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

2.93 | 991 ratings
Rush
1974
3.36 | 1106 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.54 | 1171 ratings
Caress Of Steel
1975
4.11 | 1923 ratings
2112
1976
4.32 | 2028 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.36 | 2189 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.29 | 1875 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.40 | 2584 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1227 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 1067 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 925 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.27 | 844 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.16 | 781 ratings
Presto
1989
3.09 | 792 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 856 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.86 | 773 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.43 | 795 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.58 | 904 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1011 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 421 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.05 | 535 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.49 | 387 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.36 | 366 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.82 | 333 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.18 | 189 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.60 | 214 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.93 | 167 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.57 | 65 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.40 | 154 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.38 | 65 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
4.00 | 89 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
4.07 | 15 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, February 14 1980
2015
4.45 | 20 ratings
R40 Live
2015

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

3.98 | 128 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.37 | 37 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
4.00 | 106 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.03 | 109 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.03 | 82 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.35 | 263 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 252 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.06 | 135 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.14 | 143 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.79 | 44 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.68 | 271 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.20 | 77 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
4.38 | 37 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.54 | 13 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.59 | 106 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.31 | 73 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.20 | 69 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.13 | 79 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.11 | 53 ratings
Gold
2006
2.92 | 53 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.77 | 42 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
4.20 | 26 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
4.67 | 12 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.60 | 5 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017

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

2.01 | 38 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
4.20 | 5 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 | 193 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.51 | 40 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.10 | 130 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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 All The World's A Stage by RUSH album cover Live, 1976
3.85 | 421 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.

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 A Farewell To Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.32 | 2028 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 | 1923 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 | 1171 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!!

 Snakes & Arrows by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.58 | 904 ratings

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Snakes & Arrows
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Corcoranw687

4 stars Over the 10 years after this album was released I've spun it many times, at first unsure of how I'd rank it among Rush albums but still listening every once in awhile to give it time to settle in my mind. Rush appear very inspired on this album, helped a lot by their new choice of producer in Nick Raskulinecz who is a die-hard Rush can. Watching "The Game of Snakes and Arrows" which documents the creation of the album shows us a happy group recording music they are proud to be making, working over the course of 5 weeks using mostly acoustic instruments. Far Cry ended up being the most well known from this disc, described by Geddy as a "really good day", although Workin Them Angels also enjoyed a bit of success as a single as well. The Larger Bowl and Faithless each have great things going on lyrically, the latter also featuring an interesting main riff and great solo section towards the end. Armor and Sword and Spindrift are favourites of mine as well,I love that it gets a bit heavier and was a highlight during this album's tour. Malignant Narcissism was the last song written for the album, on a whim when Geddy received a fretless bass at the studio after all else has been recorded. Peart's drums had already been removed, causing him to record on a 3 piece kit for the first time possibly ever! The Main Monkey Business is the longest instrumental and uses 2 or 3 different riffs to great effect, staying interesting the entire time. The remaining tracks aren't essential for me, especially The Way the Wind Blows which goes on too long, and We Hold On which is just the one riff and not much else. This is still a very inspired album for a band 35 years into their career, certainly worth hearing if you've somehow missed it or giving a try if you haven't yet. 8/10
 Clockwork Angels by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 1011 ratings

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Clockwork Angels
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Corcoranw687

4 stars The final Rush album is very impressive, considering the age of the performers and their work leading up to this. I wouldn't call this a prog masterpiece but it's a great album with several interesting sections and a neat concept. The first two tracks premiered a couple years prior to promote the Time Machine Tour, giving the fans a taste of the past and future of the band, and really set the bar high. Caravan is a great opener with a riff that embodies what Rush were doing in their later years, taking something simple and playing around with it until it's more interesting. I love the bass part in BU2B during the pre-chorus, taking a radio friendly song and giving it something to define it. The title track is just awesome, it just sounds so huge! My favourite is The Anarchist, wicked riff and lyrics, you can really hear each band member's strengths while showing they can write a cohesive long song so far removed from their prog albums. Carnies is alright, a song that really came to life in a live setting, helped by an enormous fireworks budget and string ensemble, but on the album it sort of blends in. Similar story for other tracks like Halo Effect and Wish Them Well, which were fun live but I find almost irritating here, especially the latter. The Wreckers is a good single song, written with Alex on bass and Geddy on guitar, an interesting approach. Seven Cities of Gold is heavy and huge,.and Headlong Flight is a hell of a jam with a focus on Neil Peart's drumming virtuosity. These two are absolute Rush classics, but The Garden is a fantastic end to a great album and exceptional career, it's probably the biggest departure from their later style with an abundance of strings and a section with Alex on piano. This album is so full of life which can't really be said for the work that came before it, this is certainly their best album in 25 years and absolutely recommended for any fan of Rush or music in general. 8.5/10
 Rush in Rio by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.35 | 263 ratings

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Rush in Rio
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars Recently Rush called it a day, to no surprise, after their long and impressive presence in prog and roll since the early Seventies. But a few years after they formed, the trio was mighty close to do the same, when everything went wrong since the release of their third album Caress Of Steel. Rush decided to give themselves a last chance with a new album. Geddy, Neil and Alex put everything in it, fortunately in 1976 the release of 2112 was a success .... and the rest is history!

Rush has always been a 'people's band', "nailed by the press and hailed by the fans". That's why I would like to put the focus on the Rush In Rio 2-DVD set.

DVD 1: In my opinion this live registration in Brasil is the best example of the warm connection and mutual appreciation between a band and its following. Because the audience (soaken by the heavy rainfall) went euphoric and because of their noisy appearance (of course here meant in a positive way) in especially YYZ, Closer To The Heart and La Villa Strangiato. It caused goose bumps on my skin, and it even gave me a bit wet eyes. How wonderful to watch that a band can evoke these wonderful emotions, and that music can mean so much to people!

Although the sound quality is not optimal, I enjoy this Rush playing in Brasil a very inspired set of songs from all periods, especially the 'classic' era compositions, like Natural Science, YYZ, The Trees and La Villa Strangiato. I am not very much into Rush after since Presto, the Vapor Trails tour didn't appeal to me during every song,but One Little Victory is a prog and roll gem, what an exciting guitar riff, on the level of Ritchie Blackmore and Jimmy Page! Funny is the interlude in La Villa Strangiato, a great example from Rush their excellent blend of skills and humour.

DVD 2 : It contains a lot of interesting bonus material, I was blown away by the Multi-angle tracks but the Boys From Brasil docu is also very worth watching.

To quote Abba: "Thank you for the music!".

 Grace Under Pressure by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.70 | 1067 ratings

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Grace Under Pressure
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by martindavey87

4 stars Following on from where 'Signals' left off, 1984's 'Grace Under Pressure' sees Rush fully embrace the 80's synthesizer era of music, with some of their most radio-friendly and keyboard-driven pieces yet, but without losing any integrity or sense of identity. It makes for some easy-listening progressive rock, which can appeal to fans of the genre and non- fans alike.

Surprisingly, a lot of people were put off by what they consider Rush's "pop era", though personally I find this to be some of the bands most accessible material. Admittedly the second half of the album is a little on the weak side, but the first half is absolutely stellar, and consists of some of my all-time favourite Rush tunes.

'Distant Early Warning', 'Afterimage', 'Red Sector A' and 'The Enemy Within' (check that bass line!) are all perfectly crafted songs. Each one remains true to the band's sound while adapting to that periods musical trends. They're fantastic songs, incredibly catchy, creative, and well performed. Although, as mentioned above, the second half of the album does get a little stale. They're not awful by any stretch, in fact, 'The Body Electric' and 'Between the Wheels' aren't too shabby, but they pale in comparison to the previous tracks.

Well-produced to truly emphasize that glorious 80's pop vibe, Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure' is a fantastic album that shows a band able to keep with the times and avoid stagnation while delivering a product that is undeniably their own. Despite the weaker second half, I still consider this one of their finest releases.

 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.40 | 2584 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by martindavey87

4 stars I remember back in 2006, at the age of 19, I was playing in a band with a drummer who wanted to do a cover of 'Tom Sawyer'. I'd heard of Rush and was well-aware of how they'd inspired countless others, but I'd yet to actually listen to them. Oddly enough, around the same time, another friend of mine (a bassist... poor fella), was digging the instrumental track 'YYZ'. I was blown away by both songs, and when I found out they appeared on the same album, the decision was made. And so 'Moving Pictures', coincidentally one of Rush's most beloved and renowned releases, also served as my introduction to the Canadian rockers.

Not a bad place to start.

Having started as a traditional hard rock outfit, by the time Rush reached 'Moving Pictures', their eighth studio release, they were firmly established as a progressive rock act, with their music full of the traits associated with the genre. While the band had used keyboards and synthesizers before, this album ushered the trio into the 80's, in which their music would become much more keyboard-driven, adapting to the musical trends of the time, whilst never compromising their own identity.

Containing fan favourites such as 'Tom Sawyer', 'YYZ', 'Limelight', 'Vital Signs' and 'Red Barchetta', 'Moving Pictures' features excellent performances by everyone involved, with no self-indulgent endless musical passages, every note on this record has true meaning behind it, and is wonderfully produced to ensure the band sound as majestic as ever.

Highly regarded amongst fans as Rush's greatest release, 'Moving Pictures' is a classic album that rightfully deserves it's place in every progressive rock collection.

 Rush by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.93 | 991 ratings

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Rush
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars Arguably one of the most influential and beloved bands of all time, Canada's Rush came from humble beginnings, with this 1974 self-titled debut, which sees the Canadian three-piece as not much more than a standard hard rock outfit, long before they adopted a more progressive sound that would garner them worldwide fame.

Although it's not really the sort of thing I'd normally listen to, and certainly not the first Rush album I'd reach for, 'Rush' is still a nice little record. It's 40-minute duration makes it an easy listen, and although none of the tracks are notably memorable compared to their later material (with the possible exception of 'Working Man', which was an early hit for the band), they're still fairly catchy and certainly won't cause any harm.

Forming six years prior to the release of this record, it's evident in the music that this is a band that have had time to gel and really develop their own identity with their music. Geddy Lee's powerful voice bellows with a high-pitched passion that has yet to be tarnished by age or years of touring, and Alex Lifeson's guitar work, though not quite as instantly recognizable as it would become in later years, is still confident and impressive.

'Finding My Way', 'Here Again', 'Before and After', 'Working Man' and my personal favourite, 'What You're Doing' are all highlights of this album, though as I've mentioned before, most of them will be overshadowed by the bands later output, and that's not a slight on 'Rush', but a testament to how great this band will become.

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