Member Rara Avis
I have to disagree here, Chronicles is a good starting point TO Rush, but each one of their albums is a completely different experience.
That's like saying Purple Haze is all that Jimi is worth.
Chronicles is like the bubblegum of their career.
Fly by Night, the album is amazing. The have not gone through many band members at all. The only time they had other singers, percussionists, etc, was when Geddy left for one year and before Peart was there. That was like '68 - '74.
John Rutsey found Rush in '68, with Alex, and he left the band making Geddy the lead singer (TG) and he was also ill with diabetes. Peart came on the scene in '74 and from that point, nothing has changed.
I do agree that their later stuff sucks. I am talking the early Rush.
"Rush" (1974) "Fly by Night" (1975)
"Caress of Steel" (1975) "2112" (1976)
"Hemispheres" 1978, "Farewell to Kings",
"Permanent Waves" 1980,
"Moving Pictures" 1981, "Signals" 1982,
"Grace Under Pressure" 1984
The rest sucks.
Saw them four times and the last time they did the complete concert in 2112 without a break. Was amazing.
Sorry, just a complete Rush fan here.
If I were to suggest one album to listen to, especially for a writer, it is the second side ONLY of "Caress of Steel". Pure raw vocals, harmonics and poetics.
"2112" is a journey from one man's (re)birth and the finding of the electric guitar from a lost generation. It is simply beautiful.
[This message has been edited by littlewing (02-11-2005 10:00 AM).]