And here we come to the end of Rush’s official releases in the 1990s.
We all know what happened in the Rush family, and things went a bit off the rails for a while, as understandably they would. As was aptly pointed out in the comments in this series, if Rush had indeed gone out for good on this note and never made another record, they’d have gone out at the peak of their game, masters of their craft, and beloved by all. We are all so fortunate that that did not happen, but we’d all have understood.
I know that there were other releases in the 1990s, like Geddy Lee’s My Favourite Headache, and Alex Lifeson’s Victor album. Neil Peart released books about his travels following his tragedies, Ghost Rider chief among them. He also released two volumes of Burning For Buddy, tributes to Buddy Rich, in 1994 and 1997. All of this among others, surely I’ve forgotten many things.
But for the purposes of this series (and my pocketbook) I chose to simply stick with the Rush official releases from this decade, and what a ride it was. Every record was an absolute gold mine, and the live compilation that capped it all off was completely fantastic. The first two Retrospective sets were (admittedly) a bit redundant, but who’s gonna fault them? Not this guy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my meager ramblings about these absolutely important releases. As I’ve pointed out before, writing about this stuff makes me a bit nervous – what the hell could I possibly add that hasn’t already been said, and by better writers and fans than me? Still, I just go with my gut and let caution go with the wind. I know that I’ve had a supreme blast going through it all. I love Rush Mode. It’s like being on lockdown in an unending swirl of awesome.
Every 1990s Rush album release is going straight into my constant rotation.
Thanks for tuning in, everyone.