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Album Review

Rush's 2009 live CD Grace Under Pressure: 1984 Tour has an interesting history. It's actually the soundtrack to the 1985 live video Grace Under Pressure Tour which was reissued on DVD in 2006 as part of the three-DVD set Replay X 3 (along with the other live home videos Exit ... Stage Left and A Show of Hands). Originally available only as a bonus CD with Replay X 3, it's been released separately. Vocalist/bass guitarist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart recorded Grace Under Pressure: 1984 Tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in their hometown of Toronto. It touches on the trio's heavy, progressive '70s opuses but concentrates primarily on the tighter, keyboard-laced, commercially successful '80s work. "The Enemy Within," "Distant Early Warning," and "Red Sector 'A'" are the strongest Grace Under Pressure songs, so they deserve their prominence here. Popular favorites like "The Spirit of Radio," "New World Man" (the trio's sole Top 40 hit), and "Closer to the Heart" (which features a loose jam at the end) stand out as well, but a better understanding of Rush comes by embracing lesser-known songs like "The Weapon," "Witch Hunt," and "Vital Signs." Rush really cuts loose and has a lot of fun with "Medley: YYZ/The Temples of Syrinx/Tom Sawyer" and "Medley: Finding My Way/In the Mood" although Lee dials back his original voice pitch on the latter two songs. Casual Rush fans (if there is such a thing in the universe) should be careful not to confuse this CD with the Grace Under Pressure studio CD because the cover art is identical except that this one has added the words "1984 Tour" in the lower left-hand corner. Die-hard fans probably bought Replay X 3 and therefore already have this CD , but they'll likely purchase it for their collections anyway. Also, the liner notes reproduce the Grace Under Pressure tour program, but this was already done for Replay X 3. However, among the Rush faithful, too much is never enough.

Customer Reviews

What a Classic, More Proof that Rush is the Greatest Live Band.

Really, it is! I bought Rush Relpay and I was stunned by the performance of The Spirit of Radio, one of the cleanest recorded, The Enemy Within was exellent, very impressive stuff. I wish it was packaged with 3-D Glasses so I could have enjoyed the cheezy 80s goodness of the 3-D Concert Video for The Weapon, which was played flawlessly by the way. This also has my favorite medley performance, the incredible like 150+ bpm YYZ and Temples of Syrinx, seriously listen it's insane.


I didn't even know that this album existed, but it is amazing. It has all the best Rush from the '80s as well as some good stuff from the '70s. And the best part is... it is live!

One of the greatest

Just below the R30 concert, this would have to be my favorite Rush live album. This is only available if you buy Rush Replay X3, as this is the audio recording of the Grace Under Pressure Tour concert video


Formed: 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians. Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprised of guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander...
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