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20 December 1981 - Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut [Audio - Audience]

By-Tor X-1

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Hartford Civic Center '81 Remaster
Moving Pictures Story
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Track Listing:

01 - 2112: Overture / Temples Of Syrinx
02 - Freewill
03 - Limelight
04 - Hemispheres: Prelude
05 - Beneath, Between And Behind
06 - Subdivisions
07 - The Camera Eye
08 - YYZ / Drum Solo
09 - Broon's Bane
10 - The Trees
11 - Xanadu
12 - The Spirit Of Radio
13 - Red Barchetta
14 - Closer To The Heart
15 - Tom Sawyer
16 - Vital Signs
17 - Working Man
18 - Hemispheres: Armageddon
19 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog
20 - In The End
21 - In The Mood
22 - 2112: Grand Finale
23 - La Villa Strangiato

This recording features an early live version of Subdivisions.

There is an old rumor that claims an alleged soundboard recording of this show has been among private collectors for decades, however a trusted acquaintance of mine who has been in the Rush bootleg scene for decades has pretty confidently debunked this rumor.

Long story short, he theorizes the rumor has its roots in the fact that people were/are so often confused by how great the quality of this audience recording is, that some confidently assumed it was recorded from the soundboard, and over time people referring to "the Hartford soundboard" it started being taken as a factual existence. I personally have noticed that some excellent quality audience shows could sometimes be confusing, but if you're highly familiar with the differences between audience and board recordings, there are always features that help you accurately determine the source. In regards to former sound engineer Ian Grandy being asked about a Hartford soundboard, my acquaintance figures Ian assumed Skip (the interviewer) knew what he was talking about (in reference to a Hartford soundboard), and in faulty memory Ian assumed Skip was referring to a different show he recorded around this time, one which has not ever leaked publicly. If you doubt plausible fault in Ian's memory, note how in the linked interview he refers to the Caress Of Steel tour as the "Drive 'Til You Die" tour, which was actually nickname for the A Farewell To Kings tour, as well as claiming he "doesn't remember recording Detroit '78, but must have done so".

I'm sharing that information here, because whether you believe it or not, it is the only real information I have about the old alleged soundboard rumor. My acquaintance states he doesn't believe the rumor at all, and that if a Hartford soundboard did exist in private circulation, he likely would have had proof of it a long time ago. We're both aware that this still only his opinion, however the known information points that this is the more likely scenario.


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