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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: R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour on 10 May 2015
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  • Rush on 14 May 2015
  • Rush at American Airlines Center, Dallas on 18 May 2015
  • R40 Live on 24 May 2015
  • R40 Live on 26 May 2015
  • R40 LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR on 30 May 2015
  • R40 on 8 Jun 2015
  • R40 Live on 12 Jun 2015
  • R40 Live on 14 Jun 2015
  • R40 Live on 17 Jun 2015
  • R40 Live on 19 Jun 2015
  • Rush at Centre Bell, Quebec on 21 Jun 2015
  • R40 Live Tour on 23 Jun 2015
  • Rush at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia on 25 Jun 2015
  • Rush at Prudential Center, Newark on 27 Jun 2015
  • Rush at Madison Square Garden, New York on 29 Jun 2015
  • Rush at Sprint Center, Kansas City MO on 9 Jul 2015
  • Rush at Pepsi Center, Denver on 11 Jul 2015
  • R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour at Maverik Center on 13 Jul 2015
  • R40 Live on 15 Jul 2015
  • Rush at Rogers Arena, Vancouver on 17 Jul 2015
  • Rush at Key Arena, Seattle on 19 Jul 2015
  • R40 LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR on 21 Jul 2015
  • Rush: R40 Live Tour 2015 on 23 Jul 2015
  • Rush at US Airways Center, Phoenix on 27 Jul 2015
  • Rush at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater / Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine on 30 Jul 2015
  • R40 Live on 1 Aug 2015

RUSH discography


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

2.89 | 811 ratings
Rush
1974
3.32 | 893 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.52 | 969 ratings
Caress of Steel
1975
4.09 | 1575 ratings
2112
1976
4.35 | 1641 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.37 | 1761 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.30 | 1525 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.40 | 2094 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 991 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 872 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.53 | 760 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.28 | 694 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.14 | 642 ratings
Presto
1989
3.06 | 658 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 708 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.84 | 650 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.43 | 674 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.58 | 764 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.97 | 815 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 345 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.03 | 440 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.47 | 322 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.37 | 311 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.78 | 278 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.16 | 147 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.57 | 188 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.95 | 137 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.56 | 49 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.30 | 121 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.28 | 46 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
4.15 | 53 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.94 | 109 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
3.99 | 91 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
2.92 | 67 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.33 | 228 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.40 | 228 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.03 | 119 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 129 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.70 | 37 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.66 | 233 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.11 | 60 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.86 | 83 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.83 | 36 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.41 | 53 ratings
Archives
1978
2.72 | 24 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.58 | 88 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.27 | 59 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.15 | 56 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.11 | 72 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.10 | 48 ratings
Gold
2006
2.84 | 44 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.75 | 38 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.83 | 26 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.34 | 26 ratings
Icon
2010
4.19 | 30 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.56 | 33 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.63 | 34 ratings
Sector 3
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.09 | 16 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013

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

2.00 | 35 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.75 | 23 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
1.15 | 4 ratings
In The Mood
1974
3.00 | 23 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.00 | 24 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.47 | 30 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.61 | 31 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.26 | 18 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.19 | 7 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.06 | 42 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.72 | 38 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.90 | 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
4.00 | 4 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.11 | 33 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.48 | 31 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.01 | 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
2.90 | 20 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.35 | 24 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.82 | 177 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.47 | 35 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.08 | 122 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.57 | 70 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014

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 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.32 | 893 ratings

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Review by TCat
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3 stars Rush's 2nd full album effort in my opinion is their weakest from all of their earlier albums from their debut album up to "Moving Pictures". Granted, Rush was working hard to find their sound, and they do move a little bit away from their straightforward Rock sound of the debut album towards a Hard Progressive sound, but they don't quite nail it down very well. To me, "Caress of Steel", their next album does a much better job of expanding their sound than this one does. I know that probably contradicts what most people say, but, I love "Caress of Steel" even if it is a little disjointed and "Fly By Night" to me is rather substandard in comparison. It even sounds more like a 1st album than the debut album does.

There are a few great songs here at least that hold their own when compared to the best Rush songs, namely "Anthem", "Best I Can" and the multi-movement epic "By-tor and the Snow Dog" and these songs throw the most light on the greatness that was to come later, but the rest of the album seems to sag. Most of the 2nd side of the album is much softer and sounds like an attempt to be radio friendly. Of course, this made the title track accessible and has become one of the band's most famous songs, but it pales in comparison to Rush's usual output. The usual emotion and energy of Rush's music is missing and this creates a weak album.

I can't rate this as a 1 star because it's not a poor album. The 3 strong songs here make it a good album, but just don't expect a lot out of it and you may find it somewhat enjoyable at least. Nothing really makes this essential though when compared to the greatest Rush albums. So, it squeaks by with a 3 star rating because of the excellence of 3 tracks and a very cool looking album cover.

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 Subdivisions by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by Matti
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4 stars When I was twelve, Signals was one of the vinyls (owned by my big brother) that I got interested in, thus being not only my introduction to RUSH but also among a handful of albums to shape my music taste. Naturally Signals is still among my dearest in the Rush catalogue. 'Subdivisions' is its first track and the very central role of synthesizers comes clear right away. Some Rush fans may despise their 80's synth period, but I like it much more than the more recent, synthless Heavy Prog Rush. This song isn't really either heavy or prog, you could even say it's pop. But it's just fantastic. The lyrics deal with social pressures especially among young people; "be cool or be cast out". In the album the melody, or the synth riff, reappears in the final song 'Countdown' which is also great.

On the B-side there's 'Red Barchetta' from the succesful album Moving Pictures (1981). Peart was inspired by a futuristic short story "A Nice Morning Drive", by Richard Foster (originally published in 1973 in a magazine) and he attempted to contact the author with no results. BTW the two finally met in 2007. Anyway, the lyrics describe how the protagonist and his uncle take the Red Barchetta - a roofless sports car - out of the barn and enjoy the ride with it. I hadn't paid close enough attention to the lyrics to spot the little details hinting at the Science Fiction aspect, until a friend told me how he has used the song on his English lessons. But there are several words to mark the differences to the present time. The broad air-car is left behind by driving over a narrow bridge!

Great songs both, but also both from great albums, which means this is not a 5-star single.

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 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.40 | 2094 ratings

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Review by maryes

5 stars If you read my review about "A Farewell to Kings" (review #1126496 posted Sunday, February 02, 2014 ) where I write "If you ask for prog rock fans - "What is the best RUSH album ? " The majority of them will answer to you : "Moving Pictures !!!". I respect this opinion, but, I disagree.... my top RUSH album is "A Farewell To Kings"- you can think which I treated "Moving Pictures" with disdain... on the contrary... I think in this album like a final chapter of a perfect cycle of four sequent studio albums.The side 1 of vinyl edition is simply perfect starting by "Tom Sawyer" a progressive/hard/heavy simple melody crowned by an "broken" riff in a way which only this guys can make! The "Red Barcheta"s introduction with guitar harmonics and bass guitar lines are simply "priceless"... YYZ is a instrumental theme where the band can expose again their incredible virtuosity ... broken beats, sinuous bass/guitar melody and guitar solo majestically finished in duo with keyboards. "Limelight" is a wonderful progressive hard/ballad rock . In the side 2 Rush starts their path in direction of a more simple form of progressive ( without leave aside their refined "trade mark"... ) ,"The Camera Eye" bnrings a almost space-prog atmosphere with great vocals moments . "The Witch Hunt" is a hard/symphonic prog with very heavy guitar chord progression. "Vital signs" are the most clear example of a more simple but refined melody and shows the course which Rush' music will follow. My rate is 5 stars !!!

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 Feedback by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.82 | 177 ratings

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Review by TCat
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3 stars 30 years after releasing their first album, instead of releasing an overly expensive box set, Rush releases an inexpensive EP full of covers that were influences on their music that you could almost imagine them singing and playing in their pre album days. Rush doesn't try to make any of these songs progressive and don't try to upstage any of the songs either. But, they are presented quite hard which is what you would expect from Rush. What they ended up with is a nice collection of songs that the band shows their utmost respect for.

I was afraid when I first saw this album and thought surely Rush has not slipped to the same level as other mature bands that can only make it off of covers nowadays. But, thankfully that wasn't the case. Curiosity made me buy this one, but enjoyment of the covers made me keep it around. No there is not anything spectacular here, and that is quite okay because it is enough just to hear their treatment of these classics. The best covers here are "Summertime Blues" which actually gives the song the kick it always asked for, "Mr. Soul" which actually does make an old favorite of mine even better (and the riff is so much better pronounced in their cover), "Seven and Seven is" is so much better modernized in this version and of course "Crossroads" is made into a great Rush song and is probably the closest thing to Rush's debut album than anything they have done since.

Nope, there is no prog rock here. Just great covers of songs that have been given all the respect they deserve. I'm glad this on is only 27 minutes, it is the perfect time for a cover album of this type. No it's not essential, but it is a lot of fun anyway. 3 stars.

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 A Farewell To Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.35 | 1641 ratings

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A Farewell To Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars If I were to say anything about this album, it would only be a repeat of what has already been said. This is Rush at their peak and at their best. This is where synthesizers started to enter the mix, but they were so well orchestrated and melded into the formula Rush had developed, that no one complained. They had their place in the sound and they improved on the sound, so keyboards belonged. Other than that, the songs became more complicated as far as orchestration among the 3 musicians in the band. How in the world could 3 musicians make such full and satisfying music? They did it and they did it better than most.

This album is a masterpiece. There is nothing wrong with this album. "Xanadu" was unbelievable, an epic of majesty and wonder. Cygnus X-1 was a dynamic masterpiece. Even the shorter songs were excellent. Rush's most famous song "Closer to the Heart" is the weakest song on here and yet it was their most. famous. song. What does that say about the rest of the album?

There really isn't anything that I can add that hasn't already been said. I love this album. It was my 2nd Rush album after 2112, and after hearing the greatness of 2112, I instantly went out and bought this one. I thought I had discovered the most amazing music ever recorded. This was the kind of music I wanted to make. Little did I know at the time that Rush was being discovered by music lovers everywhere at the same time. Within weeks, everyone knew who they were and I was high riding the wave of their popularity, discovering a band right when they exploded into the spotlight.

I listen to this and marvel at what their recording sessions must have been like. Surely, they were excited at what was coming together here. This music is genius. It is a perfect example of what progressive music should be. That's all I'm going to say about it because I'm only going to end up repeating all that has been said. If you haven't heard this yet, then all I can do is ask, Why?

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 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.32 | 893 ratings

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Fly By Night
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings
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3 stars Rush's second album, "Fly By Night" is similar in a way to Judas Priest's "Sad Wings of Destiny" and Metallica's "Ride the Lightning". All three albums were sophomore releases that included the final pieces of material written with founding members who had since departed. Judas Priest included some final bits of material written by Al Atkins; Metallica included some parts claimed by Dave Mustaine; and Rush included a last couple of songs written when former drummer John Rutsey was in the band. Yet while the efforts of Judas Priest and Metallica would go on to have profound impacts on the growth and development of heavy metal, Rush's impact on metal and prog would not leave a huge impression until two albums later with "2112".

Rush's eponymous debut was a good solid hard rock album with some wonderful heavy guitar work. With Neil Peart now on board not only providing an added dimension to the drums but also lyrically taking the band in more intellectual directions, Rush released for their second album a tight rocker with budding progressive tendencies. With songs like "Anthem", and "Beneath, Between & Behind" the band was raising the bar for fast- paced heavy rockers with a higher degree of complexity. Conversely, "Best that I Can", "Making Memories" and "In the End" still sound like the old Rush of a few months prior with "Making Memories" featuring some slide guitar and acoustic guitar that remind me of Nazareth.

The title track was a song I heard frequently on the classic rock radio station along with "In the Mood" and "Closer to the Heart" but none of those songs ever impressed me. Now I really enjoy this song about Peart's time he spent in the U.K. becoming disappointed with the reality of the music business. The guitar solo is a classic seventies rock guitar showcase, and Alex Lifeson, in an interview a couple of years back, listed this among his top ten favourite solos that he has ever played.

The song that was really intended to make headway into prog territory was the mini-epic, "By-Tor and the Snow Dog", a multi-part narrative about two arch enemies who encounter each other and commence battle. The song describes the events that lead up to the battle which is then played out with Lifeson's guitar playing Snow Dog and Geddy Lee's bass growling as By-Tor. The battle is ferocious but at one point it seems Snow Dog might be defeated. The music becomes sparse while little chimes tinkle like ice crystals. We came imagine the two combatants bloodied and out of breath, By-Tor perhaps looking on as Snow Dog seems worse for wear and potentially defeated. But the music returns to power as the Snow Dog does likewise and at last Snow Dog is victorious while By-Tor flees.

The one odd track on this album and indeed one of the oddest in Rush's catalogue is "Rivendell". Featuring only acoustic guitar, soft electric guitar notes, and Lee's voice, the song relates the comfort and joy of staying in Rivendell from Tolkein's "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings".

This is still Rush in their first phase, the seventies hard rock one. Though they began experimenting with more progressive approaches to writing music, this was only their first step. Nevertheless, this album walks with a foot firmly planted on each side, one in the heavy rock of the mid-seventies and one in heavy prog. A step up from the debut and looking strong.

As a prog album, good but not essential. As a rock album, excellent!

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 Snakes & Arrows by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.58 | 764 ratings

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Snakes & Arrows
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Pastmaster

5 stars Rush-Snakes & Arrows

Following the darker mood and atmosphere of their previous album, Rush released their follow-up album five years later. With Rush taking long breaks in-between albums, expectations may get rather high. Don't expect the same thing as 'Vapor Trails' though, because Rush never remains the same with their recent releases.

The music differs from 'Vapor Trails', with Snakes & Arrows having more of a variety between heavy rocking tracks and softer acoustic moments. You have, as always, the heavy opener 'Far Cry' with driving guitar riffs, which is probably my favorite song on the album. From haunting yet still heavy tracks like 'Armour & Sword' and 'Faithless' to a great bluesy 'The Way the Wind Blows' and a great finale 'We Hold On', Snakes & Arrows never fails to captivate me.

Unlike other albums, 'Snakes & Arrows' is filled with unique instrumentals. You have an experimental jam 'The Main Monkey Business' with heavy guitar, nice acoustics, space-like sounds, and an ambient guitar solo. The 2nd instrumental 'Hope' is a short but sweet acoustic song. Nothing but acoustic guitar, it's a really unique folk-like song. The 3rd and final instrumental is 'Malignant Narcissism', a heavy track with strong bass. Hard for me not to tap my foot to this song, with the driving bass riffs.

The lyrics are dark, like the previous album. There is a less raw and dark sound to the songs though, making them feel a little more uplifting. Certain songs are in fact empowering, like the closer 'We Hold On' which gives the feeling of hope and is combined with great heavy guitar. The instrumentals, having no lyrics, have to let the music speak. The song 'Hope' is, not surprisingly, relaxing, but the other two are heavy and haunting.

If you are one of the people who didn't like the production on 'Vapor Trails', You'll enjoy the loud powerful production 'Snakes & Arrows' has. Production for me sets a certain atmosphere for an album, and that's why I enjoyed the production for 'Vapor Trails'. For 'Snakes & Arrows' the production fits with matching the powerful riffing, vocals, and drumming.

Overall, 'Snakes & Arrows' is another flawless album in my opinion. It's less raw then 'Vapor Trails', but it doesn't remove the rock and dark mood. It's certainly essential if you enjoy Rush's present century releases.

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 Vapor Trails by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.43 | 674 ratings

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Vapor Trails
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Pastmaster

5 stars Rush - Vapor Trails

After being on hiatus since 'Test for Echo', Rush came out with my favorite Rush album. Seeing as Peart lost his wife and daughter during Rush's hiatus, it makes sense that Vapor Trails is one of Rush's darkest albums. This is no light and uplifting album, this is a dark album where Peart unleashes his emotions very well in the lyrics.

This album signaled yet another new era of Rush, a much heavier style having the most metal moments since probably 'Hemispheres'. It is also the first Rush album to not have keyboard since 'Caress of Steel'. It's not all the same sound though, you get a nice variety with heavy driving riffs on tracks like 'One Little Victory' or melancholy ominous tracks like 'Ghost Rider'. The lyrics are among Rush's best in my opinion, with themes as 911('Peaceable Kingdom'), Death of Peart's wife and daughter('Ghost Rider'), and Change('Celing Unlimited').

The song structure is stronger, with the bridges of songs like 'Secret Touch' transitioning perfectly. Speaking of the bridge of 'Secret Touch', Lifeson gives some of his best riffs in a while driving throughout the bridge while Lee slaps the bass and Peart keeps a strong beat. We get to see another part of the 'Fear' saga as well, with 'Freeze' having some heavy riffs and lyrics about fight or flight. To close of the album there is a much lighter song, 'Out of the Cradle', to end the album off on a nice note.

Most of the songs on the album are dark and heavy, so if you're into Rush's darker and heavier stuff you will probably enjoy it. 'Peaceable Kingdom' and 'Earthshine' are my personal favorites.

A lot of people dislike the production, yet I honestly think it fits. The production is dark and raw matching the mood of the songs, and I think that is how it was supposed to be. Even if you don't like the production though, Rush recently re-mixed the album with a different production so more people can enjoy it I suppose.

Overall, I think Vapor Trails is Rush's first flawless album since 'Moving Pictures'. Even though it may not appeal to some, I think this is when Rush entered their best era. It's darker, heavier, and raw.

Give it a chance.

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 Grace Under Pressure by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.70 | 872 ratings

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Grace Under Pressure
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings
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3 stars Right from the beginning of my album-purchasing days, I became familiar with Rush. "Tom Sawyer" was on my first ever cassette purchase, a compilation of hits from 1982. Geddy Lee appeared as a guest on my second cassette, Bob and Doug MacKenzie's "Great White North" album, a comedy album that included a song "Take Off (to the Great White North)" with Geddy singing the chorus. So I knew about Rush. However, once I started watching late night music video programs, the Rush I heard was "Grace Under Pressure" and "Power Windows". As a young lad who was into anything heavy metal, these albums did not impress.

It wasn't until the fall of 2010 when I was checking out Rush on Wikipedia, just out of curiosity, that I learned what an incredible career these three fellow Canadians had achieved. Always proud to support domestic talent, I braced myself and delved into the world of Rush, knowing that it would mean acquiring those eighties albums that had failed to stoke my interest back then.

"Grace Under Pressure" came in my first purchase of six albums (I actually already owned five Rush albums; I was just not a big fan) and hearing "Distant Early Warning" and "Red Sector A" brought back memories of those eighties videos. Surprisingly though, I found myself enjoying the music. Perhaps 26 intervening years of musical exploration and personal maturation along with a desire to welcome the music of Rush whole- heartedly into my life made it very easy to accept what had previously been unacceptable.

This is the first Rush album to have been recorded without long-time producer, Terry Brown. From "Permanent Waves" through to "Grace Under Pressure" the band was experimenting with shorter songs that packed a progressive approach into a more compact and traditional rock song format. In spite of this, you can still expect to find a few of the Rush trademarks including Geddy Lee's active bass and unique vocals, Neil Peart's crafty drumming and insightful lyrics, and at least a couple of signature guitar solos by Alex Lifeson. However, as with the previous album "Signals", the guitar sound has changed from the heavier rock sound of the band's earlier albums and become a tinny, New Wave pop slashing of chords with lots of echo and reverb. Also gone were the heavy riffs, replaced largely by these "schwaaang"-sounding chords. And of course there is the heavy use of synthesizers and electronic drums. It's funny how an album that sounds very seventies receives a compliment while an album that sounds very eighties receives scorn or derision, but I personally find this eighties style to be very treble focused and lacking in the bass department. The sound is not as balanced as seventies albums nor as rich as more modern albums. This I also find on Saga's album "Heads or Tails". I like the music of both "Grace" and "Heads" but the bottom end of the sound spectrum is missing.

"Grace Under Pressure" includes eight songs, though there are no longer any Rush "epics" to wriggle with excitement about; the songs range from 4:21 to 5:45, a fairly standard range for more intelligent pop rock. There does indeed seem to be a lyrical theme of "Grace Under Pressure" throughout the album. The Cold War theme surfaces in "Distant Early Warning" and "Red Lenses"; "Red Sector A" is a song about a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp and was inspired by the real life experiences of Geddy's mother; "The Enemy Within" is about facing up to one's own inhibitions and living a more adventurous, regret-free, life; and "The Body Electric" is about an android attempting to free itself from servitude.

Musically, some of the highlights for me are the dramatic opening of "Distant Early Warning" and the overall quality of the song, along with Geddy's passionate expression; the eighties rock reggae sound of "The Enemy Within", which I also find is the most frantic and intense song on the album; and Alex's memorable guitar solo in "Kid Gloves" as well as his guitar work in "Between the Wheels", which is also the heaviest song on the album with a grinding-of-steel and gritted teeth quality to it at times. I also have always loved the cover art even back in the day when I had no interest in the music. I like the Asimov-themed story of "The Body Electric", too.

This music bears no resemblance to the great epic songs that Rush were known for in the seventies; however, I do believe we see the band progressing. Heaven knows the eighties were a challenging time for the seventies progressive bands, and music was changing in style, sound, and production. It is my opinion that with "Grace Under Pressure" Rush were evolving and progressing as they explored new angles and new possibilities with their music. Yes, the songs follow a more standard rock/pop format and are rife with the sounds and instruments of the often derided eighties pop scene. But Rush attempt to make them work here within the framework that is Rush, which happens to be a rather elastic framework capable of stretching and expanding to accommodate the whims and curiosities of three creative musicians.

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 The Trees by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.19 | 7 ratings

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The Trees
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

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. 3½ stars rounded down for the uninteresting cover design.

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