12 tracks, all but one previously released on live Rush albums of recent vintage. It is hard to imagine what purpose this album serves, except to keep Rush product on the shelves while the band is on break during the Christmas season. While the music is excellent (obviously), it is hard to imagine a Rush fan that would play this single-disc album before listening to the actual live albums that the tracks were sourced from.
Here's a tracklist, and a breakdown of where these tracks were lifted from:
1. "Limelight" (From Snakes & Arrows Live)
2. "The Spirit of Radio" (From R30)
3. "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx (From Rush in Rio)
4. "Freewill" (From Snakes & Arrows Live)
5. "Dreamline" (From R30)
6. "Far Cry" (From Snakes & Arrows Live)
7. "Subdivisions" (From R30)
8. "One Little Victory" (From the R30 tour) (Previously Unreleased)
9. "Closer to the Heart" (From Rush in Rio)
10. "Tom Sawyer" (From Snakes & Arrows Live)
11. "Working Man" (From R30)
12. "YYZ" (From Rush in Rio)
"One Little Victory", a stormy firecracker of a version, is the lone previously unreleased song. Is that one song worth your $15? You decide. I can tell you that "One Little Victory" is basically all you're going to get for your money. There is no booklet and there are no liner notes to speak of. The cover art, once again by Hugh Syme, is quite nice however, hinting at past works.
The songs fade-in and fade-out, which to be honest I prefer when a CD is taken from multiple sources, although you may not. The songs that are selected lean heavily on oldies as opposed to newer tracks, which does not really reflect what a Rush concert is about these days. Clearly, this is to entice consumers who want songs they have heard frequently on the radio. At least the running order is well sequenced for maximum firepower.
I can't recommend this album to anybody except completists and Rush diehards. Everybody else would be well advised to spend their money on Rush In Rio, R30, or Snakes & Arrows Live. While Rush are on break, be sure to catch Alex Lifeson with Mike Smike, Jean-Paul Trembley, and Robb Wells in the new TV show, "The Drunk And On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour".
2 stars, not for the music, but just because it's a bit of a Christmas cashgrab.