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    Posted: September 11 2013 at 12:30
Originally posted by Epignosis

If anything, I think "Double Agent" is the failure on Counterparts.

"The Speed of Love" is kind of meh.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 12:32
Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by Epignosis

If anything, I think "Double Agent" is the failure on Counterparts.

"The Speed of Love" is kind of meh.


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2112 is still the Rush album to me.  My favourite song of theirs is Working Man.  After a tough week, nothing beats that tune. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tupan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 13:20
Clockwork Angels is my current favorite!

Farewell To Kings, Fly By Night and the excellent Signals are pretty awesome too!


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A Farewell To Kings for me
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I just realized that Vapor Trails is over ten years old.  Ouch
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 13:43
Originally posted by Epignosis

I just realized that Vapor Trails is over ten years old.  Ouch

Counterparts is almost 20!  I remember being in the record store getting it on release day!  Ouch
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Originally posted by Neelus

2112 is still the Rush album to me.  My favourite song of theirs is Working Man.  After a tough week, nothing beats that tune. 

Working Man is from their debut man.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 15:01
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Originally posted by Neelus

2112 is still the Rush album to me.  My favourite song of theirs is Working Man.  After a tough week, nothing beats that tune. 

Working Man is from their debut man.

He didn't imply otherwise.
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Signals, of courseCool

CoS is pretty close though....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 17:02
 
 
Moving Pictures I suppose with Farewell, Hemispheres and Permanent Waves  all tied for second for me.
Those the only Rush lps I bother to listen to on any regular basis.


Edited by dr wu23 - September 11 2013 at 17:03
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Post Options Post Options   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 18:16
Originally posted by JediJoker7169

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."


Counterparts was a tremendous step up after the uneven one-two-three of Hold Your Fire, Presto and Roll The Bones. Those albums had some great songs and some okay songs (HYF less so), with Presto/RTB containing some of the worst material Rush has ever recorded. Counterparts was the first album in years that I could listen to front-to-back, and I think bringing Peter Collins had something to do with that. Rupert Hine's a fine producer but he wasn't right for Rush. The albums he worked on sound the most dated (in the wrong way)!

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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


Great playing from all the guys. They got their "edge" back. "Alien Shore" is indeed one of the best songs.

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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.


After some of the uninspiring text Neil threw into the hat with the previous two albums, once again: he was back in form for Counterparts! Geddy sang them with more conviction, too.

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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.


My remarks about Hine more or less mirror yours.

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5. The minimalist album art is timeless


I agree, and that's why I love the cover of Signals. I'll throw in Vapor Trails, too. Those covers could have come out a decade sooner/later and they'd work just the same.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 18:18
Originally posted by Epignosis

If anything, I think "Double Agent" is the failure on Counterparts.


Yikes! I think it's one of the album's highlights. Different strokes, as they say.

Edit: I feel "Stick It Out" is the low point of the album. A "stock" rock song, IMO.

Edited by verslibre - September 11 2013 at 18:20
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2013 at 03:50
Fave 5 in order:
Signals
Hemispheres
Moving pictures
Permanent waves
2112
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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I couldn't help myself: the winner is... 2112 The second LP side is not so interesting, true, but the 2112 suite is enough for me. IMHO it's their best moment.
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Always felt Hemispheres was a bit overrated. OK it does have La Villa Strangiatio but for me A Farewell To KIngs holds up better from that era imo and I would look upon those 2 and 2112 as a trilogy of like minded releases. However i love what they did from Permanent Waves up to Power Windows a lot more.My vote goes to Moving Pictures.
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Originally posted by smartpatrol

Waves

The perfect album.
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Permanent Waves for me, followed closely by 2112, A Farewell to Kings & yes, Fly By Night.
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