Friday, December 18, 2009

Rush (Canadian Art Rock)


Rush biography

RUSH is a pioneering line-up of the Seventies Progressive rock, who influenced most hard-rock and even heavy-metal power trios. This brilliant band is composed of bassist-singer Geddy LEE, guitarist Alex LIFESON and famous drummer Neil PEART. In 1974 John RUTSEY was replaced by Neil PEART who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter. Their instrumental virtuosity is mind-blowing, their lyrics are some of the best I've ever read, and every album they've released contains a shattering classic. Through their 20+ year career, they've proved to be the masters of their respective instrument while creating incredible music.

Now, a brief summary of the band's career ...
Through the history of RUSH, they have passed through many distinct phases. Every one of these phases represents a triumph in music, allowing the band to move on. As at the end of all of RUSH's phases, a live LP was released. This tradition began with "All The World's A Stage", recorded live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Since then, the group has released three additional live albums: the best selling "Exit... Stage Left" (1981), "A Show of Hands" (1989), and the three-disc set "Different Stages" (1998), which encompasses three decades of the group's music.

FIRST PHASE (1974-1976):
In the beginning, they started off as hard rock blues outfit with John-boy before he left and Neil came in, bringing his sci-fi mind into the works. The music seems to be a transition between straight-ahead rock tunes and more complex progressive tracks. "Caress of Steel" is a landmark album in the history of RUSH. Lyrically and musically, "2112" was a masterpiece. This multi-platinum release remains one of RUSH's best-selling albums.

SECOND PHASE (1977-1981):
They moved headlong into progressive rock in the later part of the decade, starting with the album previous and right on to their massive breakthrough, 1981's "Moving Pictures". Synthesizers were now employed by the band, played in the studio and on stage by Geddy. This was the end of transition from long epic pieces to shorter, more concise, and intricate songs. "Permanent Waves" is widely considered to be second only to "Moving Pictures" as RUSH's finest achievement.

THIRD PHASE (1982-1989):
RUSH embraced the 1980s sound with "Signals", making heavy use of synthesizers and keyboards for the first time in the band's history. Keyboards have become a very large part of the music, and the interplay of guitar...RUSH is a pioneering line-up of the Seventies Progressive rock, who influenced most hard-rock and even heavy-metal power trios. This brilliant band is composed of bassist-singer Geddy LEE, guitarist Alex LIFESON and famous drummer Neil PEART. In 1974 John RUTSEY was replaced by Neil PEART who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter. Their instrumental virtuosity is mind-blowing, their lyrics are some of the best I've ever read, and every album they've released contains a shattering classic. Through their 20+ year career, they've proved to be the masters of their respective instrument while creating incredible music.

Now, a brief summary of the band's career ...
Through the history of RUSH, they have passed through many distinct phases. Every one of these phases represents a triumph in music, allowing the band to move on. As at the end of all of RUSH's phases, a live LP was released. This tradition began with "All The World's A Stage", recorded live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Since then, the group has released three additional live albums: the best selling "Exit... Stage Left" (1981), "A Show of Hands" (1989), and the three-disc set "Different Stages" (1998), which encompasses three decades of the group's music.

FIRST PHASE (1974-1976):
In the beginning, they started off as hard rock blues outfit with John-boy before he left and Neil came in, bringing his sci-fi mind into the works. The music seems to be a transition between straight-ahead rock tunes and more complex progressive tracks. "Caress of Steel" is a landmark album in the history of RUSH. Lyrically and musically, "2112" was a masterpiece. This multi-platinum release remains one of RUSH's best-selling albums.

SECOND PHASE (1977-1981):
They moved headlong into progressive rock in the later part of the decade, starting with the album previous and right on to their massive breakthrough, 1981's "Moving Pictures". Synthesizers were now employed by the band, played in the studio and on stage by Geddy. This was the end of transition from long epic pieces to shorter, more concise, and intricate songs. "Permanent Waves" is widely considered to be second only to "Moving Pictures" as RUSH's finest achievement.

THIRD PHASE (1982-1989):
RUSH embraced the 1980s sound with "Signals", making heavy use of synthesizers and keyboards for the first time in the band's history. Keyboards have become a very large part of the music, and the interplay of guitar, drums, bass, and keyboards became technically almost impossible to play live. The two LPs that followed, "Grace Under Pressure" and "Power Windows", also followed nearly the same mold. They reached the zenith of its keyboard experimentation with "Hold Your Fire".

PRESENT PHASE (1990 to today):
Moving to a new label, RUSH embarked on their present phase with "Presto". So, after mercifully ending their synth period, RUSH went into a sort of pop/rock phase for this stage in their career. They sought to remove the dominance of keyboards in the music, and go back to a bass-drum-guitar sound. But after their tour for their 1996 record "Test For Echo", the band took six years off before returning in 2002 with the release of their new album "Vapor Trails". In 2004 they released a covers album, "Feedback" to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary in the current lineup. A tribute to Rush's early influences it contains covers of such luminaries as "Cream", "The Who" and "Blue Cheer".

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Discography :

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1973 Not Fade Away
1974 Finding My Way
1974 July RUSH
1974 In The Mood
1975 February FLY BY NIGHT
1975 May Fly By Night
1975 October CARESS OF STEEL
1975 November Bastille Day
1976 April 2112
1976 June Lessons
1976 September ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
1976 December Fly By Night (Live)
1977 February The Temples of Syrinx
1977 September A FAREWELL TO KINGS
1977 November Closer To The Heart
1978 April ARCHIVES
1978 November HEMISPHERES
1979 January Circumstances
1980 January PERMANENT WAVES
1980 February The Spirit of Radio
1980 April Entre Nous
1981 February Limelight
1981 February MOVING PICTURES
1981 March Vital Signs
1981 May Tom Sawyer
1981 RUSH THROUGH TIME
1981 October Freewill (Live)
1981 October EXIT... STAGE LEFT
1981 October Tom Sawyer (Live)
1981 December Closer To The Heart (Live)
1982 August New World Man
1982 September SIGNALS
1982 October Subdivisions
1983 April Countdown
1984 April GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
1984 Distant Early Warning
1984 May The Body Electric
1984 Red Sector A
1985 October The Big Money
1985 October POWER WINDOWS
1985 Mystic Rhythms
1987 September HOLD YOUR FIRE
1987 October Time Stand Still
1987 Force Ten
1988 March Prime Mover
1988 Marathon (live)
1989 January 2 A SHOW OF HANDS
1989 November 17 PRESTO
1990 January Show Don't Tell
1990 September 4 CHRONICLES
1990 PROFILED!
1991 September 3 ROLL THE BONES
1992 February Roll The Bones
1992 March 19 Ghost of a Chance
1992 THE STORY OF KINGS (INTERVIEW)
1993 October 19 COUNTERPARTS
1994 March 24 Nobody's Hero
1994 Stick It Out
1995 October 3 THE RUSH INTERVIEWS VOLUME 2: GEDDY LEE
1996 Test For Echo
1996 Half The World
1996 September 9 TEST FOR ECHO
1996 Driven
1997 May 5/6 RETROSPECTIVE, VOLUME 1 (1974-1980)
1997 June 3 RETROSPECTIVE, VOLUME 2 (1981-1987)
1998 November 10 DIFFERENT STAGES
1998 The Spirit of Radio (Live)
2002 May 14 VAPOR TRAILS
2002 PROFILED
2002 One Little Victory
2002 Secret Touch
2002 Sweet Miracle
2003 May 21 SPIRIT OF RADIO: GREATEST HITS
2003 October 21 RUSH IN RIO
2004 July 6 FEEDBACK



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