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“Grace Under Pressure” (DVD) by Rush

Artist: Rush
Title: “Grace Under Pressure”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 5/1/2007
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

When Rush decided to release “Replay x3” they would sate the hungry appetites of fans who had been begging for the classic VHS films from the bands archives to be finally delivered on DVD. Wrapped in a colorful box it featured the videos for “Exit Stage Left”, “Grace Under Pressure” and “A Show Of Hands” – all of which had been out of print for decades. The amazing package included mini programs from each tour that was presented on the film. 2007 would find each of these films being released individually so now the fans that felt the boxed set was not to their liking needed only purchase the film that they hold closest to their hearts. These individual releases also include the same mini program as the boxed set and no other differences exist.

Grace Under Pressure: Originally the second DVD in the boxed set, Rush’s “Grace Under Pressure” show had a number of things going for it with the top part being it was one of the only tours where all three parts of the “Fear” trilogy were performed at the same time. Having the chance to deliver this to fans in a concert film of the time made it all the more special. The medium was growing steadily and finding acceptance as fans rushed to purchase visual reminders of their favorite performers in concert. This film also saw considerable exposure on the MTV network which was still in its infancy and when Rock music held more solid ground on it. Given this was the second video that the band had released one could tell that the means for such a production had improved and as result this was a much cleaner and clearer product. I watched this concert on MTV quite a few times and then on VHS when it finally came out. While it’s a little short in terms of the number of included songs, such releases were not yet as commonplace and didn’t feature tons of stuff. The highlights are the presentation of “Fear” as well as new classics like “New World Man” and “Distant Early Warning”. Older and more venerated numbers are here but there is not an over concentration on them and is pretty much left to the concert standards and expectations.
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“Replay x3” by Rush

Artist: Rush
Title: “Replay x3”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 10/10

After I watched the deluxe edition of Rush’s “R30” DVD release I was pretty confident that the band had released pretty much the best video of their career. Yes, I had enjoyed “Rush In Rio” but “R30” was a lot better and not only a cool concert film but also a cornucopia of neat little extras. Those who ordered this edition got guitar picks, a whopping booklet and a backstage pass as well as CD’s of the same concert. I stood firm on this until I received “Replay x3”; a 3 DVD boxed set that takes all of the long out of print VHS releases and brings them together for the hard core Rush fanatic. Given the scope of this release I will outline the contents and thoughts separately for everyone’s benefit.
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