Chronicles [DVD] review by Rush

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  • Released: Sep 25, 2001
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (3 votes)
Rush: Chronicles [DVD]

Sound — 10
This DVD was made in the '90s, when Rush were at their low. I still bought it because I thing Rush are brilliant at what they do. This DVD was made because they wanted to go back in time(kinda) and look a what they did in the past. The music styles they do is a kinda progressive rock.

Content — 9
This DVD was made because it shows the videos of all the classic songs (Coser To The Heart, Subdivisions, Time Stand Still) and some of their songs (from a CD) when thier in the recording studio in Canada. Red Barchetta is from the live concert, Exit... Stage Left. The song Afterimage on this CD was made because one of Rush's friends just died for a reason I do not know, but they was all deeply affected by it, so they wrote a song about him. Its a best of collection. On the DVD there are: 01. Closer To The Heart - showing in chronological order, the oldest video included here is old videotaped footage of Rush performing the song in front of an audience. It is not a live recording, but the band miming to a playback, so the sound quality is reasonably good. 02. The Trees - is a live performance, with a faint buzz in the background, but generally good sound quality, sharp treble, strong mid-range, the sound a bit flattened-out on the lower register, but every instrument is perfectly clear. Neither this nor the previous video is much to look at, but it is good footage of the band from this period. 03. Limelight - very soft and hazy picture quality here of the band in the recording studio, with one or two cutaways to a live concert performance. A fabulous song from one of my favourite albums, this comes across well in the video, it simply being a joy to watch Rush play the song. 04. Tom Sawyer - as above, performed sitting on chairs in Le Studio with lots of singing meaningfully into the microphone, hands clasping headphones to the ears. There are one or two more adventurous image inserts and fades, but otherwise this is a fairly standard in-studio video of a great song. 05. Red Barchetta - the video here is a live recording of the song from the Exit... Stage Left tour. Like any Rush live recording, it is a note perfect rendition, performed with vigour and the sound quality is reasonably good. The video is straight concert footage, with a few obvious images of a yellow Barchetta car, headlights and a road. 06. Subdivisions - first video proper from the band sees Rush showing Flock of Seagulls influences both musically and in style (I'm not kidding). The video is perhaps a bit over-literal, filmed "in the high school halls, in the shopping malls." The song, a typically Rush theme (best put in Vital Signs "everybody got to deviate from the norm") of the pressures on the individual to submit to the conformity of surburban America, still sounds magnificent, possibly the only song from Signals that really holds up well today. 07. Distant Early Warning - a very funny Dr Strangelove homage, sees Rush (looking like Duran Duran) performing from a mock-up of the war-room. Absolutely wonderful, but the sound quality on this video is only really average. One or two minor jumps in the sound are quite audible here. 08. Red Sector A - a straightforward live recording, good performance and good sound. 09. The Big Money - the band continues to try to master the art of the mainstream pop promo-video. The Big Money bearing an uncanny resemblance to Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" with garish fluorescent colours and, by today's standards, primitive CGI effects as Rush perform from a giant Monopoly board. The music is a damn sight better though, the sound quality however a little too bright, but powerful, with a faint hint of background hiss. 10. Mystic Rhythms - never a favourite song of mine, Mystic Rhythms hasn't aged well with its overpowering 80's synthesisers, but the video, possibly the most abstract and inventive one here, stands up well. Sound is again very bright with jumps and skips again evident throughout this video. 11. Time Stand Still - oh dear. The director clearly wanted to try out all the special effects on his new VT editing suite, so we are treated to the sight of Rush floating around and multiplied ad infinitum. The video features a guest appearance from Aimee Mann, who provides the backing vocals for a strong song that survives the ravages of the video. 12. Lock And Key - the final video on the DVD sees a perfect blend of video and sound, playing to the advantages of the band performing and abandoning any attempts at cleverness or concept. The final track also features the best picture and sound quality of the tracks included. Hidden extras: two extra videos can be found on the DVD, although I can't see what the point was in 'hiding' them. Simply click 'up' and 'enter' from the main menu to access videos for The Enemy Within, steeped in '80s music influences it looks like a low budget 'Wild Boys' performed by The Police, Geddy failing however to cut a convincing Sting impersonation, although he does rather better in Afterimage. Some poorly matched lip-sync at the start of the second video.

Production Quality — 9
The production is great, ofcorse, its old videos so it will have a reasonably bad picture quality but other than that the sound of the CD is great.

Overall Impression — 9
Well, it's not as good as the Rush In Rio or the R30, but it's still good to look back in time to see their silly hairdoos.

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