Only one month after the release of Retrospective I, and only one month before Neil Peart’s life went off the rails, comes this second volume of a look back on Rush’s hit songs. Yes, it had (largely) already been done, on Chronicles, seven years prior. Anyway.
Also, one question: It was noted that these compilations were released to coincide with the Sector boxed sets of the remastered albums. Does anyone know if the tracks on these compilations would be the remastered versions from the boxed sets?
So, to work.
What do we get on the second installment?
The Big Money
Time Stand Still
The Analog Kid
Distant Early Warning
The Body Electric
Red Sector A
New World Man
And, same as Retrospective I, now you get even more of a sense of just how humungous this band is. Look at these track lists. It’s insane. SO MANY GOOD SONGS.
Anyway, this set is identical to CD-2 of the Rush – Gold set that came out a while later. Except, as we discovered, The Analog Kid is listed as the “Complete Version” on the Gold set, where as here on RII it’s simply The Analog Kid. If anyone knows and can tell us what that Complete Version even means, we’d love to know!
As for how it compares to Chronicles, Retrospective II contains many of the same songs, just in a different order. Where it differs is its inclusion of The Analog Kid, Marathon, The Body Electric and Mission, which Chronicles does not have. But Chronicles replaces those with A Passage To Bangkok (Live), Manhattan Project, and Show Don’t Tell.
I imagine most of you serious Rush fans skipped this disc, same as you skipped the first volume, but I got it simply because it was cheap and, honestly, who can resist?
Strictly for the noob, same as Retrospective I. Missing a bunch of essential songs (but you should just have all the records, right? RIGHT!). But whatever else can be said about it, this was still a really great friggin’ listen.