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.
A Show Of Hands: Originally the third and final DVD in the Replay x3 set, the concert found on A Show Of Hands would find Rush turing for their album Hold Your Fire" The film would be the best Rush video released in almost 15 years in terms of both audio and visual quality. Arriving originally in 1989 it would mix Rush's vintage classics along with the newer material from this recording. I was glad they did this video because "Hold Your Fire" was a difficult Rush album for me as a fan. I felt it was a little too far off the mark from the band that had given us legendary tracks like "Cygnus" but truth be told "with age comes maturity" and "the only constant is change". In 2008 as I look back on the Rush catalog the album is among my constant listens when I need a little bit of difference. Among the highlights of the performance would be "Marathon", "Prime Mover" and "Mission" right off the bat for me. Of course, anything done by Rush in the live sense tends to impress but these three stood out for me as I enjoyed the video. There is a solid mix of the classics and many of them are kept until the end of the film.
I'm not sure how many Rush fans missed purchasing the Replay x3 boxed set, but if you are one of those fans who did and really only have interest in parts of it then this is a good place to lay down some money.
1. Big Money
3. Turn The Page
4. Prime Mover
5. Manhattan Project
6. Closer To The Heart
7. Red Sector "A"
8. Force Ten
11. The Rhythm Method – Drum Solo
12. The Spirit Of Radio
13. Tom Sawyer
15. Temples Of Syrinx, La Villa Strangiato, In The Mood