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RUSH; "Chronicles: the DVD Collection" (Anthem/Mercury) ***

It's the DVD that was almost 25 years in the making.

Rush released the multimillion-selling "Chronicles" boxed set in 1990, a collection that represented the band's best works from 1977 to the big '90. In an attempt to coincide with that release, the Canadian progressive rock group — bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson — released a VHS of the same name that year.

Well, it's 2002, and the band's former record company has decided it's time to put those imaginative videos on DVD. The result is a 63-minute Rush fest that includes not only videos of the band's trademark symphonic rock anthems, such as "Closer to the Heart," "The Trees" and "Tom Sawyer," but also such keyboard, pop-oriented selections such as "Subdivisions," "The Big Money" and "Time Stand Still" (the latter features some vocal and camera-angle help from former Til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann).

New to this package are two previously unreleased videos — "The Enemy Within" and "Afterimage," which were taken from the band's 1984 release "Grace Under Pressure."

At any rate, all the songs and images have been digitally remastered for high-resolution visuals and crystal clear audio output. It will be a must for Rush fans, now that the two "new" songs have been included.

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