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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 discography


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2.89 | 830 ratings
Rush
1974
3.33 | 916 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.52 | 993 ratings
Caress of Steel
1975
4.09 | 1617 ratings
2112
1976
4.34 | 1690 ratings
A Farewell To Kings
1977
4.37 | 1817 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.30 | 1572 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.40 | 2154 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1021 ratings
Signals
1982
3.69 | 899 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.53 | 782 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.27 | 715 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.14 | 656 ratings
Presto
1989
3.07 | 673 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.77 | 725 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.84 | 663 ratings
Test For Echo
1996
3.43 | 689 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.58 | 778 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.96 | 827 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 355 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.03 | 454 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.47 | 333 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.37 | 320 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.78 | 286 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.18 | 151 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.57 | 191 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.94 | 141 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.55 | 50 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.31 | 125 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.28 | 46 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
3.97 | 56 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013

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

3.94 | 110 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
2.94 | 68 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.33 | 232 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.41 | 230 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.04 | 120 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.13 | 131 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.70 | 37 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.66 | 238 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.11 | 60 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.87 | 85 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.82 | 38 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
3.59 | 90 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.27 | 60 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.15 | 57 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 | 31 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.57 | 34 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.62 | 35 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
3.02 | 25 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.02 | 25 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.50 | 32 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.62 | 33 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.26 | 18 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.26 | 8 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.07 | 43 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.75 | 39 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.91 | 47 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
3.86 | 7 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.40 | 5 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.04 | 5 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.00 | 2 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.13 | 34 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.51 | 32 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 | 179 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.45 | 35 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.09 | 123 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.58 | 71 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014

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 Clockwork Angels by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 827 ratings

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Clockwork Angels
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
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3 stars Rush is my favorite band. They will probably always be my favorite band. Every one of their albums is great for different reasons, even the ones I've given low stars to on ProgArchives. I'm a Rush fanboy. That being said, Clockwork Angels is a great heavy prog album that will crush you with monstrous compositions and impeccable playing - but you may walk away from this album remembering only that it was big and loud.

From a songwriting perspective, Clockwork Angels is an interesting entry for the group. Claiming that this is a "prog" Rush album seems a silly debate to me, because Rush has never sat comfortably within a genre; they change a little bit with every album. While the feel of Clockwork Angels is big and heavy and sweeping, it's not epic prog music to sit side-by-side with Hemispheres. There are loose connections to the steam-punk story (which I'm not a fan of) throughout, but it's clutching at straws to say that this is a concept album. Clockwork Angels is a collection of songs that are a bit more grandiose than the band's recent offerings. Overall they're good, a few are great, but none are amazing. None of them struck me like the achingly poignant songs on Vapor Trails, or the beautifully cynical and secular songs from Snakes and Arrows. There are few songs here that would make it to my list of essential Rush songs.

As a whole the band's playing is ultra-tight, creating a huge sound that is more aggressive and bottom heavy than any of their previous albums. Geddy's bass is very strong and takes the forefront for most of the dramatic moments. He kicks out some monstrous chugga-chugga riffs which demand attention. Alex's guitar is mostly there for texture; there are disappointingly few guitar solos and those there are do not demonstrate his virtuosity. In fact, I'd say that much of his playing comes across as sounding atmospheric. This is a shame, because it makes me feel like the band is missing one of its key voices; this could be an understudy standing in for him. Peart's drumming is characteristically excellent; in fact, it feels exceptionally energized and intense throughout the album.

So Clockwork Angels hit me as a mixed offering from my favorite band. I loved how savage Geddy's bass playing is, and the instrumental highlights throughout. Everything on this album is good; there really isn't much to complain about, but then again, there isn't much for me to rave about, either. Clockwork Angels is a unique album in the Rush library, and a worthy purchase for anyone that's a fan of the band, especially if you enjoyed Vapor Trails or Counterparts, which is a close approximation of this album's sound. Is it a return to their proggish roots? No. Is it a powerful collection of songs akin to their core '80's releases? No. It's not quite either of those things, and it's not quite as good either.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

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 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 1617 ratings

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2112
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Review by A_Flower

5 stars So, according to most critical aclaim, this is when Rush has a breakpoint. In my opinion, this is the start of there prime era. It was when they got a good grip on prog, however Caress of Steel is still a pleasent album. Alex, Geddy, and Neil bring us 2112, with a 20 minute title track telling the story of a dystopian future where some man rediscovers music but is denied to make it. The album is very good, however, not in a way of instermentation, but in concept, which of course is an important factor in prog.

So we start with the one song A-Side, "2112." This begins with futuristic sounds ahead of there time! A very good intro. Then we get a few licks from Alex, they eventually start to repeat and echo-soon it changes-and then a riff-add acoustic-add Geddy-add power! This is the amazing overture taking us into the year 2112. This entire overture is basically a...well overture, playing some music we will soon be hearing again through the song. The overture ends with an explosion and Geddy sings "...And the meek shall inherit the Earth." Immediately, there is a riff for "The Temple of Syrinx." This part is describing the rulers if the dystopia. The song is very good and is played a lot live with the overture. Anyway, the next part gives us a sound of a river and a gutiar. The part is when music is rediscovered by our protagonist. "Discovery." So, you can hear him teach himself guitar. However, he must be a genius because he taught himself to play very well within three minutes. I mean, he probably doesn't even know what a scale is and all and...oh forget it. So he teaches himself gutiar, and goes to the Preists to show them in one of my favorite sections, "Presentation." What's awesome is how Geddy basically makes the two characters, like, "Listen to my music." "YES WE KNOW." I was very happy seeing that in the set list for R40, they will be including this part with 2112. This part is concluded with some heavy double guitar soloing. Things start calm in "Oracle: The Dream." It's calm at first, and grows in a strange way when it gets heavier-a very cool section for sure. I guess he has a dream about how the Priests gained power and it wasn't always like this. Our river sound is back in "Solioquy." Like the last part, it starts calm and acoustic. Then the riff comes in, one of the best ones. It's very underrated. Ten comes "Grand Final." A few riffs are played, and some back noises are heard. It all ends with a robot voice saying "WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL." Rush has assumed control.

Now "A Passage to Bangkok" starts with a regular riff and then gets Asian. The riff repeats and Geddy songs about ridding to Bangkok, which is probably an analogy for Weed. Close to 2 minutes has a strange transition into a great gutiar solo. Afterwords we get Asian again and Geddy sings the melody. Not a bad song, but not the best.

The next song is "The Twilight Zone." After the 30 second intro, the song becomes very spooky. Geddy starts with a "I ni ni ni ni ni ni ni ni." The lyrics of this song are very creepy, though I wish they had the spooky part be the majority of the song and, with the end and the spooky part going on, some more "i ni ni's" would make it perfect.

"Lessons" fades in on acoustic guitar. Slowly we hear Neil join in on drums. This is a simple song, and get's great when the electric guitar kicks in! I like this song, it should be appreciated more.

The most bitter sweet part of the album is in this next one, Tears." With an acoustic intro, guess what's next? Mellotron! They have a guest mellotron and flute. That is what makes this song so beutiful as a prog rock song. It's usually great when tye have a fourth member with them. Anyway, the song ends with an amazing meletron.

The final song is "Something for Nothing." Like most f the songs on the album, it starts acoustic and then electric gutiar kicks in. This one has a few great gutiar riffs, it also has powerful lyrics. This song is one of the best on the album. It fades out, and I love when albums end with a fade.

I was gonna give this 4 stars, but I think it deserves 5. It's skilled, powerful, has great concept. However, it isn't Rush's best album. That would probably have to go to Moving Pictures, or maybe Permanent Waves or Hemispheres.

Song Ranking: 1. 2112 2. Something for Nothing 3. A Passage to Bangkok 4. Tears 5. The Twilight Zone 6. Lessons

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 Hold Your Fire by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.27 | 715 ratings

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Hold Your Fire
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars By the time the last half of the 80s was rolling around, Rush had settled into it's keyboard/lyric dominated sound. The songs for the last 3 albums were starting to sound too similar, except for in a few cases. That trend continued for "Hold Your Fire" and, if there were any changes, it was a trend to a more popular sound than ever. There is no mistake, when listening to this album, that it is a product of the 80s. There just isn't much guitar domination here. Those crazy and irresistible guitar hooks and anthems were non-existant at this time, except for a few guitar breaks which are much too short, the guitar has become totally supportive to Geddy's vocals and Neal's lyrics. And the songs, for the most part, continue to sound the same.

Not that there weren't some gems on this album, but seemingly less than on the previous 3 albums. Two of the best songs, "Force Ten" (which was the last song recorded for the album) and "Time Stand Still" (the album's huge hit) start the album off quickly and things seem great at first. But after that, the songs fall into that sameness as before, yet now even mellower and more keyboard laden. After those first two great songs, the only other songs worth mentioning are the fairly decent "Mission" which contains a more unique melody and some tricky rhythms in the instrumental break that stands out better than the others, and the very distinctive "Tai Shan" which is more experimental, and as such, breaks up the monotony of the rest of the album. Interestingly enough, the latter mentioned track was named as one that the band had wished they left off of the album because it was so different from the rest of the material. Hmmmm....well, it works for me to at least add some variety to the album.

But the highlights are too few and far in between and even the highlights can't come close to the earlier albums that came before "Signals". Again, we have a keyboard heavy album, with songs that don't stand out much and fail to generate the excitement of their earlier albums. Only the few highlights of the album save it from falling below 3 stars. Not a great album, just good, but not one I would recommend.

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 Hemispheres by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.37 | 1817 ratings

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Hemispheres
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars Here is another Rush album that has been reviewed so many times that everything that needs to be said has been said. "Hemispheres" is one of the many 5 star albums by the band. But there were some interesting changes going on and that becomes apparent almost immediately. Keyboards were being used again, and were being used effectively. The core guitar, bass, drums were still the driving force.

But the first real obvious change is that Geddy's voice is suddenly a huge centerpiece on the first track, which is the very long suite which serves as the sequel to "Cygnus X-1" from the previous album "Farewell to Kings". It's not really a sequel though because the first part dealt with a science fiction theme where part 2 deals with mythology. Whatever, it's Rush. The track is full of reminders of the first part with a few repeated or similar guitar hooks taken from the first part. But after a decent instrumental introduction, Geddy's vocals take over and don't let up much for the remainder of the long track. There were some disappointed fans at this time as this was the first time the guitar didn't stand out so obviously. It took more time to appreciate this track this time around, but after a few listens, it was hard to deny it the progressive epic status it deserved. Yes there was a lack of guitar craziness in the first half of the album, which is comprised of the suite, but there was masterful skill in the composition of the track. It did take a little longer to appreciate, but now that I do appreciate it, it is a masterpiece.

The 2nd half of the album is a return to form from "Farewell to Kings". This was the familiar Rush with the same formula of excellent keyboards, blazing guitar and bass solos, and heavy exciting songs. "Circumstances" and "The Trees" are rock classics and the guitar solo in "The Trees" make the difficulty of "Cygnus Part II" easier to digest on the first few listens and it also guaranteed Rush fans would return to the album. Fans were happy, and soon they would accept the long suite even if it meant listening to it a few times to appreciate it.

But I don't think anyone was ready for the awesomeness of what was to come next on the album. This is the best guitar solo ever! I know when I first heard this solo, I was amazed and excited, and I was sold on the album. After all these years, it still hasn't worn itself out, I still consider it the best instrumental track by Rush and one of the best Heavy Prog songs ever. Even if it is driven by guitar for the most part, it is a multi-dimensional full blown prog anthem. "La Villa Stragiato" would set the bar for guitar based prog for years to come. We all knew that Alex Lifeson was one of the best prog guitarists, but after this track, he was considered a guitar god. Simply amazing track that still gets me excited when I hear it. And the progressive nature of the track is amazing with all kinds of rhythmic changes, dynamics, moods, style shifts and it's all done seamlessly. If nothing else on the album was any good, this track still would have been a standout in all of rock music. But fortunately, the album is still great. One of Rush's many masterpieces, heavy rock with classical attributes in the composition of the music and loaded with prog elements galore. 5 stars.

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 Grace Under Pressure by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.69 | 899 ratings

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Grace Under Pressure
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by steelyhead

3 stars Of course I am a Rush fan and I NEED to have everything on my CD list and I have been reading some bad reviews about this outing. First things first: this is not their best material, but It is far form the worst Test for Echo. The main thing here is the usage of keyboards, they are everywhere, and sometimes the music is drowned, but beneath this the story is good and the drumming is superb, maybe one of the best from the master. So, try this one on a rainy day, I use It to jog and I, for one, find It excellent to listen while I see birds in the sky. Life is good. 3 and a half stars rounded down for the keyboards.

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 Grace Under Pressure by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.69 | 899 ratings

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Grace Under Pressure
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars After initially being disappointed with the sound of the album "Signals", I hoped that the old Rush was back with this album, but once again I was disappointed. At that point, I figured the old days of Rush were gone and I was unwilling to move on like Rush did. But I would always love their harder and heavier (and proggier) albums from before. It was quite a while before I started really listening to the Rush from the 80s, but now at least I enjoy some of their music from that decade. You do have to admit, that out of all the 70s bands trying to cross into the 80s, many of them didn't do so well and sounded even older and more dated than they would if they hadn't tried to change their sound. Rush was one band that made the cross over quite well, and survived it without hardly scratch, and they actually didn't sound dated, just different.

With Grace Under Pressure being the 2nd album after the big change, Rush had decided to go with a new producer. They also kept the emphasis on keyboards, but they did at least bring more of a guitar sound back to the forefront than they did with Signals. But the guitar sound was more 80s sounding and the hard sound was turned into more of a "Police" mentality in that it was more of a support for the vocals. The new production pushed back the sound of any particular instrument standing out or emphasized, yes even the vocals in my opinion. The lyrics were still top notch, but the overall delivery of vocals and instruments were evened out and this made everything more flat and similar sounding, as a result, not many of the songs stood out much either. You can listen to a Rush album from this decade and not remember anything about it which is completely opposite of how it was before.

After becoming more accustomed to the songs on this album, I can now say that there are a few that stand out more than others, but it took a long time for that to happen for me. For every good song, there are a few mediocre songs. For every "Distant Early Warning" there is a "The Enemy Within" and a "Between the Wheels"...one that was good and two that were nothing special. On this album, Rush also took to experimenting with sounds that were new to them like Ska/Reggae or Funk. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, it's just that at this point, there wasn't much to distinguish the different sound because, again, nothing stood out. So these new forays into new sound still sounded too much like the song before it. You had to listen really close to even realize they were doing something different from the track before it.

After listening to the 80s albums a little closer, this one comes out of the decade as not the worst of the decade, but not even close to any of the best from the decade before....it's just slightly better than average because of a few good tracks. It's not quite good enough to give 4 stars to, but it's still better than average, so it comes out of it with 3 and a half stars, but I can't bring myself to like it enough to round it up , so 3 stars it is. Besides, the description really fits this one anyway, Good, but non-essential. A little better than average, but not much.

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 Clockwork Angels Tour by RUSH album cover Live, 2013
3.97 | 56 ratings

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Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars I am a big (not to say huge) Rush fan, I own almost all of their releases, saw them live and keep following what they do. But, I must say that it's very, very sad to hear all this great music that Rush has in its back catalogue for the thousandth time live since 1997 (this is the sixth live release since then against 3 studio albums in the same time) and even more so it's really sad when you hear how bad Geddy Lee is singing.

I am one of those guys that always fought back when people accused him of having a horrible voice, because I always thought he has an amazing powerfull voice. So it's really sad when you hear him suffering so much and even going out of tune to reach notes that he would hit so easily in the past.

It's particular bad in tracks like 'Far Cry' (one of my favorite from the band), where his voice is REALLY bad.

To be very honest the material played in this 3 hours set is, as always with Rush, superb! They play if flawlessly as always. But I'm really surprised that they keep releasing live stuff as it is now. Sure, play concerts, people still want to see you live but do not release every single tour as it has been since 2002. To be honest, I'm not even sure if they hear the tapes before releasing them... because I have the impression that if they did, they would not put this album out...

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 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.33 | 916 ratings

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Fly By Night
Rush Heavy Prog

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
4.04 | 5 ratings

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Subdivisions
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

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 | 2154 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

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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