I think the Victor album is pretty underratedAwesome stuff. Two major observations I had:
1: Even on stage, Neil’s drums sounded very tinny and thin at the time. Was he tuning them higher?
2: Alex’s playing is really good, better than pretty much anything heard on a Rush album since the 70s. His lines are much smoother and there’s a bit more technical ability present than what was captured on the albums. I even hear shades of Alan Holdsworth.
It’s too bad he never did much outside of Rush to really show off his playing. Even when they got back to a more guitar driven rock sound their playing remained restrained. That’s not a bad thing of course, but it would’ve been cool to hear Alex on a G3 tour or something.