kick ass analog heaviness and great vocal range.

#38 - Posted 1/28/14 @11:34AM by CraigJ [contact]

I just listened to this for the first time in almost 30 years. HOLY CRAP! IT'S AWESOME! It's like the in your face energy and rawness of All the World's a Stage merged with the technical proficiency of Exit Stage Left...

The vocals on Soliloquy, the bass on By Tor, and OMG XANADU!

I AM NOT getting any work done this morning. Get this. You must get this.
#37 - Posted 1/28/14 @11:29AM by jaeger [contact]

And those who do and do teach? Calling Prof. Russell...
#36 - Posted 1/27/14 @9:46PM by CraigJ [contact]

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach well, teach art or gym.
#35 - Posted 1/27/14 @8:57PM by jupeguy [contact]

Freddie must have been one of these people who can teach better than they could play (maybe). Just like there are some people who are masters at their craft but are crappy teachers. I was just curious to see some footage of Gruber playing in his prime.
#34 - Posted 1/27/14 @7:08PM by jupeguy [contact]

#27- Wow! No wonder Neil hitched his wagon to Freddie. That guy was a monster!I'm kidding folks, no disrespect intended to someone who has passed on. Would be nice to see some footage of Freddie playing when he was younger.

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