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CARESS OF STEEL

Rush

 

Heavy Prog

3.54 | 925 ratings

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sv_godspeed
4 stars its not hard to see why some folks would see this as inconsistent or pretentious or bombastic. yes, it is all of that - and thats what makes it a 4-star.

remember, this was 1975. remember, this was only Rush's 3rd album. remember Fly By Night's inspired pieces like By Tor...remember that this is Peart's view of the world. that should put things in perspective.

personally, i started of with Moving Pictures and Power Windows and yes, THAT Rush. when i discovered that Rush were not always THAT Rush, by discovering 2112, i was intrigued.

besides "Chronicles", which was the only compilation available on CD at the time, doesn't really do justice to Caress Of Steel by including Bastille Day and Lakeside Park. but then again, what else would they do? this album has only 3 other songs - The Necromancer at 12:30 and The Fountain of Lamneth at 19:50 and they were too lazy to edit enough to capture the essence (like they did with 2112 since it was, after all, 2112!). also, maybe they didn't think it would be much good marketing if they included a song with an absurd title like " I think I'm Going Bald"...

like i said at the beginning, Caress Of Steel is inconsistent, pretentious and bombastic. and it was meant to be exactly that.the Rush that we would come to know over the years in various forms, moods and textures always retained those key elements.

sv_godspeed | 4/5 |

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