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Formed in Toronto, Canada in 1968

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

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

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

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

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RUSH discography


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2.94 | 1007 ratings
Rush
1974
3.36 | 1125 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.54 | 1191 ratings
Caress Of Steel
1975
4.11 | 1969 ratings
2112
1976
4.32 | 2078 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.36 | 2242 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.29 | 1915 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.39 | 2647 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1253 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 1086 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 938 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.28 | 858 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.16 | 793 ratings
Presto
1989
3.10 | 805 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 869 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.86 | 783 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.42 | 806 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.57 | 917 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1027 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 428 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.05 | 542 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.49 | 391 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.36 | 371 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.82 | 338 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.19 | 194 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.60 | 216 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.93 | 169 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.57 | 65 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.41 | 157 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.37 | 66 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
4.00 | 91 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
3.93 | 18 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, February 14 1980
2015
4.46 | 26 ratings
R40 Live
2015

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

3.98 | 131 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.39 | 38 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
4.00 | 107 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.04 | 112 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.03 | 83 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.34 | 267 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 255 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.06 | 138 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 145 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.79 | 44 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.67 | 275 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.18 | 79 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.92 | 99 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.93 | 60 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
5.00 | 3 ratings
R 40 (DVD Box Set)
2014
4.42 | 41 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.47 | 15 ratings
Time Stand Still
2016

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

3.40 | 57 ratings
Archives
1978
2.74 | 25 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.60 | 107 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.31 | 74 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.20 | 70 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.13 | 80 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.12 | 54 ratings
Gold
2006
2.92 | 54 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.78 | 43 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.82 | 29 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.32 | 28 ratings
Icon
2010
4.15 | 38 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.54 | 42 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.54 | 41 ratings
Sector 3
2011
3.29 | 7 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.67 | 3 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
4.22 | 27 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
4.73 | 15 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.43 | 7 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017

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

2.01 | 39 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.82 | 27 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
2.67 | 6 ratings
In The Mood
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bastille Day
1975
3.05 | 28 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.04 | 28 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.56 | 35 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.66 | 36 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.27 | 20 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.37 | 11 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.11 | 47 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.80 | 42 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.95 | 52 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.18 | 11 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.89 | 9 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.14 | 9 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.71 | 7 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.14 | 38 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.56 | 36 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.50 | 2 ratings
Afterimage
1984
3.08 | 37 ratings
The Big Money
1986
4.00 | 6 ratings
Prime Mover
1987
4.60 | 5 ratings
Closer To The Heart
1989
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Pass
1989
2.84 | 19 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
4.00 | 6 ratings
Roll The Bones
1992
1.89 | 20 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
3.05 | 25 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.33 | 27 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.83 | 194 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.51 | 40 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.09 | 131 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.58 | 76 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
4.57 | 7 ratings
The Garden
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014
4.25 | 4 ratings
Roll The Bones
2015

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 Hemispheres by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.36 | 2242 ratings

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Hemispheres
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by MagicGALAXY

5 stars This album speaks to me. I had found Rush randomly upon searching more classic rock music to listen to. I started with the greatest hits album, and I ended up being amazed by all the songs. Before that, I had never come across a band that I thoroughly enjoyed. This band appeared out of nowhere. So I decided to spend time researching.

Long story short: Rush became my gateway drug to progressive rock as a genre. Geddy, Lifeson, and Peart are a real treasure to me. The more I looked into prog rock, the more I appreciated Rush's heavy prog ways in the 70s and early 80s. I started to listen to their albums in full, as well as other great bands, and wanted to find the best album, of a band I had concluded was my favorite. 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Moving Pictures, and even Caress of Steel had become big contenders.

However, when I had finally listened through *Hemispheres* all the way through, it changed everything.

1.) Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

- Many have critiqued this track the most when comparing it to 2112. That 2112 is a better song. I think that is not completely ill-willed. 2112 is very good, and is probably the best Space Rock Opera. However, Hemispheres is really it's own category. It's much more of a journey of the mind, rather than an observation of a anti-individual society. The song lyrically is a metaphor. Apollo is pure reason, and Dionysus is pure pleasure. Cygnus is the balance found between them. The song carries the listener through this process in a brilliantly crafted way. Peart's lyrism is strong here and throughout this whole album.

The album starts with an exhilarating intro, as if throwing you into the space realm. The guitar riffs, the bass riffs, the drums, the mesmorizing synth wave. It carries you through man's attempted with following Apollo, failing, then going to Dionysus, only to fail again. The guitar riffs becoming ever more panic driven, with Geddy's vocals striking you with bright dismay at the current events. The story then reminds us of the previous book (The Voyage) as if we are drifting weightlessly in space. When we arrive to Cygnus' awakening, it is like an epiphany, and the light of a new born star in the galaxy hits our eyes. The realization that, "perhaps pure reason or oure pleasure is not what is right."

Once the gods acknowledge Cygnus and we blast off into space, we are suddenly greeted with an acoustic guitar, and Geddy's voice more calm and still. The lyrics here are especially important. It is not merely that we walk together with similar goals in mind, but we can all follow our own dreams freely. I personally think that this is to show that, even though we must follow truth and love, it is *our* truth and love. Find *our* balance. Our balance as individuals.

Perhaps the lyrism is a bit odd, I'll admit, but the instrumentation is stellar. 10/10

2.) Circumstances:

- I love this track. Everything is on the nose here, with instruments and lyrics (was that French I heard in the chorus!). While many find this track weak (it is fair to say that it is the weakest of the album), I find that it hits my buttons both lyrically and musically. 10/10

3.) The Trees:

- Lyrically thought provoking, with incredible acoustic work by Lifeson, and the ever talented Peart drums and Geddy bass work as usual. A observation of Maples and Oaks that makes you consider your thoughts on certain poltical ideas with a very evil twist at the end. A libertarian manifesto. The song is still quite pleasent to listen to with Geddy's voice starting soft and then becomes engaged in dialogue. A great song over all. 10/10

4.) La Villa Strangiato:

- This song changed my life. It made me pick up guitar and start playing it. Perhaps that is why I am biased and love this album so much. Sadly, while being my favorite, it is a double edge sword. The song was so difficult to make, as well as other parts of this album, it killed Rush's wants to make more epic style albums. Hence it was the last epic album. It is unfortunate, but Rush should not pressure itself like it did here, even if I loved it. It still blows my mind that three people did this song. This song is out of this world.

This 9 minute instrumental that kicks in is the ultimate Rush track. The power trio really showed it talent and musicianship with this track. From a beautifully breath taking flamenco inspired intro, to synthwave and the ever growing drum fills in the first 2 minutes, slaming into the epic. The guitar solo that Lifeson play is the best guitar solo I have ever heard. It is elevated higher from the amazing drum fills by Peart and the subtle synthwave through out its length. The great Jaco inspired bass riffs by Geddy show his wild side. The transitions between all these events is like watching a rock band doing jazz. Many parts of the song feel like jazz. The way the song ends certainly shows that to me, by ending with a great thud in *A Farewell to Things.* It gets a RUSH/10.

5.) Conclusion:

- The best Rush album hands down for me. Worth every minute. I can't highly recommend it enough for prog users and especially Rush fans that like prog. If you like synthwave and prog rock with heavy and jazz elements, this has a nice mixture. A great masterpiece of Rush, and certainly a great addition to any prog rock collection. I hope you enjoy!

 Vapor Trails by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.42 | 806 ratings

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Vapor Trails
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars 'Vapor Trails' is an interesting anomaly in Rush's catalog. After a long hiatus during which the members of the band were each suffering personal issues, especially Neal Peart, the band got back together with Geddy and Alex jamming out ideas while Neal worked separately writing lyrics. This was a fairly typical way for Rush to work, and once everyone had enough ideas, they would all get together to work them out. It was decided that the band would not use keyboards in this album, which is actually the first time they did this since 'Caress of Steel' which was the band's 3rd studio album. This was not such a bad thing, and even Alex's decision not to do any guitar solos was not a bad thing, because the music that they ended up with was good. The problem was that production is terrible on the album because of the recording.

Rush was not happy with the sound on this album, even though they did love the songs. As Peart said, the recording, which concentrated on making everything louder, took away all dynamics and nuances of the music. What you end up with is a very clinical sounding album with a lack of much emotion.

I agree that the songs themselves are great, at least for the most part, but they sound tinny and too much alike. I also miss the occasional keyboard and Alex's usual solos. The lyrics are also amazing, some of Neal's most personal lyrics. Song structure is good, musicianship is great as always, but one of the most important things is missing from the original recording, and that is any variety and any emotion. I completely agree that the fault lies mostly with the bad production, it is quite obvious when compared with other Rush releases.

I never bothered to listen to the remixed version of this album so I can't say for certain that it made things better, but I can imagine it did. Some day, I will listen, but it's difficult to return to an album where you have had bad listening experiences previously. There are, of course decent songs here like 'Peaceable Kingdom' and 'Ghost Rider' but the cheap sounding recording, which was recorded way too loud creating distortion and destroying dynamics, make the overall experience of this album a negative one. Without hearing the remixed album, I would recommend listening to that, because it definitely can't be worse than this, by any means. I wish I would have heard it that way first, because it makes it difficult to want to listen to it again. I can at least give it 3 stars based on everything else though. I'm sure it would have gotten at least 4 stars otherwise.

 Caress Of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.54 | 1191 ratings

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Caress Of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by PsychicVacuum

5 stars Rush's second album "Fly by Night" had some hints of prog but "Caress of Steel" is where they truly dove headfirst into progressive rock. This is definitely their most underrated release, with a lot of people saying the epic tracks are too long but I've always really enjoyed this album.

"Bastille Day" is the album opener and what an opener it is! The energy in this song is incredible with it's instantly memorable hard rocking guitar riffs and amazingly tight rhythm playing from all 3 of the guys. The intensity lets up a bit for the choruses and the bridge but kicks back in for Alex Lifeson's awesome (as usual) solo. Killer track and one of my favourite short Rush songs.

"I Think I'm Going Bald" continues the hard rock theme with it's meaty guitar lines and lyrics that are sometimes humorous but witty and relatable for probably anyone who's over 20 or so. Another very solid song.

Track 3, "Lakeside Park", is a much more laid back affair with mostly clean guitars and sentimental lyrics about the carefree times of youth. Another theme that's very relatable for almost anyone. Stellar playing on this song too which demonstrates Rush's ability to take it down a few notches when they want to while still retaining great hooks and musicianship.

"The Necromancer" is the final track of side one and the first epic song of the album, clocking in at 12 and a half minutes. I think I've loved this song since the first time I ever the amazingly beautiful and melancholic guitar intro. Probably one of my favourite riffs ever. The narration sets a very bleak and foreboding tone before the drums kick in. After a couple minutes we get to a cool start/stop riff with nice guitar fills, then out of nowhere explodes a completely blistering extended solo from Lifeson. The rhythm underneath then switches to a great fast bass riff with the always superb drumming from Neil Peart to anchor it. The final section of the song is very uplifting with major guitar chords fitting the theme of the triumph of good over evil.

Side 2 is taken up by the band's first side-long track, "The Fountain of Lamneth". Even diehard Rush fans seem to be divided on this track and it is the main point for the controversy about this album in general. I won't go into a lot of detail describing it since there are so many parts to it but in my opinion this song is just about as good as "2112" with a great variety of moods ranging from very gentle, pastoral passages to melancholic and heavy as well. Above all however there are a ton of awesome guitar riffs. My favourite is probably the one that first appears at 5:20 and sounds like it could be taken striaght from an Opeth song (obviously the other way arounf though!). There are a few sections of the song that I'm not crazy about but there are very few prog epics I've heard (and I know quite a few) where I can honestly say I love every part. This one would not be in my top 5 favourites or anything but it's still very good.

Overall, this album gets much more flak than it deserves. It's not my absolute favourite Rush album but I still love it and I think anyone who is into prog should disregard the low rating here on PA and at least give it a chance.

4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.

 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.36 | 1125 ratings

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Fly By Night
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by martindavey87

2 stars 'Fly By Night' is the second album by Canadian rock legends Rush. Released in 1975, it's the first album to feature drummer Neil Peart, and solidifies what is the definitive Rush line up, with bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, holding up all the way to the bands retirement in January 2018.

However, I don't think this album is as good as the band's debut. While there's a few good songs, and Neil Peart's drumming has lots of small touches that make him stand out from his predecessor, John Rutsey, I just struggle to really get into most of these tracks.

That's not really a knock on the band though. I love Rush, especially their 80's synth-driven era, and their self-titled debut was a solid hard rock album. But 'Fly By Night' just doesn't quite work for me. It's easy to hear the progressive elements coming into the trios sound, and the musicianship itself is fantastic. I'd just prefer to listen to 'Grace Under Pressure' or 'Signals' instead.

So what songs do I like? 'Anthem' is catchy, as is the title track and 'Best I Can', and there's the soft, folk-inspired 'Rivendell' which I didn't like initially but eventually it came to grow on me. But from a band with such a wealth of material to choose from, I can't see myself coming back to these very often.

Rush are one of my all-time favourite bands, and with a career spanning over 40 years, there's bound to be a couple of albums I'm not too keen on. This is one of them. There's no specific reason, but they have so many other albums that I prefer much more over this one. Simple as that. Sorry guys!

 R 40 (DVD Box Set) by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 2014
5.00 | 3 ratings

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R 40 (DVD Box Set)
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars 'Concert halls!'

In 2014 I read about this huge box set and conclude that I already own 9 of the 10 discs, only not the R 40 Bonus Disc featuring 'over 2 hours of previously unreleased live footage'. Suddenly I hear the Anthem Sirens singing 'Dear Rush fan, this is incredible footage, buy it, you may not miss this, buy it, show us your are a true Rush fan, buy it!' I can't not resist these seducing and demanding words by the Anthem Sirens, I need to buy it, right now! And so I turn into another victim of Anthem record company their 'wallet plundering' R 40 release. But how about that R 40 Bonus Disc?

First a very brief look at the other concert DVD's in this box.

Rush In Rio ' 2003 : This is a moving match between skills and emotions, Rush playing for a rain soaked, dancing, yelling and singing Brasilian crowd, an extra dimension, perfectly registered, especially YYZ, goose bumps!

R 30 ' 2005 : Recorded in Germany, a magical return to Europe after many years, especially the R30 Overture, awesome music and great animations.

Snakes & Arrows ' 2008 : Rush presented their highly acclaimed new album and a lot of work from the 1977 and 1984 era, supported by splendid animations and a breathtaking lightshow.

Time Machine ' 2011 : The Moving Pictures 30th Anniversary tour, after the break Rush performed the entire Moving Pictures album, again embellished with awesome visuals, this is progrock history!

Clockwork Angels - 2013 : Featuring the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, great shots from the warm and enthusiastic interaction between the ensemble members and the Rush musicians.

Finally, the R 40 Bonus Disc. The first 8 tracks on the R 40 Bonus Disc are from a 1974 recording at a secondary school near their hometown Toronto, in colour, good bootleg quality, and very interesting. It's the era of their eponymous debut album, with their first drummer John Rutsey. He is an archetypical rock drummer and does a good job, and also the conversation with the crowd. Looking at this very early Rush I am impressed, the band sounds powerful (with obvious hints from Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Yardbirds and Cream), tight, professional, self confident and they play with passion and pleasure. Geddy Lee his bass work is strong and he sings powerful, with that distinctive high- pitched (at moments screamy) voice. Alex Lifeson is a joy to watch, his outstanding guitar play is in the vein of Jimmy Page, but also bluesrock like Rory Gallagher (in the unknown I've Been Runnin', even the use of a bottleneck) and Black Sabbath (Working Man, long and exciting improvisation by the band). Rush their powerful melodic rock is appreciated by the young audience, watch their delighted faces!

Then 5 songs recorded during the 2112 USA tour in 1976, the footage is in black and white but the quality is very good. Now Neil Peart is the drummer, with a huge drumkit. Geddy has switched from a Fender to the distinctive Rickenbacker (like his hero Chris Squire). It's only two years later but Rush has turned into a very tight unit, they play more dynamic, the interplay is amazing and every member has matured. Rush survived from bad times (close to a demise around 1975), the new album 2112 sounds fresh, dynamic and powerful, as Rush during this concert. Especially the classic epic 2112 is jawdropping, what a creative powerhouse! This is very nice footage, Rush is on their way to become a top rock band, and this is their awesome bridge from progressive hardrock to heavy progressive. You see this development during the entire composition (7 parts). And Alex Lifeson is delivering more and more of his trademark guitar soli: fiery, biting, blistering, with spectacular use of the wah-wah (in Anthem and especially 2112, he really shines). Also worth to watch is Neil Peart in his early days with Rush, his contribution to Rush is already huge, in several ways (drums, compositions, lyrics). And how dynamic and inventive is his work on the drums, often with his head downwards, full concentration.

Next the year 1988 with the live track named Lock And Key (from the Hold Your Fire album). Rush is now a 'High-Tec 'Heavy Prog-Orchestra', just look at their equipment in this live footage, breathtaking. And what an incredible contrast with the 1974 footage, now Geddy Lee is surrounded by keyboards and Neil Peart with assorted percussion! Rush plays a wonderful version of Lock And Key, the lightshow is amazing.

And then an open air concert from 1997 (Test For Echo era) in their hometown Toronto, this registration contains 8 compositions. Rush their sound is obviously more song oriented and more guitar based, like in Limbo and Virtuality. My highlights are Leave That Thing Alone (exciting interplay and lots of catchy and swinging shifting moods) and 2112, a strong version(not the best), halfway a surprising and long guitar improvisation, very tasteful and great rhythm guitar work. The crowd loves it and Rush play inspired. Although the sound quality is not optimal and at some moments Geddy lacks a bit power in his voice. But it's very special footage, for the first time in many years Rush performed the entire version of 2112, and it remains a captivating classic epic!

Next I Still Love You Man, the funny closing film from the Time Machine tour in 2011.

Finally the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, first the verbal part, my highlight is a hilarious act by Lifeson . Then the musical part. First an awesome live version of the 2112 Overture by Rush diehards Grohl and Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and Raskulinecz (producer), in the end joined by the Alex, Geddy and Neil. This is a perfect demonstration of the strong relationship between the fans and the band. In the conclusion of the musical part Rush deliver excellent versions of Tom Sawyer and The Spirit Of Radio, both tracks epitomize the highly acclaimed Rush sound, an unique blend of outstanding skills, ideas, power and lyrics.

My conclusion about the R 40 Bonus Disc. You can literally watch the stunning development (between 1974 and 2013) of the band (from a promising local rock band to a 'biggie'), the musicians, the music, the lightshow, the animations, the strong connection with their audience, really awesome.

My conclusion about this 10 DVD box set: a Big Plus are the 56 page booklet (wonderful and funny colour and black- and-white photos, often very creative shots and super quality) and the Bonus Disc. And if you do not own most of the live DVD's, this is the best progrock you can get from the last five decades (my personal rating: six stars). But if you own, like me, al those previously released live DVD's, this is an expensive purchase, with lots of doublures. But I don't regret to be seduced by the Anthem Sirens!

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 Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, February 14 1980 by RUSH album cover Live, 2015
3.93 | 18 ratings

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Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, February 14 1980
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM"

This is a live recording from the Red Vox Label, in the serie Historical FM Broadcastings. It captures a Rush gig in the USA, shortly after the release of their Permanent Waves album (early 1980). The recording is at the level of a high quality bootleg and the running time is 73 minutes. The 8-page booklet (I own the CD version) contains an interesting interview in the English rock magazine Sounds (March 1980), Rush telling about their success (Canadian awards and Best Band In The World by UK magazine Sounds) and the change of their musical direction.

The first track 2112 showcases how Rush have matured since All The World's A Stage from 1976. Here Rush sounds more dynamic and adventurous, from the intro with the synthesizer sounds to the final words 'We have assumed control', awesome, this is top notch progressive hardrock. And loaded with sensational wah-wah drenched guitar soli by Alex Lifeson and featuring an outstanding, very fluent rhythm-section. And on the following By-Tor And The Snow Dog the criminally underrated Lifeson delivers one of his exciting soli, with use of the phaser, wah-wah and echo pedal. You can consider the rest of the setlist on this 1980 live CD as a bridge between the progressive hardrock on the live album All The World's A Stage (1976) and the Heavy Prog on the live album Exit Stage Left (1981). From straightforward in Beneath, Between, Behind, Working Man, Anthem, Bastille Day and In The Mood (including Geddy Lee his still a bit 'Micky Mouse on helium' voice) to elaborate and alternating in The Spirit Of Radio, Xanadu, Natural Science and La Villa Strangiato. But there is always that distinctive Rush, with their high quality, huge inspiration and inventive musical ideas. Only the long drum solo by Neil Peart during In The Mood tends to sound a bit embryonal: entertaining but still searching for the perfect balance between time and quality, as he did since the mid-Eighties, nicknamed 'the professor on the drum kit'. The final track La Villa Strangiato emphasizes Rush their new musical direction, into captivating and compelling Heavy Prog, highly recommended!

 All The World's A Stage by RUSH album cover Live, 1976
3.85 | 428 ratings

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All The World's A Stage
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "All the World's a Stage" is a live album release by Canadian progressive rock act Rush. The album was released through Mercury Records in the US/Europe and through Anthem Records in their native country in September 1976. The original version of the album was a double vinyl release featuring a gatefold sleeve. Itīs the first live album release by the band, and according to the liner notes it closes the first chapter of the bandīs history.

Rush got their breakthrough earlier in 1976 with the release of their fourth full-length studio album "2112" and the material on "All the World's a Stage" were recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto on June 11, 12, and 13 during their tour supporting the album. "All the World's a Stage" naturally features some tracks from "2112" (including about 16 minutes of the normally 20 minutes long title track), but the bandīs first three albums "Rush (1974)", "Fly by Night (1975)", and "Caress of Steel (1975)", are also represented by at least one track each.

Rush have always been an exceptionally well playing band, and thatīs true for their live performances too, which "All the World's a Stage" perfectly documents. The album also features a powerful, raw, and organic sounding production, which suits the material well, so "All the World's a Stage" is a fine presentation of a 1976 Rush show (including a drum solo from Neal Peart). The tracklist is well picked, the sound production is relatively well sounding, and the performances are strong from all three members of the band. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 A Farewell To Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.32 | 2078 ratings

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A Farewell To Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by ProgMetaller2112

5 stars After the success of the previous record (2112), Rush was finally able to breathe. They no longer had the record company on their backs anymore. They finally were able to do what they wanted without hearing it from their label. What did they end up recording after 2112? Well, one of their most beloved and influential albums, 1977's A Farewell to Kings. Prior to the release of this record some prog fans were still not really on board with Rush (even with the release of 2112). They were not really on board because they were not super complex or proggy. Prog to me is very subjective, but that's me digressing and rambling on a different topic. Also, let's face it people, prog fans can be pretty snobby. Anyway, this all changed with A Farewell to Kings. Not only did that change, the band also changed. They changed and matured before our eyes as they started using instruments that they previously never used (such as the wind chimes, tubular bells, synthesizers, etc). They were now exploring what they had potential with to begin with but did not have the means to do so (I don't know if that made sense). Starting with A Farewell to Kings, Rush's music grew exponentially and became more expansive. On to the actual review of the album right?? Let's get this going!!

1) A Farewell to Kings - Just like on 2112, the title track opens up the record. This one is very different though as it begins with Alex playing some acoustics. It is soon followed by some lush percussives and synthesizers (just listen to that interplay, oh my...) before becoming a loud rocker. It is quite a feat and I absolutely love it. I love how it ends. It ends with Geddy singing the following lyrics "Can't we find the minds to lead us, closer to the heart (clearly referencing another track off the album). A very dynamic opener to this album. Fantastic track. 10/10

2) Xanadu - This one is hands down one of my all time favorite tracks ever. Not just in Prog but in music altogether. Its build is unlike anything I have heard (even King Crimson's intro to Larks' Tongues in Aspic doesn't match it for me). It is an amazing song. You just have to listen to it to understand what I am talking about. Listen to it now if you haven't already done so. 10/10

3) Closer to the Heart - A big hit for the band and absolute classic. It is also one of the band's best songs. I know it has been played over and over again but it still has the same power that it did when it first came out. I love everything about it. 10/10

4) Cinderella Man - This is Rush in full effect and with their foot on the gas pedal. It has the band's signature written all over it. A simple yet very complex song. I especially love the instrumental playing. Musically, a fiery track. 10/10

5) Madrigal - To some this is the low point of the album. Not to me though. I see it as the calm before the storm (I am of course talking about the following track and one that we will be talking about next!). It's a very unique track in the Rush discography as nothing sounds quite like it. 10/10

6) Cygnus X-1 - Wow! This one! What a way to end the album. I don't have much to say about it. It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up! This track has given me the goosebumps on more than a few occasions. If the hairs on the back of your neck didn't or don't stand up you are simply not a human being! This is my absolute favorite ending to any album ever (that's saying something). Perfect. 10/10

Overall, I think that this album is an absolute masterpiece. About as perfect as a band can get. If I could give it a higher rating I would but I can't. 5 stars easily!! Peace out!!

 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 1969 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by ProgMetaller2112

5 stars We have arrived at a point in Rush history where the band finally started to pick up steam (both from an artistic and musical standpoint as well as for the band's record company). Even though their record company did not particularly like the brand of music that they made they still had them signed but it did not seem like they would for long. From a historical standing this album was the most important in the band's discography as it was a bit of an ultimatum for the band. The record company threatened to drop them from their label if it didn't succeed and produce the results that they wanted. The guys were saying "if this is our last hurrah then so be it! We are going out in a blaze of glory!" What happened afterwards turned out to be one of the most triumphant moments in music and artistic history (a huge victory for artistic freedom!!) . It turned out that the band was right. Their record label did not and has not told them anything ever since this album was released! On to the review of the actual album right?

1) 2112 - The album opens up with the title track and it is a song of epic proportions. It starts off rather spacey for a bit but then it turns into a heavy hitter filled with plenty of energy, vigor and power. Even though it is not as complicated as future epics this one still packs a wallop as it goes through about 6 different portions of song (I am particularly fond of the Presentation portion of the song) with plenty of heavy moments. It not only has those heavy moments though it also has light and delicate moments (I love the light and shade that this band is able to pull off). With tracks such as these you know the band is able to pull off epic suites similar to the ones that Genesis and Yes were doing but also very different!. This is a Rush and early Prog Metal classic. 10/10

2) A Passage to Bangkok - I believe this one is about the use of drugs ( a subject matter that I am not too keen on). However, despite the subject matter the band was able to pull off a track that was very memorable. Alex shines quite a bit on it. The ending to this track demonstrates to us why Rush is so beloved. I don't think it is perfect but it's still really good. 9/10

3) The Twilight Zone - I love this track. I love how spacey it sounds (just listen to that intro!!). Everything about it is awesome from the guitars to the interplay between Geddy and Neil. It is complex but not too much. It ends in a rather mysterious manner (epic soloing from Alex). 10/ 10

4) Lessons - The jumpy song off of the album. Musically it is a very animated and lively piece. While listening to it you just know that Rush are players of the highest quality and this song demonstrates to that to a tee. Perfect track in my opinion. Grade A playing. I love it. 10/10

5) Tears - This one is absolutely breathtaking! On it the band takes to you to a place where they never have taken you. Neil takes a bit of a back seat (he drums a bit but not too much) to Geddy and Alex on this one. It has some very haunting yet beautiful guitar, bass and mellotron. It is probably my favorite track on the album. 10/10

6) Something for Nothing - This one is very much a high energy piece and thunderous track (you could tell that the band was trying to get it out of their system). I know I keep saying that Rush are the Fathers of Prog Metal (it is debatable though) but they really have all of the prerequisites and they fit the criteria. This is a song that demonstrates that even more. Even though it is a bit repetitive it still cooks especially during the ending. 10/10

Overall, I feel 2112 is a classic Rush album and one of the very first Progressive Metal albums. Highly recommended especially for those who like heavier prog music. You might still like it as a regular prog fan though. 5 stars!! Peace out!!

 Caress Of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.54 | 1191 ratings

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Caress Of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by ProgMetaller2112

5 stars By early to mid 1975, the Canadian Prog trio Rush already had two albums under their belts (Rush and Fly by Night). Their debut (simply entitled Rush) did ok by record company standards but Fly by Night was a little different. They (the band's record label) were not too thrilled about it. Their record label was not buying the music that they were making as they pretty much wanted Rush to be a top 40 radio hit rock band. The band did not want to as they simply refused to conform to their record company demands. We then got yet another "odd recording," Caress of Steel was the result. With 1975's Caress of Steel, the band had pretty much arrived at a low point (in terms of sales and reception from critics and the record company). It was not doing so well. They even half-heartedly and jokingly dubbed their Caress of Steel tour the "Down the Tubes tour." However, it was not the case with everyday people listening to the band's music as the band was also gaining somewhat of a devoted and loyal following (this didn't become as evident until the next album). This album has tended to be somewhat of a divider between Rush fans though. Some love it, some hate it. How do I feel about it? Let's see. On to the actual review of the recording, 1975's Caress of Steel.

1) Bastille Day - The album opens up with the heavy and raucous track with Lee belting out the lyrics soon after. The bass, the drums and guitars are in full effect and I find it to be yet another perfect example of early Progressive Metal(I believe Rush to be the Fathers of the genre but it is certainly debatable) You could tell that the band was working hard to perfect this track. It has a great and memorable melodious chorus and ending. One of the tracks that made me fall in love with this band's music. 10/10

2) I Think I'm Going Bald - This track follows Bastille Day and it is yet another loud and raucous rocker. Although the lyrics are a complete cheesefest the metalhead in me is quite fond of the rocking nature of this song. Though a bit on the underdeveloped side I still enjoy it somewhat. It is my least favorite track on the album. 7/10

3) Lakeside Park - With this track we get something that sounds a little similar to something off of Fly by Night but also different, more refined and more melodious with Lee's bass carrying the song (for me at least). The ending to this track is absolutely outstanding with Lee sincerely singing the following lines: "Everyone would gather, on the 24th of May, sitting in the sand to watch the fireworks display. Dancing fires on the beach, singing songs together, though it's just a memory some memories last forever." You could tell that the band was trying harder. It's not super complex but I love this track. 10/ 10

Now we get to the most controversial part of the album. The part where some tune out. For me however, it's what makes the album quite an experience. On with the following 2 tracks no??

4) The Necromancer - When I first heard this Rush epic I was instantly amazed by it as I had not heard anything like it (not even by Pink Floyd, the band that pretty much started my Prog listening adventure). This track begins in a rather dark and foreboding manner with some Gilmouresque solos from Alex (It reminds me a bit of a track off of The Wall or Animals by Pink Floyd (this album was released a good 2 and 4 years earlier respectively though)) before becoming an explosive and very heavy track (Led Zeppelin and even Black Sabbath eat your hearts out). The band goes bonkers for a bit (with some piercing playing by Lifeson, Lee and Peart) before it calms down. The ending to this track is absolutely gorgeous. I find it to be yet another perfect example of early Progressive Metal. Rush are the Fathers of the genre I tell you.10/10

5) The Fountain of Lamneth - This track is the mammoth of the album and I adore it. Starts off with some beautiful acoustic guitar work from Lifeson before becoming yet another explosive track. Peart afterwards delivers a thunderous drum solo that I quite enjoy. The track then becomes a haunting number when it heads to the No One at the Bridge portion. The band delivers some fantastic work on this portion of the song (very, very epic). Personally, I find this track to be an absolute work of art. I knew that when I first heard this track I knew I found my type of music. I love, love, love it. 10/10

Overall, despite what the band says about it and despite what the record company and critics say. I find it to be an ambitious work of art that should be in everyone's prog collection. Highly recommended especially for those who like heavier progressive music. 5 stars!!

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