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3 stars Earnest & humble beginnings.

The hard rock or heavy metal (considered at the time) debut of Rush. It's definitely not a prog record. Maybe a couple of minuscule hints at prog like maybe the beginning of Before & After and uh maybe thats it! On this record, Rush's influences are front and center. A lot of Zep, some Humble Pie, some Cream and some Who in there as well. Definitely a step up in terms of musicianship from other typical hard rock bands at the time but still a ways to go in terms of originality. Already you can hear Geddy's bass stepping out to the fore and Alex's guitar sounding comparable to some of his influences, the solo in Working Man shows that he is already on the road to virtuosity even though he soon abandoned this style not too long after this record. John Rutsey, not exactly a powerhouse drummer, keeps time with aplomb without much authority but with precision and simplicity. A fun album nonetheless, worth a listen especially since we all know what they have become.

ster | 3/5 |


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