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Which album has the better guitar work by Lifeson?


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Poll: Which album has the better guitar work by Lifeson: COS or MP? (25 member(s) have cast votes)

Which album has the better guitar work by Lifeson: COS or MP?

  1. Caress of Steel (10 votes [40.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

  2. Moving Pictures (12 votes [48.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 48.00%

  3. Unsure (3 votes [12.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.00%

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#1 Texas King

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 03:38 PM

I think it's COS. Moving Pictures is a better album, but Lifeson's guitar work on Necromancer easily beats anything he did on MP.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 03:51 PM

Two classics, but in 1975, Rush was still Alex's band

Caress wins this one .. handily

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 06:25 PM

I'll go with Caress of Steel as well.  Alex just crushes it from beginning to end on that one.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:09 AM

I agree with Caress of Steel. There are individual songs on Moving Pictures that stand out for the guitar work, but Caress is just a beast, from start to finish.

Interesting comparison, by the way.


Those two albums were only recorded a little more than five years apart. But what totally different feels, between them.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:13 AM

I agree about Caress of Steel. Great guitar album.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 03:40 PM

Well COS is more heavy metal so that automatically raises the guitar work to a different level. Also Alex is a little more "Alex" on COS, he'd stopped trying to be Jimmy page by then. On Moving Pictures Alex was deliberately using ideas and signature techniques of other guitarists, Andy Summers (Vital Signs), Allan Holdsworth (YYZ) for instance.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

idk, I know CoS has a lot of great Alex work on it, but even if there's a bit less of it on MP, I'd argue the good stuff there is just a whole level better. The guitar solos on TS and YYZ are just so fantastic, and of course there's the Limelight solo, which is otherworldly. Ooh, I always forget TCE solo, which is basically the best part of the entire 11 minute piece. And the RB solo is wonderful as well.

Sure CoS has a lot of great stuff, but I just don't hear it reaching those incredible heights of the solos on MP.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:00 AM

Caress of Steel. La Villa is the only thing that comes close to Alex's greatness on The Necromancer for me.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:48 PM

View PostStormtron, on 09 January 2018 - 11:00 AM, said:

Caress of Steel. La Villa is the only thing that comes close to Alex's greatness on The Necromancer for me.
And now there's a new Necromancer... :blaze:

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:30 AM

View Posttreeduck, on 09 January 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:

View PostStormtron, on 09 January 2018 - 11:00 AM, said:

Caress of Steel. La Villa is the only thing that comes close to Alex's greatness on The Necromancer for me.
And now there's a new Necromancer... :blaze:

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:22 PM

COS has the better and more complex guitar work for sure...it's not just the solos....Lakeside Park for example is deceptively difficult to play.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:10 PM

I guess I'll go with Caress as much as MP is my favorite album.




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