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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 | 1076 ratings
Rush
1974
3.36 | 1199 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.52 | 1263 ratings
Caress Of Steel
1975
4.11 | 2098 ratings
2112
1976
4.32 | 2240 ratings
A Farewell to Kings
1977
4.37 | 2423 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.29 | 2067 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.39 | 2857 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1329 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 1148 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 1004 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.26 | 911 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.18 | 841 ratings
Presto
1989
3.09 | 856 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 921 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.87 | 835 ratings
Test for Echo
1996
3.42 | 851 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.57 | 965 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1083 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

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

3.85 | 454 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.03 | 573 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.50 | 413 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.34 | 390 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.83 | 349 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.21 | 204 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.61 | 224 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.94 | 178 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.57 | 67 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.41 | 163 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.39 | 69 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
3.98 | 98 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
3.94 | 22 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri - 14 February 1980
2015
4.37 | 41 ratings
R40 Live
2015

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

4.00 | 140 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.41 | 40 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
4.00 | 111 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.04 | 119 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.04 | 87 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.35 | 281 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 266 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.08 | 140 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.12 | 151 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.80 | 45 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.68 | 287 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.19 | 80 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.91 | 105 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.93 | 66 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
4.83 | 9 ratings
R 40 (DVD Box Set)
2014
4.40 | 51 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.37 | 19 ratings
Time Stand Still
2016

RUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.42 | 59 ratings
Archives
1978
2.74 | 25 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.56 | 111 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.35 | 77 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.19 | 74 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.21 | 80 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.13 | 56 ratings
Gold
2006
2.92 | 54 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.78 | 43 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.82 | 29 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.33 | 29 ratings
Icon
2010
4.17 | 40 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.55 | 44 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.54 | 44 ratings
Sector 3
2011
4.83 | 6 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
3.29 | 7 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.22 | 30 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
3.53 | 21 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.21 | 14 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary Edition)
2020

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

2.01 | 39 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.82 | 27 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
2.67 | 6 ratings
In The Mood
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
Bastille Day
1975
3.06 | 29 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.05 | 29 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.58 | 36 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.68 | 37 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.31 | 21 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.44 | 13 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.12 | 48 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.83 | 43 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.95 | 53 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.18 | 11 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.90 | 10 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.20 | 11 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.89 | 9 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.15 | 39 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.59 | 37 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Afterimage
1984
3.08 | 37 ratings
The Big Money
1986
4.00 | 7 ratings
Prime Mover
1987
4.50 | 6 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
2.85 | 206 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.51 | 40 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.09 | 133 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.58 | 77 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Garden
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014
4.40 | 5 ratings
Roll The Bones
2015

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 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2098 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I admit that I am not a big fan of Rush mainly because I find the vocal's colour irritating and not enough progressive rock elements in the piece I've heard so far. Rush is a fine instrumental band albeit limited to bass, guitars and drums at this level. This lays more focus on the rhythm part of music and highlights dynamics as opposed to layers and advanced composing. With 2112, Rush successfully combined elements of classick, hard and progressive rock. In its essence, I wouldn't call this record a progressive rock, I'd characterize it as a sophisticated and adventureous hard rock.

The highlight is the title track that is ambitious, versatile and shows potential. Guitar playing is top notch but bass and drums don't play second fiddle. The first minutes are somewhat anthemic, before becoming mellow and coming back to the aggressive hard-prog extravaganza without any vocal disturbance. Another highlight is the finale of the song with equilibristic instrumentation.

Shorter tracks are very good executed and designed, albeit limited to the hard-rock/classic rock area. Melodies are quite memorable. Those looking for accessible rock, should listent to "The twilight zone" and the great ballad "Tears". "Lessons" may be the most conventional hard rock song on this album. This is a 4 star hard-rock album and 3-star progressive rock album.

 Chronicles by RUSH album cover DVD/Video, 1990
3.04 | 87 ratings

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Chronicles
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars With only two preceding (and overview- oriented) reviews for this RUSH video compilation originally released as a VHS tape in 1990, here's my view with a closer song- based approach. It must be admitted that visually these promo videos between 1977 - 1987 aren't very good, on the contrary, most of them look kinda worn-out and lacking of the more ambitious side of the music video art. But that's not so bad thing after all; one can enjoy the pretty good track list and see how the image of Rush -- ie. the looks of Lee, Lifeson and Peart -- was gradually changing. Like a time machine with a window of ten years wide.

'Closer to the Heart' sees the long-haired trio playing in studio. By the way, there's a movie poster of Eraserhead on the wall. 'The Trees' briefly features beautiful forest landscapes after which the video (perhaps the most worn- out one) shows the band on stage. The editing work is poor, the overlapping of images leads to a mess. On 'Limelight' some screen-splitting is used. The similar "band in action" approach continues in 'Tom Sawyer', with a snowy landscape behind the studio windows.

The terribly outdated computer graphics are accompanying the live performance of 'Red Barchetta'. 'Subdivisions' has a good balance between the band playing and the narrative nature of (sub)urban/school imagery. As a music video, perhaps the most memorable and visually succesful is 'Distant Early Warning' with the little kid riding on a missile. 'Red Sector A' concentrates on the modern- looking band on stage, laser beams flashing. 'Big Money' is packed with colourful cheesiness of the 80's, a weaker equivalent to Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing'. 'Mystic Rhythms' and especially 'Time Stand Still' have some kitchy copy-paste trickery... good grief.

'Lock and Key' is fairly OK as a typical music video; the big red ball is a nice detail, referring to a certain album cover. The DVD should have two bonuses, 'The Enemy Within' and 'Afterimage', but my copy must be faulty as the "Special Features" section only contains the choices for PCM / Dolby Digital 2.0 and Continuous Play On/Off. I really can't find them!

Well, Rush definitely weren't any innovators of music video, but for an exceptionally enjoyable set list, especially for a video compilation, I'm generous and rate this with one star more than the previous reviewers. In fact I prefer this DVD over Grace Under Pressure 1984 live DVD, which has quite a poor visual quality all the way.

 Rush by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.93 | 1076 ratings

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Rush
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

3 stars Rush was a very good debut album by Canadian musicians, not yet clear at that time that they would be heading down paths related to the progressive, they did have the wood to become a great rock band. Strongly influenced by Led Zeppelin and the hard rock sound of the early seventies, Rush deliver a raw and rough work, while vigorous and determined.

And perhaps because it is not part of their most recognizable style later, it is that jewels such as Here Again, an exquisite piece with bluesy airs of more than 7 minutes, or the excellent introduction of Before and After, go unnoticed in the count of their best jobs. Both songs, added to Alex Lifeson's powerful guitar display on Working Man, are some of the best from the album.

Rush was the first and only job that Neil Peart was not on percussion with whose incorporation from Fly by Night, the band would begin to forge their own style.

 Test for Echo by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.87 | 835 ratings

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Test for Echo
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

2 stars Test for Echo is probably the least lucid album on Rush's discography. There is no greater display of virtuosity, and a timid use of synthesizers, which gave each work of the band a unique atmosphere.The rhythmic melodies and bases were privileged, very dynamic and intense with the guitars, but in general without leaving the mold. Due to this, the progressive component has a smaller presence, following the path of the previous works.

It's worth noting the intensity of the initial Test for Echo, the bass and guitar lines on Driven, and the elaborate Resist, the best on the album in my opinion. The rest of the material maintains a discreet level, without going further. Very little for the great musicians who are canadians.

After the Test for Echo, the band took a 6-year break until the next job, Vapor Trails, due to the painful family tragedies of Neil Peart, which even came to question the continuity of the group.

 Hold Your Fire by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.26 | 911 ratings

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Hold Your Fire
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

3 stars Hold Your Fire, the work that closes the third stage of Rush, is characterized by the exploration of new sounds, full of synthesizers and ever-present guitars, less rough and more affordable.

Each theme is produced with enviable neatness, leaving no detail to chance. However, musically speaking, the album travels irregular paths, with high points and others not so much, which prevents it from being defined as a solid work.

Highlights and part of my favorite Rush themes are the dynamic Time Stand Still, the effervescent and festive Prime Mover, and the thoughtful and intensely beautiful Mission. The rest of the songs show a level between correct (Force Ten, Second Nature, Lock And Key) and discreet (Open Secrets, Turn the Page, Tai Shan, High Water).

Perhaps Hold Your Fire is not one of Rush's happiest works, but the enormous quality of Canadian musicians is shown intact.

 Feedback by RUSH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.85 | 206 ratings

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Feedback
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by OLD PROG

4 stars A "cover album" or "tribute album" are interesting for studying certain things about what inspired the band that makes it. In the case of Rush, one of the first Canadian bands to try to codify Prog Metal in the 70s, we have an Ep, "Feedback", which presents us very well who inspired them and made them musicians. When "Feedback" came out, I couldn't not buy it. First of all because, having read the track list, I was amazed by the songs contained in it (for me all masterpieces) and because, then, I was curious to hear how they would cover them. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are three excellent musicians who have always exercised a high charm in my person. Logic wanted me not even to cross my mind to have doubts about what to expect from "Feedback". And, in fact, Eddie Cochran hits zero (if not as an author) in "Summertime Blues" which, in fact, is the version of the Blue Cheer. And it is rendered beautifully. The rest of the album is a tribute to the covered bands and songs. In fact they are rendered in a very / too faithful way to the original. Only "Heart Full Of Soul" has a simplified drum part. So it seems to be a piece with a Flamenco aftertaste to which, unfortunately, this element is removed. That said ... Nothing surprising since I expected similar songs, from similar groups as Rush's non-Progressive youth inspiration (only "Seven and Seven Is seemed "strange" to me as a source of inspiration). Also because I think that an album with songs by Yes, King Crimson and other bands from the Prog and English Hard Rock from the 70's would have had the effect of not being understood. But having said that, how do I rate "Feedback"? Not a bad cover / tribute album, of course. Indeed, in this sense I find it all too excellent. With my only doubt that Dream Theater could have dubbed it exactly the same. But these are the Rush, prog masters and among the coders of Prog Metal. And here it makes sense. This is the beginning of the whole world of Rush.
 Signals by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.95 | 1329 ratings

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Signals
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars The beginning of a new stage of Rush, where the fictional stories and epic atmospheres are no longer there, and give way to a closer approach to everyday life. The heavy and clearly progressive sounds are displaced by further experimentation with styles such as New Wave, Reggae and Electronic, among others, which acquire a more relevant role in the approach of their music.

Signals is a transitional album that generates controversy, like any change that involves breaking away from certain paradigms to embark on new horizons. And in this new approach, there are more positive points than negative

With their unmistakable label, they deliver a group of very good songs, much more accompanied by synthesizers, and with the guitars at a lower decibels, less harsh and more affordable, among which Subdivisions, The Weapon, the well- known New World, stand out especially Man and Losing It. Both Analog Kid and Digital Man are very good songs too, but one notch below the previous ones, and Chemistry and Countdown, while good songs, are perhaps the least favored points of the work.

Even so, Rush round off a very good album, and it will mark the way forward for their next materials.

 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.39 | 2857 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars Rush's most successful album, outstanding as its 3 predecessors, and the last of its most progressive stage, which ended with the double live album Exit ... Stage Left, shows us the state of grace and maturity they had reached for hand us Moving Pictures. Again, the use of a wide variety of musical instruments (6 and 12 string guitars, pedals, synthesizers, and percussion elements) allowed Canadians to display all their virtuosity.

Side A, which begins with the powerful Tom Sawyer and takes Mark Twain's short story adapted to the modern world as a reference, goes through an intense musical path, in which there is space to embark on the song Red Barchetta in a Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta (model 1948), in a career of the future, inspired by the short story A Nice Morning Drive by Richard S. Foster, surprise us with the instrumental YYZ (IATA code of Toronto airport) considered one of the best instrumental songs of rock and piece indispensable that gives way to Neil Peart's percussion solos in his live shows, and conclude the side with the rocker Limelight, a reflection of how difficult it is to keep private life isolated from everything that involves fame.

The Camera Eye, which begins side B, is the last composition of extensive duration (almost 11 minutes) of the group, but already leaving aside the mythical and fantasy theme, and more focused on worldly life, making references to New York and London. It is an excellent song and once again we enjoy the virtuosity of the three musicians, especially Alex Lifeson's guitar. The album is completed by the deep darkness of Witch Hunt, and finally, Vital Signs, influenced by reggae rhythms, which would partly mark the path of Rush for his next work, Signals.

Moving Pictures is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of Rush's discography and progressive music from the early 1980s.

 A Farewell to Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.32 | 2240 ratings

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A Farewell to Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars A new era in the musical journey of the Canadian trio, in which he enters fully into the world of the most progressive sounds, incorporating from that moment and for subsequent works new instruments (Geddy Lee adds to his work as singer and bassist, that of synthesizers, Alex Lifeson increases his arsenal of guitars and pedalboards, and Neil Peart adds many additional percussion elements to the traditional drum kit). The result is the wonderful A Farewell to Kings, a title inspired by the Ernest Hemminway novel from which it takes the same name. It is a criticism of the monarchical structures and the feudal system. Far from incorporating additional collaborators to increase the textures of the new compositions, the band takes over all the instruments and gives us a clear indication of the virtus and the excellent level of musicians they are.

There we have starting the journey with the song that also gives the album its name, A Farewell to Kings, one of his best compositions, which in less than 6 minutes we find from an introduction with acoustic guitars, to the heaviest and most traditional developments of the group. It is followed by Xanadu, which for me is one of its greatest expressions of progressive creativity, a long introduction with the support of Lifeson's guitar and pedals and constant rhythm changes, with a couple of solos by Lifeson himself that make it a maximum reference of your contribution to gender. Inspired by the early 19th century poem Kubla Khan by Englishman Samuel Taylor Coleridge, it is about the quest for immortality and the negative consequences once achieved. It is 11 minutes of an unmissable trip for those who like long developments.

Closer to The Heart, is probably the most commercially recognized song of the group, a very good composition of less than 3 minutes and a must in their concerts. Both Cinderella Man and Madrigal have a good level but I consider below the previous ones, and finally the album concludes with Cygnus X-1, a plot divided into 3 parts regarding a space traveler who falls into a black hole. This will be the prelude to the excellent performance that will be reported in its second part on the next album, Hemispheres. Again the trio clearly shows its great musical level with a dark and powerful composition.

A Farewell to Kings does not break with the group's past, on the contrary, it takes its best elements and adds more spices that transform Rush, in its second stage until Moving Pictures, into a fundamental band of the progressive world.

 Hemispheres by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.37 | 2423 ratings

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Hemispheres
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars Hemispheres is the second album of the second stage of Rush, in which the increasingly intense and complex use of nuances and sounds, the result of the incorporation of more musical instruments (synthesizers, pedals, and percussion elements) shows us a band consolidated in its most progressive aspect.

The album starts off great with Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres, a continuation of Cygnus 1, the ending song for A Farewell To King. In its 18 minutes we have a very intense development, a spatial and atmospheric suite, in which the god Cygnus X-1, turned into a divinity that balances the friction of the rational part with the affective part, represented by the gods Apollo and Dionysus . In the style of 2112, combining moments of tense tranquility and moments of intense rhythms and dramatic evolutions, it is a theme that is among the best of his repertoire, and one of his latest extensive compositions. The entire suite completely encompasses side A of the album.

Circumstances, starting the B-side, is inspired by the time when Neil Peart lived in his 20s in the British Isles, it is a beautiful song of less than 4 minutes and the shortest of the album, followed by The Trees, a critic where Neil Peart reflects, although he has always denied that it has any particular political connotation, aspects of human reality, of the complex and the constant struggle between its different social structures with a simple and fabled example of nature, using the trees of maple and oak. An excellent song and constant and highly acclaimed presence in their live shows.

The album closes in a spectacular way with Villa Strangiato, and its more than 9 minutes, an instrumental composition that combines a number of styles and musical influences, all linked by the progressive thread, where both Lee, Lifeson and Peart show off of their enormous qualities as musicians. An essential song in the group's catalog.

Hemispheres, in summary, places Rush as one of the most representative bands of the genre, which without leaving its very rocky initial roots, quite the contrary, they add it and complement it very well by adding a greater range of musical textures. Excellent album.

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