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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.

THIRD PHASE (1982-1989):
RUSH embraced the 1980s sound...
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RUSH discography


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

2.88 | 787 ratings
Rush
1974
3.33 | 859 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.53 | 931 ratings
Caress of Steel
1975
4.09 | 1516 ratings
2112
1976
4.35 | 1556 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.38 | 1679 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.31 | 1441 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.41 | 2000 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 963 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 841 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.53 | 734 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.28 | 672 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.14 | 623 ratings
Presto
1989
3.06 | 636 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 689 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.84 | 630 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.43 | 652 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.58 | 737 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.97 | 771 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 338 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.02 | 425 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.46 | 308 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.37 | 298 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.78 | 265 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.19 | 136 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.58 | 180 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.98 | 131 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.56 | 47 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.30 | 109 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.29 | 41 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
4.21 | 40 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.93 | 105 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.34 | 33 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
3.98 | 98 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.00 | 88 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
2.92 | 64 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.33 | 220 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.41 | 223 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.04 | 125 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 126 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.71 | 37 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.66 | 228 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.18 | 66 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.84 | 78 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.84 | 27 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.39 | 50 ratings
Archives
1978
2.72 | 24 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.58 | 85 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.28 | 59 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.15 | 56 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.11 | 71 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.09 | 47 ratings
Gold
2006
2.84 | 45 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.74 | 36 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.85 | 26 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.37 | 26 ratings
Icon
2010
4.27 | 37 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.61 | 40 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.65 | 41 ratings
Sector 3
2011
3.67 | 3 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.09 | 13 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013

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

2.00 | 34 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.78 | 22 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
1.15 | 4 ratings
In The Mood
1974
2.82 | 21 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.00 | 24 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.44 | 29 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.55 | 28 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.26 | 18 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.17 | 5 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.04 | 40 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.72 | 38 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.91 | 45 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
3.83 | 6 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.00 | 4 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
2.00 | 1 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.11 | 33 ratings
New World Man
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.44 | 29 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
2.99 | 32 ratings
The Big Money
1986
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Pass
1989
2.71 | 15 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
1.86 | 18 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
2.95 | 20 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.35 | 24 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.81 | 170 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.47 | 35 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.08 | 124 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.57 | 70 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
2.00 | 1 ratings
7 and 7 is
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 The Trees by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.17 | 5 ratings

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The Trees
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars Ah, 'The Trees'... One of my favourite RUSH songs! Taken from Hemispheres (1978), which I probably would pick up as my favourite Rush album. This is simply a perfect prog rock song of under five minutes. Energetic and catchy but not too straight-forward or an ear-worm; it keeps on playing in your memory if you want it to, because it has really powerful melodies. The metaphoric story written by Peart was originally inspired by a cartoon drawing, if I remember right. When each participant in a conflict is blindly driven by greed, there are no winners, only losers. The trees are kept equal "by hatchet, axe, and saw." The music perfectly follows the drama.

'Circumstances' is in my opinion the weakest track of Hemispheres. Too bad Rush didn't much make non-album tracks for their single releases. The lyrics of this heavier and more straight-forward song deal with Peart's disappointing time in London before joining Rush.

Quite a logical and functionable pair of songs for a single, but fans must naturally have the whole album. 3 stars rounded down for the uninteresting cover design.

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 Counterparts  by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.76 | 689 ratings

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Counterparts
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Review by TCat

4 stars On this album, Rush takes an obvious step away from the keyboards that are so prevalent in most of their albums since "Signals" and they make an album that is a lot more guitar oriented. This doesn't mean that you get an album with crazy guitar hooks and solos that you got from the Rush of the 70s, but you do get a solid album. Most of the songs on this album are well written and the band feels more at home here than they did on "Roll the Bones". This album has some of the better lyrics than they have had for quite a while. To me, this album compares more to "Presto" than it does to the weak "Roll the Bones", except for the fact that it is more guitar centered. Geddy's vocals are in top form here, at least his post 70s style vocals are at their best. The bass in this one is more subdued which was a disappointment for me on this one though. I've always loved the bass sound with Rush.

One of the things that I have notice with the post 70s albums is that it takes longer for the songs to grow on you and when they do they all acquire a life of their own, but before they do, they can sound too much alike. That's quite okay though, the payoff is worth it on the better albums, and this one is one of the better 90's albums.

There has been a lot said about this album already and as you can see from the reviews, the ratings are all over the place, which is pretty much what one can expect from Rush's albums released during this stage in their discography. There really isn't much more to add since this album has been reviewed a lot already, but I will say that I consider this an excellent album, but it is not one of their greatest, so I don't consider it essential. 4 stars.

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 Clockwork Angels by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.97 | 771 ratings

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Clockwork Angels
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Review by TCat

5 stars This album has so many reviews already (as do most Rush albums), but a long-time fan has to have his say and add to the accolades that have already been made by the many reviews already written. All three of the regular members of the band are still present and still in top form. The production is excellent, the music great, and the songs are still new and original, not rehashed and there are no attempts to copy past successes by regurgitating old material. Everything is in place for an excellent album. Does it work? The answer is a big yes! One of the most influential bands are still doing what they do best in the best way possible. If you are looking for a full-fledged return to pre-Moving Picture albums, you won't find it here. But you get one of the best albums since then. It's better than "Fly By Night" and "Roll the Bones" by a long shot. It's on par with "Hemispheres" and "Presto" (yes I'm a "Presto" fan and not a "Fly By Night" fan), but not quite as good as "A Farewell to Kings" or "2112" or "Moving Pictures", so I'm stuck on giving it an almost essential rating of 4.5 stars. But since that is impossible to do here, and since I tend to lean towards masterpiece status on this album, I will round that up to 5 stars. Overall a great album. A lot of great highlights throughout the album and even a few excellent slower songs. Some great strings intermixed in a few tracks, heavy reliance on bass which is never a bad thing, a lot less irritating keyboards and what is there is quite tasteful and up to date, and very guitar driven here. I'm still missing those epic guitar solos of yesteryear, but this is still amazing and up there with some of their best, and there are still a lot more instrumental breaks than there tended to be on some of the 80s albums. Geddy's vocals are a little more shaky at times and in a lower register, but he still shines and they grow on you, but they always did have to grow on you, didn't they? Anyway, other reviewers have already told you the highlights of the album. It is consistently good throughout in my opinion. Everyone will always have their favorites anyway. So if you are still hesitating even now that most of the hoopla over a new album is over, then it's time for you to take the plunge. Statistics show that you will love this one!

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 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 1516 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Geddygirl

5 stars The beginning for me of a lifelong relationship with a band that sung the story of my life. My first Rush album in 1976 when I was sixteen and very impressionable. The epic tale told through marvelous lyrics and music made my imagination soar. The unique, progressive tunes captured my soul and never let go. It is an album I have shared with many friends and family from multiple generations, always looking into their eyes to see if they felt the magic. Some did, some didn't ...... those that did have the same blessings I have had....to have a band there creating, evolving, willing to take chances, not conforming to to pressure from peers or record companies. I am proud to say this was my first Rush album and it will always possess greatness to those that souls resonate when listening to it. Woooohooooo!!! and I am one :) :) :)

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 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 931 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars So many reviewers are saying that Caress of Steel is so underrated. Others say it feels unfinished and unpolished. I agree with both. It is probably the least sold of all of their albums. The first time I had heard this one is when I bought the "Archives" 3 disc set which was all three of their first albums in one set. Out of the first three, this was my favorite. I enjoyed the debut album "Rush" even though it wasn't prog at all, I was disappointed in "Fly By Night" and I loved this one, especially "The Necromancer".

"The Necromancer" suite (the fourth track) is the one of the best Rush songs ever and should be considered one of their classics, but it is usually ignored. It clocks in at over 12 minutes and is the tightest that the band appears on this album. In my opinion, it is the reason to get your hands on this album. Amazingly hard in some places, especially the 2nd movement. That tempo shift in the middle of that movement was the loudest and most thrashing guitar solo that existed at the time. Even now it holds up to anything current. What an amazing song, and up to that point, their best attempt at hard, progressive rock to date. Outstanding.

Other than that, the first 3 tracks are shorter songs, the first 2 being great rockers and the 3rd is a more mellow song, not a lot of progressiveness here, but still good enough and somewhat similar to side 2 of "2112" (which was their breakout album and next in the discography). "Bastille Day" could be compared to anything on the debut album except a little more hard and slightly more progressive. "I Think I'm Going Bald" is possibly more like a radio hit along the lines of the song "Fly By Night". "Lakeside Park" is a reflective song and less interesting of the three.

The last track is another longer suite also centered around a theme/story. This one is probably the reason why people feel the album is unpolished and incomplete, because that is what I felt when first listening to the album. However, you can understand where the "2112" suite came from when listening to this because there are some similarities, even though it isn't as good. There are a lot of heavy and mellow passages. The drum solo that makes up the 2nd part of this suite is awesome, but short. Unfortunately, it still adds to the inconsistent feeling of the suite. I believe the main part and best part of this suite is in the 3rd part which has a great slow guitar solo. The fault in this particular suite that I think discounts the opinions of most people who listen to this album is the suite ends without any kind of explosive climax like most of their long pieces and the suite never returns back to the amazing sound of the 3rd part. The 4th part, "Panacea" however is a beautiful acoustic ballad, but unfortunately is the last highlight of the album and there are 2 more underwhelming parts to the suite that end the album. This is probably why most consider the album not on the same par as the other heavy masterworks that the band would produce subsequently. To make matters worse, on the Archive collection (which I owned on 8 track) the suite is presented out of order and intermixed with other tracks. I didn't even know it was a suite until I got the vinyl version.

Anyway, I love this album despite it's flaws and it remains one of my favorite Rush releases, mainly because of "The Necromancer". But there are enough other redeeming qualities that make it worthwhile in my opinion. I find it an excellent addition to my prog collection and will rate it at a strong 4 stars. The best is yet to come though.

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 Clockwork Angels Tour by RUSH album cover Live, 2013
4.21 | 40 ratings

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Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by tarkus1980
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4 stars I can very easily envision a scenario in which a casual fan would have attended one of the shows on this tour and come away feeling angry. Perhaps the band felt that its live shows had gotten a bit too predictable, especially in regards to leaning excessively on material from Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, because this album shows the band mixing things up a lot. Until the 4-track run of "YYZ"/"The Spirit of Radio"/"Tom Sawyer"/"2112" at the very end ("Limelight" is also in the bonus tracks), the earliest the band goes with its material is Signals, and this means a lot of focus on the stretch from Signals to Roll the Bones (Presto is ignored in the main show but has "The Pass" in the bonus tracks). Furthermore, the band plays a whopping ten of the twelve tracks from Clockwork Angels (sadly leaving out "B.U.2.B" but including "Caravan"), with a full string section to accompany them (they also stick around after the Clockwork Angels set finishes up). It's not hard at all for me to see somebody coming out feeling a little pissed off that they dropped $150 on Rush but didn't hear "Free Will," "Natural Science," "La Villa Strangiato," "Red Barchetta" or a bunch of others.

While this clear emphasis on providing a different kind of show than usual might not have been ideal for many fans attending the shows, it did make for a live album that has a bit more of a reason to exist than its two immediate predecessors. Ok, yes, there are downsides to having such a strong on emphasis on material from Signals onward; I end up having to sit through "Grand Designs" and "The Body Electric" again, and the bonus tracks end up including "Middletown Dreams" and "Manhattan Project," so that's not ideal for me. Then again, it's great to have "Subdivisions" and "The Analog Kid" on a live album together, and it's great to have a live version of "Territories" to go with another good version of "Big Money," and I still find "Red Sector A" moving, and I still enjoy every version of "Force Ten" that I can get my hands on. Plus, while "Dreamline" and "Bravado" make it on, "Roll the Bones" thankfully does not, and in its place we get "Where's My Thing," albeit coupled with a drum solo. But wait, even the requisite drum soloing is better this time around! Somebody must have pointed out to Neil that he'd basically been playing variations of the same drum solo since the beginning of time, because he found a way to add more variety to it; instead of taking one long solo, he takes three relatively short ones, spread throughout the show. The total amount of time spent soloing is probably about the same as usual, but I end up treating it as less of a chore this time around, and I have to give credit where credit is due.

As for playing Clockwork Angels in almost its entirety, I can't begrudge them this when the album is one of my favorite Rush albums and only had minimal live album coverage to this point. "Caravan" continues to have a lot of the attributes that tend to bug me about Rush, but everything else from that album is rousing and energetic and a surprising amount of fun here. The live string section ends up as a very nice touch as well; it's not like it's an integral part of the sound like the orchestra on YesSymphonic, for instance, but it adds some depth to the sound in useful points.

While I don't exactly think that the original versions of the material on here were better than the original versions of the material that had become the central feature of Rush live concerts and live albums, I do think the material played on this tour was a better fit for the band at this point in time. I don't hear the same sluggishness playing the Signals-onward material that I had started to hear with the Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures material in previous live albums (and oddly, there seems to be a little less sluggishness in that material as played here than there had been on previous albums), and there's certainly no sluggishness in all of the material the band had just finished up in the last few years (I should mention that there's also a performance of "Far Cry" on here, and it's good enough). Where the last couple of live albums each merited a couple of listens and a shrug, this one earns its keep. If you force-fed yourself the last two live albums, or even if you didn't, be sure to give this one a shot.

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 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 931 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Fearabsentia

5 stars Rush-Caress of Steel

Rush will always remain a favorite band of mine, they were in a sense the band that got me into progressive rock. I decided to show some love to an underrated gem in Rush's discography and one of my all time favorite progressive rock albums.

I can understand that this album is a bit hard to digest, on one side you have three shorter hard rock tracks and on the second side you have two prog epics. The opener 'Bastille Day' is one of my favorites, with some great driving riffs. 'Lakeside Park' is a lighter feel-good song, it sounds very peaceful and makes a nice balance between styles. 'I Think I'm Going Bald' may seem odd at first, but taking as the joke it was meant to be, it's pretty good.

The first epic on the album 'The Necromancer', is a continuation of the epic from the previous album, 'By-Tor and the Snow Dog'. The song features many heavy to soft transitions that would characterize much of Rush's later works. It also shows the appearance of spoken word, which would show up again two albums later on my favorite Rush song 'Cygnus X-1'. The second epic is the nearly 20-minute 'The Fountain of Lamneth', where Neil Peart shows some of his best drum work around the 5-minute mark. Again, this epic shows much of what Rush would later use in more critically acclaimed epic like '2112' or 'Xanadu'.

Overall, this is my favorite of the classic Rush albums and should not be skipped. This is the album that shaped them into the prog rock band they are known to be today.

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 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.31 | 1441 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by maryes

5 stars After the exceptional level in terms of heavy progressive rock (full of classical elements, experiences with new instruments- specially synthesizers, electric 12 strings guitars, bass pedals and tuned percussions) achieved with "A Farewell To Kings" and "Hemispheres", RUSH surprisingly again with "Permanente Waves". Although this "surprisingly" is not so impressive as in the case of transition between 2112 and AFTK, but exists.... The track 1 "Spirit of the Radio" starts with a introduction which Rush's most recognizable "addict"... " We must overcome themselves all times" ... and they make it... The overture of this track is one of more spectacular and difficult to execute overtures of all Progressive Rock Muisc in all the times, but the lyrics/musical parts are much more simple ( but with energy ) and before the ending section of music this overture returns ( a little different ) opening space to reggae intermission and the final wah-wah guitar solo !!! The track 2 "Freewill" is a song more close from Rush's compositions from a AFTK and HEMISPHERES with a solo middle section which remind a little the track "A Farewell to Kings". The track 3 "Jacob's Ladder" is the more "weak" ,in my opinion in the side A of the vinyl. The side B track 1 "Entre Nous" is exceptional in lyrics theme and shows Lifeson's capability of captivate the audience with a exceptional knowledge of chords progressions and musical harmonies. The track 2 "Different Strings" shows a single characteristic the reverse guitar solo in counterpoint with the normal sequence. The last Track of the album "Natural Science" comes in three parts , with a exceptional riff ( crossing the two initial parts) besides the track have broken beats, fantastic bass guitar and drums executions, and two fantastic guitar solos, in a general way this track as close from HEMISPHERES arrangements but more simple. My rate is 5 stars !!!

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 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 931 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Dark Nazgul

3 stars The right path.

This album is not considered a masterpiece of the band, and certainly does not reach the heights of "2112", "Moving Pictures" and "A Farewell To Kings". However, it is still an interesting album and is considered a classic. With this album Rush decide to follow the difficult path of achieving commercial success with long compositions (there are two long suites, one of which almost twenty minutes long). Unfortunately, the result will be very poor in terms of sales, so the record company imposed to the band a less innovative approach for the next album: the reaction of the band was a big disappointment, but in the next record again will be a long epic (the successful "2112") and Rush proved to be able to get good commercial results recording long epics or songs full of complex musical structures. For sure not all the songs are great. I Think I'm Going Bald is a rock ballad built around a classic, and banal, guitar riff. All stuff already heard. Things are not much better with Lakeside Park, nothing more pleasant but ordinary song, with references to the most melodic ballads by Led Zeppelin.

The Necromancer is the first epic of the album, and is, in my opinion, rather hard to digest. It is a very dark piece of music, and very heavy in the middle section, with lyrics written by Peart that obviously refers to Tolkien, but also with many allusions to the vicissitudes of the three members of the band (the "three travellers" are probably Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) . The introduction is perhaps the most successful, with the band intent on creating a suggestive and gloomy atmosphere. The final part seems genuinely out of context from the rest of the song. In my opinion not a very successful one.

The situation is different for the other two tracks on the album. Bastille Day is a fantastic heavy ride where the band plays with heart and without brakes. In my opinion this song is one of the most representative in the hard rock genre. Definitely good too, is the long and final epic The Fountain Of Lamneth unjustly underrated by many, that is a kind of anticipation of the next "2112". The middle section of the epic, in particular, is really inspired, with a beautiful interpretation of Geddy Lee in the most melodic and quiet parts, where finally the singer shows the hidden potential of his voice.

If you are a fan of Rush's classic period, "Caress Of Steel" is an album that I recommend to count in your collection.

Best song: Bastille Day

Final rating: 6/10

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 Chronicles by RUSH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
3.58 | 85 ratings

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Chronicles
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars Chronicles is one of the few compilations by Rush that is not a Retrospective. Being released right before the album "Counterparts", it wasn't able to include many more recent hits, from albums like "Test For Echo" or "Clockwork Angels".

The compilation includes all necessary hits from albums, from "Rush" to "Presto". There are usually two hits per album on the compilation, with the exceptions of the hits from "Moving Pictures", which includes 3, probably due to the fact that "Moving Pictures" was made up entirely of hits, and it wasn't enough to only add two to the compilation. Also, "Presto" only gets one song, most likely due to the album not being as popular as the others. Also, "Rush", their self titled, also includes three tracks, two of which are studio, the other being a live performance. Another 3 track inclusion was "Power Windows", which again included two studio songs and one live song.

Live songs are also included in the place of studio recorded songs, for instance on disk two, 'Mystic Rhythms' from ", which is performed live on the track. Other live tracks include 'A Passage to Bangkok, from "2112", and 'What You're Doing', from "Rush".

This compilation is definitely a great introduction to Rush, from 70's to 80's. I suggest to any person wanting to get involved with Rush to buy this compilation as their first purchase. If it appeals, you have the freedom to get the full albums. Overall, an amazing compilation for any fan of musicianship mastery by Rush.

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