In anticipation of the up-coming giving season, I have got another collection of DVDs to review.
Rush - 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Album
Rush fans are getting spoiled this autumn with not only the epic documentary Beyond the Lighted State but this Classic Album DVD. For many Rush fans 2112 was either their introduction to the band or even better, the best album to date. It not only introduced the great, hard rock hordes to Rush, it gave many an Ayn Rand fan their introduction to the author. Side one of the CD was inspired by a work of the libertarian author and she is thanked on the inside sleeve.
This classic album set details Rush from the lead-up to 2112 through the Moving Pictures album. It shows a band that was in danger of being dropped from their rise to the power house prog metallers they have become. It shows how the band developed the sound that truly is theirs. All three members appear and discuss the time in great detail (esp. in this expanded format of DVD rather than the hour long TV show). Lyricists will be fascinated by Peart’s discussion of his creative writing process.
As you would expect various people show up to pay homage including Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighter fame, the ubiquitous David Fricke, and producer on both albums Terry Brown. It goes without saying that this is a must have for Rush fans. It’s a fascinating insight in the creation of two seminal albums in history of the band and progressive rock/metal. This is one of the best Classic Albums DVD’s in the series.
Rory Gallagher - Ghost Blues 2DVD
Known to many as Rory “f***ing” Gallagher he is a guitarist’s guitarist. Never quite as widely known as he should have been, he has no less influenced everyone from Slash to the Edge. Not just responsible from dragging Ireland into the rock age, he created the “Irish blues sound” and lead the way for every single Irish rock band that came after him. To say they broke the mold after this one is an understatement.