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Poll: The Owl vs the Eagle, Rush vs Kansas (17 member(s) have cast votes)

Which album do you prefer, Fly By Night or Song For America?

  1. Fly By Night (10 votes [58.82%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 58.82%

  2. Song For America (7 votes [41.18%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 41.18%

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#1 treeduck

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:54 PM

Which is your preference, The OWL or the EAGLE?

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 01:47 PM

Just listened to Fly By Night yesterday. :haz:

Never knew much about Kansas, soooo...……….

ArKansas.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:11 PM

I've made it a poll now.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:16 PM

FBN has great highs, but very mediocre lows, unbecoming of Rush’s future heights. Song For America is amazing through and through.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:19 PM

 Entre_Perpetuo, on 21 February 2019 - 02:16 PM, said:

FBN has great highs, but very mediocre lows, unbecoming of Rush’s future heights. Song For America is amazing through and through.
You convinced me...it is a better album.

The question, of course, is regarding preference.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:23 PM

My favourite of the two albums for music: Song For America.

My favourite of the two covers:

Song For America

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:24 PM

Sorry Rush.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:37 PM

 Lorraine, on 21 February 2019 - 02:24 PM, said:

Sorry Rush.
I'll forgive you, you're absolved of your crimes. Now get off your knees and walk tall, I've freed you.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:38 PM

So far KANSAS are winning this poll 4-0.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 06:32 PM

You finally have someone in the lead.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 08:06 PM

FBN is cursed with the 5 minute dogpile called Rivendell.

Kansas.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 10:21 PM

I don't really know the Kansas album, but FBN is one of RUSH's weaker efforts.  I'll give Kansas a proper listen (headphones) and get back to this thread later...

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:09 PM

5-5

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:30 PM

Fly By Night is a lovely album. Patchy but hardly forgettable.

Song For America sounds like every other classic Kansas album. Which is great because classic Kansas is some of the best music ever released.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 06:09 PM

OK, the jury's in.

There's no doubt that the Kansas album has better material.  As Segue notes, FBN is patchy.  The problem I have with Kansas is in the execution.  It's perfect, but somewhat nondescript.  What I mean is that there are dozens, if not hundreds of bands that could reproduce Kansas' stuff to a note and you wouldn't really miss anything.  But RUSH's Fly By Night is distinctive in its execution.  No one else can sound like them, and that's what makes them great, even on an album like FBN where the songs sometimes aren't that good.  Kansas' Song For America is more consistent, no doubt, and there's way more going on.  But in the end the highs just aren't as high as FBN.

:rush:  for the win.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 06:27 PM

 goose, on 22 February 2019 - 06:09 PM, said:

OK, the jury's in.

There's no doubt that the Kansas album has better material.  As Segue notes, FBN is patchy.  The problem I have with Kansas is in the execution.  It's perfect, but somewhat nondescript.  What I mean is that there are dozens, if not hundreds of bands that could reproduce Kansas' stuff to a note and you wouldn't really miss anything.  But RUSH's Fly By Night is distinctive in its execution.  No one else can sound like them, and that's what makes them great, even on an album like FBN where the songs sometimes aren't that good.  Kansas' Song For America is more consistent, no doubt, and there's way more going on.  But in the end the highs just aren't as high as FBN.

:rush:  for the win.

That’s a bold opinion...and I actually agree with that more than I thought I would. Maybe it’s just the Rush fan in me, but I’ll probably listen to FBN more times in my life than SFA, even though SFA is better.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:44 PM

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 goose, on 22 February 2019 - 06:09 PM, said:

OK, the jury's in.

There's no doubt that the Kansas album has better material.  As Segue notes, FBN is patchy.  The problem I have with Kansas is in the execution.  It's perfect, but somewhat nondescript.  What I mean is that there are dozens, if not hundreds of bands that could reproduce Kansas' stuff to a note and you wouldn't really miss anything.  But RUSH's Fly By Night is distinctive in its execution.  No one else can sound like them, and that's what makes them great, even on an album like FBN where the songs sometimes aren't that good.  Kansas' Song For America is more consistent, no doubt, and there's way more going on.  But in the end the highs just aren't as high as FBN.

:rush:  for the win.

That’s a bold opinion...and I actually agree with that more than I thought I would. Maybe it’s just the Rush fan in me, but I’ll probably listen to FBN more times in my life than SFA, even though SFA is better.

See I wpuld agree...But to my ears Kansas are almost as unique sounding as Rush, in spite of all their obvious influences.

Put this album up against CoS and...we have a different outcome.

For a short time I'd have put Kansas seventies run ahead of Rush. Now? Well...Springsteen is first then in second is Rush...but Kansas run is one of the greatest for me!

But the only two seventies Rush albums I would trade for Kansas are the first two. And I now really LOVE the debut!

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

Song for America.

Love FBN. but it has couple of tracks that drag it down.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:04 PM

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