Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rock and Roll Heroes - Rush

More than 40 million records sold worldwide, countless sold-out tours, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Officers of the Order of Canada.
The greatest trio in the world has accomplished more than most bands will ever do but for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, it´s all about the music and the fans.
Rush´s music is all you need in the school of rock and they should have a planet named after themselves, just take a look at the classic albums from their self titled debut in 1974 to the latest masterpiece Clockwork Angels in 2012.
No further comments needed with albums like Fly by night, Caress of steel, 2112, A farewell to kings, Hemispheres, Permanent waves, Moving pictures, Signals, Grace under pressure, Power windows, Counterparts and Snakes and arrows.

Good albums in the meaning of Rush most often means first class prog rock and so are albums like Hold Your Fire and Roll The Bones, they might not be considered to be their greatest efforts but definitely proof that the best trio in the world can deliver magic even on a more normal level.
The song Tai Shan from Hold Your Fire takes me to China everytime I hear it, amazing.

Songs from Presto and Test For Echo rarely show up in the band´s touring setlists anymore but these albums are personal favorites of mine and would make any progrock band full of envy and wished they could write songs like Superconductor, Show don´t tell, Driven, Resist etc.

This might come as a shock to you but Rush has released two albums that doesn´t reach top quality, I thought the remix of Vapor Trails from 2013 did sound a bit better than the original version from 2002 but the songs still don´t move me as most Rush songs do.
Their covers album Feedback is a tribute to the artists they grew up listening to but I never listened to it again since the release in 2004.

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