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    Posted: September 21 2016 at 10:05
Which rock band you prefer more and why? 

These bands are among my favorites, but I gotta pick DP over Rush by a hair, because I prefer album DP In Rock over any Rush album. 
And the album of your choice: 2112 or DP In Rock?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2016 at 11:03
Rush for me.  Just taste I suppose.  I prefer their songwriting and I like Lifeson's playing much better than Blackmores.  Prefer Geddy's bass playing too.  But mostly its the songs.  DP just doesn't fire my "rock" senses like early Rush. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeffro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2016 at 11:53
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

But mostly its the songs.  DP just doesn't fire my "rock" senses like early Rush. 

Yup. Rush scratches the itch. I barely notice DP at all. A few good songs but I'm definitely not a fan. 

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Tough choice, I love both.
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Rush are my favorite band, so...  Smoke on the Water is one of those songs that gets stuck in my head after each listen.  Always find myself humming dum dum dum  dumdumdumdum dum dum dum dumdum.  I love that riff.  And now it is stuck in my head again.  :)  DP are a great heavy classic rock band with some great musicians.  Jon Lord's organ playing is really what makes them stand out from other bands from that era.
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I dunno, Deep Purple doesn't really bring anything exciting to the table for me. Rush's intricate but simple songs nail it perfectly whether you want to sit down and listen or you're listening on the go. 

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Purple for me. Big smile
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I think I'd have to lean towards Deep Purple on this one. Not just because Machine Head was the first rock album I ever heard, either.

As far as studio albums, each band has 2 that I consider great.

Rush - Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures
Deep Purple - In Rock, Machine Head

Then they have a few that I consider hit or miss

Rush - A Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres
Deep Purple - Deep Purple, Fireball, Perfect Strangers

And then the rest I'd consider uninteresting or just plain bad (or I haven't heard them yet).

So their studio output is more or less equally weighted, with Deep Purple getting a slight edge, but what puts DP over the top is their live output. Made In Japan and In Concert are both awesome live sets, the 19-minutes Wring That Neck on In Concert being one of my favourite hard rock jams ever.

And as far as a "prog perspective" (no one asked for it, but you'll get it anyway), I'd consider Deep Purple to be the victor there as well. They had two really accomplished prog mini-epics, Child In Time and April. Whereas Rush... I think that the more elaborate they tried to get, the less satisfying their music became. Fountain of Lamneth, most of 2112, and both of the Cygnus X-1 "Books" are all duds to my ears. An exception could be made for Jacob's Ladder and Natural Science. Those ones are both quite good. But Rush's real calling was the more rock-oriented 3-7 minute tracks. The Spirit of Radio, Fly By Night, Red Barchetta... those'll wake you up in the morning, any day of the week.
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Rush, one of my favorite bands. I do love Deep Purple as well though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TheDankCookie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2016 at 06:35
DP in Rock is better than 2112 in my opinion, but i love Farewell to Kings with all of my heart.. I cant make up my mind. They are both really amazing bands. :)
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I have albums by both bands but neither would get anywhere my list  of 10 favourite artists.
I have seen Deep Purple twice and it is a matter of regret that I never did see Rush when they played in the UK
Rush are probably only 2nd to Queen in terms of my favourite band that I never saw live. At least with Queen I have an excuse that I had barely started going to gigs when they toured for the last time in 1986
For me Rush do shade it over Deep Purple, although I don't think either band have done a decent album since 1984.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote doompaul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2016 at 09:56
Hard to choose on this one. Rush is by far more complex and interesting. DP is just a great balls out rock band. Both have had their ups and downs but I think DP's downs were far lower. I dunno. An odd choice of two bands to compare. I'm stumped.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2016 at 20:20
DP never really did anything for me, and I grew up in that 70's hard rock/metal era. I was really into funk/R&B during the Smoke On the Water song release, I remember, great rock riff for sure, but really nothing else stands out to me.

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easy choice for me: Deep Purple. I don't like Rush at all


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I guess I've enjoyed Rush more over the years, so I'll vote Rush, but love Deep Purple too.
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Never got DP's appeal.  Grew up on Rush.

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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

easy choice for me: Deep Purple. I don't like Rush at all


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DP were okay but they never did much for me, just another hard rock band.
I enjoyed Rush's music much more (and Lifeson was the better guitarist).
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