The Rush Catalog Challenge...

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  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I have been on a Rush kick.
    I challenged myself to listen through the whole Rush catalog (on Apple Music.)
    I am on Caress of Steel.
    I generally skip through some tracks (like maybe “The Necromancer.”)
    For this challenge, I am listening through every track.
    Rush is a riddle wrapped in an enigma as is said.
    How is it that one of my favorite signature bands, a band that defines music for me, can have so many songs that I have little listen-time?
    Anyway, I’ll report occasionally.
    Anyone else up for such an endeavor?
     
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    Their repertoire is quite extensive. A prolific band.
     
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    One of the greatest 3 piece bands ever. RIP Neil Peart
     
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    I've been on a Rush kick also since NP's passing. I listened to them incessantly when I was a teenager, but I mostly focused on the bass parts of songs I really liked and kind of let my mind skip over most everything else. Their most listened to albums have some really overlooked gems on them. Also, if you start at the beginning and go through their catalog, one of the things I find so striking is how much of a steady progression they show. The playing, the writing, the arranging, the production...everything just gets better and better from album to album. Few bands can lay claim to that.

    They lost me (and a good share of others) sometime around Grace Under Pressure/Power Windows. I guess that left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth because I've never given any of their later material a chance...I've heard Counterparts, Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels are quite good.
     
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    I happily listen to anything Rush did from Fly By Night through to Grace Under Pressure (except side 1 of Hemispheres, that drives me nuts...): after that it gets a bit hit and miss for a while. Even Counterparts has too much filler, although at least the production has beefed up a bit. They got back on top for the last two studio albums (Snakes And Arrows and Clockwork Angels) I think.
     
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    You lost me at skipping The Necromancer. It was a very important step towards 2112
     
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    Don't skip ANYTHING.

    Especially the Farewell to Kings album. Or Presto. Or Roll The Bones. Or...
     
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    I get that, and I agree.
    I promise to never skip
    The Necromancer!
     
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    I never skip. I have them all except for Vapor Trails and onward. I didn't care for those at all and I am a huge Rush fan. Been on a kick since 1975.
     
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    I said I’d report along the way.
    I have finished 2112. I make sure and go back if I miss anything.
    Studio 2112.
    I remember how it caught me.
    I am a delay junkie... a delay freak... and the opening synth intro had me from the first bars.
    Then... a whole theatrical warning for freedom.
    Man
    I had an attachment to Rush from the first few bars.
    I am still grieving someone I never met
     
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    I am a comparatively lightweight Rush fan ( like just about everything I ever heard, saw them on R30 Tour- WOW!),
    But there is something about that 2112 suite that just gets your attention!

    The music is so powerful and it plays like a ' hard-rock power chord opera' and Geddy Lee's voice is just perfect for the.various ' characters' - Stunning!
     
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    I’ve got it all (everything) and have listened to it all many times over....yeah....ohh yeah!
     
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    I think Test for Echo and Snakes and Arrows are the only albums I never owned and am still completely unfamiliar with. My brother got us tickets for the Snakes and Arrows tour something like 10th row because the show was on my birthday. It was so odd to be at a Rush show and not knowing so many songs. In the spirit of the thread, I will make a point to listen to both of those tomorrow at work.

    I like that they went out with Clockwork Angels. Going back to the long songs and continuous story just felt right to me.

    My first Rush concert was spring 1979. Hemispheres. This not liking the first side of Hemispheres ... that's just silly talk. :)

    I agree that Neil passing was a pretty big blow. Those 3 guys have been at the top of my rock hero list since I was a teen.
     
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    I discovered them from the Presto album. Worked my way back. Geddy is a big reason my herd contains basses.
     
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    Why not try a real challenge. Bach, or Merzbow? ;)
     
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    ...let me get through Rush first :)
     
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    lee2112 :)
     
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    I was preparing for this thread 11 yrs ago when I joined.
     
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    i did it in real time. Nothing like burning a hole in a piece of vinyl for a year till the next one comes out.
     
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    I was a Rush fanatic growing up. It started with All the World's a Stage and ran through Moving Pictures; saw them on every tour in those years. I started up again with Vapor Trails and the subsequent albums.

    Like the OP, I started listening to Rush again in chronological order after Neil Peart's passing. I'm up to Grace Under Pressure, though I did skip ahead to Test for Echo after seeing the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary again.

    I wasn't a fan of the "synth years" (doesn't seem like Alex Lifeson was either), but a lot of those songs have grown on me too, especially the live versions. What a great band
     
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