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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:30 PM

MARATHON MIGHT BE THE BEST RUSH SONG OF ALL TIME

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 12:33 PM

Middletown is top 15 rush
Grand is top 25.
Marathon is awesome
I love Mystic Rhythms.

This album kicks so much ass.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 08:25 PM


We are now at number 7. This is the album that that turned everything around for the band.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

7. 2112
Year: 1976
Track Listing:

1. 2112
2112 is perhaps the most ambitious track Rush has ever done. You all know how it goes.

Grade: Superb

2. A Passage to Bangkok
Now comes the more commercial side of the disc. This track has a memorable chorus and a fantastic guitar solo.

Grade: Great

3. The Twilight Zone
This track shows the band's psychedelic side. It has some great guitar licks, a trippy chorus, and another great solo.

Grade: Good

4. Lessons
I like the blend of acoustic guitar with the heavier chorus. Geddy's vocals have so much passion and Lifeson's solo is good as well.

Grade: Good

5. Tears
Tears has a really emotional chorus and some great lyrics. It's definitely softer, but the overall softer music really works on this track.

Grade: Good

6. Something for Nothing
This is a great hard rocker. The vocals are so raw and the guitar work is top notch. I love the lyrical message as well.

Grade: Great

2112 was the first album from Rush that was fantastic. The title track is one of their best songs of all time and side 2 definitely pales in comparison to side 1, but it's still really good.

Rating: 9/10

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 09:25 PM

View Posthouseofclouse, on 16 August 2017 - 01:23 PM, said:


3. Lakeside Park
There isn't anything memorable about it though.

Irony intended?

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 09:28 PM

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View Posthouseofclouse, on 16 August 2017 - 01:23 PM, said:


3. Lakeside Park
There isn't anything memorable about it though.

Irony intended?

I didn't even think of that!

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:07 AM


We are now at number 6. This is the album that put more emphasis on synths than ever before for the band.

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6. Signals
Year: 1982
Track Listing:

1. Subdivisions
Subdivisions utilizes powerful synths and lyrics to make one of Rush's classics.

Grade: Superb

2. The Analog Kid
I love the chorus and the terrific guitar solo. The song is one Rush's best from their synth period.

Grade: Superb

3. Chemistry
Chemistry is one of the more guitar driven tracks. It's catchy, memorable, and has an excellent guitar solo.

Grade: Great

4. Digital Man
Digital Man is a really odd tune with great bass work and an amazing guitar solo. It doesn't flow as well as the others on the album, but it's really impressive musically.

Grade: Good

5. The Weapon
The Weapon has some awesome synths and a really good chorus. The synth work is outstanding.

Grade: Great

6. New World Man
New World Man is the most simple track from the album. It has catchy lyrics and is a fun song, but it's the least impressive from the album.

Grade: Good

7. Losing It
Losing It is an awesome song with lots of emotion and a terrific violin solo. I love the lyrics as well.

Grade: Superb

8. Countdown
Countdown is a neat track. It has great atmosphere and synth work. It's a good song lyrically.

Grade: Good

Signals is an album that is liked by most Rush fans, but there are those who see it as the first album that changed Rush for the worst. I really enjoy the entire album. The production is a bit underwhelming, but it's decent.

Rating: 9/10

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:22 AM

View Posthouseofclouse, on 20 August 2017 - 08:25 PM, said:

We are now at number 7. This is the album that that turned everything around for the band.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

7. 2112
Year: 1976
Track Listing:

1. 2112
2112 is perhaps the most ambitious track Rush has ever done. You all know how it goes.

Grade: Superb

2. A Passage to Bangkok
Now comes the more commercial side of the disc. This track has a memorable chorus and a fantastic guitar solo.

Grade: Great

3. The Twilight Zone
This track shows the band's psychedelic side. It has some great guitar licks, a trippy chorus, and another great solo.

Grade: Good

4. Lessons
I like the blend of acoustic guitar with the heavier chorus. Geddy's vocals have so much passion and Lifeson's solo is good as well.

Grade: Good

5. Tears
Tears has a really emotional chorus and some great lyrics. It's definitely softer, but the overall softer music really works on this track.

Grade: Good

6. Something for Nothing
This is a great hard rocker. The vocals are so raw and the guitar work is top notch. I love the lyrical message as well.

Grade: Great

2112 was the first album from Rush that was fantastic. The title track is one of their best songs of all time and side 2 definitely pales in comparison to side 1, but it's still really good.

Rating: 9/10
Overture and Temples are among my all time favorite pieces of music.  And both of them performed live are always a highlight of the concert.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:24 AM

View PostMithrandir, on 21 August 2017 - 11:22 AM, said:

View Posthouseofclouse, on 20 August 2017 - 08:25 PM, said:

We are now at number 7. This is the album that that turned everything around for the band.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

7. 2112
Year: 1976
Track Listing:

1. 2112
2112 is perhaps the most ambitious track Rush has ever done. You all know how it goes.

Grade: Superb

2. A Passage to Bangkok
Now comes the more commercial side of the disc. This track has a memorable chorus and a fantastic guitar solo.

Grade: Great

3. The Twilight Zone
This track shows the band's psychedelic side. It has some great guitar licks, a trippy chorus, and another great solo.

Grade: Good

4. Lessons
I like the blend of acoustic guitar with the heavier chorus. Geddy's vocals have so much passion and Lifeson's solo is good as well.

Grade: Good

5. Tears
Tears has a really emotional chorus and some great lyrics. It's definitely softer, but the overall softer music really works on this track.

Grade: Good

6. Something for Nothing
This is a great hard rocker. The vocals are so raw and the guitar work is top notch. I love the lyrical message as well.

Grade: Great

2112 was the first album from Rush that was fantastic. The title track is one of their best songs of all time and side 2 definitely pales in comparison to side 1, but it's still really good.

Rating: 9/10
Overture and Temples are among my all time favorite pieces of music.  And both of them performed live are always a highlight of the concert.

They are fantastic! I love both!

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 05:44 PM

1. Counterparts
2. Snakes & Arrows
3. Power Windows
4. Signals
5. Hold Your Fire
6. Moving Pictures
7. Clockwork Angels
8. 2112
9. Permanent Waves
10. Hemispheres
11. A Farewell to Kings
12. Grace Under Pressure
13. Vapor Trails
14. Fly By Night
15. RUSH
16. Presto
17. Caress of Steel
18. Test For Echo
19. Roll The Bones

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:05 PM

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1. Counterparts
2. Snakes & Arrows
3. Power Windows
4. Signals
5. Hold Your Fire
6. Moving Pictures
7. Clockwork Angels
8. 2112
9. Permanent Waves
10. Hemispheres
11. A Farewell to Kings
12. Grace Under Pressure
13. Vapor Trails
14. Fly By Night
15. RUSH
16. Presto
17. Caress of Steel
18. Test For Echo
19. Roll The Bones

Reading from the top or the bottom of your list is like reading "from worst to best" but somehow...all the standard classics are in the middle.

Well done!

The most interesting list I have seen in ages!

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:19 AM

View Posthouseofclouse, on 20 August 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2017 - 09:25 PM, said:

View Posthouseofclouse, on 16 August 2017 - 01:23 PM, said:


3. Lakeside Park
There isn't anything memorable about it though.

Irony intended?

I didn't even think of that!
:D

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:56 AM

View PostSegue Myles, on 19 August 2017 - 04:30 PM, said:

MARATHON MIGHT BE THE BEST RUSH SONG OF ALL TIME
"One moments high...."

What a fantastic lyrical passage

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:36 AM


We are now at number 5. This is the album that had a shift towards an even more progressive styling.

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5. A Farewell to Kings
Year: 1977
Track Listing:

1. A Farewell to Kings
It begins with some great acoustic guitar, but is then amped up in heaviness. I love the chorus to the song more than any other part.

Grade: Superb

2. Xanadu
This 11 minute epic is fantastic. It has atmosphere, great guitar work, bass work and drumming. This is definitely top 10 Rush for me.

Grade: Superb

3. Closer to the Heart
Now comes the most catchy song from the entire album. I like the blend of acoustic and electric guitar. Lyrically it's fantastic.

Grade: Superb

4. Cinderella Man
Cinderella Man is catchy and has a memorable chorus and guitar solo, but the verses are forgettable. It's a good song though.

Grade: Good

5. Madrigal
Rush shows their soft side with this short ballad. It fits pretty well here on the album, but as a stand alone track it is pretty average.

Grade: Average

6. Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1 is the 10 minute epic that is a 2 part epic that is continued on the next album. It's very progressive and has some of Rush's catchiest guitar riffs.

Grade: Great

A Farewell to Kings is a fantastic album with a ton of progressive song writing. Every minute is not wasted on the album and every song is placed perfectly. This is an amazing listen.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:02 AM

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We are now at number 5. This is the album that had a shift towards an even more progressive styling.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

5. A Farewell to Kings
Year: 1977
Track Listing:

1. A Farewell to Kings
It begins with some great acoustic guitar, but is then amped up in heaviness. I love the chorus to the song more than any other part.

Grade: Superb

2. Xanadu
This 11 minute epic is fantastic. It has atmosphere, great guitar work, bass work and drumming. This is definitely top 10 Rush for me.

Grade: Superb

3. Closer to the Heart
Now comes the most catchy song from the entire album. I like the blend of acoustic and electric guitar. Lyrically it's fantastic.

Grade: Superb

4. Cinderella Man
Cinderella Man is catchy and has a memorable chorus and guitar solo, but the verses are forgettable. It's a good song though.

Grade: Good

5. Madrigal
Rush shows their soft side with this short ballad. It fits pretty well here on the album, but as a stand alone track it is pretty average.

Grade: Average

6. Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1 is the 10 minute epic that is a 2 part epic that is continued on the next album. It's very progressive and has some of Rush's catchiest guitar riffs.

Grade: Great

A Farewell to Kings is a fantastic album with a ton of progressive song writing. Every minute is not wasted on the album and every song is placed perfectly. This is an amazing listen.

Rating: 9.5/10

Hey, your #6 album is my #6. And now your #5 is my current #4 but sometimes it fluctuates at #5.

My weakest track is the same as yours, Madrigal. And I'd rate that the same too -- average.
My favorite track on here is without a doubt Xanadu BUT there are other Superb songs on here. In fact, I'd rate them all "Superb" except for the aforementioned Madrigal.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:45 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 22 August 2017 - 10:02 AM, said:

View Posthouseofclouse, on 22 August 2017 - 09:36 AM, said:


We are now at number 5. This is the album that had a shift towards an even more progressive styling.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

5. A Farewell to Kings
Year: 1977
Track Listing:

1. A Farewell to Kings
It begins with some great acoustic guitar, but is then amped up in heaviness. I love the chorus to the song more than any other part.

Grade: Superb

2. Xanadu
This 11 minute epic is fantastic. It has atmosphere, great guitar work, bass work and drumming. This is definitely top 10 Rush for me.

Grade: Superb

3. Closer to the Heart
Now comes the most catchy song from the entire album. I like the blend of acoustic and electric guitar. Lyrically it's fantastic.

Grade: Superb

4. Cinderella Man
Cinderella Man is catchy and has a memorable chorus and guitar solo, but the verses are forgettable. It's a good song though.

Grade: Good

5. Madrigal
Rush shows their soft side with this short ballad. It fits pretty well here on the album, but as a stand alone track it is pretty average.

Grade: Average

6. Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1 is the 10 minute epic that is a 2 part epic that is continued on the next album. It's very progressive and has some of Rush's catchiest guitar riffs.

Grade: Great

A Farewell to Kings is a fantastic album with a ton of progressive song writing. Every minute is not wasted on the album and every song is placed perfectly. This is an amazing listen.

Rating: 9.5/10

Hey, your #6 album is my #6. And now your #5 is my current #4 but sometimes it fluctuates at #5.

My weakest track is the same as yours, Madrigal. And I'd rate that the same too -- average.
My favorite track on here is without a doubt Xanadu BUT there are other Superb songs on here. In fact, I'd rate them all "Superb" except for the aforementioned Madrigal.

Xanadu is my favorite as well!

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 12:09 PM

aaahh Signals and Power Windows :wub:

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:49 AM

I took a crack at updating my list (last did one in 2015 and many times prior....)  It was interesting to note how some albums ranking had changed;  there is certainly some "recency" effect in past lists.  However, now in 2017, there is no such effect as I don't really listen to Rush frequently (almost not at all since the end of the last tour.)  I would add that I actually love every album on the list; even Rush & Presto (my bottom two) have some charm and memory that I like; just relatively less so.

It would be interesting to do some statistical comparison between various people's lists - how much variation between rankings - to get an idea of who is most similar / different.  Hmmm, how to do that?


1 MP
2 PeW
3 Hemispheres
4 Signals
5 2112
6 P/G
7 Clockwork Angels
8 Counterparts
9 Power Windows
10 A Farewell to Kings
11 Hold Your Fire
12 Snakes and Arrows
13 Test For Echo
14 Vapor Trails
15 Fly By Night
16 Caress of Steel
17 Roll the Bones
18 Rush
19 Presto

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:00 AM

I rank mine but then I forgot the rankings. Not sure where my last one was posted here.. will have to look.

If I did it right now, it would be:


1 Permanent Waves
2 Hold Your Fire
3 Signals
4 Moving Pictures
5 Power Windows
6 Hemispheres
7. Grace Under Pressure
8 2112
9 Clockwork Angels
10 Roll The Bones
11 Counterparts
12 A Farewell to Kings
13 Fly By Night
14 Presto
15 Snakes and Arrows
16 Rush
17 Vapor Trails
18 Caress of Steel
19 Test For Echo

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:18 PM


We are now at number 4. This is the best album from the synth era.

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4. Grace Under Pressure
Year: 1984
Track Listing:

1. Distant Early Warning
This song has a perfect blend of synths, guitar, and vocals to deliver a stellar track.

Grade: Superb

2. Afterimage
Afterimage has fantastic lyrics and synths. I love Geddy's vocals and I really enjoy the guitar solo.

Grade: Superb

3. Red Sector A
Another memorable lyrical beast from this album. Throw in the synths and guitar work and you have an awesome song.

Grade: Superb

4. The Enemy Within
The great reggae style guitar mixed with the fantastic chorus make this another synth heavy classic.

Grade: Superb

5. The Body Electric
This song has a great chorus and guitar solo, but the rest of the song is not great.

Grade: Good

6. Kid Gloves
Kid Gloves has a very unique guitar solo and a very catchy chorus. I really enjoy the guitar work throughout.

Grade: Great

7. Red Lenses
Red Lenses is a really odd track that reminds me of U2. It's a decent experimental tune.

Grade: Above Average

8. Between the Wheels
Now comes one of the strongest tracks from the album. It has a great opening synth line and great guitar work throughout.

Grade: Superb

Grace Under Pressure is an excellent release with great lyrics, guitar, synths, and production. The album is dark lyrically and is musically as good as synth rock gets.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:25 PM

Grace Under Pressure is one of the all time greatest albums.

Not sure why I don't rate it the highest...





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