| 1986, 1988|
9 January 1989
| 9 January 1989 (1989-01-09)
3 June 1997 (Remastered CD)|
Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock
Rush albums, Progressive rock albums
A Show of Hands is a live album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1989. The band released a video of the same name, originally on VHS and LaserDisc, the same year. A DVD version was released as part of a box set in 2006, and as an individual DVD in 2007.
The majority of the performances on this album were from the 1988 Hold Your Fire tour, recorded in the American cities of New Orleans, Phoenix, and San Diego, and the British city of Birmingham. Mystic Rhythms and Witch Hunt were from the 1986 Power Windows tour, recorded in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The opening track "Intro" features The Three Stooges theme playing in the background; the band used this music to open many of their concerts during the 1980s.
The video was filmed at the first of two Birmingham (UK) shows which took place on 23–24 April 1988, one of the sources of the live album. The song order and selection of the video are different from the live album.
All songs written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, except where noted.Geddy Lee – bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers
Neil Peart – drums, percussion
Album – Billboard (North America)"Closer to the Heart / Witch Hunt" (7")
"Mission" (12" promo)
"Marathon" (12"/CD promo)
A remaster was issued in 1997.The tray has a picture of three fingerprints: light blue, pink and lime green (left to right, mirroring the cover art of Retrospective II) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left. All remasters from Moving Pictures to A Show of Hands are like this.
Includes all of the artwork that came with the original album.
A Show Of Hands was remastered again in 2011 by Andy VanDette for the "Sector" box sets, which re-released all of Rush's Mercury-era albums. A Show Of Hands is included in the Sector 3 set.
1Intro0:53A Show of Hands Wikipedia
2The Big Money5:59