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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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2.95 | 1182 ratings
Rush
1974
3.38 | 1328 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.55 | 1376 ratings
Caress of Steel
1975
4.11 | 2272 ratings
2112
1976
4.33 | 2398 ratings
A Farewell to Kings
1977
4.37 | 2605 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.27 | 2223 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.38 | 3045 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.94 | 1437 ratings
Signals
1982
3.69 | 1240 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.56 | 1087 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.27 | 987 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.17 | 914 ratings
Presto
1989
3.10 | 931 ratings
Roll the Bones
1991
3.76 | 994 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.88 | 903 ratings
Test for Echo
1996
3.43 | 915 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.57 | 1034 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1162 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 496 ratings
All the World's a Stage
1976
4.04 | 619 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.54 | 448 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.34 | 413 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.84 | 377 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.24 | 227 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.64 | 243 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.95 | 195 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.55 | 75 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.45 | 180 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.41 | 76 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
3.99 | 113 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
3.92 | 27 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri - 14 February 1980
2015
4.28 | 60 ratings
R40 Live
2015

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

4.00 | 145 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.38 | 43 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
3.99 | 115 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
3.98 | 124 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.04 | 92 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.35 | 292 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 278 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.08 | 144 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 156 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.81 | 49 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.67 | 295 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.20 | 85 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.93 | 112 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.93 | 73 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
4.77 | 17 ratings
R 40 (DVD Box Set)
2014
4.41 | 60 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.30 | 27 ratings
Time Stand Still
2016

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

3.44 | 62 ratings
Archives
1978
2.73 | 27 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.00 | 3 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.58 | 114 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.35 | 80 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.20 | 76 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.23 | 83 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.13 | 57 ratings
Gold
2006
2.94 | 55 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.80 | 45 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.95 | 31 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.33 | 29 ratings
Icon
2010
4.15 | 48 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.65 | 53 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.43 | 52 ratings
Sector 3
2011
4.55 | 11 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
3.25 | 8 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.19 | 39 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
3.59 | 25 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.23 | 22 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017
4.58 | 12 ratings
Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary Edition)
2020

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

2.03 | 43 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.89 | 33 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
3.17 | 12 ratings
In The Mood
1974
4.50 | 8 ratings
Bastille Day
1975
3.11 | 35 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.14 | 35 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.64 | 42 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.70 | 43 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.37 | 24 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.61 | 19 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.15 | 54 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.93 | 49 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.98 | 60 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.20 | 15 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
4.07 | 14 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.22 | 17 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.86 | 14 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.15 | 43 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.58 | 41 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.57 | 7 ratings
Afterimage
1984
3.13 | 44 ratings
The Big Money
1986
3.73 | 11 ratings
Prime Mover
1987
4.40 | 10 ratings
Closer To The Heart
1989
3.79 | 14 ratings
The Pass
1989
2.81 | 23 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
3.50 | 10 ratings
Roll The Bones
1992
1.91 | 23 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
3.08 | 29 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.34 | 31 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.88 | 217 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.56 | 9 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.52 | 45 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.09 | 138 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.59 | 82 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
4.38 | 13 ratings
The Garden
2013
2.86 | 7 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014
3.88 | 8 ratings
Roll The Bones
2015

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 The Studio Albums 1989-2007 by RUSH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.19 | 39 ratings

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The Studio Albums 1989-2007
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The title here is a bit of a misnomer - the packaging says this boxed set collects seven albums, but really it's six albums plus an EP (Feedback). In any event, it's a one-stop pick to collect all the studio output of the band from their Atlantic Records era. The clamshell box is solid, the albums come in card sleeves (not as nice as the mini LP replicas from the Sector 1, Sector 2, and Sector 3 boxed sets collecting their Mercury Records period, but these albums were from the era of CDs so lavish LP packaging wasn't really part of the order of the day anyway), and a booklet with the lyrics for all the songs bar the cover versions on Feedback.

Of the material collected here, Counterparts, Feedback, and Snakes and Arrows are pretty solid albums, though none of them are classics on the level of Farewell to Kings or Moving Pictures, and whilst Presto, Roll the Bones, and Test For Echo don't quite match the same standard but all have some nice moments to recommend them.

Fortunately, the balance of the collection skews more towards "good" than "OK with some good moments" thanks to the inclusion of the remixed version of Vapor Trails. (Indeed, this box came out at around the same time the remix was also made available separately.) It's often been said that the mix on the original release of Vapor Trails did the album no favours, and the remix proves that to devastating effect, turning a murky album into a pretty damn good one.

Getting seven albums for the price of about two, in a compact space-saving format, is a pretty decent deal. None of the albums here consist of Rush's A-material - but their B-material's still very, very good, and their C-material has enough interesting about it to make me glad to have it. Unless you are a hardliner for whom Rush ends with Hold the Bones (or Grace Under Pressure, or Signals, or Moving Pictures, or...), I would say most Rush listeners could do a lot worse than this set: it's not like many people are going to be clamouring for a super deluxe multi-disc reissue of Presto or something, and this package manages to be cost-effective without feeling outright cheap.

 Snakes & Arrows by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.57 | 1034 ratings

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Snakes & Arrows
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The days when Rush would majorly evolve their sound over every four albums or so were long since over when Snakes and Arrows came out - to a large extent, this is a continuation and refinement of the same general musical direction they'd been taking from Counterparts onward, which by and large had served them well, bar for some lightweight moments on Test For Echo and the botching of the original mix of Vapor Trails. Still, as a polishing and further refinement of that approach, Snake and Arrows is very good - perhaps the best of this era of the band. If you don't like anything they've done since 1993, it's not going to persuade you otherwise, but if you're at all open to conceding the merits of the run of albums from Counterparts to Vapor Trails you will likely find a lot to like here, and probably less to dislike than on the weaker parts of those albums.
 Feedback by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.88 | 217 ratings

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Feedback
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Rush's Feedback EP was a little something they put out to celebrate their 30th anniversary. There's not much that's very proggy about it, and that's intentional - they're just doing cover versions of songs which influenced them when they were starting up, and that means bluesy hard rock is more or less the order of the day, with some doses of psychedelia and garage rock on the side.

That said, the Rush of now isn't the Rush who put out their debut album - Neil Peart wasn't in the band at that point, for one thing. For another, Rush on the debut album were largely ripping off Led Zeppelin, whereas they're able to capture the spirit of a wider variety of acts here. They don't try to mess with what works, but they don't try to mimic the originals slavishly - it very much sounds like a well-honed group of musicians doing great covers of fantastic 1960s songs. Don't go in expecting any prog epics and you won't be disappointed; take it on its own terms and it's 27 minutes of pure fun.

 Signals by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.94 | 1437 ratings

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Signals
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by WJA-K

4 stars I respect Rush. How they reinvented themselves so often. How they didn't go with the flow. Their musicianship. Their constant flow of quality output. They are not nearly my favourite band, prog or else. But I do fully understand how so many have a different opinion on Rush.

Having said all of this, Signals is one of my favourite albums by Rush. The songs are shorter, no longer than 6 minutes 23. They are more straightforward than ever, but they are still having many progressive elements. Especially when we take into account that it's from 1982. A time when prog was considered to be a bad thing. Rush wasn't limited by this notion.

What stands out for me is the brilliant bass and drums, but we shouldn't forget the synth and guitar.

This album gets 4 stars from me. It's one of their best in my book.

 Sector 3 by RUSH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.43 | 52 ratings

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Sector 3
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The third "Sector" boxed set from Rush delivers fresh new remasters of their 1980s synth-era, taking in the studio albums from Signals to Hold Your Fire and the live album A Show of Hands.

I think there's no question that of the three Sector boxes, Sector 2 was the one which covers the most essential era of Rush, but I'd actually rank Sector 3 above Sector 1. Sector 1 has got 2112, of course, but arguably it was only really on 2112 that Rush started firing on all cylinders (though Fly By Night deserves an honourable mention), and albums like their debut or Caress of Steel showed stark growing pains.

On the other hand, whilst the synth era of the band rather sputtered out, they did at least have a cohesive musical vision all the way through it; the first two albums were very good, and I think Power Windows gets a slightly raw deal, and it was only really Hold Your Fire which wasn't pulling its weight there. Getting all of them, sounding better than they have for ages, plus a live album, in nicely-presented LP replica sleeves? Can't hurt.

 Sector 1 by RUSH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.15 | 48 ratings

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Sector 1
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First of the "Sector" boxed sets which between them cover the first three phases of Rush's career, Sector 1 is perhaps the least truly essential of them owing to the fact that the band were very much finding their feet at this point in time: their debut album really isn't very Rush-like, Fly By Night is a significant improvement but has some missteps, and Caress of Steel was a bit too rushed. 2112, on the other hand, was a classic, though even then its side-long title track is significantly better than the rest of the songs on it, and All the World's a Stage is a solid live album but not a stellar one.

Nonetheless, Sector 1 does about as good a job of presenting this era of the band as is possible. The new remaster job really helps, with the pre-2112 albums especially sounding better to my ears than they did on earlier CD releases. The mini LP sleeves are an especially nice touch; boxed sets collecting five or so albums in mini cardboard sleeves mimicing the vinyl packaging are common these days, and many of them cheap out on the sleeves, but here the mini LPs feel reassuringly solid, so it's nice that wasn't treated as an afterthought. Even among those who enjoy Rush, not everyone will be too keen on all of this, but if you want a broad overview of this era of the band rather than just sticking 2112 and maybe Fly By Night, this is perhaps the best way to experience it.

 Fly by Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.38 | 1328 ratings

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Fly by Night
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

3 stars Another important album in the way I use to become a music appreciator. In that times when hard rock and heavy metal as the easy listening that filled my days and attracted me to enjoy art, this album was a no less than a must.

But some years passed away, other musical interests came upon me, and the more time passes by, the more I perceive that this album did not age well. Best stuff here are clearly songs in the way heavy metal was supposed to be recognized, but unfortunately they lack in many senses progressive characteristics. All the punch we have in first four songs faded way slowly, until the moment they did create no more interest in me by means a good moment of musical listening.

Today, I still see some value here. Rivendell is an admirable song, a preferred song of mine until today. A piece of art that clearly shows how these guys are skilled musician in translating by means of music and lyrics the spirit of Tolkienī s fabulous and famous Lord Of The Rings. The other piece that will always bring me back to this album is the opener Anthem, a unique song in all hard rock, heavy metal or even progressive rock music.

So, this is Fly By Night to me. Two five stars and unforgettable songs; but the rest does not call my attention anymore. As an average, three stars for this album.

 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2272 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by WJA-K

3 stars This is a difficult album to rate. Side 1 has the classic epic 2112, starting a string of great Rush records. The other side is mediocre and salvaged mostly by brilliant musicianship.

2112 - This is pinnacle 'Rush' for me. 2112 is up there with their best epics. I love every minute of it. It feels like a journey and it's proggy as heck. 9.5/10

A Passage to Bangkok - Brilliant musicianship elevates a mediocre song. As they will do more often in the future. 8/10

The Twilight Zone - Acceptable track of a disappointing B-side. I love the shrieking guitar. 7/10

Lessons - Another mediocre track awesomely played. 6.5/10

Tears - I hate the chorus. A lot. The rest of the song isn't that great either. Mellotron can't salvage this one. 6/10

Something for Nothing - This is another track I don't dig. Worst track of the record. Bad closer. 5/10

2112, the track, is essential listening for prog fans. But the remainder is for fans only. I will choose the middle ground. And rate it 3 stars.

 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.38 | 3045 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by WJA-K

3 stars Considered to be the best Rush album by many, I don't see it this way. I like it a lot. The musicians are excellent. They manage to make every track interesting at least.

But not all of the tracks are excellent.

Tom Sawyer - A great catchy opener of the album. 9/10

Red Barchetta - One of the longer tracks of this album, being 'only' 6 minutes. Fantastically played, this is a strong song. 8.5/10

XYZ - Rush's instrumentals are something else. This is a pinnacle of their musicianship and gives us a lot in a short track. 9/10

Limelight - Rush are masters of their instruments which they show with this track. Awesome. The song itself is a basic catchy tune in essence, but the way they play it is masterful and makes this a great track. 8/10

The Limelight - We know Rush can create epics. They have done so numerous times before. This one has its moments. But it also feels repetitive. 7.5/10

Witch Hunt - One of the better tracks on side 2 of the album. I love the haunting synth. 8/10

Vital Signs - Played by any other group, this track would be bland. Rush elevates it to be a good closer to the album. 7/10

Looking at the star rating system of the site, I feel the only fair rating from my side would be 3 stars.

 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.27 | 2223 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by WJA-K

3 stars After going overboard with the previous album, we hear a more grounded Rush here. Still firmly rooted in progressive rock, most tracks don't beat around the bush and don't overstay their welcome. Not perfect, but highly recommended.

Spirit of the Radio - One of the best tunes from Rush and a great opener of the album. 9/10

Freewill - Great track with stellar musicianship and strong message. I like the instrumental part. 9/10

Jacob's Ladder - A great progressive piece on a more grounded record. Glimpses of the 70's Rush shine through in all the right ways. 9/10

Entre Nous - Decent but Rush has done such a type of track before. And better. 6.5/10

Different Strings - Fantastically played. This elevates a weak track to a decent one. 6.5/10

Natural Science - A Rush epic as so many other epics. Good, but it is getting repetitive after a while. 8.5/10

This one gets 3.5 stars from me. Due to the less interesting 2nd part of the album. I round it to 3 stars.

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