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Formed in Toronto, Canada in 1968

RUSH are a pioneering line-up of Seventies Progressive rock, who influenced many Prog, hard-rock and heavy metal bands. This Canadian band is composed of bassist, singer and keyboard player Geddy LEE, guitarist Alex LIFESON and renowned drummer Neil PEART. In 1974 John RUTSEY was replaced by Peart who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter. Acclaimed for their instrumental virtuosity, their lyrics and longevity, throughout their 40+ year career they've proved to be the masters of their respective instruments while creating challenging yet popular music. They have the record for the third most consecutive gold or platinum albums for a band on the US album chart behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, a brief summary of the band's career ...
Through the history of RUSH, they have passed through many distinct phases. Every one of these phases represents a triumph in music, allowing the band to move on. As at the end of all of RUSH's phases, a live LP was released. This tradition began with "All The World's A Stage", recorded live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Since then, the group has released three additional live albums: the best selling "Exit... Stage Left" (1981), "A Show of Hands" (1989), and the three-disc set "Different Stages" (1998), which encompasses three decades of the group's music.

FIRST PHASE (1974-1976):
In the beginning, they started off as hard rock blues outfit with John-boy before he left and Neil came in, bringing his sci-fi mind into the works. The music seems to be a transition between straight-ahead rock tunes and more complex progressive tracks. "Caress of Steel" is a landmark album in the history of RUSH. Lyrically and musically, "2112" was a masterpiece. This multi-platinum release remains one of RUSH's best-selling albums.

SECOND PHASE (1977-1981):
They moved headlong into progressive rock in the later part of the decade, starting with the album previous and right on to their massive breakthrough, 1981's "Moving Pictures". Synthesizers were now employed by the band, played in the studio and on stage by Geddy. This was the end of transition from long epic pieces to shorter, more concise, and intricate songs. "Permanent Waves" is widely considered to be second only to "Moving Pictures" as RUSH's finest achievement.

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RUSH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.94 | 1117 ratings
Rush
1974
3.37 | 1249 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.54 | 1307 ratings
Caress Of Steel
1975
4.11 | 2161 ratings
2112
1976
4.33 | 2304 ratings
A Farewell to Kings
1977
4.37 | 2492 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.28 | 2131 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.39 | 2932 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1362 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 1176 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 1028 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.26 | 935 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.18 | 861 ratings
Presto
1989
3.09 | 878 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.75 | 940 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.87 | 855 ratings
Test for Echo
1996
3.42 | 869 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.57 | 981 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1105 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

RUSH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 473 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.04 | 592 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.50 | 426 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.34 | 396 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.84 | 360 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.22 | 209 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.62 | 230 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.94 | 182 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.56 | 69 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.42 | 167 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.39 | 70 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
3.98 | 100 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
3.94 | 22 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri - 14 February 1980
2015
4.35 | 46 ratings
R40 Live
2015

RUSH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 142 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.41 | 40 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
4.00 | 112 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
3.98 | 120 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.04 | 88 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.35 | 284 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 269 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.08 | 141 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 152 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.80 | 45 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.68 | 289 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.19 | 82 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.93 | 108 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.94 | 68 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
4.85 | 11 ratings
R 40 (DVD Box Set)
2014
4.42 | 54 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.36 | 22 ratings
Time Stand Still
2016

RUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 60 ratings
Archives
1978
2.74 | 25 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.56 | 111 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.35 | 77 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.19 | 74 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.22 | 81 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.13 | 57 ratings
Gold
2006
2.92 | 54 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.78 | 43 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.82 | 29 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.33 | 29 ratings
Icon
2010
4.19 | 42 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.56 | 46 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.55 | 45 ratings
Sector 3
2011
4.86 | 7 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
3.29 | 7 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.24 | 31 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
3.53 | 21 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.21 | 14 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary Edition)
2020

RUSH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.01 | 39 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.82 | 28 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
2.67 | 6 ratings
In The Mood
1974
5.00 | 2 ratings
Bastille Day
1975
3.09 | 30 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.10 | 30 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.60 | 37 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.70 | 38 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.31 | 21 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.48 | 14 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.14 | 50 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.85 | 44 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.96 | 55 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.18 | 11 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.90 | 10 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.23 | 12 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.90 | 10 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.15 | 39 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.59 | 37 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Afterimage
1984
3.11 | 38 ratings
The Big Money
1986
4.00 | 7 ratings
Prime Mover
1987
4.50 | 6 ratings
Closer To The Heart
1989
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Pass
1989
2.84 | 19 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
4.00 | 6 ratings
Roll The Bones
1992
1.89 | 20 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
3.05 | 25 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.33 | 27 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.85 | 206 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.53 | 41 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.10 | 134 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.59 | 78 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Garden
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014
4.40 | 5 ratings
Roll The Bones
2015

RUSH Reviews


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 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.28 | 2131 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

5 stars Permanent Waves by Rush is Rush's seventh studio album, which released in January of 1980. Permanent Waves is an amazing Rush album without a bad song on it, the instrumentation by everyone is great, and the production is clean. With songs like The Spirit Of Radio, Freewill, and Jacobs Ladder you cant go wrong with picking this up. I do not think this is Rush's best album but I cant help but give this a 5 out of 5. Its an excellent addition to any progressive rock or classic rock collection. And its one of my favorite albums of all time.
 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.39 | 2932 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

5 stars Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by the Canadian band Rush, which released on February 12, 1981. Moving Pictures is considered to be one of Rush's best work, and with classic songs such as Tom Sawyer, Limelight, and YYZ its easy to see why. The album contains excellent instrumentation from everyone in the band, heavy production, and fantastic songwriting and lyrics. Honestly I do not think there is a dull song on the album. While not my favorite Rush album, I will still give it a 5/5 because its such a important album in Rush's catalog, and for that, it deserves all the love it gets.
 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2161 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

4 stars Rush's 2112 is a excellent album and definitely a essential album in any prog rock collection. This is really all thanks to the first song on the track 2112 Overture. 2112 Overture tells the story of a distant future society where creativity and self expression is outlawed. And our protagonist stumbles upon a guitar in a cave. He then takes his new found discovery to the priests who rule. And they tell him that the guitar is a waste of time and a danger to there modern society. And this dwells on him and drives him to suicide. The song outlines the importance of freedom and self expression, as a lot of rush songs do. This epic 20 minute track instantly makes the album a masterpiece. However I do have one complaint. The expectations that this song sets is too high to make the rest of the album as enjoyable. and it personally left me bored. So if I were to listen to this album again I would start on the back side. 4/5
 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.39 | 2932 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars Review #87

So, this album is considered one of the most amazing albums in RUSH's discography and in all the Progressive Rock genre; if you go to ProgArchives' top 100 albums right now you'll find this album in the 17th place while "Hemispheres" is in the 20th place, "A farewell to kings" is in the 32nd place and "2112" is not even included in the top, I just can't agree with that.

Just as in "Permanent waves" the first tracks of the album are the most interesting ones while the ones approaching the end of the album got regular and even kind of boring. I've been reading a lot of reviews about this album and I just can't get what is what people find so majestic about this record. "Tom Sawyer", "Red Barchetta" and "YYZ" are brilliant, I don't deny that but (in my humble opinion) after that the songs are played with a huge lack of inspiration and the album doesn't have too many interesting moments; not even the almost 11-minute suite "The camera eye" gives me the vibe of an iconic song but only an average song with nothing amazing to discover in.

I really don't believe that 3 songs out of 7 could give an album the reputation of an indispensable masterpiece of Progressive Rock music. I'm sorry for not being able to appreciate the greatness that everyone seems to catch in this record.

 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.28 | 2131 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #86

RUSH's seventh studio album was released in 1980 and it was called "Permanent waves"; the album featured six songs from 4 to 9 minutes average and even when the band preserved the Progressive Hard Rock style that characterized their previous albums, this record was different: more oriented to short and not-so-full-of-guitar- and-drums-solos type of music that would later become in the sound that RUSH kept in the eighties. This album was like the transition from one style to another.

"The spirit of radio" is one of the most popular songs of RUSH: its unmistakable guitar riff is unique; this is my favorite song of the album. "Freewill" is also very popular among the fans of the Canadian trio. About the following songs of the album, well, they have very interesting moments but nothing really impressive if we compare it with the three previous albums. Probably "Jacob's ladder" and "Natural science" were my next picks from this record, but I like those in a very neutral way, they're not mind-blowing but only entertained.

I like this album more than "Moving pictures", but not as much as "Hemispheres" so the rate would be right in the middle.

 Hemispheres by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.37 | 2492 ratings

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Hemispheres
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #85

The amazing Hard Progressive Rock that RUSH developed in "2112" and "A farewell to kings" reached its climax in their definitive and absolute masterpiece from 1978 "Hemispheres"; in this record, PEART, LEE, and LIFESON showed a musical maturity creating the most ambitious and complex of their compositions. Even when the following albums "Permanent waves" and especially "Moving pictures" are regularly considered as masterpieces, I truly believe this was the last album of RUSH that deserved such a label.

1.- Cygnus X-1 Book II (18:08): If the first song of the album is as amazing as this, you can be sure the rest of the album would be terrific; from the very beginning of the piece we can appreciate LIFESON's dexterity with the guitar. Aggressive guitar riffs, killing drums and very concise basslines combined with the sensual touch of the synthesizers and PEART's crazy lyrics made this song an intense masterpiece. This song is the second part of 'Cygnus X-1', a song from 'A farewell to kings'; it talks about two Greek gods: Apollo (god of the Sun and the arts who represents the left hemisphere of the brain which is more used by logical thinkers) and Dionysus (god of wine and fertility who represents the right side of the brain which is used by more sensitive people), the war that these two gods and their people had and how they choose Cygnus to bring peace and balance between the two hemispheres and their people. The structure and the length of this song are very similar to YES's 'Close to the Edge'.

2.- Circumstances (03:44): As the previous RUSH albums did, 'Hemispheres' included short songs in the middle part of the album; 'Circumstances' is one of those songs that had become classics in the live performances of the band.

3.- The trees (04:45): This is actually my favorite song of the album; once again Neil PEART's lyrics talk about wars between fictitious characters: this time those characters were talking trees.

4.- La villa strangiato (09:34): I saw a meme once that said something like 'drummers need metronomes and metronomes need Neil PEART' and I really think this song is a perfect example of how real that statement is. Neil PEART is considered by lots of people (me included) as the best drummer in all rock history, his technique of switching the signatures and patterns is unique and in 'Hemispheres' he managed to create one of the hardest drum lines ever. Also, LIFESON's guitar and LEE's bass and synthesizers made intense and majestic participation in the structure of this piece.

'Hemispheres' is one of the most unbelievable albums in Progressive Rock history, probably the best one from 1978 and the last RUSH album featuring this quality of compositions.

 A Farewell to Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.33 | 2304 ratings

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A Farewell to Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #84

Continuing with RUSH my next review will be about "A farewell to kings".

An album that has become one of the favorites of many RUSH fans all over the world (me included) features some of the more blasting guitar riffs and drum lines that the band never played but in here the band started to experiment with synthesizers as well (they started it in "2112" but certainly, they took it to the next level in "Farewell"). The music the Canadian guys developed in this album and in the definitive masterpiece "Hemispheres" gave the album a quality that none of their albums from the '80s, '90s, or 21st century never had.

1.- A farewell to kings (05:53): The opening track of the album starts with a majestic classic guitar arrangement played by Alex LIFESON and then it explodes into a beautiful Hard Rock piece. I don't know if it is just me, but I feel that Geddy LEE sang this song particularly strong whilst his fingers were jumping intensely over the bass strings. This is an excellent overture.

2.- Xanadu (11:07): One of the most important songs in RUSH's discography; an absolute masterpiece of Progressive Rock. The song starts with a soft vibe of occasional percussions accompanied by the windy sounds of Geddy LEE's Minimoog until the guitar line and punchy drums appear. The song turns more aggressive when its definitive riff appears and Neil PEART starts intercalating the tempos. The changes from a soft slow ballad with sensual electronic sounds to Hard Rock passages are delightful.

3.- Closer to the heart (02:54): This is almost the shortest song of the album but even so it's one of the most popular ones. It starts slow and soft with intense drumming but an acoustic guitar, then it changes to a more intense rock section with a nice guitar solo that reminds a lot to the "Fly by night" album.

4.- Cinderella man (04:22): Another classic tune that came out "A farewell to kings"; also a favorite in several compilation albums of RUSH. Not a very long song either, but with a lot of resemblance to "Something for nothing". It is a pure strong rock with scarce but yet very precise acoustic lines.

5.- Madrigal (02:35): The shortest and softest song of the album; the guitar riff is concise but the bass line has more presence here. The drums are not very complex for what Neil PEART was capable to do.

6.- Cygnus X-I (10:21): The song starts with strange voice sounds, pretty similar to the ending of "2112" but around minute two the mathematical drumming and the intense guitar riff start to punch and give the song its unique sound. This complex Hard Rock piece is a great way to close the album. This song is also the first chapter of a two-song epic story that would be ended in the next album "Hemispheres". It talks about some sort of space traveler riding a spaceship called the "Rocinante" who gets absorbed and destroyed by a black hole in the Cygnus constellation. The second part of this story would be part of "Hemispheres".

"A farewell to kings" is a historical record filled with several immortal songs by one of the most (I believe it's the most) influential rock bands in history. Absolutely essential

 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2161 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #76

I didn't realize that when I started writing this review it was precisely 21/12, so sad I didn't finish it on time.

This was actually the first Progressive Rock album that I've ever heard: I was 10 years old and I had absolutely no idea of what the hell Prog was. My cousin Jorge (who is only four years older than me) came to my house one time with a disc holder in which he kept his favorite albums so he can listen to them in his Discman (it was 2004, there were no iPods and the travel by bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca City is a seven hours journey).

Along with some non-progressive rock bands such as KASHMIR, MUSE and THE MUSIC, he introduced me to the Progressive Rock of THE MARS VOLTA's "De-loused in the comatorium" and RUSH's "2112"; I expanded just a little bit my musical taste that back in those days was founded on KISS, THE RAMONES, MOLOTOV and GREEN DAY. It was actually until 2009 (when I started listening to Progressive Rock) that I re-discovered the album and finally fell in love with it.

--- A SIDE ---

1.- 2112 (20:33): The opening track of the album is a phenomenal twenty minute suite that talks about a post-apocalyptical age of time running in the year 2112, when the music is an unknown part of human history and the Priests run over the world and live in The Temples of Syrinx. The song is divided into seven parts that would function really well as individual songs but altogether function much better.

I) Overture: As the name of the first part claims, this is the overture of the song: it is a 4 and a half minute piece that is completely instrumental until its very end when we can hear just one line "and the Meek shall inherit the Earth". The music in this section is absolutely mind-blowing: all the bass, the guitar and the drums were played with very aggressive patrons and the addition of the synthesizer ARP Odyssey played by Hugh SYME gave it a very spacey atmosphere that went perfect with the thematic of the song (it reminds me a lot to HAWKWIND).

II) The temples of Syrinx: The second part continues with the intense hard rock only the melody changes completely; unfortunately this part is really short and the third chapter is not intense hard rock but a soft slow melody. The chapter explains how the Priests who live in the temples of Syrinx have controlled the population and blocked all creativity and individualism.

III) Discovery: This is a very soft melody that starts with water sounds and a very calm guitar, then LEE sings and the guitar starts to play faster until it changes to a more rhythmic tune. In this chapter a man discovers a guitar and he starts to play it so he discovers the lost art of music.

IV) Presentation: More strong Hard Rock with powerful guitar riffs and drums; the instrumental final includes one of the most intense guitar solos of the album. At this chapter of the song the unnamed man takes his beautiful discovery to the Priests at the temples, he is really excited to "share this new wonder and to show what it can do" but he finds out that the priests knew about this "waste of time" and they're not interested in any silly device from the ancient days. The priests destroy the guitar and banish the man.

V) Oracle: the dream: This section of the song starts with a very calm guitar line and a soft sung part and then it changes to a more hard rocky section. At this chapter the man dreams about a planet in which the creative people live.

VI) Soliloquy: Another song that starts with a quiet melody and changes to a rockier section. The man wakes up and realizes he will never be part of that civilization so he kills himself in depression.

VII) Grand final: It's just an instrumental ending of the song; the drums in here are particularly amazing. The end of the story is confusing and hard to interpret.

--- B SIDE ---

2.- A passage to Bangkok (03:34): The first song of the second side of the LP is a slow tempo rock song with a well marked riff. This is a song about weed and the best places to get it (the song mentions several cities and countries from around the globe with fame of growing good weed such as Bogota, Jamaica, Acapulco, Morocco, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Katmandu).

3.- The twilight zone (03:19): Maybe the most oriented to Progressive Rock from the B-side: the atmosphere this song gives is very mystic; the lyrics are inspired in the television science fiction show with the same name.

4.- Lessons (03:52): This song was written by Alex LIFESON. It starts with an acoustic guitar line increasing its volume until the drums and bass appear and then the lyrics do it to. It is a very cheerful melody with intense rock in the chorus.

5.- Tears (03:34): This song was written by Geddy LEE. This is a very beautiful acoustic soft ballad with the addition of the mellotron played on studio by Hugh SYME (LEE plays it himself at live shows).

6.- Something for nothing (03:57): Probably the most iconic song from the B-side of the album; this hard rock piece with that unmistakable guitar riff became a favorite in RUSH's concerts over the years.

I have heard this album so many times that I could not count them and I still find new things that I haven't noticed before. "A farewell to kings", "Hemispheres" and even "Permanent waves" and "Moving pictures" have higher rates in ProgArchives than "2112"; I believe this is an amazing and underrated masterpiece.

5 stars without hesitation

 Caress Of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.54 | 1307 ratings

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Caress Of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #75

With this album RUSH started to experiment and improvise with some progressive elements that they didn't have in their first two recordings; "The necromancer" and of course "The fountain of Lamneth" are quite long for the average songs the band were making before and contain very interesting and obscure lyrics by PEART.

The first three tracks of the album are in the same vein of the "Rush" and "Fly by night" albums, so there was nothing really new in their style coming from those; "Bastille day" has become a favorite on RUSH concerts and compilation albums. Probably this is not an absolute masterpiece and it is probably not 100% Progressive Rock but it is an introduction to the three following albums: the absolute masterpieces "2112", "A farewell to kings" and "Hemispheres".

 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.37 | 1249 ratings

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Fly By Night
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #74

Who doesn't know the album with the huge blue owl in the cover?

"Fly by night" was published in 1975 with the addition of Neil PEART as the new drummer (replacing John RUTSEY) and as the main lyricist. Unlike the debut album of this Canadian power trio, this album shows a musical maturity and a well marked path that would be improved in the following albums (especially the ones in the seventies).

Songs as "By-tor and the snow dog", "Anthem" and of course the title track "Fly by night" have become classics in the repertoire of the band; "Rivendell" is a beautiful acoustic melody obviously inspired in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and that kind of soft acoustic ballad would be also present in posterior RUSH albums ("Tears" in 2112 is a great example).

Mind-blowing guitar solos, powerful bass lines and of course the drum patterns that only Neil PEART could create along with the lyrics that only Neil PEART could write made of this album a cornerstone in RUSH's discography. Maybe it is not one of their most amazing albums but it is the seed from where the huge tree was born.

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