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Formed in Toronto, Canada in 1968

RUSH are a pioneering line-up of Seventies Progressive rock, who influenced many Prog, hard-rock and heavy metal bands. This Canadian band is composed of bassist, singer and keyboard player Geddy LEE, guitarist Alex LIFESON and renowned drummer Neil PEART. In 1974 John RUTSEY was replaced by Peart who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter. Acclaimed for their instrumental virtuosity, their lyrics and longevity, throughout their 40+ year career they've proved to be the masters of their respective instruments while creating challenging yet popular music. They have the record for the third most consecutive gold or platinum albums for a band on the US album chart behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, a brief summary of the band's career ...
Through the history of RUSH, they have passed through many distinct phases. Every one of these phases represents a triumph in music, allowing the band to move on. As at the end of all of RUSH's phases, a live LP was released. This tradition began with "All The World's A Stage", recorded live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Since then, the group has released three additional live albums: the best selling "Exit... Stage Left" (1981), "A Show of Hands" (1989), and the three-disc set "Different Stages" (1998), which encompasses three decades of the group's music.

FIRST PHASE (1974-1976):
In the beginning, they started off as hard rock blues outfit with John-boy before he left and Neil came in, bringing his sci-fi mind into the works. The music seems to be a transition between straight-ahead rock tunes and more complex progressive tracks. "Caress of Steel" is a landmark album in the history of RUSH. Lyrically and musically, "2112" was a masterpiece. This multi-platinum release remains one of RUSH's best-selling albums.

SECOND PHASE (1977-1981):
They moved headlong into progressive rock in the later part of the decade, starting with the album previous and right on to their massive breakthrough, 1981's "Moving Pictures". Synthesizers were now employed by the band, played in the studio and on stage by Geddy. This was the end of transition from long epic pieces to shorter, more concise, and intricate songs. "Permanent Waves" is widely considered to be second only to "Moving Pictures" as RUSH's finest achievement.

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RUSH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.94 | 1102 ratings
Rush
1974
3.37 | 1229 ratings
Fly By Night
1975
3.53 | 1290 ratings
Caress Of Steel
1975
4.11 | 2138 ratings
2112
1976
4.32 | 2281 ratings
A Farewell to Kings
1977
4.37 | 2463 ratings
Hemispheres
1978
4.28 | 2107 ratings
Permanent Waves
1980
4.39 | 2898 ratings
Moving Pictures
1981
3.95 | 1347 ratings
Signals
1982
3.70 | 1163 ratings
Grace Under Pressure
1984
3.54 | 1017 ratings
Power Windows
1985
3.26 | 923 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1987
3.18 | 850 ratings
Presto
1989
3.09 | 867 ratings
Roll The Bones
1991
3.76 | 930 ratings
Counterparts
1993
2.87 | 845 ratings
Test for Echo
1996
3.42 | 861 ratings
Vapor Trails
2002
3.57 | 974 ratings
Snakes & Arrows
2007
3.95 | 1097 ratings
Clockwork Angels
2012

RUSH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 465 ratings
All The World's A Stage
1976
4.03 | 585 ratings
Exit... Stage Left
1981
3.50 | 421 ratings
A Show Of Hands
1989
4.34 | 392 ratings
Different Stages - Live
1998
3.84 | 357 ratings
Rush - In Rio
2003
4.22 | 206 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
3.61 | 228 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
3.94 | 179 ratings
Grace Under Pressure 1984 Tour
2009
3.56 | 68 ratings
ABC 1974
2011
3.41 | 165 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.38 | 69 ratings
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011
3.98 | 100 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
3.94 | 22 ratings
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri - 14 February 1980
2015
4.36 | 45 ratings
R40 Live
2015

RUSH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 141 ratings
Exit... Stage Left (VHS)
1981
3.41 | 40 ratings
Through The Camera Eye
1984
4.00 | 112 ratings
Grace Under Pressure Tour (DVD)
1985
4.04 | 120 ratings
A Show of Hands
1989
3.04 | 88 ratings
Chronicles
1990
4.35 | 284 ratings
Rush in Rio
2003
4.42 | 267 ratings
R30 - 30th Anniversary World Tour
2005
4.08 | 141 ratings
Replay x 3
2006
4.12 | 152 ratings
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008
2.80 | 45 ratings
Working Men
2009
4.68 | 288 ratings
Beyond the Lighted Stage
2010
4.18 | 81 ratings
Classic Albums: 2112 - Moving Pictures
2010
3.91 | 106 ratings
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011
3.93 | 67 ratings
Clockwork Angels Tour
2013
4.85 | 11 ratings
R 40 (DVD Box Set)
2014
4.41 | 52 ratings
R40 Live
2015
4.33 | 21 ratings
Time Stand Still
2016

RUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 60 ratings
Archives
1978
2.74 | 25 ratings
Through Time
1978
3.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology
1984
3.56 | 111 ratings
Chronicles
1991
3.35 | 77 ratings
Retrospective I (1974-1980)
1997
3.19 | 74 ratings
Retrospective II (1981-1987)
1997
3.21 | 80 ratings
The Spirit Of Radio (Greatest Hits 1974-1987)
2003
3.13 | 56 ratings
Gold
2006
2.92 | 54 ratings
Retrospective III 1989 - 2008
2009
2.78 | 43 ratings
Working Men
2009
1.82 | 29 ratings
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010
2.33 | 29 ratings
Icon
2010
4.19 | 41 ratings
Sector 1
2011
4.55 | 45 ratings
Sector 2
2011
4.55 | 45 ratings
Sector 3
2011
4.83 | 6 ratings
Moving Pictures 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition
2011
3.29 | 7 ratings
Icon 2
2011
4.24 | 31 ratings
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
2013
3.53 | 21 ratings
2112 40th Anniversary edition
2016
4.21 | 14 ratings
A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary)
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary Edition)
2020

RUSH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.01 | 39 ratings
Not Fade Away
1973
2.82 | 28 ratings
Finding My Way
1974
2.67 | 6 ratings
In The Mood
1974
5.00 | 2 ratings
Bastille Day
1975
3.09 | 30 ratings
Fly by Night
1975
3.09 | 30 ratings
The Twilight Zone
1976
3.60 | 37 ratings
2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
1976
3.70 | 38 ratings
Closer to The Heart
1977
2.31 | 21 ratings
Everything Your Listeners Wanted To Hear By Rush... But Were Afraid To Play
1977
3.48 | 14 ratings
The Trees
1978
4.13 | 49 ratings
The Spirit of Radio
1980
2.85 | 44 ratings
Entre Nous
1980
3.96 | 54 ratings
Tom Sawyer
1981
4.18 | 11 ratings
Tom Sawyer / A Passage To Bangkok / Red Barchetta
1981
3.90 | 10 ratings
Vital Signs / Passage To Bangkok / Circumstances / In The Mood
1981
4.23 | 12 ratings
Subdivisions
1982
3.90 | 10 ratings
Countdown
1982
3.15 | 39 ratings
New World Man
1982
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Body Electric
1984
3.59 | 37 ratings
Distant Early Warning
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Afterimage
1984
3.11 | 38 ratings
The Big Money
1986
4.00 | 7 ratings
Prime Mover
1987
4.50 | 6 ratings
Closer To The Heart
1989
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Pass
1989
2.84 | 19 ratings
Ghost of a chance
1992
4.00 | 6 ratings
Roll The Bones
1992
1.89 | 20 ratings
The Story Of Kings
1992
3.05 | 25 ratings
Stick It Out
1993
3.33 | 27 ratings
One Little Victory
2002
2.85 | 206 ratings
Feedback
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
Summertime Blues
2004
3.53 | 41 ratings
Far Cry
2007
4.10 | 134 ratings
Caravan / BU2B
2010
3.59 | 78 ratings
Headlong Flight
2012
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Garden
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
7 and 7 is
2014
4.40 | 5 ratings
Roll The Bones
2015

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 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2138 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars I didn't realize that when I started writing this review it was precisely 21/12, so sad I didn't finish it on time.

This was actually the first Progressive Rock album that I've ever heard: I was 10 years old and I had absolutely no idea of what the hell Prog was. My cousin Jorge (who is only four years older than me) came to my house one time with a disc holder in which he kept his favorite albums so he can listen to them in his Discman (it was 2004, there were no iPods and the travel by bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca City is a seven hours journey).

Along with some non-progressive rock bands such as KASHMIR, MUSE and THE MUSIC, he introduced me to the Progressive Rock of THE MARS VOLTA's "De-loused in the comatorium" and RUSH's "2112"; I expanded just a little bit my musical taste that back in those days was founded on KISS, THE RAMONES, MOLOTOV and GREEN DAY. It was actually until 2009 (when I started listening to Progressive Rock) that I re-discovered the album and finally fell in love with it.

--- A SIDE ---

1.- 2112 (20:33): The opening track of the album is a phenomenal twenty minute suite that talks about a post- apocalyptical age of time running in the 2112 year in which the music is an unknown part of human history and the Priests run over the world and live in The Temples of Syrinx. The song is divided into seven parts that would function really well as individual songs but altogether function much better.

I) Overture: As the name of the first part claims, this is the overture of the song: it is a 4 and a half minute piece that is completely instrumental until its very end when we can hear just one line "and the Meek shall inherit the Earth". The music in this section is absolutely mind-blowing: all the bass, the guitar and the drums were played with very aggressive patrons and the addition of the synthesizer ARP Odyssey played by Hugh SYME gave it a very spacey atmosphere that went perfect with the thematic of the song (it reminds me a lot to HAWKWIND).

II) The temples of Syrinx: The second part continues with the intense hard rock only the melody changes completely; unfortunately this part is really short and the third chapter is not intense hard rock but a soft slow melody. The chapter explains how the Priests who live in the temples of Syrinx have controlled the population and blocked all creativity and individualism.

III) Discovery: This is a very soft melody that starts with water sounds and a very calm guitar, then LEE sings and the guitar starts to play faster until it changes to a more rhythmic tune. In this chapter a man discovers a guitar and he starts to play it so he discovers the lost art of music.

IV) Presentation: More strong hard rock with powerful guitar riffs and drums; the instrumental final includes one of the most intense guitar solos of the album. At this chapter of the song the unnamed man takes his beautiful discovery to the Priests at the temples, he is really excited to share this new wonder and to show what it can do but he finds out that the priests knew about this "waste of time" and they're not interested in any silly device from the ancient days. The priests destroy the guitar and banish the man.

V) Oracle: the dream: This section of the song starts with a very calm guitar line and a soft singed part and then it changes to a more hard rocky section. At this chapter the man dreams about a planet in which the creative people live.

VI) Soliloquy: Another song that starts with a quiet melody and changes to a rockier section. The man wakes up and realizes he will never be part of that civilization so he kills himself in depression.

VII) Grand final: It's just an instrumental ending of the song; the drums in here are particularly amazing. The end of the story is confusing and hard to interpret.

--- B SIDE ---

2.- A passage to Bangkok (03:34): The first song of the second side of the LP is a slow tempo rock song with a well marked riff. This is a song about weed and the best places to get it (the song mentions several cities and countries from around the globe with fame of growing good weed such as Bogota, Jamaica, Acapulco, Morocco, Afghanistan and Katmandu).

3.- The twilight zone (03:19): Maybe the most oriented to Progressive Rock from the B-side: the atmosphere this song gives is very mystic; the lyrics are inspired in the television science fiction show with the same name.

4.- Lessons (03:52): This song was written by Alex LIFESON. It starts with an acoustic guitar line increasing its volume until the drums and bass appear and then the lyrics appear. It is a very cheerful melody with intense rock in the chorus.

5.- Tears (03:34): And this song was written by Geddy LEE. This is a very beautiful acoustic soft ballad (in the mood of "Rivendell") with the addition of the mellotron played on studio by Hugh SYME (LEE plays it himself at live shows).

6.- Something for nothing (03:57): Probably the most iconic song from the B-side of the album; this hard rock piece with that unmistakable guitar riff became a favorite in RUSH's concerts over the years.

I have heard this album so many times that I could not count them and I still find new things that I haven't noticed before. "A farewell to kings", "Hemispheres" and even "Permanent waves" and "Moving pictures" have higher rates in ProgArchives than "2112"; I believe this is an amazing and underrated masterpiece.

5 stars without hesitation

 Caress Of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.53 | 1290 ratings

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Caress Of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars With this album RUSH started to experiment and improvise with some progressive elements that they didn't have in their first two recordings; "The necromancer" and of course "The fountain of Lamneth" are quite long for the average songs the band were making before and contain very interesting and obscure lyrics by PEART.

The first three tracks of the album are in the same vein of the "Rush" and "Fly by night" albums, so there was nothing really new in their style coming from those; "Bastille day" has become a favorite on RUSH concerts and compilation albums.

Probably this is not an absolute masterpiece and it is probably not 100% Progressive Rock but it is an introduction to the three following albums: the absolute masterpieces "2112", "A farewell to kings" and "Hemispheres".

 Fly By Night by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.37 | 1229 ratings

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Fly By Night
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Who doesn't know the album with the huge blue owl in the cover?

"Fly by night" was published in 1975 with the addition of Neil PEART as the new drummer replacing John RUTSEY and as the main lyricist. Unlike the debut album of this Canadian power trio, this album shows a musical maturity and a well marked path that would be improved in the following albums (especially the ones in the seventies).

Songs as "By-tor and the snow dog", "Anthem" and of course the title track "Fly by night" have become classics in the repertoire of the band; "Rivendell" is a beautiful acoustic melody obviously inspired in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and that kind of soft acoustic ballad would be also present in posterior RUSH albums ("Tears" in 2112 is a great example).

Mind-blowing guitar solos, powerful drum lines and of course the drum lines that only Neil PEART could create along with the lyrics that only Neil PEART could write made of this album a cornerstone in RUSH's discography. Maybe it is not one of their most amazing albums but it is the seed from where the huge tree was born.

 Rush by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.94 | 1102 ratings

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Rush
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars If we don't consider THE BEATLES (considering them would be unfair) I truly believe there is no more influential rock band in the world than RUSH; seriously, not even PINK FLOYD or LED ZEPPELIN. On the top of my head, the bands that I remember they have cited RUSH as one of their major influences include METALLICA, PRIMUS, PHISH, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, FOO FIGHTERS, DREAM THEATER and PORCUPINE TREE (just to name a few); RUSH is a band loved and respected not only by Progressive Rock listeners, but also metal and all kinds of rock listeners, but what were the influences of RUSH?

The debut album by the most important Canadian rock band ever was more oriented to regular Hard and Blues Rock than to Progressive Rock. I can't assure this since I haven't heard it from Geddy LEE or Alex LIFESON's mouth, but I hear a lot of LED ZEPPELIN, WISHBONE ASH and BLUE CHEER in here.

The only RUSH album without Neil PEART was probably the less oriented to Progressive Rock among all of their studio albums from the 70's: as I said before, this was more oriented to Hard Rock and Blues Rock, so it easy to understand that it doesn't have the same popularity than "Fly by night", "2112" or "A farewell to kings". Another thing that this album doesn't have is Neil PEART as a drummer (Neil is considered by many people as the best drummer ever and I am one of those people) and main lyricist.

This debut was something really experimental: just three guys wanting to make a rock album but without marking a defined style yet. What is undeniable is that Geddy LEE and Alex LIFESON were amazing bass and guitar players respectively since the very origin of the band.

This is a historical piece; it is not an amazing album though, just an experimental beginning.

 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.28 | 2107 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars Permanent Waves is one more demonstration of the excellent state of form of Canadian virtuosos, incorporating some less harsh sounds and new wave touches to their progressive proposal. It is thus that the keyboards that Geddy Lee alternated with the bass, acquire greater weight and begin to look at Alex Lifeson's guitar riffs more closely, challenging part of their prominence. On the other hand, Neil Peart's percussion does keep the same old line, a master class on how to play the drums.

The album unfolds with a lot of vitality, from Alex Lifeson's meandering guitars in the festive and captivating The Spirit of Radio, a brushstroke of reggae in between and crowned by the interaction of an audience that responds to the challenge, through the epic and hypnotic Jacob's Ladder that reminds us of a biblical passage from Genesis, up to the final and indisputable jewel of Permanent Waves, the magnificent and super progressive Natural Science, ideal for the instrumental display of the trio in the 3 sections that compose it in their most of 9 minutes, being this one of the last extensive pieces of Rush (the last one ended up being The Camera Eye of the mega-successful Moving Pictures).

In between, the dynamic and more digestible Freewill and Entre Nous, and the delicate and at times inconsequential ballad Different Strings, perhaps the most debatable song on this great album. The duration of these three pieces would be the example of the new standard from now on, themes not so extensive and more direct, leaving little by little the intricate conceptual developments.

Permanent Waves implied one more evolution in Rush's musical career, they extended their horizons into new territories, but without neglecting or betraying their essence. Excellent work starting in the eighties.

 Permanent Waves by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.28 | 2107 ratings

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Permanent Waves
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Umeda

4 stars As many have stated, this album marks a change of direction Rush took when talking about their discography.

Beginning with the energetic Spirit Of Radio, I would say this is a prog-related song, and not a properly progressive rock song, but that doesn't mean it's a bad song. It has that pretty energetic feeling into it and of course, its intro is pretty good. But I believe indeed, this song had a little bit of commercial aim, and it doesn't feel as essential as other songs do. But still, it's one of the Rush songs and I really enjoy when it pops from the radio.

Now, talking about Freewill, what a hell of a song. As simple as it is as a whole, the lyrics are provacative in a good way and the melody is pretty enjoyable and catchy. I would go as far as saying this is the best track in the entire album.

The other songs in this album are well constructed too. Different Strings is a high point, with what seem to be very personal lyrics, with a well fitting melody that talks well with the meaning behind the song. Actually, the big majority of Rush songs are like this, so not really mentioning it after all.

Excellent album.

 A Farewell to Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.32 | 2281 ratings

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A Farewell to Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by progtime1234567

5 stars A farewell to kings is a classic album by Rush and it is a classic rock album. A farewell to kings has longer compositions on it and the radio rock classic Closer to the heart, which is a lighter and shorter song on the album which serves as a break from the albums longer songs. Geddy Lee and company are great musicians, which was shown on 2112, but here the band members evolve to a whole new level with their instruments. The highlight of the album is the last track, Cygnus X-1, which is a classic progressive rock composition. A farewell to kings not only sticks up as a classic album in progressive rock, but it also sticks up as a classic album in all of rock music. An essential listen for anyone who is a fan of progressive rock or rock music in general.
 A Farewell to Kings by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.32 | 2281 ratings

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A Farewell to Kings
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

5 stars Fifth studio album by Rush and (even when composed under pressure during the All The World's A Stage tour) a serious candidate to be their masterpiece, A Farewell To Kings shows a decisive increase in instrumental equipment (new Moog synth, double-neck guitars & basses) as well as in metric complexity, so effective in making a progressive impresion. It's also said that Neil Peart adopted a new stick-gripping technique and an enlarged percussion set including all sorts of non-standard items

The actual recording and mixing process took place in the UK, under co-producer Terry Brown's guidance. Some acoustic guitars and percussion were taped outdoors in order to capture ambiance, natural echo, and bird singing (a bit like Geoff Emerick did with McCartney's "Blackbird" for Beatles' White Album). Listen, for example, the opener's intro by Alex Lifeson on Renaissance-styled acoustic guitar and Geddy Lee on crazy synth harmonies, after which the electric trio takes over with great energy and rythmic intricacy.

There are other small acoustic beauties here, just like the favourite "Madrigal", with pristine melody and outstanding vocal delivery, but the prog core of the album lies within the two major epics:

"Xanadu", the template for so much hard-prog to come, including unforgettable Moog breaks by Geddy.

"Cygnus X-1", a Sci-Fi epic named after the first black hole to be discovered (initially known only as an unexplainable source of X-rays in Cygnus constellation). Here the intro, ascending by a scale of whole tones, averts momentarily any sense of diatonism or modality, depicting the star's gravitatory collapse.

 Moving Pictures by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.39 | 2898 ratings

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Moving Pictures
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by FatherChristmas

4 stars Moving Pictures was the beginning of a new era for Rush, one that included a larger use of synthesizers and lesser use of guitars. However, the great thing about Moving Pictures is that it still included their more traditional hard rock sound, and so is often described as an album of both eras - in very much the same way as Duke by Genesis. Many people believe Rush only truly begun their synth-orientated period with their next album Signals, due to this sustained use of heavy guitars not seen later in Rush's work; it was Moving Pictures, however, where I think the change happened, as many styles of music in Moving Pictures had not been seen in their earlier work, and I believe Alex Lifeson said the album was where "we became us", clearly indicating a change in style.

The album begins with "Tom Sawyer", opening with a really cool synth accompanied by drums, Geddy sings the first lyrics and before you know it the song's in full flow (in Rush's earlier work it usually took a few minutes for the song to begin, much less than a few seconds). I don't think I will be contested when I say "Tom Sawyer" is an excellent song and a classic.

After "Tom Sawyer" fades out, a muted guitar riff fades in. Soon the drums, bass and synth join in and start playing a song about... (wait for it) ...a car. Not a common theme at all for Rush at the time, who seemed to prefer writing songs about astronauts dying in black holes and being reborn in black holes. Anyway, the song in question is "Red Barchetta", another great song and one of my favourite ever Rush songs.

Next up, "YYZ", an instrumental track. It begins with Morse code (why not) that create the rhythm of the track, which then begins with a bang into a 10/8 guitar-dominated riff. This song is one of the most experimental for Rush on Moving Pictures, as not only does it begin with the Morse code "Y-Y-Z" (YYZ being the IATA airport ID code for Toronto Airport) a large section is entirely synth-dominated - and I mean a synth plays the melody rather than just being in the background. Oh, and not to mention being only four minutes long - Rush's only other instrumental at the time, "La Villa Strangiato", was a more than ample nine minutes in length.

With "YYZ" ending dramatically, a heavy guitar riff repeats thrice - on the third time the drums, bass and synth come in and play a great song, the last on side one of the album. The song is called "Limelight". I will say no more on the song to ruin it to readers who have not had the fortune to hear it, apart from the fact it's one of Rush's best ever songs, a fan favourite, and certainly the best song on Moving Pictures in my opinion (though some give that honour to "Tom Sawyer").

Now, before I get on to side two, you will note that all the songs on side one I have described as flawless. On side two... things are a little different. It is much more experimental, and more reminiscent of Rush's 80s era. It also, however, seems as though Rush put the songs with the best tunes on side one and the slightly odder ones on side two. But I'll move on.

The first song of side two, "The Camera Eye", you might expect to be the most traditional song on the album, since it is the last of Rush's multi-part suites, but actually is the most experimental. The entire song is dominated by synthesizers. It opens with the sound of some bustling street in a city, after which some particularly cool synths come in, slowly build up as the guitar and bass join the synth, until the drums come in with bombast. Usually, I'd say this is a great song. The lyrics are great (it's about a city, by the way). The music is great. The problem with it is, is that it's in two five minute parts. And when the first part is over, though the lyrics are different, the music just repeats itself! So, by the end of the ten minutes of the song, you're getting pretty bored!

So, like I said, I'd usually say "The Camera Eye" is a good song, but because it's incredibly repetitive, it's only ok.

After "The Camera Eye" ends, "Witch Hunt" fades in with what sounds like a very unruly crowd chanting something unintelligible - once again, not something common in an album like, for instance, Permanent Waves. Then, a heavy guitar riff comes in and the first lyrics are sung before the drums take over the rhythm. Two more things should be noted here: "Witch Hunt" is part three of Rush's Fear Trilogy - parts two and one would feature on their next albums; Signals and Grace Under Pressure. The second thing to note here is that "Witch Hunt is another example of how Rush had progressed from their previous albums; it's opening I already have noted was experimental for Rush at the time, and the chorus is synth-dominated. All in all, a good song, but not on par with songs like "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight", in my honest opinion.

As "Witch Hunt" fade out, the final track, "Vital Signs" begins - the only song on side two that compares with songs on side one. It opens with synthesizers, which develop into a reggae-orientated guitar riff. In fact, the entire song is reggae influenced, something never seen before with Rush except from a small part of "The Spirit of the Radio" - however, at the end of the song the reggae ostinatos from earlier in the song are forgotten, and the finale section comes in, with three simple chords, which fades out. An excellent outro; there are no other words for it.

So, in conclusion, Moving Pictures does not quite fit my requirements for a five star review:

1. The songs must all be excellent.

2. It must work brilliantly as an album.

Not all the songs are quite excellent - as I mentioned earlier, "The Camera Eye" is only ok, not brilliant, and "Witch Hunt" is good, but isn't on the level of the other songs. So I've put the album at four stars; it is generally a great album, and includes some brilliant songs (just look at "Tom Sawyer"), but isn't 100% brilliant.

 2112 by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2138 ratings

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2112
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I admit that I am not a big fan of Rush mainly because I find the vocal's colour irritating and not enough progressive rock elements in the piece I've heard so far. Rush is a fine instrumental band albeit limited to bass, guitars and drums at this level. This lays more focus on the rhythm part of music and highlights dynamics as opposed to layers and advanced composing. With 2112, Rush successfully combined elements of classick, hard and progressive rock. In its essence, I wouldn't call this record a progressive rock, I'd characterize it as a sophisticated and adventureous hard rock.

The highlight is the title track that is ambitious, versatile and shows potential. Guitar playing is top notch but bass and drums don't play second fiddle. The first minutes are somewhat anthemic, before becoming mellow and coming back to the aggressive hard-prog extravaganza without any vocal disturbance. Another highlight is the finale of the song with equilibristic instrumentation.

Shorter tracks are very good executed and designed, albeit limited to the hard-rock/classic rock area. Melodies are quite memorable. Those looking for accessible rock, should listent to "The twilight zone" and the great ballad "Tears". "Lessons" may be the most conventional hard rock song on this album. This is a 4 star hard-rock album and 3-star progressive rock album.

Thanks to Tony R for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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