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#1 tks95747

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 11:50 AM

I'm curious to know what your initial reaction was to Geddy's voice the very first time you heard it?

For me, I first heard Geddy sing on Bastille Day and I was totally blown away and instantly took to his voice like a duck to water (or would that be a "Dirk" to water) . . .

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:12 PM

When I was like 12 hearing the Trees, I thought he was a girl. As I got more into the 70s stuff (and realized he was a man) I started liking his voice a lot. His screams back then were top notch, and he always had a "wobbly" vibrato that was very unique to him.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:16 PM

 MalformedEarthborn, on 05 December 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:

When I was like 12 hearing the Trees, I thought he was a girl. As I got more into the 70s stuff (and realized he was a man) I started liking his voice a lot. His screams back then were top notch, and he always had a "wobbly" vibrato that was very unique to him.
That's funny, because my mom once walked in on me when I was playing "Rivendell" and asked me who the girl singing was~ When I told her it was a girl, she laughed...  :rush: :rush: :rush:

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:19 AM

My first intro was ATWAS, and to be honest didn't even think about how Geddy`s voice sounded - I was completely blown away by Alex....the singing didn`t even register. If anything, it was a perfect fit for the songs....(still is :))

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:21 AM

View PostPlanet X-1, on 06 December 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

My first intro was ATWAS, and to be honest didn't even think about how Geddy`s voice sounded - I was completely blown away by Alex....the singing didn`t even register. If anything, it was a perfect fit for the songs....(still is :))
Being a guitar player and singer, I necessarily noticed both, but, truth be told, Alex completely stole the show. By-tor and the Snowdog being my favorite off that album...

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:35 PM

The first time I heard Geddy was on the radio, in Pittsburgh, when Fly By Night was released.  I just thought his voice was so distinctive and wonderful, especially with the range in that song.  It's still one of my favorite Rush songs (although I've heard him say that the album is not one of his big favorites.)

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:54 PM

View Postblueschica, on 06 December 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

The first time I heard Geddy was on the radio, in Pittsburgh, when Fly By Night was released.  I just thought his voice was so distinctive and wonderful, especially with the range in that song.  It's still one of my favorite Rush songs (although I've heard him say that the album is not one of his big favorites.)
I totally hear you... People compare Ged's early vocals (Rush-FBN-CoS) to Plant's, but I loved Ged's early vocal style far more than I did Plant's.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:59 PM

I was about 10 when I first heard Rush. My Dad giddily sat me down in front of his new surround sound system and played 2112 to a grade schooler in the year 2000. Me, having to that point assimilated music through the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, described the Rush sound, including the vocals, as "old and crusty." Something my Dad won't let me live down 18 years later!

I couldn't understand what he was saying, and he just sounded like some old cartoon witch shrieking. This literally sounded like the voice of a Disney character that hands you the poison apple to my 10-year-old ears.

About 3 years later I was bored on summer vacation and, while perusing the early internet, idly put that 2112 CD into the computer drive. And for whatever reason, it was more intelligible and enjoyable at that point in my life.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:03 PM

View PostNew World Kid, on 06 December 2018 - 01:59 PM, said:

I was about 10 when I first heard Rush. My Dad giddily sat me down in front of his new surround sound system and played 2112 to a grade schooler in the year 2000. Me, having to that point assimilated music through the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, described the Rush sound, including the vocals, as "old and crusty." Something my Dad won't let me live down 18 years later!

I couldn't understand what he was saying, and he just sounded like some old cartoon witch shrieking. This literally sounded like the voice of a Disney character that hands you the poison apple to my 10-year-old ears.

About 3 years later I was bored on summer vacation and, while perusing the early internet, idly put that 2112 CD into the computer drive. And for whatever reason, it was more intelligible and enjoyable at that point in my life.
Indeed, for some, Ged's vocals are love at first sound. For others, they are an acquired taste.

Edited by tks95747, 06 December 2018 - 02:03 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:05 PM

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View PostMalformedEarthborn, on 05 December 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:

When I was like 12 hearing the Trees, I thought he was a girl. As I got more into the 70s stuff (and realized he was a man) I started liking his voice a lot. His screams back then were top notch, and he always had a "wobbly" vibrato that was very unique to him.
That's funny, because my mom once walked in on me when I was playing "Rivendell" and asked me who the girl singing was~ When I told her it was a girl, she laughed...  :rush: :rush: :rush:
Of course, I meant that when I told her it " WASN'T " a girl she laughed... OOPS :facepalm:

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:32 PM

View Posttks95747, on 06 December 2018 - 01:54 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 06 December 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

The first time I heard Geddy was on the radio, in Pittsburgh, when Fly By Night was released.  I just thought his voice was so distinctive and wonderful, especially with the range in that song.  It's still one of my favorite Rush songs (although I've heard him say that the album is not one of his big favorites.)
I totally hear you... People compare Ged's early vocals (Rush-FBN-CoS) to Plant's, but I loved Ged's early vocal style far more than I did Plant's.

I agree!  :ebert:

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:44 PM

The first time i heard Geddy was on Hemispheres and thought it was either Burke Shelley (Budgie) or David Surkamp(Pavlovs Dog) brother.The funniest description i read of his voice was Robert Plant being strangled by Donald Duck.Interesting to note that Mick Box mentions on BTLS that "Gee ,he can sing high"when his lead singer David Byron had a high voice.But not quite as high.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:53 PM

I guess I first heard Rush on the classic rock station I listened to when I was a kid, in between Robert Plant and David Lee Roth and whoever, so I didn't think it was anything outrageous. Once I started getting their albums I certainly realized his voice was unusual, but I've always thought the criticisms of his voice were overblown. He's unique. Rush wouldn't be the same with a "normal" rock singer.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:17 PM

What about the voice of  Geddy Lee
How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary  guy

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:27 AM

I don't remember even noticing it one way or the other, I was so awed by the music.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:56 AM

View Postgrasbo, on 06 December 2018 - 02:44 PM, said:

The first time i heard Geddy was on Hemispheres and thought it was either Burke Shelley (Budgie) or David Surkamp(Pavlovs Dog) brother.The funniest description i read of his voice was Robert Plant being strangled by Donald Duck.Interesting to note that Mick Box mentions on BTLS that "Gee ,he can sing high"when his lead singer David Byron had a high voice.But not quite as high.
The Burke Shelley comparison is a good one also Rik Emmett(spelling?) Comes to mind. I obviously heard Geddy a couple years previous to these others but were drawn to them all. As a teenager at the time I was drawn to good music and the unique vocals...

Edited by Narps, 10 December 2018 - 10:57 AM.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:14 AM

View PostNew World Kid, on 06 December 2018 - 01:59 PM, said:

he just sounded like some old cartoon witch shrieking

I had the same thought except it was a plus for me. :lol:

I've always loved his voice and how it cut through the music. I think it was the main draw at first.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 03:30 PM

 Digital Dad, on 09 December 2018 - 10:17 PM, said:

What about the voice of  Geddy Lee
How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary  guy

"I know him, and he does!"

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 04:21 PM

View PostMalformedEarthborn, on 10 December 2018 - 03:30 PM, said:

View PostDigital Dad, on 09 December 2018 - 10:17 PM, said:

What about the voice of  Geddy Lee
How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary  guy

"I know him, and he does!"

Well, you're my fact checkin' cuz.





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