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Rush Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of “Rush” (1974-2014)

You are not reading this incorrectly nor do you need glasses to make more sense of the copy in front of you but its true – today is indeed the fortieth anniversary of the debut album by Canadian Progessive Rock Legends, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush!!! The album itself was much more in tune with other Hard Rock bands of the time such as Led Zeppelin and Cream and this made sense as this was the rising in popularity stuff in the youthful musicians around the world. The band at the time was Geddy Lee (on bass, vocals and keys), Alex Liefson (guitars) and John Rutsey (drums) and this would be the only recorded album to be released with Rutsey behind the kit. He would leave and be replaced by the great Neil Peart. Listening to it on its anniversary one has to wonder what the future might have held for Rush as a band if they stuck to this particular sound as opposed to morphing into the Progessive Rock juggernaut that they ended up.
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“Retrospective, Vol. 1 (1974-1980)” by Rush

Artist: Rush
Title: “Retrospective, Vol. 1 (1974-1980)”
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: 5/6/1997
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

“Retrospective” would be the second collection of Rush classics or greatest hits, if you can consider bands of this type actually being considered “hit makers” against the likes of those artists who get more mainstream airplay than they deserve. That first release was called “Chronicles” and to many this was all one needed for a bare bones overview of the bands musical mastery. The fourteen tracks compiled here take the bands work from their debut release “Rush” and bring you up until “Permanent Waves” which amounts to the groups first seven studio albums minus the live effort “All The World’s A Stage”. For the Rush fanatic a collection like this comes off as something of a cash grab from the label because in their minds eye there is no reason to own only a few tracks when one can easily purchase the original release and savor all of the tracks as opposed to a mere one or two from any particular album. For the new fan of the band and yes these people are still coming into observation, this is a nice way to introduce them to the bands earliest work even if it does leave off one or two essential tracks. Packaging wise they were rather skint in the booklet area and instead of offering the buyer a comprehensive batch of liner notes and historical photos they merely give you the graphics of the individual album covers. This is not recommended for the Rush diehard and more for that listener in need of an education. Of course if you are seeking a nice first era overview to keep in the office or car then this is a perfect choice for you.
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“Rush: Contents Under Pressure” by Martin Popoff

Title: “Contents Under Pressure” – Rush Authorized Autobiography
Author: Martin Popoff
Publisher: ECW Press
Release Date: 7/2003
Rating: 8/10

When one thinks of Rush, one of the first things that comes to mind is the lengthy and diverse musical expertise that they possess. They are probably one of the most talented bands to ever exist in modern music no matter how you look at it. They are often referred to as the “Fathers Of Progressive Metal” and this truly applies given the time that Rush first provided us with music. Their rich and unique style eventually gave bands like Dream Theater, Queensryche and Fates Warning a niche to apply their talents. In recent years their World tours (billed as “An Evening With Rush”) have sold out consistently and given their legions of fans a reason to return again and again.
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