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Poll Question: Which of these is the best?
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    Posted: November 30 2017 at 14:38
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

A Farewell To Kings for me
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"It just has none of the qualities of your work that I find interesting. Abandon (?) it." - Eno
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1. Permanent Waves
2. Moving Pictures
3. Grace Under Pressure
4. Power Windows
5. Signals
6. Hold Your Fire
7. Hemispheres
8. 2112
9. A Farewell to Kings
10. Clockwork Angels

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1. A Farewell To Kings
2. 2112
3. Hemispheres
4. Moving Pictures
5. Permanent Waves
6. Caress Of Steel
7. Signals
8. All the rest
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 20 2017 at 22:55
I voted for Hemispheres but I could have voted for Permanent Waves(which would be a close second). 
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1. Permanent Waves
2. Hemispheres 
3. A Farewell to Kings
4. Moving Pictures
5. 2112
6. Caress of Steel
7. Fly By Night
8. Signals 
9. Rush
10. Power Windows

Hemispheres is the most impressive, but Permanent Waves from top to bottom is the best. Rush's five album run from 2112 through Moving Pictures is untouchable.  



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Caress of Steel, Permanent Waves and AFTK stand out for me. Obviously I have voted for the one with The Necromancer regardless of objective quality.

Edited by TGM: Orb - November 12 2017 at 05:37
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A Farewell to Kings
Hemispheres
Permanent Waves
Moving Pictures
2112
Fly by Night
Caress of Steel
Rush
Power Windows
Grace Under Preassure
Signals
Counterparts
Hold Your Fire
Roll the Bones
Presto
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Permanent Waves > Caress of Steel > Moving Pictures
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1) Hemispheres
2) Moving Pictures
3) A Farewell to Kings
4) Permanant Waves
5) Signals
6) 2112
7) Caress of Steel
8) Snakes and Arrows
9) Grace Under Pressure
10) Clockwork Angels

A clear pattern amongst the progarchivers. A 1976-1984 golden period, with a late revival.

For me, the live triple album - All the World's a Stage - would be at number 5, if it was allowed. It was my introduction to the band and took me to the Free Trade Hall, Manchester in 1977, and made me embroider a huge Starman logo on the back of my denim jacket. Shame I lost it somewhere over the years - even if it would be a tight squeeze now! That album covers the first few albums superbly - with even stronger versions of the likes of Bastille Day, By-Tor, Lakeside Park, Working Man etc. than the studio albums.

The late 80s and then the 90s saw my devotion dip as they brought out albums which had some good highlights, but a lot of fillers lacking the gravitas of old. Still - a pretty amazing recording legacy from Geddy, Alex and Neil. Think I'll stick on 'The Wreckers' on full volume, to celebrate them once again!

Edited by Squonk19 - November 10 2017 at 14:52
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1976-1981 albums
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Normally I'd vote Hem but it got plenty of votes, so my pick went to Perm -

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My most fave is Permanent Waves, no question and no doubt. There are no weak moments on this album.

I am a fan of 12 Rush albums (not a fan of s/t debut, HYF, Presto, Bones, Echo, Trails and Snakes) and I would rank them in this order:
1.Waves 
2.Hemi 
3.Kings 
4.Pictures 
5.2112 
6.Caress 
7.P/G
8.Signals 
9.Clockwork Angels 
10.Fly by Night 
11.Power Windows 
12.Counterparts 

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Originally posted by JediJoker7169 JediJoker7169 wrote:


I'm probably alone on this one, but for me, Rush's best album is Counterparts.  My reasoning:1. It's a musically strong album from start to (almost) finish, marred only slightly by "Everyday Glory."2. The playing is outstanding, as usual, but Neil is deserving of special mention for his work on "Alien Shore," a song that Rush have never played live due in part, I believe, to the difficulty of the drumming:3. I find that Neil's lyrics are at their best when dealing with the human condition, so devoting an entire album to songs about relationships was perhaps the smartest lyrical move, in my opinion.4. It sounds great--unlike the previous two albums produced by Rupert Hine, but much like the two before that, which were also produced by Peter Collins--and is (again, in my opinion) the best-engineered (recorded/mixed/mastered) album in Rush's entire catalogue.5. The minimalist album art is timeless:CounterpartsI don't expect you to agree with me, but I hope you can understand from where I'm coming.
It's no my fav ,but I think it is a great album an often overlooked so kudos for propping it up.I would probably go waves of Hemispheres for número uno

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not sure if I voted for Farewell to Kings then, but I'd definitely vote for it now
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Permanent Waves, for me. Simply perfect.

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Another one for 'Hemispheres'.
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sucks that Waves is getting so little love here
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Originally posted by LSDisease LSDisease wrote:

Hemispheres. The golden Rush era for me 1975-1987. Everything released back then is just brilliant. Even often bashed Hold You Fire.

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2112
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It changes on a weekly basis for me but the one that struck me hardest on first listen and continues to impress my ears every time I spin it is Permanent Waves. It has the perfect combination of Rush's cerebral attitude and dark themes without going too deeply into either and making it a completely enjoyable experience. From the moody soundscapes of Jacob's Ladder to the delicate Different Strings, the soaring Freewill and the anthematic Spirit of Radio, the optimistic Entre Nous and the bombastic Natural Science - I love this album. Heart
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