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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, 25 April 2006
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 14.1 x 1.19 cm; 110 Grams
- Manufacturer : MERCURY
- Item Model Number : 2071864
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Label : MERCURY
- ASIN : B000EXOA9U
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Rush Gold represents the best of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart's classic studio output. Including their first official radio staple 'Working Man through their last recordings on Mercury Records. Spanning thirteen years both old and new fans will hear many favorites, including their biggest hits 'Tom Sawyer' and 'New World Man'. Respectful of Retrospective 1 and Retrospective 2, this collection ads the track 'Working Man' to those classic playlists. Features every Rush hit, radio staple and classic track. Full participation by the band. Replaces Rush CDs (Chronicles 042283893627), Retrospective 1 (7313453490925) and Retrospective 2 (731453491021).
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Neil Peart (sadly gone) reckoned they didn’t really get going until Permanent Waves / Moving Pictures (heresy to disciples of 2112, I know) and the first CD covers everything up to Permanent Waves. It works (mainly) backwards so starts cleverly with Spirit Of Radio (much as they often started concerts) followed by The Trees from Hemispheres (which was the B side at the time). All you need is there – Xanadu (my fave from that period), Closer to The Heart, Freewill and the best bits of 2112 itself before going back to Working Man – all cleverly sequenced for a compilation like this.
But CD 2 is where it really begins. The choices are superb – such as my three favourites from Hold Your Fire – Mission, Time Stand Still and Force Ten. Even Moving Pictures is well represented (Tom Sawyer, Limelight and Red Barchetta) and the rest are the best cuts from the other albums covered.
In all there are 29 tracks – 15 on CD 2 each averaging 5-6 minutes (Xanadu on CD1 is 10-plus minutes long) so you do get your money’s worth.
Oh, and the sound is superb. Some late period Rush albums suffer from a thin sound (while some after 2000 suffer from over-compression) but the sound here is rich and fat and really brings out Geddy’s keyboard and zippy bass playing and Lerxst’s clean guitar lines. And the artwork is cute (why does the Permanent Waves portrait alone not have the band’s name or album title on it?).
They really were a quirky band but one that, like Peart himself, just got better and better and never stopped trying. And one I find myself listening to increasingly in preference to my childhood idols such as Zep, Floyd, Genesis, Queen, etc.
Anyway there is some great guitar work on this Album,So enjoy this CD it's Brilliant !