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« Thread started on: Jan 26th, 2017, 1:46pm »

Rush appears very popular nowadays amongst fans, but it's a band I consider to be classic rock... It's a shame like many classic rock bands, never got into their music at all.. Not a huge fan of Geddy's voice or the guitar sound ... It's a band often brought up by many fans on forum sites here and others....

Which album do you consider to be more prog related, also which album offers more instrumental tracks on it? I know they have a huge catalogue
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 8:14pm »

I'm no Rush expert, but try listening to 2112. It's widely considered to be favorite album among their 70s prog albums. As for a mostly instrumental album, no specific album comes to mind (maybe someone else can give a better answer on that though). You can try listening to the instrumental song "YYZ" from the album Moving Pictures though. It's a fan favorite.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 06:36am »

I would highly recommend the Moving Pictures album. It has the proggy Camera Eye on it as well as the instrumental YYZ. It also has some great radio hits on there, most notibly Tom Sawyer! cool

Their most proggy sounding album from start to finish is probably A Farewell To Kings or Hemispheres. Both are great choices!
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 4:23pm »

Try "Show Don't Tell", or "Dreamline". Not exactly the definition of prog, but excellent songs overall.
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 13th, 2017, 03:54am »

on Jan 27th, 2017, 4:23pm, FatOldLady wrote:
Try "Show Don't Tell", or "Dreamline". Not exactly the definition of prog, but excellent songs overall.


Ah, now you've set me off there! I'd be very interested to hear "the" definition of prog!

There isn't really a Rush album that has significant amount of instrumentals on. A few of them have one instrumental. I stand to be corrected but I think the longest instrumental is La Villa Strangiato, at 9+ minutes, from Hemispheres. A whole 9 minutes of your not having to put up with GL's voice! I've never minded it but in case it makes any difference, you'll find his voice deepens with successive albums. Even on the early 80s album Signals (a favourite of mine) he sings fairly low register, by his range anyway. Off that album, The Analog Kid and Subdivisions are favourites of mine (both vocal though).

A shorter instrumental I'm fond of is Where's My Thing, from Roll The Bones. Presto has some good tracks on, including the title track and the aforementioned Show Don't Tell, as well as The Pass. For me, the last wholly satisfying album was Counterparts, though they did some good stuff on later albums.

I'm less fond of the 70s stuff and unlike many fans have little interest in 2112, but I do like the opening section 'Overture' and Something For Nothing.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 13th, 2017, 05:32am »

I'd say easily Hemispheres is their proggiest and technically most complex album.

I recall seeing an interview with the band talking about Hemispheres, and them remarking on how they didn't want to keep raising the bar in terms of creating music that was increasingly difficult to play, so they made a concerted decision to shift in a different direction seeking a balance between complexity and accessibility.
The next album after Hemispheres was Permanent Waves but they agreed the pinnacle of that balance was achieved on Moving Pictures.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 13th, 2017, 08:06am »

Yes it was immediately clear they'd started in a new direction on PWs. While I like some of the 70s stuff, it's from PWs onwards that I get much more interested in their music. MPs does seem to be regarded as something of a peak for them, certainly by fans and from the interview mentioned above by the band themselves too.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 14th, 2017, 09:24am »

Got to say, been listening to a few Rush albums that were recommended here. Of those albums quite a few tracks are quite annoying and may need to redeem to a favourite list compilation disc instead and cannot justify getting the albums...
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 14th, 2017, 4:08pm »

Rush is like any other band. People either enjoy their music, or they don't. It's not a club in which one should feel they need to be a member.
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 14th, 2017, 9:35pm »

Rush are great in concert. They have oodles of live DVDs. Check 'em out online.

I was surprised when I heard that Geddy Lee was born in Willowdale, Ontario. I lived there for a few years as a kid with my family in the 1960s.
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 15th, 2017, 08:41am »

Did I mention I met Alex Lifeson last summer? grin
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 15th, 2017, 11:24am »

on Feb 15th, 2017, 08:41am, Lily wrote:
Did I mention I met Alex Lifeson last summer? grin
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 15th, 2017, 4:24pm »

on Feb 15th, 2017, 11:24am, rael1974 wrote:
That's awesome!


Thanks! I figured there must be at least one person who hadn't seen that. grin
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