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

2.87 | 731 ratings
Rush
1974
3.31 | 797 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.53 | 863 ratings
Caress of Steel
1975
4.08 | 1409 ratings
2112
1976
4.35 | 1452 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.37 | 1563 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.31 | 1338 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.41 | 1856 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 891 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 781 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 673 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.29 | 623 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.15 | 579 ratings
Presto
1989
3.08 | 587 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.78 | 636 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.84 | 581 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.45 | 601 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.59 | 676 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.92 | 711 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.84 | 322 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.02 | 405 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.46 | 289 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.36 | 283 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.78 | 253 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.19 | 125 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.57 | 171 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
4.00 | 125 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.52 | 44 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.28 | 100 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.27 | 38 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
4.20 | 21 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.93 | 98 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.34 | 32 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
3.98 | 90 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.02 | 82 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
2.92 | 60 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.33 | 213 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.41 | 213 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.03 | 117 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.11 | 123 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.64 | 34 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.66 | 222 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.15 | 56 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.81 | 74 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.78 | 21 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.39 | 48 ratings
Archives
1978
2.72 | 23 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.57 | 79 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.27 | 55 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.16 | 53 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.11 | 67 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.07 | 45 ratings
Gold
2006
2.80 | 41 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.73 | 34 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.81 | 23 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.34 | 24 ratings
Icon
2010
4.19 | 28 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.56 | 31 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.62 | 32 ratings
Sector 3
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.10 | 11 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013

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

2.01 | 32 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.79 | 19 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
2.00 | 2 ratings
In The Mood
1974
3.00 | 16 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.02 | 23 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.45 | 27 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.55 | 27 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.26 | 18 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
4.03 | 38 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.71 | 37 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.90 | 42 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.50 | 2 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
3.12 | 32 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.43 | 28 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.00 | 30 ratings
The Big Money
1986
1.86 | 18 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
2.71 | 15 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
2.89 | 19 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.31 | 23 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.80 | 165 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.40 | 32 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.08 | 121 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.57 | 69 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012

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 Exit... Stage Left (VHS) by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 1981
3.93 | 98 ratings

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4 stars I added this video to the Prog Archives database some years ago. I even can`t remember now when I did it. But finally this week I watched to this video so now I can write a review about it.

"...forever young...".

Well...that is the impression that I have when I listen and even more when I watch to some bands playing after many years on the road. RUSH is one of those bands. And after watching to this video and to their "Grace Under Pressure Tour" video I still have the same impression, because the main audiences of this band were and maybe still are very young people (I could be wrong, but in both videos there are some scenes taken from the point of view of the audiences...and there were a lot of teenagers and maybe a lot of university students among the fans of this band, or even some pre- teenagers too...with maybe some of their parents attending the concerts with them). Well. Anyway, this band is a very good band and even if I am not as young as most of their fans are I still sometimes enjoy listening and watching to a band like RUSH. I listened to the "Exit... Stage Left" live album for the first time in 1983 (when I was 18 years old) and it remained for at least two years among my favourite albums from that period. Maybe it is their best live album and for my taste their period between 1978 and 1984 was their best, at least in Prog Rock terms. The band sounded very well rehearsed, very energetic, very creative, very heavy. Each musician played their instruments very well, with a lot of precision (particularly drummer Neil Peart, one of the best drummers in Rock music). Bassist Geddy Lee was singing very well in those years and also was playing bass guitar and keyboards and bass pedals, and some rhtyhm guitar (in "Xanadu"), and even controlling the keyboard sequences and playing some keyboard parts using pedals, helped a bit by Alex Lifeson. Lifeson still is a very heavy guitarist, but he sometimes used some acoustic guitars (on the first part of "The Trees" and in "Closer to the Heart", this last song being one of the few songs from the band on which the lyrical themes are not about "modernity", science fiction or technology, themes on which i am not very interested now, but maybe are very interesting for their fans).

So, this video is still very enjoyable, despite the images are not very good. But the sound is good. I think that the performances of the songs are not the same as in the album, or maybe some of them were overdubbed in the recording studio or mixed differently. Anyway, this video is a very good companion to the album, and even has some songs which were not included in the album ("In the End", for example, is one of my favourites from their early seventies period). The only thing that I did not like from this video was the omission of Peart`s drums solo in "YYZ" which is presented in an edited form. But they included "The Trees", "Xanadu" and "Free Will", three very good songs which are among my favourites from their repertoire.

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 Power Windows by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.54 | 673 ratings

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars A victory lap before the showers

Power Windows is the last album by peak-era Rush. Sorry if that's hard for their many fans to swallow but it's true. The initial glorious run of albums that were both kickass and interesting, largely start to finish, ended here. Some would argue it ended much earlier but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Nevertheless, despite such proclamations this is still a very decent album that entertains with relative ease. Some have called this album part 2 of Grace and there is some truth to that. They have their similarities although Grace is a more focused and intense, while Power Windows ever-so-slightly loosens the pit bull grip to the neck. I used to prefer Grace by far, these days I appreciate Power Windows more.

The album begins with a Rush "classic" in Big Money....one of those songs I remember exactly where I was when I first heard it. My friend and I had purchased the new cassette and tore the cellophane off, running for his car stereo to hear the new Rush! We though this track was promising, only to proclaim most of the rest of the album garbage. We wanted to like the new Rush and Yes albums but we were 70s throwbacks trapped in the 80s even at our young age. We were immersed in total self-hatred of our decade which in retrospect doesn't look so bad. The 80s had its moments, from D Boon to D Byrne. Today Big Money still presents the band in a good light with a spirited mélange of tastes and textures in a largely rocking meal. In several tracks Geddy's bass playing is just phenomenal and Alex quite inventive. He can still rip off a nice solo too, check out Marathon!

The rest of the album maintains a consistent appeal after all this time. I enjoy the melodies and catchy choruses along with the period sound, the big synths and echoey guitars don't bother me at all. I lament the lyrical changes Neil is going through, as we move from poetic science-fiction and literature/philosophical themes to the stylishly whiny bleeding-heart lyricist of Manhattan Project, Territories, and Middletown Dreams. But otherwise there is a sense of fun here within the music that was missing in the two previous albums, even though they may have been stronger on the whole. There's a bit more variety than Grace and more flair than Signals. There is a hard to describe haunting melancholy along with hope, dressed in a sound that is stylish and ambitious.

These three albums form the 80s Rush in my mind, they capture the band in the final throes of their peak. Starting with the next album the band began to sound increasingly formulaic despite proclamations of constant change and the eventual, nearly constant siren song of the "return to form." There has never been a return to form because that is no more possible than McCartney returning to White Album, or the Stones to Exile. That isn't to say there wouldn't be more worthwhile albums, I simply maintain this one was the end of their most vital period. Ignore the terrible reviews that cry crocodile tears about synth overload--this is good stuff.

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 Working Men by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 2009
2.64 | 34 ratings

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Review by Finnforest
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2 stars Almost pointless

With so many live Rush DVDs to choose from a compilation of recent shows seems almost pointless save two reason: Perhaps you just want to hear one hour of Rush's most popular songs with few deep cuts interfering because you're a casual fan, or two, you're looking to sample some of the recent DVDs before choosing one to buy. The latter was more or less my motive for purchasing this compilation which is offered at a very reasonable price. And at the end of the day I don't need to purchase any more of them. This was enough for me to realize the Rush of the 2000s is not my cup of tea, at least from a live perspective.

It bums me to be negative about everyone's favorite band but sometimes you have to say it. I can't enjoy this era of the band with the slowed tempo of tracks like Freewill and Tom Sawyer. That crisp, sharp quickness is just not there on those songs and it sucks the life out of them. The slurry of Alex's muddy sound and occasional diversionary and sloppy fretboard work. The painful wince of Geddy's constant straining. And the surprisingly poor sound exacerbated by ridiculously loud crowd noise. How can a band of this caliber have such trouble with their sound? Comparing these live DVDs to recent Porcupine Tree DVDs makes it pretty clear how mediocre the Rush ones are from a sound and directorial standpoint. The fast edits and affinity for crowd-mugging cheapen the performances even further for me. These tracks often feel like trailers for themselves. Kudos where they are due of course, Geddy's bass playing is as hot as ever. And more subdued moments like Subdivisions and Closer to the Heart are still quite good.

The best moments are from the Rio show where Ged's voice is better and the crowd going wild is half the fun. It really was special to witness the passion in that Rio audience, incredible energy. I simply would much rather watch the band in their prime on ESL and GUP. I certainly rate this music highly and I love Rush, but the performances here along with the piecemeal approach of this particular DVD make it really unnecessary for most fans.

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 Clockwork Angels Tour by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 2013
3.78 | 21 ratings

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Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Rush released this new DVD to coincide with the release of the "Clockwork Angels Tour" live CD. The DVD concert content is identical apart from a few crowd moments and of course the special features. Onto the content of this extraordinary concert. First the good news, it is way better than the last DVD release where Geddy's voice did not cut the mustard. This time around the band have chosen songs Geddy can still sing so it is fairly much back to the retro 80s. At first I was worried about the choice of the band not to include classic 70s Rush such as Bytor, Working Man, and virtually anything from the 70s back catalogue. Without reservation the setlist they chose is a surprise and I must admit I grew to love this setlist for a number of reasons. The main reason is the versions of these songs are better than the studio versions, certainly heavier especially Alex Lifeson's lead breaks. The band clearly enjoy returning to the 80s and Geddy is far more comfortable in the voice range. These songs are less proggy than the 70s and far more straight forward in terms of musicianship, especially Neil Peart's drumming style, which is perhaps the reason he is given a plethora of opportunities to go solo and we are treated to very long drum solos on more than one occasion.

The set opens with Subdivisions and it powers along nicely, especially the wonderful synth stabs. I love how the crowd get into this gem from "Signals" mouthing every word. The band are decked out well, Geddy does not wear that Rash T shirt or the Blah Blah Blah design but instead has more serious black attire. Peart wears a "Clockwork Angles" design on his shirt and hat, and Alex is looking resplendent in his suit jacket over a star laden T. The band then launch into crowd pleasers from "Power Windows" The Big Money, Territories, and Grand Designs, the scathing critique on mainstream music. This track is one that has not been played live often and does not feature on the live "A Show of Hands" unlike the others. Also from "Hold Your Fire" is Force Ten, and from "Grace Under Pressure" is The Body Electric, and The Analog Kid from the wonderful "Signals" album. "Roll The Bones" track Bravado follows, then the band vacate the stage with its quaint popcorn machine working overtime, and Peart has a chance to shine on one of his trademark drum solos. Rather than use all his usual gimmickry and gadgets, he just rocks out with some incredible triplets and speed drumming on the snare and splashing cymbals. No doubt he is a master drummer and he is always seen to be so serious, unlike the other members of Rush who often goof about on stage with some hysterical choreography. Peart gets an ovation from the crowd after he plays with precision on Where's My Thing?/Here it is! And it is far different than the version on "Roll the Bones". This version is not the (Part IV, "Gangster Of Boats" Trilogy) version as you can understand as it is more or less a vehicle to give the band a breather and Peart drums up a storm, twirling his drumsticks, often throwing them in the air and always catching them. After this the band return for one more rocker before the half time break.

Easily the best song on Set One is Far Cry from "Snakes And Arrows" with fire balls and flames and some crazy lighting effects which are a taste of things to come in Set Two. The lighting is fairly subdued overall in Set One so that the band are able to take things up a step in the second set. Indeed, the lighting in Set Two is the best I have seen on a Rush DVD and really enhances the concert experience. The crowd really get into dancing and jiving and singing the lyrics, in particular note the group decked out in bright red whooping it up in the front row.

At some point in Set One a weird monkey arrives to take some popcorn and it is part of any Rush concert to have one of those moments. There have been clothes dryers where metal- heads come and get their T shirts, and frying chickens on a rotisserie in another concert. I like the popcorn idea, and the water tanks but the best thing about the set design is the Steam Punk décor of the stage. There are three huge video screens, one for each member and tons of fire and steam in the second set. The lights are glorious with rays of light and beams scanning the crowd and they flash in sync to the rhythms in wonderful multi- coloured arcs.

Onto Set Two which is the best part of the whole DVD. This is the Clockwork Angels Set with 9 cuts from the recent album. Hearing the tracks live is a wonderful experience for me personally as I adore the studio album. Some tracks are missing such as the two BU2B tracks but overall the album is here and some of these live versions are heavier and more innovative than the studio tracks. I especially love how the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble add to the mystique and magic of The Anarchist and Carnies. Headlong Flight is a definitive highlight and it is great to see Alex thrashing out that riff and spiralling into some incredible lead breaks. Geddy has some bass solos in the set and his voice is superb throughout as all the songs are well in his range, I mean he is pushing 60 now so who can blame him for not tackling Bytor and the Snow Dog these days. There is a drum solo on Headlong Flight called Drumbastica and Alex solos on Peke's Repose seguing into Halo Effect. The lights are spellbinding on Seven Cities of Gold, then the album is concluded with Wish Them Well, and the brilliant virtuoso The Garden, that Lee claims is his favourite and I dare say is not alone in that sentiment. It was nice to revisit the album again as I had not played it for a while and the live treatment of it is as good as it gets.

I have to mention too the String Ensemble's verve and enthusiasm as they really get into these songs, dancing, swaying, jumping and generally giving it one hundred percent in presentation as well as actual musicianship. One decadent girl in particular stands out with her gothic eye makeup and waggling tongue. The Ensemble really add something extra to the concert experience and are not drowned out by Rush. I was surprised that they did not include BU2B2 with the strings going solo with Geddy as it was an opportunity, though the worst track on the CA album no doubt. David Campbell was the conductor and he is no stranger to blending rock with classical music. Campbell has been involved in such diverse projects as either muso or arranger with Muse, Black Sabbath, Meatloaf, Biffy Clyro, Metallica, Maroon 5, The Mars Volta, Kiss, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Carole King. His resume is overcrowded with classic moments such as his work on "Kiss Alive IV", The Mars Volta's "Frances the Mute", Metallica's "Death Magnetic" and Muse's "The 2nd Law". He is also the arranger on the "Clockwork Angels" studio album so it is great he can return to the live stage.

After a deserved standing ovation the band return to snippets of their back catalogue with Dreamline, the single from "Roll the Bones", and the band thank the String Ensemble who depart along with Alex and Geddy, then there is an oddity called The Percussor, which is actually a Peart drum solo in various sections, the best being Steambanger's Ball. Here Peart goes for the gadgetry on cymbals that sound like guitar chords and weird sounds on the blocks. He does not go for the cool jazz thing this time though and it sounds like a "Clockwork Angels" outtake. Surely he must be the most inventive drummer in terms of actual drumming style and gimmicks. He has a lot of fun with the crowd then the band return to belt out Red Sector A from "Grace Under Pressure". YYZ follows and is always welcome from "Moving Pictures" masterpiece, perhaps one that cannot be missed as a concert favourite. The version on "Rush in Rio" is the best but, as usual, the band are at their blistering best with those insane fractured rhythms and screaming lead breaks. The crowd absolutely freak out as the first riffs chime in of Spirit of Radio from "Permanent Waves". Everyone screams as usual when Geddy sings "Concert halls" and the lights splash across the crowd. The reggae section of the song is pronounced and especially the bassline of the song. This is certainly one of the highlights of the concert.

There is an encore and we see the band sprint away to some dark corner as the crowd roar for more and of course the band return to spread some icing on the cake. The encore consists of a grand version of classic rush with Tom Sawyer, always nice to hear another "Moving Pictures" track, though I would have preferred Limelight. The band turn back the clock as a starry scene appears on the screen and we are treated to the brilliant crunching irregular chords of 2112, a quintessential Rush jewel. It is the only 70s cut so we have to soak this up and bathe in its glorious splendour, with some cool animation at the intro with a humorous edge. It is not the full version of 2112 naturally, as that would be overdoing it I guess, but this is lengthy including, not just the intro and Temples of Syrinx, but some of the instrumental break from other parts of the song. It ends the first DVD in a veritable blaze of glory. After this Peart pelts off stage with some fan giving chase and the security lady turns to the camera in amazement.

DVD 2 continues the music with a soundcheck recording of Limelight (Yes! There it is, my favourite Rush song so I can't complain). It is virtually a karaoke version with Lee missing most lyrics out in the rehearsal. Then there is Middletown Dreams, a forgotten track from "Power Windows". Next it's The Pass, the greatest track from "Presto", with the band bathed in a pleasant blue light tinge. There are many crowd POV shots making us feel as though we were among them. This is followed by Manhattan Project also from "Power Windows", and the String Ensemble resurface to help out again with admirable skill. This song features some quirky animation, and it is a better version than the studio with some great violin and guitar work. Peart gives those snares a real workout too.

The Special features of Rush DVDs are always fun and here is no exception. We get to watch the films that the audience were treated to and they range from mildly amusing to delightfully clever, with the members of Rush having way too much fun as weirdo gnomes or oompa loompas with squeaky voices in a Steampunk setting. I would rather have seen a more serious animation of the album content though the babe action is worth a look, and this anime is not as stupid as some of the animations on "Snakes and Arrows". Other features are the obligatory documentary on the tour "Can't Stop Thinking Big", always a treasure to be a fly on the wall. The Behind the Scenes featuring Jay Baruchel offers some insight as to what went on in the tour, and the outtakes are funny enough, using green screens and really silly behaviour by all involved. There's an interview with Dwush, which is Rush dressed as those gnomes and it really is very silly; "are we getting paid for this?" Then there are some oddball moments such as Family Goy, that is animation with Rush look alikes and Family Guy style characters. Stewie wants to be Peart who feels misunderstood and wears a 2112 T. Snoopy, Ringo and Road Runner make bizarre cameos and there's a lot of toilet humour. Family Sawyer is also rather odd, more gnome action as the band play a wacky hillbilly instrumental version of Tom Sawyer. Overall the features are well worth checking out at least once. The Easter Egg is Alex's gross joke.

The DVD booklet has some attractive photos, with tour personnel listed, a pic of the flames rising near the String Ensemble, one pic of each Rush band member and some live pics. With 16 pages, more photos could have been included instead of all the tour crew lists, however it is nice to get any book these days as often none are provided. The DVD liner itself is a pic of the stage with Rush under a spectrum of light beams. The DVDs are designed with the beige and red colours that coincide with the "Clockwork Angels" CD colour scheme.

This is a great 2 DVD package, with clear clarity audio production, decent editing, gorgeous sumptuous coloured lighting and well executed features and menus. It is not as silly as the "Snakes and Arrows" menus but the band still have their moments of hilarity, though they are probably enjoying the films they make more than the audience. All in all it is a great DVD experience, clocking over 3 hours, and well worth shelling out for especially if you are weighing up between this and the CD version. It is better to view the band on stage playing these great tracks so this is the better option. The music is the same as on the CD so one is not missing out by purchasing the DVD. I recommend it as yet another awesome Rush DVD!

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 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.08 | 1409 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars RUSH's groundbreaking album that kept them from becoming a footnote in history. 2112 took what was insinuated on the previous two releases and really upped the ante to make their first classic album. The title track is one of the best examples of classic heavy progressive rock out there. It excels in lyrical content, instrumental prowess and most importantly the ability to shift from act to act while remaining thoroughly exciting throughout its entirety. This is not a grower. This is something that is instantly lovable yet only becomes more so upon repeated listens. This title track is often cited by RUSH fans as the absolute best thing they have ever done. I can't say that I disagree although i'd be hard pressed to pick an absolute favorite this certainly is up in the higher ranks.

One of the things that has always (slightly) disappointed me about this album is that is isn't a full-on concept album. I would have loved to hear an entire album dedicated to the exploration of the theme set about on the title track. However, not imposing my futuristic will upon an album that was cutting edge at the time, I have to admit that despite it not being what I really want it to be it still is a great album. The songs on the second side are excellent. "A Passage To Bangkok" is one of the best songs they have ever recorded and although the other tracks took me a little longer to appreciate, I have succumbed to their charm as well.

Despite really wanting to give this album 5 stars, I have to think what would my most ideal RUSH masterpiece be. After giving it a little thought I think it would be "2112" from this album plus "Xanadu" and "La Villa Strangiato." THAT would be the perfect RUSH masterpiece. This album has one of those ingredients but unfortunately the rest of the tracks are not that great but I do enjoy them. They are not masterpieces and this just falls short of the top honors but I really love this album anyways so 4.5 but since we don't have a half point system here i'll just have to make this a weak 5 star album.

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 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 863 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars CARESS OF STEEL is the album by RUSH that I have put the most effort into listening to in order to appreciate more. Upon my first listening of their third album I was somewhat underwhelmed since my exposure to classic RUSH was well after these first albums were released so of course it's hard not to compare this to the series of masterpieces that would soon follow. Apparently others were underwhelmed as well explaining the lackluster sales when released and the range of opinions ever since. All this dedication and persistence has paid off for me. For a long time I would have rated this a 2 star album and I spent many years ignoring this release altogether but in the last couple of years I have decided to explore this album a lot more since I was inspired by the many differences in opinion that it has received.

The first thing everyone notices upon first listen is how different the two sides are. The first side is old RUSH with the Zeppelin-inspired hard rock tracks "Bastille Day," "I Think I'm Going Bald" and "Lakeside Park." These songs were always inferior for me when compared to the first album and the hard rock anthems on "Fly By Night." But after accepting them for what they were, my attitude changed towards them. The second side is RUSH's first major experiments with long epic progressive tracks in the forms of "The Necromancer" and "The Fountain Of Lamneth." These two tracks are very interesting in how you can hear snippets of future masterpieces in the making. There are chord progressions that remind of tracks on 2112. There are nylon classical pieces that remind of A FAREWELL TO KINGS, etc. These two sprawling works are not quite as good as the more refined classics on the next four albums but nonetheless they have really grown on me.

Although this album is not perfect and really a training ground for the albums that follow it is still a decent album in its own right that has taken me very many listens to appreciate as much as I do now. This will hardly ever trump any of the albums from 2112 to Moving Pictures in popularity but I simply can't imagine any RUSH fan's collection complete without this album that provides a glimpse into the evolution of their sound. For that reason alone I recommend this album but I have also grown to really enjoy all the songs on it. I would highly recommend to listen to this periodically as it has a quirkiness that tends to alienate initially but does reward after perseverance. I am not at all disappointed in taking the time to get to know the intricacies of this album. I have had a hard time deciding if this is a 3.5 star album or a 4 star album and even now it seems like it's somewhere in between, but this is RUSH and I love this band so i'm gonna go for the 4.

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 Clockwork Angels by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.92 | 711 ratings

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Clockwork Angels
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

5 stars While I am happy that Rush has been an enduring classic band, my interest was lost after "Moving Pictures." Each succeeding album just seemed to have less to offer than its predecessor. In many cases (Yes comes to mind) it might be suggested that the band should have hung it up long ago. I never felt that way with Rush. Even though the prog gods from Canada haven't moved me in decades, their mission has always been sincere. Other bands have just continued to churn it out over the years for the lack of anything better to do. Geddy, Alex and Neil never stopped believing in the music or each other. A lot of it didn't work for me but it did for them, and I respect that.

Hearing the tale Neil Peart's family tragedies did incline me to check out the band again once they regrouped. "Vapor Trails" was decent and "Snakes and Arrows" was even better. Probably the best Rush had been since 1981. Unfortunately neither album stuck with me after hearing them. In the summer of 2012 a prog musician I know said that the new one was amazing. It was a pretty lofty endorsement so I bought a copy of "Clockwork Angels" at NEARfest.

Wow! Saying this is the best thing since "Moving Pictures" does not do the album justice. "Clockwork Angels" will most likely be given classic status along with the aforementioned masterpiece and "2112." I don't know where the bolt of lightning came from (perhaps the Colbert Report appearance?) but it hit the trio right in their collective rock and roll asses. When I say rock, I mean ROCK! The band hasn't smoked like this since? well possibly ever. Geddy isn't singing excessively high again but he does wail. Neil is? well, Neil. Unbelievably even he sounds better. It is Alex though that really stands out. The dude apparently remembered that he is a guitar monster and went balls out to prove it.

The intensity of the musicianship would be a wonderful treat on it's own but truly great albums are not made of just this. The songwriting is also superb. There are hooks and catchy melodies that never cross the line of trite cheese. The jams are long enough to enthrall without skirting the realm of tedium. The pieces are loosely held together with a theme and this is where some debate may come in. I think it works, others may disagree, and you know what? It doesn't matter. There is not a weak moment on this album. I can picture these debates taking place in living rooms while "Clockwork Angels" is blasting to the enjoyment of all the participants. Even if it is happening in an online forum I bet everyone will be typing to the rhythm "Caravan."

Seriously, this is an excellent album. I know I consistently laud classic artists who seem to miraculously produce a winner long after their supposed expiration date. Call me biased if you want but I was honestly not expecting a resurrection of my Rush fandom. The fact that it comes from beloved bashers of my youthful ears is just an added bonus. Good music is good music and great music needs to be heard. Hear this!

H.T. Riekels

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 Counterparts  by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.78 | 636 ratings

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Counterparts
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by MJAben

2 stars A dull tedious album that does little to differentiate from any other standard hard rock outfit in the early 90s. I have to be honest with my review here, I am not a huge Rush fan. Even in their glory days I find them to usually be little more than a highly stylized, quite technical hard rock outfit and that, generally, their music could easily be said to not be prog. I find that's a useless distinction to make and falls into useless generalities and pigeonholing as, nevertheless, there are certainly progressive elements within Rush... Through and through.

That being said, those elements are completely gone here. The music is well played, well produced, catchy and groovy. Gone are the keyboards that overshadowed any other music in the early 80s, gone are the lighter, softer albums that bored Rush fans to tears in fact it seems as though every aspect of classic Rush seems to be back with this album except for one.

Gone is the adventurous nature, any sense of ambition or any need / want to push any envelope. A band that once walked its own path has joined the hordes of hard rock bands around them and have become the status quo that they once would diverge from. To put it simply this album is tame, it's safe, it's a calculated album that serves no other purpose than crowd pleasing. I don't mean to argue that there's anything wrong with that, it's a tactic, it's a business but on the whole it seems disingenuous to the progressive rock genre.

Musically, this album falls somewhere between two and three stars. It's a good album, truly, but at the same time it's only worthwhile to fans of the band or the genre. Lyrically this album is banal, completely boring... Lacking of any originality or purpose beyond simple lyrics to hook people into the song. I do think the albums that surround this one are far worse than this, at least this is perfectly listenable. That being said you aren't going to find any new or interesting material here.

2 stars.

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 Clockwork Angels by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.92 | 711 ratings

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Clockwork Angels
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars The clock on the front cover gives the time as 21:12, but this is no 1976-flavoured throwback project; rather, Clockwork Angels captures Rush in the act of playing contemporary-sounding progressive rock which sounds distinctively Rush-like without trying overly hard to recapture any specific previous phase of their career, or for that matter trying to fit in too much with what's currently going on in the genre. Hitting a sweet spot in which they are able to take into account new musical developments and styles without being constrained by them, and with David Campbell's string arrangements lending some cinematic gravitas to proceedings here and there, this isn't a top-notch Rush classic that will redefine how people see prog, but it is a really solid album and the best I've heard of theirs since Grace Under Pressure.

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 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 863 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by hughes

4 stars I feel like this album is somewhat overlooked in the Rush pantheon, despite its importance to the band's development. After all, this is the album, "By-Tor" aside, where they embrace prog rock and also the last Rush album that would not feature keyboards until "Vapor Trails." However, the album is largely ignored in the grand scheme of things, even by the band itself (I am baffled as to why "Bastille Day" isn't a concert and radio staple). This can work to a potential fan's advantage, however, in that there is a whole album of great Rush music to discover that hasn't been tainted by radio overexposure.

As previously mentioned, this is the album where Rush clearly threw their hat into the prog ring, considering that the album only has five songs, including the 12-minute "Necromancer" and the sidelong, 20-minute "Fountains of Lamneth". However, the band still clearly owed allegiance to the Cream/Zeppelin style they had cultivated throughout their two previous efforts, as the first three songs (and the heavy sound and lack of keyboards on the epics) make clear. This is most obvious on the awesome opener "Bastille Day", which features a great Geddy vocal and some of the awesome ensemble playing the band is known for. "Lakeside Park" is also a pretty good rock ballad (NOT power ballad, though), with some fairly restrained singing and an awfully pretty melody. I'm actually impressed that they managed to do a song like this without any use of keyboards. Unfortunately, "I Think I'm Going Bald" strikes a bit of a sour note--Peart clearly wasn't sure if he wanted to do a comedic song or a serious rumination on aging, so the lyrics sit somewhat awkwardly in the middle. The song still rocks quite a bit, though, so I don't hate it or anything.

The epics, while still a bit primitive, are quite interesting. OK, so the deep-voiced narrator on "The Necromancer" is kind of hokey and doesn't actually help the song in any way (and the lyrics aren't too hot either), the parts where the band plays are ace. And then there's the big cookie, Rush's first sidelong piece, the 20-minute "Fountains of Lamneth," which I honestly find to be fantastic and an underrated gem of 70s prog. Sure, the sections don't flow together that well (lots of fade-ins and fade-outs), but it never really becomes a distraction. I also really like Neil's lyrics for the piece, even if they might seem like cliche fantasy and aren't exactly "high art," they work perfectly for the piece. The very beginning and end feature some shockingly beautiful, almost vulnerable singing from The Gedster, and the main theme ("Yet my eyes are drawn towards the mountain in the east...") is one of Rush's greatest ever. There are plenty of other great moments throughout the rest of the song, too, particularly the fun drum solo "Diadects and Narpets" and that cool riff that comes in at 13 minutes in. Great, great piece and one which I wish had gotten more live airings.

In total, an unjustly forgotten album that might have a few flaws--as previously mentioned, the epics don't flow quite as well as I would like and "I Think I'm Going Bald" doesn't fully work, and it's also a bit strange how the band suddenly morphs from a hard rock band to a prog band 3 songs in, but "Caress of Steel" is still an album that I find myself frequently returning to. All three band members sound fantastic, as expected, but they're also really starting to gel as songwriters here. It might not equal the greatness of 2112, but that masterpiece would not exist without Caress of Steel.

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