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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This is the record that made RUSH famous. I heard Geddy once say he felt this was their best work and it's pretty hard to disagree with that statement even if it's not my favourite RUSH album.

The record starts with "Tom Sawyer" a song that has been played to death, yet i'm still not tired of it. What an intro though ! Slowly pounding drums and some great synth work from Geddy. Alex follows with a scorching guitar solo, and check out the drumming throughout this song ! "Red Barchetta" is simply a great sci-fi story told through a song. It's such an uplifting tune and the chase section is classic. This song flows so well, and like "Witch Hunt" and "The Camera Eye" RUSH has the ability to bring the story to life, you can visualise what you hear like reading a good book. "YYZ" is only second to "La Villa Strangiata" as my favourite RUSH instrumental. This is so complex with background synths. Y-Y-Z is a transmitter code for the Toronto International Airport and they open it with a 10/8 rhythm which is actually morse code for those initials. "Limelight" is one of their best songs ever and it's about being thrust into the public eye and trying to deal with it. The guitar throughout sort of grinds away until a mournful "Permanent Waves"-like solo arrives. Lifeson recently said in an interview that this solo is still his favourite to play live after all these years. "The Camera Eye" is about the people of New York and London and how they rush around their cities oblivious to their surroundings. I can't get enough of this amazing song. The drumming is incredible and check out Alex after 9 minutes. "Witch Hunt (Fear part III)" has such vivid imagery to open with the sounds of a mob on the hunt. Dark and ominous with lots of synths played by Hugh Syme. "Vital Signs" as others have noted has a POLICE flavour to it as the bass and drums lead the way. Great tune. And RUSH were certainly fans of THE POLICE back then. In my opinion this is the last of five straight masterpieces.This period of RUSH is unequaled in prog history. Ok, I guess you could say i'm a fanboy.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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