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Post by Alec Taylor » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:03 am

I'm starting a topic for Rush, because I know a few people here like the band.

I personally have never heard much from them except "Tom Sawyer" and "Working Man" (or something LedZep sounding), and I probably couldn't tell you what either of them sounded like. However, the friends I have in real life that are Pink Floyd fans are also almost always fans of Rush, Yes, and Tool. I don't even want to like Tool, and Yes has never sunk in for me, but I've never really tried Rush. What's a good point to start with them?

And yeah, I could go read critic reviews and shit, but I trust down-to-Earth peoples' opinions, not some hoity-toity money-grubbing "critic" who is totally qualified to judge music.
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Post by quicksilver » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:49 pm

I love Rush. I've seen them 28 times starting in 1978. Most recently on their Clockwork Angels tour a few summers back. Their music has gone through so many changes over the years that it actually keeps them quite relevant. They started as a straightforward rock band and once Neal Peart joined on the second record they transitioned to a more progressive style. All 3 are such great musicians and they come together to create some really great music. Moving Pictures was the start of the 3rd phase of the band introducing synths. It marked a clear change of direction and they lost quite a few fans, but it was also the beginning of the MTV era, so they gained many new ones as well and became quite successful in the 80's. Part of their appeal is the fact that they are very good friends and seem to be good guys.
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Post by Artisan » Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:37 pm

Not a fan of the music but I loved Alex Lifeson's hall of fame speech.

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Post by quicksilver » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:14 pm

Artisan wrote:Not a fan of the music but I loved Alex Lifeson's hall of fame speech.

Ya, that was classic. Didn't say much :lol:

Have you ever listened to their real early stuff like Caress of Steel or 2112?
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Post by Alec Taylor » Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:02 pm

quicksilver wrote:Have you ever listened to their real early stuff like Caress of Steel or 2112?
I don't even remember. I'm sick for the millionth god damn time this year, so I'll have plenty of time to probably give it a chance.
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Post by Dyolf » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:03 pm

I listened to 2112 a few times but I find Lee's voice too grating.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:04 pm

Dyolf wrote:I listened to 2112 a few times but I find Lee's voice too grating.
His high notes were a bit grating, but when he sang lower notes I actually found him to be quite good. It reminded me a bit of Peter Gabriel at times when he sang low.
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Post by Dyolf » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:53 am

And besides... prog is British ;)
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Post by Alec Taylor » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:01 pm

Dyolf wrote:And besides... prog is British ;)
Yeah, just look at Kansas! :mrgreen:
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Post by quicksilver » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:28 pm

SunShade wrote:
Dyolf wrote:And besides... prog is British ;)
Yeah, just look at Kansas! :mrgreen:
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Post by Artisan » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:55 pm

and me trying to play piano! :mrgreen:

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Post by quicksilver » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:18 pm

As far as air drumming in the car on the way to work- Rush is #1
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Post by Alec Taylor » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:40 pm

quicksilver wrote:As far as air drumming in the car on the way to work- Rush is #1
My morning commute is all of five minutes and no one here recognizes the legality of stop signs, so I don't have the luxury of air drumming! :lol:
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Re: Rush

Post by FrowningBanana » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:29 am

My unpopular opinion: Grace Under Pressure is a better album than Moving Pictures by a bit. Also, Vapor Trails is amazing.

Yeah my top 5 list would go something like this, and SunShade if you knew Rush, like many of my lists this one would be surprising to you:

1: Vapor Trails
2: Grace Under Pressure
3: Moving Pictures
4: Power Windows
5: Roll The Bones

Also I have a lot of trouble putting my finger on how I feel about Test for Echo as a whole. I hate some of the songs with a fiery passion, but I love some of them also. God.
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Post by quicksilver » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:17 pm

FrowningBanana wrote:My unpopular opinion: Grace Under Pressure is a better album than Moving Pictures by a bit. Also, Vapor Trails is amazing.

Yeah my top 5 list would go something like this, and SunShade if you knew Rush, like many of my lists this one would be surprising to you:

1: Vapor Trails
2: Grace Under Pressure
3: Moving Pictures
4: Power Windows
5: Roll The Bones

Also I have a lot of trouble putting my finger on how I feel about Test for Echo as a whole. I hate some of the songs with a fiery passion, but I love some of them also. God.
Tough for me to do a top five but:

1.A Farewell to Kings
2. 2112
3. Hemispheres
4. Moving Pictures
5. Power windows

Its difficult for me because I grew up listening to their early material and really found it refreshing compared to what was available at the time. As annoying as Geddy's voice was to some, it was also very unique and gave them an edge by setting them apart from other bands. If you were a Rush fan in 1977, you were "In the know" so to speak.

Permanent waves was a designed move to get away from the lengthy compositions to a more radio friendly format. That transitioned right into Moving pictures which is an incredible record top to bottom. At that point I knew that the "next" record would be a real departure from previous.

I admittedly didn't care for Signals at first but in time the "new era" of Rush did grow on me. Today I appreciate those records even more because they knew that they would alienate some fans but took the chance anyhow. That '82-'87 era produced some really good music (mixed in with crap too). I think Power Windows represents that era as a whole the best.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:16 pm

Finally taking the dive into Rush. Made it through the "prog trilogy" (2112 - A Farewell to Kings - Hemispheres) and the "80s trilogy" (Permanent Waves - Moving Pictures - Signals), and plan on tackling Clockwork Angels very soon. Like Yes, this band has finally grown on me. "2112" is a really neat suite, and I love both of the "Cygnus X-1" tracks. And of course who doesn't like "Tom Sawyer" and "YYZ"? I've heard "Caravan" from CA so I'm ready to explore the rest of the album too.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:17 pm

Well so far I've listened to everything from Rush to Power Windows, plus Counterparts, Clockwork Angels, and the two live abums Exit... Stage Left and A Show of Hands. I don't think, so far, that this will be one of those bands I love obsessively (like Pink Floyd, Genesis, or King Crimson), but they'll definitely be in my regular listening (like ELP or The Beach Boys). Despite the consensus I've seen online, I actually really prefer their synthy 1980s stuff more than the early 1970s prog stuff. They had great individual prog songs back in those days, but the albums overall were really inconsistent to me. The stuff from Permanent Waves through to Grace Under Pressure felt like true, refined classics. As a side note, the fact that a forty-year-old band made of old people could crank out an actual stone-cold masterpiece at the end of their career is mind-boggling to me. If I had to rank what I've heard so far (subject to change):


1. Clockwork Angels
2. Moving Pictures
3. Permanent Waves
4. Counterparts
5. Signals
6. Grace Under Pressure
7. Power Windows
8. A Farewell to Kings
9. Hemispheres
10. 2112
11. Caress of Steel
12. Fly by Night
13. Rush
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