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#1 PassToBangkok

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 07:40 PM

Mine is 1974-81. l have every album from the first album to Exit Stage Left. l bought A Show of Hands and Signals on CD about 30 years ago but gave them away. Bought the Roll the Bones CD but it got scratched really bad and wouldn't play anymore so l threw it away. Think l had Power Windows on cassette in the 80s but don't know what happened to it. l have Presto on LP but it hasn't been played in over 30 years.

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 07:53 PM

Permanent Waves through Signals.

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 08:07 PM

1974 - 1985

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 08:37 PM

Synth Era
1982-1988 (Signals - A Show Of Hands)

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 08:57 PM

FBN through MP

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 10:12 PM

View PostPassToBangkok, on 15 August 2021 - 07:40 PM, said:

Mine is 1974-81. l have every album from the first album to Exit Stage Left. l bought A Show of Hands and Signals on CD about 30 years ago but gave them away. Bought the Roll the Bones CD but it got scratched really bad and wouldn't play anymore so l threw it away. Think l had Power Windows on cassette in the 80s but don't know what happened to it. l have Presto on LP but it hasn't been played in over 30 years.

You have Presto on LP?? That has to be worth some money!

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 10:14 PM

I'm a pretty typical fan. 2112 through Signals is that golden untouchable period, but the three albums in either direction of that run are all great as well. I quite enjoy Presto, in fact I probably rank it above the debut and HYF, but it was a sign of Rush losing their quality control. The 90s albums are very hit and miss. VT is average, SnA sub par, and CA the odd duck out as absolutely incredible and essential.

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 12:23 AM

1977 - 1982

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 10:54 AM

the one with the good songs

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:25 AM

A show of hands

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:32 AM

1974 - 1997 and 2003 - 2015.

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:56 AM

2112 - Signals.  I really can't fathom another answer. Even if one loves the other eras for what they are, as I do. They aren't better. They just aren't.

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 09:33 PM

'70s era Rush


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 08:36 AM

Rush through to Signals.

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Posted 18 August 2021 - 10:08 PM

75 - 84, FBN - GUP.    

I just don't understand how you could have the passion for any following period that I have for this period.  They lost something...

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 11:52 AM

View Postyyz2112, on 18 August 2021 - 10:08 PM, said:

75 - 84, FBN - GUP.

I just don't understand how you could have the passion for any following period that I have for this period.  They lost something...
They lost some of their inventiveness, sure. It happens to everybody. You can only be the hot new sound for so long. Billy Corgan said the peak lasts seven years, maximum.
However, Ged became a much better conventional singer starting with HYF thru Counterparts. So they gained that.
And these days I listen to post-1980 Rush more than 70s Rush, if that means anything.

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 08:45 PM

I also enjoy the HYF-RTB era. It didn't rock as hard as the 70s prog days and Lee couldn't shriek anymore but I liked most of the songwriting and melodies and their foray into pop-funk

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 09:45 PM

Easy answer: FBN-CA

But more narrowly: Hemispheres-Power Windows

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 12:13 AM

View PostWeatherman, on 19 August 2021 - 11:52 AM, said:

View Postyyz2112, on 18 August 2021 - 10:08 PM, said:

75 - 84, FBN - GUP.

I just don't understand how you could have the passion for any following period that I have for this period.  They lost something...
They lost some of their inventiveness, sure. It happens to everybody. You can only be the hot new sound for so long. Billy Corgan said the peak lasts seven years, maximum.
However, Ged became a much better conventional singer starting with HYF thru Counterparts. So they gained that.
And these days I listen to post-1980 Rush more than 70s Rush, if that means anything.

Yep they had a good run.  Absolute gold from '75 - '84.  There is more substance to their material in this era than whole genres of other music.

I give the later era a go every now and then and can only pick a handful of songs I truly enjoy:  Mission, Marathon, Animate.

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 02:28 AM

View Post_hi_water._, on 15 August 2021 - 08:07 PM, said:

1974 - 1985

That must be at least four Rush eras :D






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