Well this one’s like shooting fish in a barrel, isn’t it. I mean, 29 of Rush’s biggest songs, as compiled in 2006. What could possibly go wrong with this?
Exactly. Objectively, nothing.
Listening through this, I wondered how it stood up against my favourite Rush compilation, the 2CD set we all know and love, Chronicles.
Of course, most of the tracks are identical. But there are some omissions and additions. Here’s what I gleaned:
CHRONICLES HAS (RUSH GOLD DOES NOT HAVE) (6 tracks):
What You’re Doing (Live)
A Farewell To Kings
A Passage To Bangkok (Live)
Show Don’t Tell
RUSH GOLD HAS (CHRONICLES DOES NOT HAVE) (6 tracks):
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
The Analog Kid
The Body Electric
*** It’s also worth noting here that both Chronicles and Rush Gold contain Mystic Rhythms, but the Chronicles version is the A Show Of Hands live recording, while the Rush Gold is the Power Windows album version.
I will grant that Chronicles was made in 1990, a full 16 years before Rush Gold, but I realized that there are no tracks from Roll The Bones, Counterparts, Test For Echo, or Vapor Trails!
Seriously, you’re sitting there in 2006 making a Rush compilation and you leave off everything from those four full albums? I get that they probably wanted to try to capture the “classic years,” but come on.
Rush Gold is a sweet set, chock full of Rush Goodness. I don’t know whose job it was to leave off Lakeside Park or Show Don’t Tell, or any of those other Chronicles mainstays, let alone omitting all the intervening albums from 1991-2006, but there you go. Maybe the Retrospective sets are better for a more complete, up to date picture. I’ve never compared! I was happy to see The Analog Kid and Xanadu and all the others that were additions on Rush Gold, though, too.
In Sum Of My In Sum:
I welcomed the additional tracks. And I missed the ones left out.
In Sum Of My In Sum Of My In Sum: