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If (like me) you prefer latter-day Rush to their early years, this is an excellent compilation that covers all their studio work up to and including Hold Your Fire (an album I like).
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.
Hats off to rhe compiler. And thumbs up for the sound quality. This really does contain a one-size-fits-all look at the band. Pleasingly, the longer tracks like 'la villa strangiato' and 'Xanadu' are offered in full. Without wanting to be picky, the only track missing is 'losing it' which would've balanced the set nicely. If you want a solid gold 2Cd introduction to Rush - buy it. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Just take your time with this and get to love all (or most of all) the tracks on offer. I know all the albums that these songs originate from. Because I don't care for the 'Power windows' and 'Hold your fire' era - I will skip those tracks. But to have so much good stuff to listen to on just 2 discs - is convenient and simply heaven.
A great cd. This has earlier Rush songs that are on the heavier side of which I prefer and some later ones which I am enjoying more than I used to. Our rock heroes are all getting older but they have left us a fantastic set of albums of which this is a small but class section.
I must say I really enjoy this Double Album,by " RUSH "a good collection of their past work,I think this is the Best Double CD Album to have in your Collection. Anyway there is some great guitar work on this Album,So enjoy this CD it's Brilliant !
Two cd's of pure RUSH, excellently produced & packaged with the sound quality on a parr with any cd I have listened to. A real treat for a fan with a broken record player being forced into the digital age.