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Your bottom 3 Rush albums?

  1. Rush (37 votes [12.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.09%

  2. Fly by Night (13 votes [4.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.25%

  3. Caress of Steel (24 votes [7.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.84%

  4. 2112 (4 votes [1.31%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.31%

  5. A Farewell to Kings (1 votes [0.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.33%

  6. Hemispheres (4 votes [1.31%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.31%

  7. Signals (3 votes [0.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.98%

  8. Grace Under Pressure (5 votes [1.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.63%

  9. Power Windows (10 votes [3.27%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.27%

  10. Hold Your Fire (22 votes [7.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.19%

  11. Presto (26 votes [8.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.50%

  12. Roll the Bones (29 votes [9.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.48%

  13. Counterparts (15 votes [4.90%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.90%

  14. Test for Echo (38 votes [12.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.42%

  15. Vapor Trails (original) (28 votes [9.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.15%

  16. Snakes & Arrows (31 votes [10.13%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.13%

  17. Clockwork Angels (16 votes [5.23%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.23%

How do you feel about those 3 albums?

  1. I still like them, but they are my least faves. (48 votes [46.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 46.60%

  2. I just don't care for them. (28 votes [27.18%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 27.18%

  3. I don't like them. (22 votes [21.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 21.36%

  4. I hate them! (5 votes [4.85%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.85%

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#41 GeddyRulz

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:24 AM

In release order:
GUP
RTB
S&A

RTB and S&A both have a great track (the opener, the "hit"), but then drop off a cliff.  On S&A, I wanted more upbeat, dynamic songs like "Far Cry," but too much of the album plods along, mid-tempo, with nothing too exciting, except maybe the instrumentals.

GUP (did I make enemies choosing GUP?) is a better overall album than the above two.  Nothing "wrong" with it per se, which is more than I can say for RTB and S&A, but no song really excites.  Where's the track or tracks about which you say "Holy shit, I have GOT TO hear that again"?  It's the last of their albums I replaced with a  CD, there was no hurry to get it in the newer format.

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#42 Nate2112

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:46 PM

View PostFordgalaxy, on 09 October 2017 - 08:53 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 12 September 2017 - 03:46 PM, said:

Bottom three?

Snakes And Arrows
Signals
Hemispheres

Ahh, the folly of youth. :P

What folly? I'm sure us youngsters know good prog, and Rush certainly isn't the best Prog band out there. Fellow HYF fanboys stick together.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:34 AM

View PostNate2112, on 14 October 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

View PostFordgalaxy, on 09 October 2017 - 08:53 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 12 September 2017 - 03:46 PM, said:

Bottom three?

Snakes And Arrows
Signals
Hemispheres

Ahh, the folly of youth. :P

What folly? I'm sure us youngsters know good prog, and Rush certainly isn't the best Prog band out there. Fellow HYF fanboys stick together.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:09 PM

1. Caress (sorry, I've tried - do really like Bastille Day and Lakeside Park)
2. HYF (way too many misses, the last two being bottom 5 all-time Rush songs)
3. RTB - Starts strong, fades badly

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:08 PM

17. Snakes & Arrows (first half is really good, second half sound's like a bunch of uninspired old men)
18. Test For Echo (decent album, but no stand out tracks at all)
19. Roll The Bones (a few cool songs, but a lot of unengaging pop drivel--at least HYF has emotion and inspiration!)

Edited by GeddyLeeRoth, 17 October 2017 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 03:25 PM

Counterparts - the grunge experiment
Test for Echo - the anti grunge after previous album experiment
Hold Your Fire - the live version of the songs are miles better, more guts.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:49 PM

Many of the selections I don't have a problem with.  You can make a case for nearly every album released after GUP being a "bottom three" album, I suppose.  I can even stomach someone saying that Signals belongs in the bottom three, since it's arguably the start of the synth era.

Similarly, I can see someone saying they don't love the early Zeppelin-esque material.  I can see someone they don't care for the "prog" albums of the mid-70s.

But Moving Pictures?  C'mon.  You can say you've heard it too many times, and you're sick of it.  But there is a good reason that people who don't post on the site for this now-defunct band own Moving Pictures.  Because its songs are timeless.  And flawless.  They have 19 studio albums.  There is no way on God's green Earth that you believe in your heart that there are at least 16 of them that are better than Moving Pictures.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:51 PM

I chose

HYF
Snakes & Arrows
Vapor Trails

All of these albums contain some good songs, but measured against the Rush catalog they do not measure up.  On a tangent, I have always hated how the boys played Tom Sawyer whenever they appeared on TV.  I understand it is very popular, but I think it is one of the weaker songs on MP (a superb album).....Wondering what people think....

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:46 PM

Counterparts - Bad attempt at Grunge
Test for Echo - after above, total flip but too long and boring
Hold Your Fire - Too plastic and AOR, couple of good songs but major disappointment after Power Windows.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 04:45 PM

I like to see so many people putting Hold Your Fire in the bottom 3.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 04:59 PM

View PostNate2112, on 14 October 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

View PostFordgalaxy, on 09 October 2017 - 08:53 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 12 September 2017 - 03:46 PM, said:

Bottom three?

Snakes And Arrows
Signals
Hemispheres

Ahh, the folly of youth. :P

What folly? I'm sure us youngsters know good prog, and Rush certainly isn't the best Prog band out there. Fellow HYF fanboys stick together.
  Not that, but Hemispheres is much different than either of the other 2 you listed. I have no problem with HYF, by the way.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 06:42 PM

I love the entire discography, so there.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 06:51 PM

View Postcanadianice, on 27 November 2017 - 06:42 PM, said:

I love the entire discography, so there.
John Rogers will call this shameless self-promotion.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 06:53 PM

View PostLorraine, on 27 November 2017 - 06:51 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 27 November 2017 - 06:42 PM, said:

I love the entire discography, so there.
John Rogers will call this shameless self-promotion.
---And I will call him a big-------ah forget it.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 06:56 PM

View Postcanadianice, on 27 November 2017 - 06:53 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 27 November 2017 - 06:51 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 27 November 2017 - 06:42 PM, said:

I love the entire discography, so there.
John Rogers will call this shameless self-promotion.
---And I will call him a big-------ah forget it.
Don't worry Alex.  I will defend your honor!  :madra: :hi:

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 10:27 PM

The three right before Clockwork Angels for me. To be fair they are the ones I'm least familiar with not counting S&A. S&A actually isn't really that bad and has grown on me a bit but I still like everything from Counterparts and earlier better. The first album I actually reallly like because even though they didn't yet delve into prog rock yet I like the raw energy of it and John Rutsey's frantic yet capable(but not nearly as good as Neil)drumming.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:27 AM

GUP
PoW
HYF

Are the 3 reasons why I stopped listening to Rush before coming back to them a few years ago. Horrid, poppy albums.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 09:02 AM

I like so much of what they do this is kind of difficult. I even like T4E and HYF. But these are my three:

Caress of Steel - I like it but I have to be in the mood for a lot of it. It's not a go-to album for me. If I am ever in the mood for this era of Rush I go with FbN.

Roll the Bones - a less interesting version of Presto. Same production, but now with a rap! Dreamline is top notch though.

Snakes and Arrows - just a lazy, second rate album. Forced melodies. Unmemorable choruses and hooks. Far Cry and MMB are strong, but everything else is blah.

Edited by Wil1972, 28 November 2017 - 09:04 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:43 AM

1) Caress Of Steel - I really love Bastille Day, Lakeside Park and The Necromancer. I just really felt the Fountain of Lamneth fell flat. Some parts were great, some parts a snore. No One at The Bridge is magical though.

2) Rush - A hell of a debut. I like the album. Rip roaring bluesy Led Zep inspired riffs.

3) Vapor Trails (original mix) - Lot's of passion and pain went into this album. But in the end it never held up for me sonic quality wise. I was shocked the album was released in this state and the band knows it was a huge mis-step in that regard. There are some great songs here though. Earthshine, Vapor Trail, Nocturne, Ghost Rider, The Stars Look Down. But some songs flat out miss the mark and sound cobbled and pasted together and have a demo like quality (that can also be the charm of this album in a way too). It is a very difficult album to listen to straight through. My ears bleed from the hot mix and master. Just bad production. And it was shocking when it came out.

Edited by Todem, 28 November 2017 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:38 PM

Vapor Trails - a difficult listen, I'm not sure I was ever able to do a complete listen in one sit down. I would tire of it usually after Earthshine, Prefer the later version
Snakes and Arrows - decent album but too many mid-tempo songs so for me lacks dynamics OTOH loved that we got 3 instrumentals one which had a solo acoustic piece by Alex
Test for Echo - the word pedestrian comes to mind also the phrase "addition by subtraction". Ditch Dog Years and Virtuality, and you got a much better record. I think the same could be said about every post Power Windows record except CA - leave that one alone.




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