Rush. What are your favorite albums?

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  1. Peter Mazur

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    I have been listening to Rush quite a bit lately. I was late to the party not really getting into them until the mid 90's.

    I would have to say that I love their 80's work by far the most. Starting with 1980's Permanent Waves through to 1987's Hold Your Fire. For me these were their peak years. I have read that Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows are weak albums but I absolutely love them. I also like 1991's Roll The Bones, but in general the later albums haven't matched the 80's ones for me. I really miss the keyboard playing.

    Of their earlier albums only 2112 do I find myself listening to on a regular basis. The rest are hit and miss for me.

    I would rank them in the following order:

    Moving Pictures
    Grace Under Pressure
    Power Windows
    Permanent Waves
    Signals
    2112
    Hold Your Fire
    Roll The Bones
    A Farewell To Kings
    Hemispheres
    Presto
    Rush
    Fly By Night
    Vapor Trails
    Test For Echo
    Caress Of Steel
    Counterparts

    I am curious since we have so many Rush fans here. What are your favorite albums?
     
  2. Mike Broadman

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    I think their later output has gotten a bum rap. Roll the Bones contains some gorgeous songs, and every song on Test For Echo is either a cool catchy rock tune or a rollicking prog-ish monster. Counterparts has its weak points but is a nice listen, and Vapor Trails is positively brilliant (accept, of course, the sound quality).

    So, my quick ranking:

    1. Moving Pictures
    2. Hold Your Fire
    3. Hemispheres
    4. Permanent Waves
    5. Test For Echo
    6. Vapor Trails
    7. A Farewell To Kings
    8. Signals
    9. Fly By Night
    10. Roll the Bones
    11. Power Windows
    12. 2112
    13. Presto
    14. Counterparts
    15. Grace Under Pressure
    16. Caress of Steel
    17. Rush
     
  3. Jim_C

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    Wow, tough thing to do but I'll give it a shot. I'm definitely in the 'older Rush is best' crowd.

    Here goes...

    A Farewell to Kings
    Hemispheres
    2112
    Moving Pictures
    Fly by Night

    Those five are played constantly. The ones below get semi-regular rotation.

    Signals
    Caress of Steel
    Permanent Waves
    Power Windows
    Hold Your Fire
    Counterparts
    Grace Under Pressure
    Rush
    Test for Echo
    Roll the Bones
    Presto
    Vapor Trails


    How about top ten favorite songs:

    Tom Sawyer
    2112, I-VII
    Xanadu
    Cygnus X-1 Book II
    The Camera Eye
    The Trees
    Red Barchetta
    Closer to the Heart
    Rivendell
    Beneath, Between and Behind
     
  4. Rob Gillespie

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    Hold Your Fire is still my favourite.
     
  5. Mike Broadman

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    Uh, favorite songs? That list would change every time I make one. But, for now:

    Natural Science
    Test For Echo
    2112
    Cygnus X-1
    The Big Wheel
    The Camera Eye
    Analog Kid
    Time Stand Still
    Anthem
    Spirit of Radio
     
  6. Jim_C

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    I gotta add a comment about the newer stuff [​IMG]

    It's not that I don't like it because I do. It's just that I'm really, really attached to the 'Rush' I was introduced to all those years ago. When I compare the newer stuff to that era of Rush, circa Moving Pictures, it just doesn't stand up as well. I guess it's kind of like comparing a Lexus to a Rolls Royce. That Lexus is fantastic but it ain't a Rolls.
     
  7. Jim_C

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    >>Uh, favorite songs? That list would change every time I make one. But, for now:
     
  8. Peter Mazur

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    Favorite song...easy.

    I Think I'm Going Bald [​IMG]

    Well, maybe their funniest.

    I will have to think about this for a while before answering.
     
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    No Exit Stage Left?

    While not my fave album, that was actually my intro to the band and holds a special place in my heart.

    I would love to see that on DVD with the concert video I recall MTV playing every now and again circa 1982-1983!

    Cheers,
     
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    Wow! I'm almost in complete agreement with Jim_C here. Albums:
    A Farewell to Kings
    2112
    Hemispheres
    Moving Pictures
    Caress of Steel
    Permanent Waves


    Songs:
    Xanadu
    La Villa Strangiato
    2112- i-VII (Impossible to break up)
    Limelight
    The Trees
    Broons Bane
    Spirit of the Radio
    Red Barchetta
    Bastille Day(Live version)

    By the way, Broon's Bane/The Trees is a piece I can still manage to remember on the guitarl, even after many years without practice. A lovely piece of music. Anyone else play?
     
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    You mean I have to choose an order? [​IMG]

    Hold Your Fire
    Moving Pictures
    Presto
    Power Windows
    Roll The Bones
    2112
    Vapor Trails
    Test For Echo
    Counterparts
    Permanent Waves
    Signals
    Fly By Night
    Grace Under Pressure
    A Farewell To Kings
    Rush
    Hemipheres
    Caress Of Steel
     
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    Albums:

    Moving Pictures
    Hemispheres
    Signals
    2112
    A Farewell To Kings
    Roll The Bones
    Permanent Waves
    Presto
    Grace Under Pressure
    Power Windows
    Fly By Night
    Vapor Trails
    Rush
    Hold Your Fire
    Caress Of Steel
    Test For Echo
    Counterparts


    Tough to rank...Permanent Waves is probably that low simply because of the WAY too frequent radio airplay both "Spirit Of Radio" and "Free Will" get on local radio. I think Hold Your Fire should probably be higher, but I never got into it at the time. I expect if I revisit it now, it would climb...And indeed, even my last 2 picks have some great tunes on them, but they just never managed to completely pull me in as a whole.


    Songs:

    Anthem
    In The End
    2112
    Cygnus X-1
    La Villa Strangiato
    Jacob's Ladder
    Vital Signs
    The Analog Kid
    The Pass
    Bravado


    Wait...Can I change my choices? Argh! Too late...
     
  14. Kip Lackey

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    My top five albums in order from best to worst:

    Fly by Night
    Moving Pictures
    Caress of Steel
    Hold Your Fire
    Presto

    Very different from most of you for sure.

    Fav songs:

    Bastille Day
    Fly By Night
    Time Stand Still
    Red Barchetta
    Tom Sawyer
    Roll the Bones
    Oops, forgot Closer to the Heart

    Kind of varies by how I feel. Right now, I'm kind of mellowed out and cruising along to Time Stand Still.
     
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    I used to be a huge Rush fan. I do still enjoy the band and make an effort to keep up with them, but not to the degree that I once did.

    My favorite album was -- and still is, in fact -- Hemispheres. Second choice would be Permanent Waves, possibly tied with Signals. I wish I could explain why these are my favorites, but that's never been something I've been able to do. They simply happen to be the three albums that I find I prefer to listen to most often.
     
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    I'm a sucker for the late '80s/early '90s incarnation, so my favorite albums are Hold Your Fire, Presto and Power Windows. The album that gets the most spins: A Show of Hands.
     
  17. Peter Mazur

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    Ok, favorite songs. First of all I will skip Tom Sawyer because it is in a category all to itself. It simply put, is a "Rock Classic". It should be up there with Bohemian Rhapsody, Roundabout, Smoke On The Water, Stairway To Heaven...insert your own classic here.

    So my favorites would be:

    Between The Wheels
    Before And After
    Tears
    Mystic Rhythms
    Jacob's Ladder
    Peaceable Kingdom
    Body Electric
    By-Tor & The Snow Dog
    Xanadu
    Vital Signs
    Natuaral Science
    Time And Motion

    It really is hard to choose a top ten. There are just too many great tunes.
     
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    There's simply no way to parse/enumerate/rank this subject for me.

    Out of all your "children," which one do you love the most?

     
  19. Ron Etaylor

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    I was kinda "late to the party" as well. I saw the band for the first time when they were touring behind Power Windows and was blown away. I have appreciation for most of their work, but PW is going to be #1 with me. Now, can I please buy it in hi-res?
     
  20. Jim_C

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    >>(although, unlike you Jim_C, it does not diminish my affection for other Rush of a different "vintage" as Ged has put it).
     

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