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Your favorite Rush Albums
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:01:34 pm »
After the recent death of Neil Peart, I have gone back and listened to all of my Rush studio albums. There are songs I like on each one. There are definitely some albums I like more than others. Here are my two favorites and the reasons I chose them:

Permanent Waves: The album marked the beginning of a change in Rush's approach to writing music. There was less focus on long thematic compositions (though "Natural Science" was still 10 minutes long) and more focus on developing standard-length songs that were meticulously constructed to still tell a story. Two of my favorite Rush songs, "Freewill" and "Spirit of Radio" are on Permanent Waves.

Counterparts: The album marked another change. In the previous few albums, keyboards had been taking a more prominent role in carrying the melody of the songs. I missed Alex Lifeson's assertive guitar. Counterparts returned to a more classic three-piece sound: Guitar, bass, and drums. The keyboards filled out the sound, but the melodies were definitely carried by Lifeson's dynamic playing. Peart's writing created some incredible lyrics. "Animate" explores the masculine and feminine natures in each of us. The imagery in "Cold Fire" is moving and unforgettable:

Don't go too far
The phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea is a cold fire
Don't cross the line
The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor is a cold fire
Don't let me down
The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond is a cold fire
Don't break the spell
The look in your eyes as you head for the door is a cold fire

The concept of a deteriorating relationship is the subject of countless songs. But nobody paints the picture like Peart.

So, what are your favorite Rush albums?
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2020, 01:05:57 am »
Definitely Permanent Waves.  Jacob's Ladder is my favorite from that album.  Then a 3 way tie between Moving Pictures, the remastered version of Vapor Trails, and Roll the Bones.  Yes, yes; I know RTB is their most "commercial" album, but I find the albums theme of fortune fun and I really like the title track notwithstanding Lee's rap segments. 
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2020, 11:17:58 am »
The compilation albums were always my favorites. Exit...Stage Left will always have a special place in my heart.
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2020, 11:22:58 am »
I love Exit Stage Left! It has all the best songs from their early work. Plus, the extended version of YYZ has one of Neil's incredible drum solos.
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 11:34:06 am »
EXACTLY! It's positively dreamy!  I LOVE that album!
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2020, 12:21:09 pm »
Rush.  My favorite band.  Their music has been a part of my life since about 1980.

Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves and Counterparts are my three favorite Rush albums and make my top 10 all time favorite albums. 

I held out hope that Geddy and Alex would at least be able to coax Neil into the studio for new music even if there were no more tours.

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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2020, 12:36:57 pm »
Good to hear from you, Mirk! I hope you and your family had a good Christmas.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2020, 12:50:33 pm »
Thanks.

We did have a good holiday season.  I was off the 24th-Jan 2. 

I hope you guys did too!
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2020, 03:28:20 pm »
It's long; sorry (not sorry  ;D).
Another vote to Counterparts for Favorite Rush Album.  It came out just before CrowMan went on active duty.  We moved to our first duty station, and three days later, he left for nine weeks at the AFOSI Academy.  I had to deal with movers by myself (not for the last time), and a toddler that nearly died.  We could not afford cable.  It was a rough time.  KLOS (95.5 FM) out of Los Angeles kept 'Stick it Out', 'Nobody's Hero' and 'Cold Fire' in rotation.  This CD was on nearly-constant play when the radio was not on.  I love all their instrumentals, but 'Leave That Thing Alone' holds a special place in my heart.  When they played this one at their Time Machine tour, I screamed louder than anyone there.

Roll the Bones is a close second.  It was released about two weeks after CrowMan and I were married.  His love of Rush was one of the many reasons I fell in love with him.  A new decade, a new sound.  Alex rocked.

The first Rush album/cassette I owned was Power Windows.  Yeah, it was pretty much the height of their 80s keyboard phase, where Alex didn't have much to do except look like Simon LeBon, but I'm an 80s child.  It got me through my senior year of high school.

Exit Stage Left is a fantastic live album—Peart's 'Rhythm Method' was the first drum solo I heard, and I understood his genius.  I would also include their 3-disc Different Stages [Live].

I'm not a huge fan of their 70's music, but I'm not a huge fan of 70's music in general.  Like Roper, each album I've heard of theirs has at least one song or two that stand the test of time.  Even CrowDaughter, who generally does not like music older than her, keeps 'Fly By Night' in a consistent Spotify rotation.

Speaking of songs:
—Distant Early Warning' made me realize that these guys might not be the evil, devil-worshiping band that I'd been told they were,
—'Ghost of a Chance'; hauntingly beautiful.  The three of them went in just enough of a different direction, musically and lyrically, but it is still pure Rush.
--'Manhattan Project' is barely edged out of Favorite Rush Song by
--'Cold Fire'.  I named a scarf I knitted "Phosphorescent Wave on a Tropical Sea" because it's all I could think of when I looked at the color.  I wrote a short story with that title, about two people considering an affair; the man preparing to move to a new assignment, the woman in a turbulent marriage with a child at home and a husband on a remote assignment.  It is not based in fact.  Love is not butterflies and rainbows; it's hard work.  Sometimes it's worth it.  Neil's first love song is not a cliché, so he got what he was aiming for.

In 2008, in moving from Colorado to Florida, CrowSon and I were in a horrible accident.  The car was totaled, and he and I began our journey with PTSD.  That night, I could barely function.  CrowMan turned on the TV and began flipping stations.  He found The Colbert Report.  Normally, he would have passed it, but that night, he did not.  It was the night Rush came back to American TV.  It got me out of my head that night.  I laughed, I got moony over Geddy like an idiot teenager, and I sang along when they played 'Tom Sawyer'.  They saved my sanity.

I just asked CrowMan this question.  Moving Pictures, he said.  'Tom Sawyer', played on KRSP (SLC's Rock 103), is the song that got him started on the path.  Signals is a close second.  He is a bigger fan of their 70s music than I am.
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2020, 05:51:15 pm »
KRSP

The station of my youth.  Ask crowman if he remembers John and Dan in the morning.
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2020, 06:44:25 pm »
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Alex didn't have much to do except look like Simon LeBon
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2020, 07:58:38 pm »
Roll the Bones (the song) was my first conscious introduction to Rush. I'd heard some of their older stuff just from being around when my parents (mostly dad) were playing the radio or albums at home.

I have a hard enough time picking a favorite song.  I couldn't possibly ever pick a favorite album.
 
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2020, 03:02:39 am »
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Ask crowman if he remembers John and Dan in the morning.

He sure does.
Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2020, 11:48:59 am »
KRSP

The station of my youth.  Ask crowman if he remembers John and Dan in the morning.

Jon is still on 103.5  I enjoy hearing him when I'm in town, which is usually on "block party weekends," which I really enjoy.   :D  It's really the only time I listen to classic rock on purpose.  I like new hard rock these days.  Sometimes, you just get tired of the same old stuff.

I met Dan, who was doing a news story for the NPR affiliate about 10 years ago.  His voice really does sound like that in real life, and he's very tall.
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Re: Your favorite Rush Albums
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2020, 05:39:07 am »
Why am I always out of step? For me, it has to be A Farewell to Kings, followed by Hemispheres. I never got the same thrill from their albums after Permanent Waves
 
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