RUSH

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Rush was a progressive rock band which formed in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada in 1968. The band formed with the lineup of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and John Rutsey (drums). Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974, shortly after the release of their first album, and three weeks before their first American tour. Peart also became the band's lyricist, and wrote many of the band's best known songs. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place them fourth behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.

Rush also ranks 78th in U.S. album sales with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush's total
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Mercury 1997
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Mercury 1997
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Fly By Night [LP]Fly By Night [LP]
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RUSH albums / top albums

RUSH Rush album cover 3.31 | 67 ratings
Rush
Hard Rock 1974
RUSH Fly by Night album cover 3.41 | 69 ratings
Fly by Night
Hard Rock 1975
RUSH Caress of Steel album cover 3.82 | 72 ratings
Caress of Steel
Hard Rock 1975
RUSH 2112 album cover 4.36 | 112 ratings
2112
Hard Rock 1976
RUSH A Farewell to Kings album cover 4.43 | 119 ratings
A Farewell to Kings
Hard Rock 1977
RUSH Hemispheres album cover 4.34 | 121 ratings
Hemispheres
Hard Rock 1978
RUSH Permanent Waves album cover 4.22 | 112 ratings
Permanent Waves
Hard Rock 1980
RUSH Moving Pictures album cover 4.52 | 158 ratings
Moving Pictures
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Signals album cover 3.82 | 40 ratings
Signals
Non-Metal 1982
RUSH Grace Under Pressure album cover 3.91 | 36 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
Non-Metal 1984
RUSH Power Windows album cover 3.05 | 31 ratings
Power Windows
Non-Metal 1985
RUSH Hold Your Fire album cover 2.77 | 31 ratings
Hold Your Fire
Non-Metal 1987
RUSH Presto album cover 3.37 | 33 ratings
Presto
Hard Rock 1989
RUSH Roll the Bones album cover 3.07 | 46 ratings
Roll the Bones
Hard Rock 1991
RUSH Counterparts album cover 3.74 | 54 ratings
Counterparts
Hard Rock 1993
RUSH Test for Echo album cover 3.28 | 46 ratings
Test for Echo
Hard Rock 1996
RUSH Vapor Trails album cover 3.64 | 46 ratings
Vapor Trails
Hard Rock 2002
RUSH Snakes & Arrows album cover 3.88 | 56 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
Hard Rock 2007
RUSH Clockwork Angels album cover 4.04 | 64 ratings
Clockwork Angels
Hard Rock 2012

RUSH EPs & splits

RUSH Closer to The Heart album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Closer to The Heart
Hard Rock 1977
RUSH Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Feedback album cover 3.06 | 16 ratings
Feedback
Hard Rock 2004
RUSH Cygnus X-1 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Cygnus X-1
Hard Rock 2017

RUSH live albums

RUSH All the World's a Stage album cover 3.90 | 29 ratings
All the World's a Stage
Hard Rock 1976
RUSH Exit... Stage Left album cover 4.14 | 36 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH A Show of Hands album cover 3.20 | 11 ratings
A Show of Hands
Non-Metal 1989
RUSH Different Stages - Live album cover 4.23 | 22 ratings
Different Stages - Live
Hard Rock 1998
RUSH Rush in Rio album cover 4.45 | 11 ratings
Rush in Rio
Hard Rock 2003
RUSH Snakes & Arrows Live album cover 3.29 | 8 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
Hard Rock 2008
RUSH Grace Under Pressure Tour album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour
Non-Metal 2009
RUSH ABC 1974 album cover 3.97 | 6 ratings
ABC 1974
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland album cover 2.87 | 6 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Moving Pictures: Live 2011 album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Clockwork Angels Tour album cover 3.46 | 3 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
Hard Rock 2013

RUSH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RUSH In The Mood album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
In The Mood
Hard Rock 1974
RUSH 2.00 | 1 ratings
"Everything Your Listeners Ever Wanted to Hear by Rush...But You Were Afraid to Play"
Hard Rock 1975
RUSH Twilight Zone / Lessons album cover 2.25 | 3 ratings
Twilight Zone / Lessons
Hard Rock 1976
RUSH Rock On!: Rush / Max Webster album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Rock On!: Rush / Max Webster
Hard Rock 1977
RUSH The Trees / The Trees album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Trees / The Trees
Hard Rock 1978
RUSH Hemispheres Radio show album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hemispheres Radio show
Hard Rock 1978
RUSH The Trees album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Trees
Hard Rock 1978
RUSH Live In St. Louis album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In St. Louis
Hard Rock 1980
RUSH The Spirit Of Radio album cover 3.08 | 3 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio
Hard Rock 1980
RUSH Entre Nous album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Entre Nous
Hard Rock 1980
RUSH A Passage To Bangkok album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
A Passage To Bangkok
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Moving Pictures - The Radio Special album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Moving Pictures - The Radio Special
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Rush 'N' Roulette album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Rush 'N' Roulette
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Signals Radio Special album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Signals Radio Special
Non-Metal 1982
RUSH New World Man / Vital Signs (live): colored vinyl album cover 2.25 | 3 ratings
New World Man / Vital Signs (live): colored vinyl
Hard Rock 1982
RUSH The Rush Special album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Rush Special
Hard Rock 1982
RUSH Red Sector A album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Red Sector A
Non-Metal 1984
RUSH Grace Under Pressure Radio Special album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Radio Special
Non-Metal 1984
RUSH Marathon (live) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Marathon (live)
Non-Metal 1988
RUSH Superconducter album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Superconducter
Hard Rock 1989
RUSH The Story Of Kings album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Story Of Kings
Non-Metal 1992
RUSH Test For Echo album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Test For Echo
Hard Rock 1997
RUSH Different Stages album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Different Stages
Hard Rock 1998
RUSH Summertime Blues album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Summertime Blues
Hard Rock 2004

RUSH re-issues & compilations

RUSH Archives album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Archives
Hard Rock 1978
RUSH Rush Through Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rush Through Time
Hard Rock 1981
RUSH Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Hard Rock 1984
RUSH Chronicles album cover 4.54 | 9 ratings
Chronicles
Hard Rock 1990
RUSH Retrospective I: 1974-1980 album cover 3.85 | 9 ratings
Retrospective I: 1974-1980
Hard Rock 1997
RUSH Retrospective II: 1981-1987 album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Retrospective II: 1981-1987
Non-Metal 1997
RUSH The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987
Hard Rock 2003
RUSH Gold album cover 3.45 | 7 ratings
Gold
Hard Rock 2006
RUSH Retrospective III: 1989–2008 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Retrospective III: 1989–2008
Hard Rock 2009
RUSH Working Men album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Working Men
Hard Rock 2009
RUSH Time Stand Still: The Collection album cover 1.42 | 5 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
Hard Rock 2010
RUSH Icon album cover 2.42 | 3 ratings
Icon
Hard Rock 2010
RUSH Icon 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon 2
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Sector 1 album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Sector 1
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Sector 2 album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Sector 2
Hard Rock 2011
RUSH Sector 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sector 3
Non-Metal 2011
RUSH The Studio Albums 1989-2007 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
Hard Rock 2013

RUSH singles (44)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Not Fade Away
Hard Rock 1973
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3.33 | 3 ratings
Finding My Way / Need Some Love
Hard Rock 1974
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3.17 | 3 ratings
In The Mood / What You're Doing
Hard Rock 1974
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3.50 | 3 ratings
Fly By Night / Anthem
Hard Rock 1975
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Return Of The Prince / I Think I'm Going Bald
Hard Rock 1975
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Fly By Night / Best I Can
Hard Rock 1975
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3.83 | 3 ratings
Bastille Day / Lakeside Park
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fly By Night / In The Mood / Something for Nothing [live]
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Making Memories / Temples Of Syrinx
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Closer To The Heart / Bastille Day / The Temples Of Syrinx
Hard Rock 1977
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Closer To The Heart / Madrigal
Hard Rock 1977
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio / Circumstances
Hard Rock 1978
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4.00 | 3 ratings
The Trees / Circumstances
Hard Rock 1978
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio / The Trees
Hard Rock 1980
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Entre Nous / Different Strings
Hard Rock 1980
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Limelight / XYZ
Hard Rock 1981
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3.94 | 4 ratings
Tom Sawyer / Witch Hunt
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok (live)
Hard Rock 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Freewill / Closer To The Heart (live)
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Close To The Heart / The Trees (live)
Hard Rock 1981
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Subdivisions / Red Barchetta
Hard Rock 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Subdivisions
Hard Rock 1982
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Subdivisions / Countdown
Non-Metal 1982
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Countdown / New World Man / Spirit Of Radio (live)
Non-Metal 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Countdown / New World Man 7"
Non-Metal 1982
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3.50 | 2 ratings
New World Man / Vital Signs (live)
Hard Rock 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
New world Man / Vital Signs / Freewill (live)
Hard Rock 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Weapon / Digital Man
Non-Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Countdown / New World Man
Non-Metal 1983
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Afterimage / The Body Electric
Non-Metal 1984
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Distant Early Warning / Between The Wheels
Non-Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Mystic Rhythms
Non-Metal 1985
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Big Money / Red Sector A (live)
Non-Metal 1985
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Red Sector A / Territories
Non-Metal 1985
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Big Money
Non-Metal 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time Stand Still / Force Ten
Non-Metal 1987
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time Stand Still / High Water
Non-Metal 1987
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Prime Mover / Tai Shan
Non-Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Prime Mover / Early distant Warning (live)
Non-Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ghost Of A Chance / Dreamline
Non-Metal 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Roll The Bones / Show Don't Tell
Non-Metal 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Far Cry
Hard Rock 2007
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
Hard Rock 2011
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Headlong Flight
Hard Rock 2012

RUSH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.04 | 3 ratings
Exit...Stage Left
Hard Rock 1981
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984
Non-Metal 1985
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
Non-Metal 1985
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2.00 | 2 ratings
A Show Of Hands
Non-Metal 1989
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Chronicles: The Video Collection
Hard Rock 1990
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4.74 | 8 ratings
Rush In Rio
Hard Rock 2003
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4.50 | 6 ratings
R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour
Hard Rock 2005
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4.24 | 6 ratings
Replay X 3
Hard Rock 2006
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3.87 | 6 ratings
Snakes And Arrows Live
Hard Rock 2008
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Working Men
Hard Rock 2009
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4.79 | 20 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
Hard Rock 2010
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4.05 | 4 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
Hard Rock 2010
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4.14 | 3 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
Hard Rock 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
Hard Rock 2013

RUSH Reviews

RUSH Hemispheres

Album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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"Hemispheres" is the 6th full-length studio album by Canadian progressive rock act Rush. The album was released through Mercury Records (US/Europe)/Anthem Records (Canada) in October 1978. It´s the successor to "A Farewell to Kings" from 1977. Rush completed their 9 months long tour in support of "A Farewell to Kings (1977)" in May 1978, and after a very short break, entered Rockfield Studios in Wales in June 1978 with producer Terry Brown, to begin work on material for "Hemispheres". The band entered the studio with no pre-written material and worked tirelessly to write and record throughout June and July 1978, after which they were finally allowed some time off from recording and touring.

Stylistically the material on "Hemispheres" continue the progressive rock style of the predecessor with some natural development of style and sophistication. "Hemispheres" features four tracks. The 18 minutes long "Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres" filled side 1 of the original vinyl version of the album, while the two shorter rockers "Circumstances" and "The Trees" filled side 2 along with the 9 minutes long instrumental album closer "La Villa Strangiato".

"Hemispheres" is a well produced affair and it´s mostly not audible that the band were rushed into the studio with next to no written ideas for songs. But on the other hand neither "Circumstances" nor "The Trees" are the most remarkable tracks in the band´s discography, so maybe the songwriting was rushed just a little bit. The highlights of the album are definitely the long epic i>"Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres" and the playful instrumental "La Villa Strangiato". Even those two tracks could also have featured a more fluent structure, as they are both obviously created using many shorter compositions/pieces of music. I know that´s how Rush also wrote earlier long epics like "2112" and "Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage", but here it just seems more pronounced.

With that minor complaint out of the way, "Hemispheres" is overall another high quality progressive rock release by Rush, and a natural successor to "A Farewell to Kings (1977)". Rush are incredibly well playing and lead vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee reaches helium heights with his voice here like he would never do again. "Hemispheres" is Rush most progressive hour, and after this album they would tone down the progressive playing style a bit and focus on a more subtle (or at least less focused on technical playing) progressive rock style (with exceptions). A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

RUSH Fly by Night

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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‘Fly By Night’ is the second album by Canadian rock legends Rush. Released in 1975, it’s the first album to feature drummer Neil Peart, and solidifies what is the definitive Rush line up, with bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, holding up all the way to the bands retirement in January 2018.

However, I don’t think this album is as good as the band’s debut. While there’s a few good songs, and Neil Peart’s drumming has lots of small touches that make him stand out from his predecessor, John Rutsey, I just struggle to really get into most of these tracks.

That’s not really a knock on the band though. I love Rush, especially their 80’s synth-driven era, and their self-titled debut was a solid hard rock album. But ‘Fly By Night’ just doesn’t quite work for me. It’s easy to hear the progressive elements coming into the trios sound, and the musicianship itself is fantastic. I’d just prefer to listen to ‘Grace Under Pressure’ or ‘Signals’ instead.

So what songs do I like? ‘Anthem’ is catchy, as is the title track and ‘Best I Can’, and there’s the soft, folk-inspired ‘Rivendell’ which I didn’t like initially but eventually it came to grow on me. But from a band with such a wealth of material to choose from, I can’t see myself coming back to these very often.

Rush are one of my all-time favourite bands, and with a career spanning over 40 years, there’s bound to be a couple of albums I’m not too keen on. This is one of them. There’s no specific reason, but they have so many other albums that I prefer much more over this one. Simple as that. Sorry guys!

RUSH All the World's a Stage

Live album · 1976 · Hard Rock
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"All the World's a Stage" is a live album release by Canadian progressive rock act Rush. The album was released through Mercury Records in the US/Europe and through Anthem Records in their native country in September 1976. The original version of the album was a double vinyl release featuring a gatefold sleeve. It´s the first live album release by the band, and according to the liner notes it closes the first chapter of the band´s history.

Rush got their breakthrough earlier in 1976 with the release of their fourth full-length studio album "2112" and the material on "All the World's a Stage" were recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto on June 11, 12, and 13 during their tour supporting the album. "All the World's a Stage" naturally features some tracks from "2112" (including about 16 minutes of the normally 20 minutes long title track), but the band´s first three albums "Rush (1974)", "Fly by Night (1975)", and "Caress of Steel (1975)", are also represented by at least one track each.

Rush have always been an exceptionally well playing band, and that´s true for their live performances too, which "All the World's a Stage" perfectly documents. The album also features a powerful, raw, and organic sounding production, which suits the material well, so "All the World's a Stage" is a fine presentation of a 1976 Rush show (including a drum solo from Neal Peart). The tracklist is well picked, the sound production is relatively well sounding, and the performances are strong from all three members of the band. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

RUSH Grace Under Pressure

Album · 1984 · Non-Metal
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Following on from where 'Signals' left off, 1984's 'Grace Under Pressure' sees Rush fully embrace the 80's synthesizer era of music, with some of their most radio-friendly and keyboard-driven pieces yet, but without losing any integrity or sense of identity. It makes for some easy-listening progressive rock, which can appeal to fans of the genre and non-fans alike.

Surprisingly, a lot of people were put off by what they consider Rush's "pop era", though personally I find this to be some of the bands most accessible material. Admittedly the second half of the album is a little on the weak side, but the first half is absolutely stellar, and consists of some of my all-time favourite Rush tunes.

'Distant Early Warning', 'Afterimage', 'Red Sector A' and 'The Enemy Within' (check that bass line!) are all perfectly crafted songs. Each one remains true to the band's sound while adapting to that periods musical trends. They're fantastic songs, incredibly catchy, creative, and well performed. Although, as mentioned above, the second half of the album does get a little stale. They're not awful by any stretch, in fact, 'The Body Electric' and 'Between the Wheels' aren't too shabby, but they pale in comparison to the previous tracks.

Well-produced to truly emphasize that glorious 80's pop vibe, Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure' is a fantastic album that shows a band able to keep with the times and avoid stagnation while delivering a product that is undeniably their own. Despite the weaker second half, I still consider this one of their finest releases.

RUSH Moving Pictures

Album · 1981 · Hard Rock
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I remember back in 2006, at the age of 19, I was playing in a band with a drummer who wanted to do a cover of 'Tom Sawyer'. I'd heard of Rush and was well-aware of how they'd inspired countless others, but I'd yet to actually listen to them. Oddly enough, around the same time, another friend of mine (a bassist... poor fella), was digging the instrumental track 'YYZ'. I was blown away by both songs, and when I found out they appeared on the same album, the decision was made. And so 'Moving Pictures', coincidentally one of Rush's most beloved and renowned releases, also served as my introduction to the Canadian rockers.

Not a bad place to start.

Having started as a traditional hard rock outfit, by the time Rush reached 'Moving Pictures', their eighth studio release, they were firmly established as a progressive rock act, with their music full of the traits associated with the genre. While the band had used keyboards and synthesizers before, this album ushered the trio into the 80's, in which their music would become much more keyboard-driven, adapting to the musical trends of the time, whilst never compromising their own identity.

Containing fan favourites such as 'Tom Sawyer', 'YYZ', 'Limelight', 'Vital Signs' and 'Red Barchetta', 'Moving Pictures' features excellent performances by everyone involved, with no self-indulgent endless musical passages, every note on this record has true meaning behind it, and is wonderfully produced to ensure the band sound as majestic as ever.

Highly regarded amongst fans as Rush's greatest release, 'Moving Pictures' is a classic album that rightfully deserves it's place in every progressive rock collection.

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RUSH Replay X 3

Movie · 2006 · Hard Rock
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"Replay X3" is a terrific box set of the 3 earlier Rush VHS concerts and it has been mastered to provide great picture though not all widescreen unfortunately. The sound is excellent without any noteable dropout unlike the VHS antiques. The packaging is excellent, booklets included and all original art prints on the seperate covers. There is also a bonus CD of Grace Under Pressure which is worthwhile.

DVD 1 is Exit...Stage Left, a 1 hour concert from the early years or Rushtory when they had long hair, and features a strong setlist with the likes of Limelight, Tom Sawyer, and a rare appearance of the brilliant Xanadu. The usual suspects are here such as the wonderful Red Barchetta and quintessential Freewill along with lighters in the air stalwart crowd pleaser Closer To The Heart. It is always great to see them having fun with the instrumental YYZ and a real treat is to hear the medley at the end with By-Tor And The Snow Dog, In The End, In The Mood and 2112 edited together masterfully. The VHS or DVD delivers what it promises, Rush in their hey day with great quality sound and editing. The band look young of course and jump around a lot more and there were no signs of chicken rotisseries or clothes dryers back then, but a heck of a lot of lighting and laser effects more than makes up for it. The concert also comes with a lot of interview footage and voice overs between songs, and some footage of the band backstage while the songs play and that is a treat compared to the usual straight concert footage. Too short but quite sweet. A real blast from the past that will please Rushaholics.

DVD 2 is Grace Under Pressure, another of the earlier concert performances of Rush running for about an hour with a lot of songs from "Grace Under Pressure" of course and it is nice to hear these. It begins with a glorious opening with The Spirit Of Radio, and a noticeable glowing effect on the band especially the white shirts, as if Vaseline had been rubbed on the lens. This is the 80s and this effect was prominent on film clips of artists such as Nik Kershaw and Dire Straits or Duran Duran. It looks kind of weird on Rush as they were never pretty video boys. Unfortunately the fuzzy effect is prevalent throughout the recording, and it kind of annoys me, especially the way the bright lights phase over constantly. Lifeson wears a white sports jacket looking like the mad scientist of metal, Peart has a white T and red cap that he loses later, and Lee wears grey suit jacket and white T. The hair dos are 80s personified; Peart has a rat tail, Lee has a mullet and Lifeson has a Flock of Seagulls quiff. Oh well, it is what it is. The music is brilliant.

The Enemy Within is rarely heard live but sparked my memory and it's a great song. The Weapon is always fantastic, one of my favourites, and it begins with a Dracula character on screen telling people to put on their 3D glasses. Witch Hunt begins with a screening of a bunch of cultists burning books with torches. It is a great song from "Moving Pictures" recently heard in the Time Machine concerts. Lee's vocals are excellent throughout and the guitars are incredible. New World Man is another one rarely heard live recently and it is OK though not one of the better tracks from "Signals". Synths are heard here though no one seems to be playing them, so I suspect some recorded music was used. It was the age of the video clip and a clip is shown of some animation and a boy looking up to see a huge airship in the sky. Distant Early Warning follows and it is a great song from GUP, that has become a concert favourite. The clip shows the boy riding a missile and the laser light show follows.

Red Sector A is an awesome song and I loved hearing it on this DVD again, with one of the strongest melodies of the Rush catalogue. The laser show looks great here. The lyrics by Lee are terrific and when Lee sings "smoking gun" a massive explosion goes off causing the crowd to roar. The lyrics are actually based on family experience and is a homage to his mother and father that survived the holocaust. Though Lee re wrote the lyrics to have a broader perspective that it may apply to any holocaust like situation such as Rwanda. Closer To The Heart is always a crowd pleaser and the crowd know it well enough to drown out some of Lee's vocals. There were no mobile phones back then but plenty of lighters go up in the air.

The obligatory medley is here with a terrific merging of some classics, YYZ, Temples Of Syrinx, and Tom Sawyer. During YYZ the crowd are obsessed with air drumming throughout. Tom Sawyer features the Moving Pictures animation on the screen. It is nice to hear Lee be able to reach those high notes too in the chorus.

Vital Signs is one I have not seen live on other concerts till the "Moving Pictures" live concerts of recent years. When Lee takes off his jacket his white T glows like the rest of the band's halos. It is a weird effect really and perhaps the worse part of the DVD. It ends with Finding My Way and In The Mood, from the earliest album. it is a great crowd participation song with the crowd visible throughout, a guy even lights up a pipe at one stage. Overall, this is a great snippet of songs from the Rush 80s years, worth checking out for certain even if for nostalgia if nothing else.

DVD 3 is A Show Of Hands, a 90 minutes concert experience and as such way better than the previous DVDs available, namely "Exit Stage Left" and "Grace Under Pressure". It is excellent also due to the use of animations on the big screen and the overall setlist. The songs are from "Hold Your Fire" mostly and I believe they are better heard live than on that album so that is a drawcard of this particular DVD. It also has a very solid quality sound throughout and the band look great and have heaps of fun. From "Hold Your Fire" the songs appear, Mission, Prime Mover, Force Ten, and Turn The Page so there is a lot from their latest at the time.

Closer To The Heart is always present of course along with quintessential Tom Sawyer, and The Spirit of Radio. I always love to hear the magnificent Red Sector A and hard rocking Force Ten, and it was great to see them play Mission, another one rarely heard live on these DVDs.

Marathon, Territories and The Big Money from "Power Windows" are good rockers for the crowd to get into. The drum solo by Peart is terrific, with his vibes section and patented cymbal jazz splashes along with some incredible triplet work though his drums are still stationary in this era, and not as many.

The concert ends with a brilliant medley 2112, The Temples Of Syrinx, La Villa Strangiato and In The Mood. Overall a strong concert, one of the best live documents of the band and worth getting hold of above the rest.

The Grace Under Pressure Bonus CD, is a previously unreleased audio from the newly remastered Grace Under Pressure concert soundtrack and it is a fantastic Rush sound.

"Replay x3" is definitely worth getting as it houses 3 very good concerts of the early years and these are only available now with this set released in 2006.

RUSH Exit...Stage Left

Movie · 1981 · Hard Rock
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Exit...Stage Left is a 1 hour concert from the early years or Rushtory when they had long hair, and features a strong setlist with the likes of Limelight, Tom Sawyer, and a rare appearance of the brilliant Xanadu. The usual suspects are here such as the wonderful Red Barchetta and quintessential Freewill along with lighters in the air stalwart crowd pleaser Closer To The Heart. It is always great to see them having fun with the instrumental YYZ and a real treat is to hear the medley at the end with By-Tor And The Snow Dog, In The End, In The Mood and 2112 edited together masterfully. The VHS or DVD delivers what it promises, Rush in their hey day with great quality sound and editing. The band look young of course and jump around a lot more and there were no signs of chicken rotisseries or clothes dryers back then, but a heck of a lot of lighting and laser effects more than makes up for it. The concert also comes with a lot of interview footage and voice overs between songs, and some footage of the band backstage while the songs play and that is a treat compared to the usual straight concert footage. Too short but quite sweet. A real blast from the past that will please Rushaholics.

RUSH Snakes And Arrows Live

Movie · 2008 · Hard Rock
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This 3 CD package is a great concert experience that I will return to often. Everything works - from the excellent sound quality to the crystal clear picture. The stage itself is massive and there are incredible lighting effects, lasers and fire effects. The 3 split screens at times show each band member, and sometimes a visual effect to enhance the track being played. There are weird Rush-ian gimmicks, namely the 3 huge ovens full of rotating chickens that glow ominous red throughout the night. There is no reference to these except Lee says at the end of CD1 that they are no longer spring chickens so they need to take a break. At one point a weird chef appears to turn the chickens over. Similar in fact to the washing machines with rotating clothes in the 'Live in Rio' show. Other subtler things are on stage such as flanks of flowers around microphones, plastic dinosaurs around Lifeson's stacks and the piece de resistance is the miniature Stonehenge rock on Lee's keyboards - a nod in Spinal Tap's direction for sure. We see crowd shots and Lee takes home movies of them screaming Hello Canada - in fact we see many versions of him doing this from other shows. Peart is featured with a sizzling drum solo that is well above what normally occurs in solos. He uses gamelon style blocks and sound effect drums to enhance the solo and his kit rotates to add depth. I love when the jazz band kicks in and he plays full blown jazz metrical patterns - there is a standing ovation after this.

There are no lengthy lead solo sections where Lifeson plays by himself but there is a nice acoustic piece following the drum solo. Lifeson effortlessly plays all the songs with precision and finesse. Surely one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Lee's vocals are excellent and as clear as ever. His bass pounds on every track. I noted its all mostly hard rock on this live show. The band play old favourites that every Rush fan adores such as 'Spirit of Radio' and 'Tom Sawyer' but they focus on 'Snakes and Arrows' album, virtually playing every song. This could have been problematic but I find these live versions even better than the studio versions. I was never a huge fan of S&A but this live concert really brings something special to these tracks. I like the film clips that break up the songs such as South Park's Cartman singing Tom Sawyer and the weird clips of babies in prams and a game of snakes and ladders.

The bonus features are fun, such as watching the clips without the band shots and the making of the clips which show Rush at their kookiest. Some of the extra live tracks are great too so overall this is a must see for any Rush fan. I recommend this as well as 'Live IN Rio' which are completely different experiences. This is not as good as 'Rio' due to the set list, but it is still a fantastic DVD package.

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adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Dates. The cut off for placement under proto metal is 1975.
more than 2 years ago
I happen to believe and think that Rush was the first significant blend of Prog and Metal but this baffles me. Why are the first three albums listed as Proto - Metal and not the first 6( Rush through Hemispheres instead? They are all at the very least Proto - Metal
more than 2 years ago
Why is Clockwork angels non metal Its way heavier than Snakes and Arrows! Listen to The Anarchist and The Carnies and Headlong Flight. That rocks big time.
more than 2 years ago
Really, all Rush albums should be in metal category - metal bands owe a lot to their style no matter how commercial it became.
Charcaroth wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Why are Counterparts - Snakes and Arrows listed as "non metal"? Those albums rock harder than Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures.

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