In this series, it has been my great honour and privilege to hear everything from Rush (1974) to A Show Of Hands and Presto (both 1989).
Alas and alack, here we arrive at the end of the Rush awesomeness that our brother in rawk Lebrain gave to me (supplemented twice by the youtubes and by one album I found myself). WHAT A RIDE! This is one incredible band and I have absolutely loved hearing all of this great, great music.
I will definitely be buying the rest. Post-haste, if I can help it.
And now, our last in this (partial) series. Let’s give ‘er!
You know, I was going through each track, making note of awesome moments, commenting on this or that. But I realized that it would suffice to say that all of these are stellar versions, completely solid. I know that, when it comes to Rush, that is implied anyway, but I still felt it needed to be said.
Just look at what they played:
The Big Money
Turn The Page
Distant Early Warning
Witch Hunt (part iii of fear)
The Rhythm Method (drum solo)
Time Stand Still
Red Sector A
Closer To The Heart
What stands out? Several things. The Three Stooges “Three Blind Mice” intro was amusing – more self-deprecating Canadian humour, eh? I loved the Big Money into Subdivisions one-two opening punch. The Rhythm Method (drum solo) is 4:37 of Neil Peart bashing away and mucking (brilliantly) about. And there are many hits here. Scan the list, you can pick them out.
But what really stood out for me was how many album tracks are here – not necessarily the big radio hits or singles. Both All The World’s A Stage and Exit…Stage Left, before this, played like hits shows, whereas this one boldly lines deeper cuts next to bona fide classics. This speaks volumes about the power, validity and depth of this band. That they can do this, and have it go so well, AND that all the tracks sound like they belong together… all the mark of a great, great band.
The only other thing that crossed my mind was: DAMMIT I NEED TO SEE THIS BAND IN CONCERT. I have not, yet, managed it. When they come around, I need to make it happen.
In sum: This is a GREAT CD. And it’s a nice place to leave my bookmark for coming back later. I fully intend to buy and review the remaining Rush albums. It is a mission, now, to make this a complete collection!
Thanks for reading. Here ends the (partial) Rush series.
You want MORE?
Well then, why not simply click right here and read how, in 2007, I drooled over Chronicles, which was released in 1990. Give ‘er!