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#41 StellarJetman

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:30 PM

Oh, I might as well...

9/10:
Moving Pictures

8/10:
Presto
Hemispheres
Clockwork Angels
Power Windows
2112

7/10:
Vapor Trails
Fly by Night
Permanent Waves
Grace Under Pressure

6/10:
Counterparts
Snakes and Arrows
Signals
Rush

5/10:
A Farewell to Kings

4/10:
Hold Your Fire
Caress of Steel
Roll the Bones

3/10:
Test for Echo

Albums with the same rating are arranged in descending order of preference.

Edited by StellarJetman, 29 August 2012 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

1. Permanent Waves
1. A Farewell To Kings
1. ClockWork Angels

4. 2112
5. MP
6. Signals
7. Counterparts
8. Vapor Trails
9. Hemispheres
10. Power Windows
11. Caress of Steel
11. Fly by Night
13. Grace Under Pressure
14. Hold Your Fire
15. Snakes & Arrows
16. Test For Echo
17. Roll The Bones
18. Presto
19. Rush

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:52 PM



1.  Grace Under Pressure
2.  Permanent Waves
3.  Moving Pictures
4.  2112
5.  Power Windows
6.  Clockwork Angels
7.  Signals
8.  Fly By Night
9.  A Farewell To Kings
10. Hemispheres
11. Counterparts
12. Snakes & Arrows
13. Presto
14. Caress Of Steel
15. Rush
16. Test For Echo
17. Hold Your Fire
18. Vapor Trails
19. Roll The Bones

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

QUOTE (StellarJetman @ Aug 29 2012, 12:30 PM)
Oh, I might as well...

9/10:
Moving Pictures

8/10:
Presto
Hemispheres
Clockwork Angels
Power Windows
2112

7/10:
Vapor Trails
Fly by Night
Permanent Waves
Grace Under Pressure

6/10:
Counterparts
Snakes and Arrows
Signals
Rush

5/10:
A Farewell to Kings

4/10:
Hold Your Fire
Caress of Steel
Roll the Bones

3/10:
Test for Echo

Albums with the same rating are arranged in descending order of preference.

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but would you mind explaining the 7/10 for Permanent Waves?  I think that besides Moving Pictures it is one of the most widely acclaimed albums among even casual fans.

Jus wondrin.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:16 AM

1. A Farewell to Kings
Something very unique about this album. The title track is outstanding, and in whole this is simply a great album to listen to.
2. Signals
Some true gems in here: The Analog Kid, Subdivisions, Countdown... The beginning of the synth era was strong!
3. Caress of Steel
My favorite album of theirs when it comes to the "Epics". The Fountain of Lamneth is a masterpiece!
4. Hemispheres
A perfect album as many here agree. Four great tracks.
5. Grace Under Pressure
The album that got me into the band. Over time, it's gone from #1 to a bit lower, but it still has that nostalgic value to it and is an album that means something to me. I remember sitting in the park doing my schoolwork at the break of dawn while listening to Distant Early Warning...

6. Permanent Waves
7. Hold Your Fire
8. Fly by Night
9. Moving Pictures
10. Power Windows
11. 2112
12. Presto
13. Snakes & Arrows
14. Clockwork Angels
15. Vapor Trails
16.  Test for Echo
17.  Counterparts
18. Roll the Bones
19. Rush


    
  
    


    

    
    
  
  
    
    
    



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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:31 AM

Permanent Waves

Hemispheres

Moving Pictures

Signals

Power Windows

Grace Under Pressure

2112

Hold Your Fire

Clockwork Angels

A Farewell To Kings

Snakes and Arrows

Counterparts

Fly By Night

Roll The Bones

Rush

Presto

Test For Echo

Vaportrails

Caress of Steel

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (drbirdsong @ Aug 30 2012, 10:49 PM)
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but would you mind explaining the 7/10 for Permanent Waves?  I think that besides Moving Pictures it is one of the most widely acclaimed albums among even casual fans.

Jus wondrin.

"Jacob's Ladder" is a monotonous, repetitive slog that goes on forever and destroys the album's pacing, and "Different Strings", while pretty (and graced with an excellent chorus), has stupid lyrics and just trails off disappointingly instead of having a real ending, which almost ruins it for me.  Together, these songs take up a third of the whole album.  I'm not a big fan of the title track's third part, either.

Everything else is great, and I'd probably give the album a high 8 if it had real music in place of "Jacob's Ladder".

Edited by StellarJetman, 31 August 2012 - 12:41 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:37 PM

1. MP
2. Hemispheres
3. Permanent Waves
4. Kings
5. Signals
6. 2112
7. Grace
8. Power Windows
9. Fly By Night
10. Presto
11. Clockwork (would probably be higher if it didn't sound like !@#$)
12. Caress of Steel
13. Counterparts
14. Rush
15. Roll the Bones
16. Vapor Trails
17. Test For Echo
18. Hold Your Fire
19. Snakes

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (StellarJetman @ Aug 31 2012, 12:40 PM)
QUOTE (drbirdsong @ Aug 30 2012, 10:49 PM)
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but would you mind explaining the 7/10 for Permanent Waves?  I think that besides Moving Pictures it is one of the most widely acclaimed albums among even casual fans.

Jus wondrin.

"Jacob's Ladder" is a monotonous, repetitive slog that goes on forever and destroys the album's pacing, and "Different Strings", while pretty (and graced with an excellent chorus), has stupid lyrics and just trails off disappointingly instead of having a real ending, which almost ruins it for me.  Together, these songs take up a third of the whole album.  I'm not a big fan of the title track's third part, either.

Everything else is great, and I'd probably give the album a high 8 if it had real music in place of "Jacob's Ladder".

Ah.  

Thanks for answering.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:19 PM

1. Permanent Waves
Flawless. There isn't one miss on this entire record. Everything just works. The greatest among several of RUSH's masterpieces IMO.

2. Hemispheres
The apex of RUSH's progressive period. Probably the greatest showcase of their musicianship. Truly a beautiful album.

3. Signals
Everything works seamlessly like a well-oiled machine. It's cold, mechanical, beautiful. A bold record that ushered in the synth era. It took courage to put this record out.

4. Grace Under Pressure
Dark, synthy, and some of the best songwriting in RUSH's career. Lerxst is still in the forefront with the rest of the boys so Signals and GUP are definitely the best of the synth era.

5. Moving Pictures
Yes, it's excellent but not their best work. All the radioplay from this album knocks it down a bit. Don't get me wrong. It's VERY, VERY good but not their opus in my opinion.

6. Clockwork Angels
Powerful. Heavy. Beautiful. The last of RUSH's masterpieces. Probably the last great album they'll put out. If you ask me, "The Garden" should be RUSH's swan song.

7. A Farewell To Kings
Xanadu is one of my favorite songs of all time, does the rest of the album hold up though? Not quite so much. I consider this a "warm-up" album for Hemispheres. Still excellent though.

8. Power Windows
Icy cold. Colder than Signals. This is where RUSH's synthyness peaked. While not as solid as Signals and GUP it's a damned fine effort.

9. 2112
A tad overrated. Solid album but the disconnect between the title track and the rest of the songs (Which come off as mostly filler to me...) slightly bothers me.

10. Caress Of Steel
This little gem garners too much hate. Yes, "I Think I'm Going Bald" is a laughable dud but this album sealed the boys as the proggy pioneers of their time, even if their label hated it.

11. Hold Your Fire
A mixed bag, really. It always bothered me how the two weakest songs are the ones that close the album. Not spectacular but not bad in any sense.

12. Fly By Night
RUSH was still molding themselves into fantastic musicians at this point and it shows. The start of their proggyness is in full display here, but it's blended with Zeppelin-esque leftovers from their first album. A good effort but not their best.

13. Counterparts
PHENOMENAL production...but that's really it. "Animate" and "Leave That Thing Alone" are quite good but nothing else stands out on this record. It's a shame too because it probably has the best production since their late 70s albums. Can't have it all, eh?

14. Snakes & Arrows
Not too fond of the lyrical content of this record, and I'm an atheist. Also, it's a bit too folky for my taste. I don't really think acoustic when I think of Rush. A bit of a misstep on the boys' part. Far Cry and MalNar are awesome though.

15. Vapor Trails
Awful production. But if you listen to it remixed it's quite adequate. Still not fond of the Geddy choruses and lack of Alex solos though. What I like about VT is the rejuvenated attitude from the boy. They came back to take the world with vengeance and it shows. One Little Victory has BALLS.

16. Presto
Paper-thin production and weak, uninspired songwriting (Presto and Available Light are exceptions) does not make for a strong record. This feels like some sort of weird mutation between synth and heavy rock. It doesn't flow as well in that respect.

17. Roll The Bones
Well Dreamline is good. Yeah...

18. Rush
More or less a facsimile of Zeppelin. A bit juvenile, but it's excusable. They were just forming the shell of their musical identity.

19. Test For Echo
Abysmal. Only the title track, Driven, Totem, and Limbo are listenable. I really want to know why they thought they could put this record out? It's painfully sloppy.

Edited by Alchemical, 31 August 2012 - 11:23 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

Hemispheres
Permanent Waves
Signals
Clockwork Angles
Moving Pictures
Counterparts
Power Windows
Grace under Pressure
Roll the Bones
Vapor Trails
2112
Hold Your Fire
Snakes And Arrows
Farewell to Kings
Test For Echo
Presto
Caress of Steel
Fly by Night
Rush


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:26 PM

1 PeW
2 Hemi
3 MP
4 AFTK
5 2112
6 CA
7 p/g
8 Signals
9 FBN
10 PoW
11 Rush
12 COS
13 CP
14 T4E
15 RTB
16 HYF
17 Presto
18 VT
19 S&A

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:17 AM

1. Moving Pictures
2. Hemispheres
3. Permanent Waves

4. Caress of Steel
4. A Farewell to Kings
4. Signals
4. 2112
4. Fly by Night
4. RUSH

10. Grace Under Pressure
10. Clockwork Angels

12. Counterparts
12. Hold Your Fire
12. Power Windows

15. Snakes and Arrows
15. Test for Echo
15. Vapor Trails

18. Presto
18. Feedback

20. Roll the Bones

Edited by Empty Mindless Spectre, 03 September 2012 - 10:19 AM.


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:21 AM

My current standings (original material only) are:

1. Clockwork Angels
1. Moving Pictures

Hemispheres
Vapor Trails
Permanent Waves
Counterparts
2112
Snakes and Arrows
Power Windows
Fly By Night
A Farewell to Kings
Rush
Signals
Grace Under Pressure
Test For Echo
Roll The Bones
Caress of Steel
Presto
Hold Your Fire

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:32 PM

View PostMr. IsNot, on 31 August 2012 - 12:16 AM, said:

1. A Farewell to Kings
Something very unique about this album. The title track is outstanding, and in whole this is simply a great album to listen to.
2. Signals
Some true gems in here: The Analog Kid, Subdivisions, Countdown... The beginning of the synth era was strong!
3. Caress of Steel
My favorite album of theirs when it comes to the "Epics". The Fountain of Lamneth is a masterpiece!
4. Hemispheres
A perfect album as many here agree. Four great tracks.
5. Grace Under Pressure
The album that got me into the band. Over time, it's gone from #1 to a bit lower, but it still has that nostalgic value to it and is an album that means something to me. I remember sitting in the park doing my schoolwork at the break of dawn while listening to Distant Early Warning...

6. Permanent Waves
7. Hold Your Fire
8. Fly by Night
9. Moving Pictures
10. Power Windows
11. 2112
12. Presto
13. Snakes & Arrows
14. Clockwork Angels
15. Vapor Trails
16.  Test for Echo
17.  Counterparts
18. Roll the Bones
19. Rush
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1. Signals
Some true gems in here: The Analog Kid, Subdivisions, Countdown... The beginning of the synth era was strong!
2. A Farewell to Kings
Something very unique about this album. The title track is outstanding, and in whole this is simply a great album to listen to
3. Caress of Steel
My favorite album of theirs when it comes to the "Epics". The Fountain of Lamneth is a masterpiece!
4. Hemispheres
A perfect album as many here agree. Four great tracks.
5. Grace Under Pressure
The album that got me into the band. Over time, it's gone from #1 to a bit lower, but it still has that nostalgic value to it and is an album that means something to me. I remember sitting in the park doing my schoolwork at the break of dawn while listening to Distant Early Warning...

6. Permanent Waves
7. Fly by Night
8. Moving Pictures
9. Power Windows
10 Hold Your Fire
11. Clockwork Angels
12. Snakes & Arrows
13. 2112
14.  Counterparts
15. Presto
16. Vapor Trails
17.  Test for Echo
18. Roll the Bones
19. Rush

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 07:04 PM

I don't know what you guys are drinking.  There are really only 6 top albums from the boyz.  I can't even rate any albums below these, because these are the beez kneez from the boyz:

1.  Incest Whore Gecko
2.  Pissto
3.  Roll the Boners
4.  Cunterfarts
5.  Poopchutes & Bladders
6.  Cockburp Facefuls


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:41 PM

1. A Farewell to Kings
2. Hemispheres
3. Permanent Waves
4. Signals
5. Power Windows
6. Hold Your Fire
7. 2112
8. Roll the Bones
9. Grace Under Pressure
10. Moving Pictures
11. Presto
12. Caress of Steel
13. Fly by Night
14. Counterparts
15. Vapor Trails
16. Clockwork Angels
17. Test for Echo
18. Rush
19. Snakes and Arrows

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:27 PM

Clockwork Angels...  Not even once, lol.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

View PostLedRush, on 10 August 2012 - 09:16 PM, said:

1. Hemispheres - The height of the conceptual period.  The songs are strong, and the playing is unmatched.

2. 2112 - One of the greatest songs every, complimented by 5 very good to amazing songs.  

3. Caress of Steel - A critical and commercial failure, this album holds a special place in my heart.  With one foot in the past, the band rocked out with two great songs.  With one foot in the future they try the dark and beautifully ambitious Necromancer and Fountain.

4. Moving Pictures - Hit after hit after hit.  Red Barchetta is like a little movie, and I'll never get tired of that song.  

5. Fly By Night - Early and raw, with light and shade.  Hints of brilliance to come in other fields, while mastering the hard rock/metal genre.

6. Clockwork Angels - Power and beauty.  No album rocks much harder, and no album has more beautiful songs.  

7. Farewell to Kings - Great songs, great subtlety, great lyrics.  Only Cygnus X-1, the band's worst (but still ok) concept song drags this album down to #7.

8. Permanent Waves - A great and ambitious new start for the band, Natural Science and Jacob's Ladder aren't the band's best work, but they are still good.

9. Roll the Bones - After 3 disappointing albums (and many would argue 5), RTB corrects the mistakes of Presto, adding better songs to go with the return to guitar sound.

10. Signals - For  many, the start of a period of decline for the band.  The album only has one weak song, though, even if it only had a couple of great ones.

11. Test for Echo - Correcting the embarrassing mistakes of Counterparts, this album sees Rush back in fine form with a focus on good songs.

12. Vapor Trails - Bad production can't hide very good songs.  The album is weighed down by a lack of variety and excessive length, and that the album's worst two songs were released as the signals and played live.  Rush never rocked harder than this.

13.  Rush - The original still kicks much ass, giving a glimpse at the power of the band.  In retrospect, you can see the skill and diversity that would become Rush staples, but at the time, it's impossible to think the band would be where it was a mere two years later.

14. Grace Under Pressure - The band retains some of the power of its earlier days, though layers in interesting themes and a ton of synths.  

15. Snakes & Arrows - 4 great songs, including the best song of the 2000's, can't wipe away the fact that the band was mired in mid-tempo trudges that went nowhere.  Still, the clean sound, good lyrics, and inarguable highs make this an album worth enjoying.

16. Power Windows - 4 amazing songs and 2 good ones and two not so good ones.  The first album where not great songs equal the great ones.

17. Hold Your Fire - Much maligned, this album was more ambitious than it seems.  The band stretches to new themes, sometimes succeeding, but often with just ok results.

18. Presto - A commercial low-point for the band, in their first effort to shed the synths the band had lost the focus on song writing.  

19. Counterparts - An almost embarrassing effort by the band.  Rush's return to a harder, grunge sound completely forgot to bring the songs and lyrics.  With only one great song, and very few very good ones, there's not much to like here other than a return of the hard guitars, a fact that obscures objective evaluation of this album by the hard core fans.  The lyrics show why Peart doesn't tackle love.

I think my list would look quite different today.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 11:01 PM

1. Caress of Steel
2. Hemispheres
3. 2112
4. Moving Pictures
5. Clockwork Angels
6. Permanent Waves
7. Fly By Night
8. A Farewell to Kings
9. Test for Echo
10. Roll the Bones
11. Vapor Trails
12. Rush
13. Grace Under Pressure
14. Signals
15. Power Windows
16. Presto
17. Hold Your Fire
18. Snakes & Arrows
19. Counterparts




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