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Am I making this thread? The Canadian 'pudlians should be ashamed! a-hard-days-night-john-6

So this is the dedicated Rush Thread.
After searching around I found nothing like it, and had some stuff to post about them, so here goes.

As I've posted elsewhere I found the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, which I recommend, on Netflix, and since I've been checking out their music. What I've heard I've really enjoyed, and researching them I've found all their influences are my favorite artists: Cream, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and eventually The Police!

The other day I went into the record shop and they had the cool Rush Box that was released last year for the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut. Was gonna go back to buy it, but it just sold a day or two ago, luckily the owner is ordering another for me, but I'm getting off topic!

With more research I found that I had picked a perfect time to start listening to Rush because this year they're releasing the first 14 albums remastered on vinyl in chronological order! One or two each month.

Apple should take note here:
They're being re-released on 200g vinyl with download codes for high quality vinyl rips of the songs. Hopefully with cool little extras like the Rush Box I posted above.

Now I'll end this post with a question for the fans on this site. (@vonbontee?)

I have a few bucks in iTunes and was wondering which three songs are essential Rush? What are your three favorite?

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Here is a Heal/Hurt about rush (The last Heal/Hurt victim)

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Aha! Rush! This where I can talk forever. Rush is in my top tier of 4 bands, which means I absolutely love them. I'm sorry to tell you this, but you may want to put a few more bucks on your iTunes and either get 2112  (jf you lean towards proggier stuff), Moving Pictures (if you lean towards shorter more radio friendly stuff, though there's still plenty of prog to be had here), or Clockwork Angels (my personal favorite, and their most recent album) in entirety. Rush works way better in full album form, it feels wrong recommending single songs. 

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@IveJustSeenAFaceo But since they're re-releasing them in order I want to try and hear them the way one would when they first came out. And keep the songs fresh for full album form, if you get what I mean. Since I'm curious though, I want a few songs to listen to until I can get my hands on Rush, then Fly By Night, etc.

I bought La Villa Strangiato about a week ago and I can't get tired of it! I was thinking Tom Sawyer, Limelight, or Freewill for one maybe?

As much as I want to get another 10 minute masterpiece I want to keep it fresh. So now that you understand my strange goal do you have any particular songs in mind? What's the best from Clockwork.

Nice to see you, btw. a-hard-days-night-john-5

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@IveJustSeenAFaceo But since they're re-releasing them in order I want to try and hear them the way one would when they first came out. And keep the songs fresh for full album form, if you get what I mean. Since I'm curious though, I want a few songs to listen to until I can get my hands on Rush, then Fly By Night, etc.

I bought La Villa Strangiato about a week ago and I can't get tired of it! I was thinking Tom Sawyer, Limelight, or Freewill for one maybe?

As much as I want to get another 10 minute masterpiece I want to keep it fresh. So now that you understand my strange goal do you have any particular songs in mind? What's the best from Clockwork.

Nice to see you, btw. a-hard-days-night-john-5

I would strongly suggest that if you do that, keep in mind that it gets WAY better after the first three albums. They're OK, but definitely stick around through at least 2112. 

My favorite from Clockwork Angels is The Anarchist, but a lot of people swear by The Wreckers, Headlong Flight, or the Garden. Personally I think the whole thing's absolutely amazing. Limelight is my all time favorite Rush song, so I'd go with that as a third.

Nice to see you too.

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I'm a casual fan, but I'm not huge into them.  I own 2112Moving Pictures, and a greatest hits collection, but that's it.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Aha! Rush! This where I can talk forever. Rush is in my top tier of 4 bands, which means I absolutely love them.

 

Haha, when I tried to revive that ill-fated heal/hurt by mentioning that we had a few new Rush fans become "forumpudlians" since the thread was created, it was Faceo specifically I had in mind! (Hi Faceo!)

I quit following Rush almost entirely after "Power Windows" - they just didn't sound right with the digital overlay and the less-grungy guitars and the disappearance of Geddy's ridiculous (awesome) screech. So I confine myself to their early metal period, the prog-period which followed (my favourite era) and the tightened-up new-wave period which followed that. @Mr. Kite 's beloved "La Villa Strangiato" is definitely a favourite, their most epic instrumental. And if its epics you seek, check out this discussion/poll on another board (with a reply from the 2007 version of vonbontee!)"

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Favourite album would probably be "Moving Pictures" for the new-wave era and especially "A Farewell To Kings" from the prog period, with the amazing "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1" both top five Rush tracks for me. "2112" and the underrated "Caress of Steel" both have ambitious album-side length epics backed with a not-so-great collection of unrelated songs on the other side. "Signals" is from 1982 and has excellent material that kinda depresses me when I listen to it and hear their sound changing into something that's destined to leave me cold.

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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@vonbontee If you stopped after Grace Under Pressure, you're missing out on some stuff. Grace Under Pressure itself is one of my favorites, Power Windows is fantastic and a fan favorite, Roll the Bones is one of my absolute favorites but for some reason the fanbase hates it, and Clockwork Angels is my favorite Rush album.

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I'm vaguely familiar with their earlier post-Grace albums, faceo - or at least the singles and best-known tracks from them. ("Power Windows" was actually the last one I bought upon release. Not to mention the last one I bought ever - and, maybe significantly, the last one I bought as a high-schooler.) And what can I say - I just plain dislike (or even hate) their shiny microchippy post-analog sound. I can't get past that. (Also, honestly, sometimes I wonder if all bands shouldn't break up after a dozen albums - that's how many the Beatles and a few other of my favourites managed before breaking up/beginning to suck!) Also I'm a grumbling grey(ing)beard who hates 91% of all popular music after 1991 anyways.  :(   ;)

I still love the band - just the fact they exist and are a uniquely Canadian institution and haven't done anything really embarrassing. And how they overcame Neil Peart's appalling pair of personal tragedies. Plus they're FUNNY bros too - omg those washing machines/rotisserie chicken ovens they had filling up space onstage! :D

Anybody who can't find something to love about this band is an irredeemable asshole!

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I'm vaguely familiar with their earlier post-Grace albums, faceo - or at least the singles and best-known tracks from them. ("Power Windows" was actually the last one I bought upon release. Not to mention the last one I bought ever.) And what can I say - I just plain dislike (or even hate) their shiny microchippy post-analog sound. I can't get past that. (Also, honestly, sometimes I wonder if all bands shouldn't break up after a dozen albums - that's how many the Beatles and a few other of my favourites managed before breaking up/beginning to suck!)

I still love the band - just the fact they exist and haven't done anything really embarrassing. Plus they're FUNNY bros too - those washing machines/rotisserie chicken ovens they had onstage! :D

@vonbontee Interesting, because the album after Power Windows (Hold Your Fire) was the last album with that sound. Presto leans that way, but starting with Roll the Bones, they're decidedly rock again. Counterparts is almost grunge, Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, and Snakes & Arrows are hard rock, and Clockwork Angels is a steampunk prog rock opera that approaches metal at times, and it also happens to be absolutely fantastic. So really, I'd go back and check out a few later albums.

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These are all good points, and yeah I realize that they stripped their own sound back to make it more hard-rocking around about the time of "Counterparts".  I guess I just can't work up much enthusiasm for (like I estimated) 91% of all post-1991 popular music. I hate the way it was recorded, the recording equipment. But who knows, I might check out "Clockwork Angels" on youtube or something next time I'm "burning the midnight oil". (You did get me to give Radiohead another chance! and I gave "OK Computer" some grudging respect as a result!)

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Although I can't form a full opinion yet, from what I saw in the documentary the music they used from the "synth period," which I'm assuming were the notable tracks since they put them in the movie, weren't that great to me. The one I have in mind was a duet I believe, and the music video had them floating around a room with their instruments.

I haven't sampled the new stuff yet except whatever I've seen in some concert footage. Which, by the way, really shows their skill. How many bands sound exactly like the record live? Especially with music that complex. They're just all extremely good musicians. From what I've heard, Alex picks some weird chords, but they always sound great and original. He alternates between playing straight rhythm guitar, fingerpicking, amazing soloing with fast playing that doesn't sound showy and pointless like a lot of guitarists. Geddy is a great bassist, love when the bass comes in in Fly By Night, and his 10 second solo in La Villa is perfect, wish it was longer. I also like the screeching vocals, loving Zeppelin as well. I don't know if I need to talk about Neil Peart. Rolling Stone has him number one on the list of best drummers. His kit is so complex but he seems to use every piece perfectly.

So I went with Fly By Night, Tom Sawyer, and Limelight until I get the full albums, so mind you all I have really heard fully are those three songs and La Villa. So either I'm wrong with my above judgments of them or they're amazing!

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How many bands sound exactly like the record live?

Quite a few with the power of lip synching. 

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How many bands sound exactly like the record live?

Quite a few with the power of lip synching. 

Some lip-sync to the record and yet still manage to sound nothing like it.

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Although I can't form a full opinion yet, from what I saw in the documentary the music they used from the "synth period," which I'm assuming were the notable tracks since they put them in the movie, weren't that great to me. The one I have in mind was a duet I believe, and the music video had them floating around a room with their instruments.

That's Time Stand Still, from Hold Your Fire. 

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R40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They're touring! I'm gonna finally get to see one of my all time favorite bands! I have to go to Philadelphia to do it, but it's worth it. Can't wait.

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R40 Tour

I'm waiting for pricing...

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I got my tickets! Philadelphia, section 103, not sure exactly which seats (my mom bought them for me). I'm more excited than I can possibly express, this is a band that means so much to me, and I'm finally going to see them.

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I've seen them twice, quite a while ago. They are fantastic in concert.

My favorite albums are the self titled debut (with the late John Rutsey on drums), 2112 and the live All The World's A Stage.

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I got my tickets! Philadelphia, section 103, not sure exactly which seats (my mom bought them for me). I'm more excited than I can possibly express, this is a band that means so much to me, and I'm finally going to see them.

Well then Mr. Presale! Lucky you! a-hard-days-night-ringo-10
I'm sure it'll be a great time!

Normal tickets are estimated to be about $60 so I can probably pull that off, it's just about getting to a venue. Will see when they're on sale!

In related news there was a press release that said something along the lines of 'last major tour,' so if anyone's interested in seeing Rush live, this may be your last opportunity.

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@Mr. Kite I see one in Tampa and one in Boston - can you get to one of those? I know you said you were back in FL - is that permanent?

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