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Rush, by Rush: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rush

-Artist: Rush

-Release Year: 1974

-Album Length: 39:51

-Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: Rush is Halliday’s favorite band and as such is mentioned early and often throughout the book

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Finding my Way
  2. Need Some Love
  3. Take a Friend
  4. Here Again

B Side:

  1. What You’re Doing
  2. In the Mood
  3. Before and After
  4. Working Man

Review:

I listened to this album for an hour straight the other day.  Its really interesting to see what was considered heavy metal and hard rock in the past.  Because I can hear the influences to this album…and to me that is about as far from heavy metal as you can get.

You can definitely hear moments of Led Zeppelin and Cream, even Jethro Tull.  They were clearly (and continued to be) influenced by British bands and wanting to push the limits of their music and what was considered to fall into the hard rock genre of the time.

I really enjoyed the album overall.  It was a solid start for a band that was making music well into 2015…such a long run for them.

It will be interesting to see how their albums changed as they and their influences grew and changed.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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2112, by Rush: an album review

General Information:

-Album Title: 2112

-Artist: RUSH

-Release Year: 1976

-Song/Album Length: 38:42

-Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora, or find the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: Rush was Halliday’s favorite band and as such is mentioned early and often in the book

Song Titles:

  • A Side:
    1. 2112
      • I. “Overture”
      • II. “The Temples of Syrinx”
      • III. “Discovery”
      • IV. “Presentation”
      • V. “Oracle: The Dream”
      • VI. “Soliloquy”
      • VII. “Grand Finale”
  • B Side:
    1. A Passage to Bangkok
    2. The Twilight Zone
    3. Lessons
    4. Tears
    5. Something for Nothing

Review:

So I’ve listened to this album many times while writing for this blog and I find the whole thing fascinating. The fact that it is more of a concept album really caught my attention…and the whole “A Side” is listed as a single song even on Spotify.

I’m surprised that I didn’t listen to more Rush as a kid. My dad is obsessed with music that tells stories and that is a lot of what they did especially with this album and their third album “Caress of Steel”…and continued to do throughout their career.

This album really does tell a story and feels to me more like the album for a musical instead of your traditional rock album where there may be and underlying theme to the music but it doesn’t follow through with a full story. And the feel of it really reminds me of Styx which is one of my favorite bands.

This is an excellent album and I am starting to see exactly what people loved about Rush…and this album in particular.

I can’t believe they were still making music till 2018! I hope as I listen through the rest of their albums that I like them just a much as I liked this one.

Rating:

4.5/5