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Rush's Recovered Time Capsul. - 90%

hells_unicorn, February 11th, 2007

Rush is one of those bands that has always been there providing great music, surviving all the “fly by night” trends (no pun intended) and creating great music all along the way. Their viewpoint, articulated both in lyrical and musical form, is that any artist must strive to the absolute limit of his natural capabilities. This is articulated through their outlandish sound, a sound that is completely all their own, and one that is matched by a unique philosophical viewpoint.

Some of the videos found on here give clues to the hidden meanings behind the complex lyrical metaphors that populate many of their earlier material. “Closer to the Heart” begins with two eyes surrounded by blackness looking out with pictures of various tyrannical figures such as Mao and Stalin, along with corrupt and despotic leaders of democracies such as John F. Kennedy, which articulates a sense of sarcasm in the words that all must know their place. It makes ask such basic philosophical questions such as “Who decides what a person’s place is? Or an entire nation of people for that matter.” Likewise on the video for “The Trees” the depiction of a mighty and magnificent oak stripped of its branches and its beauty is a clear metaphorical condemnation of the insidious ideals of collectivist/socialist demagogues and their mindless mobs of followers. But in between these powerful images you see something even more moving, the band itself at work on their instruments, which are the tools of their unique brand of craftsmanship.

Other videos such as “The Big Money” and “Mystic Rhythms” do not have such powerful yet simplistic imagery, but instead feature the band with a more 80s oriented image, but not to the detriment of the song. Others such as “Subdivisions” do carry some imagery in the form of child outcasts seeking escape from reality in a video game, but again the imagery does not articulate an intellectual metaphor, but more bolster a point that is quite clear and simple in the music.

If nothing else, the contents of this DVD flow in the same manner a time machine would, taking us from the humble beginnings of a 70s Prog Rock band who had a dramatic influence on the heavy metal genre into a full blown 80s New Wave inspired band with the same sense of musicality and technical proficiency. Any consistent fan of the band will enjoy this collection, be it the serious moments or the more light hearted ones, they are all priceless and waiting for those who want to remember the older days of Rush’s glorious and still active career.