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#1 78jazz

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:36 PM

I watched the DVD this weekend, and think this song worked better on this tour than it did in 2007-2008. Anyone else seem to find the versions better on R40? I chalk it up to the bass part being played different (octaves, it seems). The song seemed to make more sense to me in KC in July than it did on the album or the other 3 times I saw it before then.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:40 PM

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:36 PM, said:

I watched the DVD this weekend, and think this song worked better on this tour than it did in 2007-2008. Anyone else seem to find the versions better on R40? I chalk it up to the bass part being played different (octaves, it seems). The song seemed to make more sense to me in KC in July than it did on the album or the other 3 times I saw it before then.

I'm more partial to the Snakes version because Alex used the acoustic guitar on it, but Geddy's bass playing was better on the R40 version. Both live version are great, but I think the acoustic guitar better serves the music in that case.

I was definitely thrilled when they pulled that out when I saw them in KC too!

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:45 PM

View PostBowlCity, on 31 January 2016 - 10:40 PM, said:

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:36 PM, said:

I watched the DVD this weekend, and think this song worked better on this tour than it did in 2007-2008. Anyone else seem to find the versions better on R40? I chalk it up to the bass part being played different (octaves, it seems). The song seemed to make more sense to me in KC in July than it did on the album or the other 3 times I saw it before then.

I'm more partial to the Snakes version because Alex used the acoustic guitar on it, but Geddy's bass playing was better on the R40 version. Both live version are great, but I think the acoustic guitar better serves the music in that case.

I was definitely thrilled when they pulled that out when I saw them in KC too!

Make no mistake - I was not thrilled at first. As they played it, I seemed to get it with this tune (although it is probably still the 2nd worst Rush instrumental IMO. I would have much rather seen Limbo. Alas...)

Edited to add: Yes, the bass seems to have made the R40 renditions far more enjoyable of TMMB.

Edited by 78jazz, 31 January 2016 - 10:46 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:48 PM

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:45 PM, said:

View PostBowlCity, on 31 January 2016 - 10:40 PM, said:

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:36 PM, said:

I watched the DVD this weekend, and think this song worked better on this tour than it did in 2007-2008. Anyone else seem to find the versions better on R40? I chalk it up to the bass part being played different (octaves, it seems). The song seemed to make more sense to me in KC in July than it did on the album or the other 3 times I saw it before then.

I'm more partial to the Snakes version because Alex used the acoustic guitar on it, but Geddy's bass playing was better on the R40 version. Both live version are great, but I think the acoustic guitar better serves the music in that case.

I was definitely thrilled when they pulled that out when I saw them in KC too!

Make no mistake - I was not thrilled at first. As they played it, I seemed to get it with this tune (although it is probably still the 2nd worst Rush instrumental IMO. I would have much rather seen Limbo. Alas...)

Edited to add: Yes, the bass seems to have made the R40 renditions far more enjoyable of TMMB.

TMMB demands a lot more to appreciate, I think, than say something like Limbo or Leave That Thing Alone.

Limbo would've been a great one to throw in, too, or at least show T4E some recognition. The title track is some awesome work and they threw it under the bus after one tour.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:49 PM

It also dawned on me that I read some of your initial post wrong. Sorry.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:04 AM

Ged developed the bass part in a very unique way this time around and I aboslutely love it. It's already a very challenging song as it stands, but the R40 version takes it up a notch. I would have definitley have rather heard Limbo over TMMB, but still getting to see this one live (I only became a fan right after TMT) was definitely a treat. Also, the lighting was crazy during the song. I feel it was truly bliss to see it live every time I saw them this past tour...

Edited by pfrushfan0122, 01 February 2016 - 09:05 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:26 AM

love this song, one of their best!

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 12:23 PM

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:45 PM, said:

View PostBowlCity, on 31 January 2016 - 10:40 PM, said:

View Post78jazz, on 31 January 2016 - 10:36 PM, said:

I watched the DVD this weekend, and think this song worked better on this tour than it did in 2007-2008. Anyone else seem to find the versions better on R40? I chalk it up to the bass part being played different (octaves, it seems). The song seemed to make more sense to me in KC in July than it did on the album or the other 3 times I saw it before then.

I'm more partial to the Snakes version because Alex used the acoustic guitar on it, but Geddy's bass playing was better on the R40 version. Both live version are great, but I think the acoustic guitar better serves the music in that case.

I was definitely thrilled when they pulled that out when I saw them in KC too!

Make no mistake - I was not thrilled at first. As they played it, I seemed to get it with this tune (although it is probably still the 2nd worst Rush instrumental IMO. I would have much rather seen Limbo. Alas...)

Edited to add: Yes, the bass seems to have made the R40 renditions far more enjoyable of TMMB.
The guitar part in TMMB is dull as dirt, other than the solo. No comparison to their other instrumentals.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:16 AM

View Postpfrushfan0122, on 01 February 2016 - 09:04 AM, said:

Ged developed the bass part in a very unique way this time around and I aboslutely love it. It's already a very challenging song as it stands, but the R40 version takes it up a notch. I would have definitley have rather heard Limbo over TMMB, but still getting to see this one live (I only became a fan right after TMT) was definitely a treat. Also, the lighting was crazy during the song. I feel it was truly bliss to see it live every time I saw them this past tour...

You are right, the lighting on TMMB was incredible. I saw R40 a few times, the last one from the lower bowl straight across the arena. The view from there was so much better  than from up close (comparing to the other R40 shows I saw) I have never seen light emerging from lights like that, an amazing 3d effect.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 07:55 PM

I love the song. I thought it was great live on Snakes and Arrows but I think they hit another higher gear on R40. In many cases I prefer the rearranged versions on subsequent tours.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:23 PM

I really enjoy listening to The Main Monkey Business. I think it's a lot better than Where's My Thing or Leave That Thing Alone. But defo not as good as La Villa Strangiato or YYZ. I think The Larger Bowl and TMMB were great picks to represent S&A on R40 Live, although TBH I would've preferred just TMMB and the extra minutes used to play Emotion Detector. But that's just me.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 02:36 PM

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I really enjoy listening to The Main Monkey Business. I think it's a lot better than Where's My Thing or Leave That Thing Alone. But defo not as good as La Villa Strangiato or YYZ. I think The Larger Bowl and TMMB were great picks to represent S&A on R40 Live, although TBH I would've preferred just TMMB and the extra minutes used to play Emotion Detector. But that's just me.
Far Cry, actually.  The Larger Bowl was (thankfully) not played.

But I do agree that The Main Monkey Business has certainly been revitalized on the R40 Tour.  It sounds much edgier than the S&A version did, and I'm glad they brought it back out.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:13 PM

Honestly the less S&A the better, it really has over time become my least favourite rush album, it didn't age well. TMMB is really one only die hard fans will know, I doubt the average casual fan who knows a decent amount of their catalog will really remember it. They could have played any instrumental in that slot, it should have been Limbo like people said to represent T4E. No one except the diehards would have known the difference. To every one else it would be just another 6-7 minute Rush instrumental.

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 12:26 PM

ANY Rush instrumental is a good one... still amazes me that three guys can play this stuff, even with the odd bit of "cheating" with sequencers.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:30 PM

I thought it sounded great on R40 but as an instrumental it's probably one of my least favorites. Though I don't dislike it at all.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:11 PM

I enjoyed it. You're never going to please everyone.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 02:31 AM

The Main Monkey Business is Rush second best instrumental song, after La Villa Strangiato. So Im happy that they played it again, and I am sad that I did not see the tour...

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 06:12 AM

TMMB is a wicked instrumental.  I really like the guitar riff in the loud section... not sure what the hell you call it.  La Villa will always be number one though.  Oddly, (because a lot of people love YYZ) my least favourite instrumental is YYZ.  It's kind of boring and the drum solos are pretty basic compared to Neil's other in-song solos.

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 11:56 AM

The reason you don't like YYZ is because other people like it? Lol. It's a great track, specially the dueling drums & bass sections. I wouldn't have said it was boring at all, but if you've listened to anything enough times it can start to grate on you.



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