GUITAR MAN RUSSELL “SKIP” GILDERSLEEVE R.I.P.
Russell “Skip” Gildersleeve has passed away on September 17, 2013. He was 57. Among musicians, Skip was the guitar tech who had worked with Bob Seger, Rush and Steely Dan, among others. As a music fan, Skip had even reached out to other fans across the sea, generously offering music either for sharing or for personal listening (in instances where sharing was not possible). As a result, BigO readers benefiited whenever there was an Evil Dr Louie or Lincoln Park Mark offering to be shared - that’s Skip giving props to a place he loved.
We shall miss you Skip.
[There’s no online obituary posted yet but Skip’s passing has been confirmed on a few websites.]
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Power Run [Cygnus 008/009, 2CD]
Live at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA; April 16, 1986. Excellent stereo soundboard.
This show has circulated as Visions And Illusions - Version 2.01 (Digital Productions, 2003) and then ungraded to Visions And Illusions - Version 2.02 (Paradiddle). Then in 2008, Cygnus put out Power Run.
Unlike Visions And Illusions, the added attraction on Power Run is the Tough Break bonus track on Disc Two by The Fab Pros. Recorded at Le Studio, Moran Heights, Quebec, Canada in 1981, the song is performed by Rush and Friends during the mixing of Exit… Stage Left. The Friends are keyboard tech Jack Secret on bass and vocals; and bass tech Skip Gildersleeve on guitar. It is a nice inclusion showing the band having fun and involving the crew, who delivered the goods in spades.
Perhaps The Friends and Rush might be more apt. On Signals Tour Book, Rush’s drummer and lyricist Neil Peart wrote: “We were getting a little bored with inactivity. During the mixing of Exit… Stage Left, there was really not much for us to do except say ‘it sounds good’ or ‘it doesn’t sound good’.
“I had been working down in the little studio, cleaning and renovating an old set of Hayman drums that were kicking around, and had started working on a Jack Secret song with Jack and Skip from the crew. Geddy and Alex soon joined in on keyboards and rhythm guitar, and we later recorded the song (Tough Break) up in the studio.”
Over at digitalrushexperience.com, geddywannabe commented on Visions And Illusions - Version 2.02: “This is one of those ‘wow’ shows and one of the Rush must-haves. This is probably the best version to get of this show as it contains the ENTIRE concert, unlike the truncated ‘Mystic Dreams,’ and has speed-corrected all the tracks… This is probably the BEST show to be awed by the dextrous majesty of Mr. Geddy Lee. Every note is crystal clear and you can hear parts that aren’t always easy to pick out on album - listen for instance to the outro portion of ‘New World Man’ and then pick your jaw up off the floor. This bootleg easily ranks among the 10 best of Rush out there.”
With the entertaining bonus track, Cygnus’s Power Run is the disc to own. Still, one wonders if the Cygnus tracks were the same as those on Visions And Illusions - Version 2.02.
Thanks to Evil Dr. Louie for sharing the tracks.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. Three Stooges Intro (1.8MB)
Track 102. The Spirit Of Radio (8.2MB)
Track 103. Limelight (8.2MB)
Track 104. The Big Money (9.6MB)
Track 105. New World Man (6.8MB)
Track 106. Subdivisions (9.4MB)
Track 107. The Manhattan Project (9.1MB)
Track 108. Middletown Dreams (8.3MB)
Track 109. Witch Hunt (8.4MB)
Track 110. Red Sector A (7.9MB)
Track 201. Closer To The Heart (9.8MB)
Track 202. Marathon (10.5MB)
Track 203. The Trees (7.9MB)
Track 204. Mystic Rhythms (8.7MB)
Track 205. Distant Early Warning (11.4MB)
Track 206. Territories (10.3B)
Track 207. YYZ (5.4MB)
Track 208. Drum Solo (9.1MB)
Track 209. Tough Break (6.8MB)
Jam session, Le Studio, Moran Heights, Quebec, Canada; 1981; with Jack Secret on bass and vocals; and Skip Gildersleeve on guitar.
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