Rush

Rush

(1974)
  1. Finding My Way
  2. Need Some Love
  3. Take a Friend
  4. Here Again
  5. What You're Doing
  6. In the Mood
  7. Before and After
  8. Working Man

A little silly at times, but everybody has to come from somewhere, I guess. I like this CD overall.

Every dumb guy who knows about this album has to make a dumb comment about what drummer John Rutsey gave up by leaving the band. But more albums like this—two or three, tops—is really all he gave up.

Fly By Night

(1975)

[album cover]

  1. Anthem
  2. Best I Can
  3. Beneath, Between, and Behind
  4. By-Tor and the Snow Dog
  5. Fly By Night
  6. Making Memories
  7. Rivendell
  8. In the End

Welcome, Neil Peart. I like all these songs except "Rivendell".

Starting with this album, new drummer Neil Peart has written the majority of Rush's lyrics. But bassist Geddy Lee wrote the lyrics to "Best I Can" and "In The End", the latter being my favourite from this album.

Who played the "Making Memories" guitar solo, Joe Walsh?

Owls are cool.

Caress of Steel

(1975)
  1. Bastille Day
  2. I Think I'm Going Bald
  3. Lakeside Park
  4. The Necromancer
  5. Fountain of Lamneth

I basically like the whole CD, though I often skip "Lakeside Park".

Enter the art rock: this was the first of three Rush albums featuring only a multi-song suite on one side of the LP, "Fountain of Lamneth" in this case. Each is just one track on its CD.

I really miss Alex Lifeson's Gibson-playing days. The guitar solos in "I Think I'm Going Bald" and "The Necromancer" just light me up.

2112

(1976)
  1. 2112
  2. Passage to Bangkok
  3. Twilight Zone
  4. Lessons
  5. Tears
  6. Something for Nothing

"2112" is, well, "2112". Beyond that, I only really like Alex Lifeson's "Lessons" and sometimes Geddy's "Tears".

All the World's a Stage

(1976)
  1. Bastille Day
  2. Anthem
  3. Fly By Night/In the Mood
  4. Something for Nothing
  5. Lakeside Park
  6. 2112
  7. By-Tor and the Snow Dog
  8. In the End
  9. Finding My Way/Working Man

The band's first live album. They have released one live album after every fourth new studio album plus 2003's Rush in Rio.

I love this perfomance of "Anthem", mostly for Alex's guitar intro.

The remastered edition of the CD includes a performance of "What You're Doing". I need that edition, too, because the original CD mastering sounds like crap in my car.

A Farewell to Kings

(1977)

[album cover]

  1. A Farewell to Kings
  2. Xanadu
  3. Closer to the Heart
  4. Cinderella Man
  5. Madrigal
  6. Cygnus X-1

Good CD. I don't care for "Madrigal". "Closer to the Heart" is cool but almost annoyingly popular. Geddy wrote the lyrics to "Cinderella Man" and has taken up keyboards (or at least started playing them with the band) with this album.

Hemispheres

(1978)
  1. Hemispheres
  2. Circumstances
  3. The Trees
  4. La Villa Strangiato

The "Hemispheres" suite and "Circumstances" really don't do much for me. "The Trees" is good; "La Villa Strangiato" is top-notch and may well be my favourite Rush song.

Permanent Waves

(1980)
  1. The Spirit of Radio
  2. Freewill
  3. Jacob's Ladder
  4. Entre Nous
  5. Different Strings
  6. Natural Science

Good stuff. The grammar nazi in me doesn't like Neil's "...for you and I..." in "Entre Nous", even if he did it on purpose (which I don't know to be the case). Geddy wrote the "Different Strings" lyrics.

Moving Pictures

(1981)
  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Red Barchetta
  3. YYZ
  4. Limelight
  5. The Camera Eye
  6. Witch Hunt
  7. Vital Signs

One of my favourite Rush albums, and the first one I owned. I like all the songs.

Exit... Stage Left

(1981)
  1. The Spirit of Radio
  2. Red Barchetta
  3. YYZ
  4. A Passage to Bangkok
  5. Closer to the Heart
  6. Beneath, Between, and Behind
  7. Jacob's Ladder
  8. Broon's Bane
  9. The Trees
  10. Xanadu
  11. Freewill
  12. Tom Sawyer
  13. La Villa Strangiato

Good live album, though I prefer the studio versions of most of the songs.

Rush made a video of "Tom Sawyer". "Graphics by Kenner", as MST3K's Tom Servo would say.

Signals

(1982)
  1. Subdivisions
  2. Analog Kid
  3. Chemistry
  4. Digital Man
  5. The Weapon
  6. New World Man
  7. Losing It
  8. Countdown

Did Rush trade Geddy's bass guitar and Alex for bass pedals and a synthesizer? Well, it's a good CD anyway. "The Weapon" is really cool; "Digital Man" gets skipped.

Grace Under Pressure

(1984)

[album cover]

  1. Distant Early Warning
  2. Afterimage
  3. Red Sector A
  4. Enemy Within
  5. Body Electric
  6. Kid Gloves
  7. Red Lenses
  8. Between the Wheels

As usual, a good CD with a couple songs I don't care for ("Body Electric" and "Red Lenses"). "Red Sector A" and "Between the Wheels" are great.

The "Red Sector A" music reminds me of Blondie's "War Child".

Power Windows

(1985)
  1. The Big Money
  2. Grand Designs
  3. Manhattan Project
  4. Marathon
  5. Territories
  6. Middletown Dreams
  7. Emotion Detector
  8. Mystic Rhythms

Not as enjoyable as the last few. I'm pretty lukewarm about it all, really. Well, I guess I like "Marathon" a fair bit.

Hold Your Fire

(1987)
  1. Force Ten
  2. Time Stand Still
  3. Open Secrets
  4. Second Nature
  5. Prime Mover
  6. Lock And Key
  7. Mission
  8. Turn the Page
  9. Tai Shan
  10. High Water

I used to like this a lot more than I do now. The songs are OK, but when I'm in the mood for Rush, there are plenty of better albums I can listen to. But "Time Stand Still" is still as good as everyone says.

A Show of Hands

(1988)
  1. Intro
  2. Big Money
  3. Subdivisions
  4. Marathon
  5. Turn the Page
  6. The Manhattan Project
  7. Mission
  8. Distant Early Warning
  9. Mystic Rhythms
  10. Witch Hunt
  11. The Rhythm Method
  12. Force Ten
  13. Time Stand Still
  14. Red Sector A
  15. Closer to the Heart

Live. I'd rather listen to this than the two previous studio albums if I want to hear those songs.

Presto

(1989)
  1. Show Don't Tell
  2. Chain Lightning
  3. The Pass
  4. War Paint
  5. Scars
  6. Presto
  7. Superconductor
  8. Anagram (For Mongo)
  9. Red Tide
  10. Hand Over Fist
  11. Available Light

Hmmm. I like "The Pass" and "Available Light". A couple others are OK. Forget the rest.

Roll the Bones

(1991)
  1. Dreamline
  2. Bravado
  3. Roll the Bones
  4. Face Up
  5. Where's My Thing?
  6. The Big Wheel
  7. Heresy
  8. Ghost of a Chance
  9. Neurotica
  10. You Bet Your Life

I don't like a couple of these, but I can never remember which ones until they start playing. "Heresy" might be one. The rest are OK to good—"Neurotica", "Dreamline", "The Big Wheel", maybe others.

Counterparts

(1993)
  1. Animate
  2. Stick It Out
  3. Cut to the Chase
  4. Nobody's Hero
  5. Between Sun and Moon
  6. Alien Shore
  7. The Speed of Love
  8. Double Agent
  9. Leave That Thing Alone
  10. Cold Fire
  11. Everyday Glory

I like most of this one. "Cut to the Chase", "Alien Shore", "Double Agent", and "Leave That Thing Alone" are cool; "Between Sun and Moon" and "The Speed of Love" are not.

Test for Echo

(1996)
  1. Test for Echo
  2. Driven
  3. Half the World
  4. The Color of Right
  5. Time and Motion
  6. Totem
  7. Dog Years
  8. Virtuality
  9. Resist
  10. Limbo
  11. Carve Away the Stone

Not as good as the previous. "Driven", "Dog Years", and "Limbo" are the highlights for me. You can always count on Rush for a good instrumental.

"Net boy, net girl"? Please kill me.

Different Stages

(1998)

Does "Closer to the Heart" need to be on every live album?

Anyway, holy 3-disc set, Batman!

Vapor Trails

(2002)

[album cover]

  1. One Little Victory
  2. Ceiling Unlimited
  3. Ghost Rider
  4. Peaceable Kingdom
  5. The Stars Look Down
  6. How It Is
  7. Vapor Trail
  8. Secret Touch
  9. Earthshine
  10. Sweet Miracle
  11. Nocturne
  12. Freeze
  13. Out Of The Cradle

I'm glad Neil made it through his life rot and stayed with Rush. This is a really good album.

It's a tough call, but I think "Vapor Trail" is probably my fave. "Peaceable Kingdom", "One Little Victory", and "Earthshine" are all pretty close.

You'd think, what with Rush's being Canadian and all, that the album would have been titled Vapour Trails. Oh, well.

Snakes & Arrows

(2007)

Not as good as the previous, though I do like that there are three instrumentals. My main problem is that Geddy took his self-harmony style from "Peaceable Kingdom" on Vapor Trails and used it in seemingly at least half of these. To me, that constitutes "overdoing it", "too much of a good thing", or what have you.


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