Rush Gold (2CD)

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.

However.

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):

Lakeside Park
What You’re Doing (Live)
A Farewell To Kings
A Passage To Bangkok (Live)
Manhattan Project
Show Don’t Tell

RUSH GOLD HAS (CHRONICLES DOES NOT HAVE) (6 tracks):

Xanadu
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
The Analog Kid
Marathon
The Body Electric
Mission

*** 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!

Whut.

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.

In Sum:

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:

RUSH FTW!

23 thoughts on “Rush Gold (2CD)

    1. keepsmealive says:

      HELL YEAH! Dude it was great to play this much Rush all at once again!

      I had a look at Gold Versus Retrospective I and II. You’re almost exactly right, except CD1 of Gold has Working Man, whereas Retrospective I leaves that off (!) and replaces it with Something For Nothing. Otherwise the track list is identical and in the same order. CD2 of both sets are identical. Good shout!

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          1. mikeladano says:

            Agreed — it’s definitely the label. I’m sure every contract is different, but Rush appear to be in a situation where the label can do a cheapo “greatest hits” whenever they like — witness “Icon”.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Actually, weren’t there two Rush Icon discs? I think so… Man, labels cashing in on a band’s legacy, re-releasing tracks that have already been out there for years and on many other compilations… it’s sad. And tiring. And unnecessary – unless, like them, you stand to get a payday from it. Gah.

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              1. mikeladano says:

                I bought a Rush re-release yesterday (I’m posting about it on Tuesday). When I got it home I realised quite a few of the “bonus material” tracks were already released.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I do own all the albums, many of them from our great friend the illustrious Lebrain! I can certainly make my own album collection or my own mix, and I may yet do, but being a completist I like to have all of the everything and these comps find their way home with me too…

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          1. 2loud2oldmusic says:

            Absolutely. How many versions of Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard do I really need…apparently at least 6 and that doesn’t include the 4 different live versions either.

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  1. Phillip Helbig says:

    You really need both “A Farewell to Kings” and “Xanadu” on any best-of collection, but those two are one side of the album! The other tracks mentioned above: none are really essential. Assuming you want something from the later albums: what would you leave off from the earlier ones?

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