The Rush Project - November's Playlist

The Rush Project - November's Playlist

Following my recent crush on Rush, I decided to start working my way through their catalog.1 Last month I focused on their first three albums:

  1. Rush (1974)
  2. Fly by Night (1975)
  3. Caress of Steel (1975)

I already own and am very familiar with their next two, 2112 (1976) and A Farewell to Kings (1977). These were also in rotation this past month. One of the MP3s on 2112 has this weird static burst in the middle of it and I haven’t been able to locate the CD to re-rip it. So, 2112 goes into the pile of purchases for this month. This marks, at a minimum, the 4th time I’ve purchased this album in my life. (HERE THAT, RIAA? I’M DOING YOU PROUD.)

According to my Last.fm stats, Rush is now my 18th most played band, about 50-55 plays behind Queen and Static-X. By the time I finish working my way through their catalog, they’ll easily be in my top 5, if not sitting at number one.

I listened to each of these three albums about six times. Rush is a much better album than I expected it to be. It’s a solid debut and you can feel the band fishing around, searching for an identity. I like it far more than Caress of Steel, which many think is one of their best. I am not one of those people. It’s an impressive album, but other than Bastille Day and Lakeside Park, it didn’t do much for me. The Fountain Of Lamneth lost me in the second movement, but otherwise is great. The Necromancer has far too many spoken parts, which is distracting when I’m working. They’re both great works, but not great enough. Fly By Night was very enjoyable. Anthem is a stunningly great song. For my money, Rush and Fly by Night are equally good.

As I said, both 2112 and A Farewell to Kings were also in rotation. A Farewell to Kings remains my favorite Rush album, followed closely by 2112. They’re each jaw-droppingly amazing.

This month’s albums are:

  1. 2112 (1976)
  2. Hemispheres (1978)
  3. Permanent Waves (1980)
  4. Moving Pictures (1981)

It’s something of a rip-off that 2112 is taking up a slot. I’ve listened to that album far too often since 1977. Because I need to re-purchase it but am already familiar with it, I splurged and snagged Moving Pictures (1981) also. That gets me firmly out of the 70’s. I’m fairly certain that I owned Permanent Waves at one point, but I have no recollection of it. All in all, it’s looking like another great month of music.

And, hey, if you’re on Last.fm, shoot me a friend request.

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