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Poll: What do you think is the best song from this album? (1059 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you think is the best song from this album?

  1. Show Don't Tell (146 votes [13.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.77%

  2. Chain Lightning (66 votes [6.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.23%

  3. The Pass (390 votes [36.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.79%

  4. War Paint (33 votes [3.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.11%

  5. Scars (44 votes [4.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.15%

  6. Presto (101 votes [9.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.53%

  7. Superconductor (51 votes [4.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.81%

  8. Anagram (For Mongo) (26 votes [2.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.45%

  9. Red Tide (44 votes [4.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.15%

  10. Hand Over Fist (27 votes [2.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.55%

  11. Available Light (132 votes [12.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.45%

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#321 Good,bad,andrush

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 01:04 AM

The Pass of course...closely after is Chain Lightning and then Available Light.
Afterwords, Hand Over Fist, Anagram, Red Tide, Show Don't Tell, Presto, War Paint, Scars, and finally Superconductor.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:57 PM

Have to go with the first three tracks on the album.

The Pass being a clear winner. IMO one of the best Rush tracks on any album

Chain Lightning at no2 and then Show Don't Tell

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:34 PM

Hard choice but i chose Chained Lightning.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 04:02 PM

I was going to go with Presto, but then I remembered how many times The Pass has stirred my emotions.

Close call

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:43 AM

Available Light. Or The Pass. Or Scars.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 06:25 AM

The Pass or Available Light - can never decide between the two (though currently I'd say Available Light).  For me this is an album where the track order is all wrong - nothing wrong with most of the tracks but I just feel it would have worked better in a different order, & I just wish it had started with Available Light - such a brilliantly un-Rush sort of song - I'd love to have heard it done live as well.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:10 AM

Show, Don't Tell, but just by a hair over The Pass. The rest falls in here:

3 - Superconductor
4 - Scars
5 - Presto
6 - Hand over Fist
7 - Available Light
8 - Chain Lightning
9 - War Paint
10-Anagram
11-Red Tide

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 05:22 PM

I went with "Show Don't Tell" because of the rippin' bass in it! Great song, great album!

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:56 AM

Show Don't Tell! But Chain Lightning is a close 2nd  

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:09 PM

This was an album that I really did not get into at all when it came out.  Saw them on the tour and that did not help generate much interest in the album.  Basically the album was put near the back of my Rush collection and almost never played.

Then I saw the on the VT tour and hearing The Pass ignited a little interest in that song at least.  Fast forward in time to the Time Machine tour and Presto really impressed me.  So much so that I went back and really started listening to the album,  It was almost like it was a new album to me.  Very pleasant to discover that after close to 20 years there was this album that I had totally ignored but now I greatly enjoyed it.  Sort of going into a gold mine that you thought had been a bust and suddenly finding a large vein of ore.

Over the last year or two I have really come to appreciate this overlooked and forgotten gem.  One gem stands out however and that is the title track.  Voted for Presto.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:48 PM

I went with Show Don't Tell right from the start! This was the song that brought RUSH back to a more guitar driven style and the break is simply incredible and some of RUSH's best work in a long time!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:31 AM

  Chain Lightning for me.  

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:21 AM

The Pass easily.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:47 AM

Up until The Time Machine Tour I would have said The Pass was the best song on the album, but seeing Presto played live I have a new appreciation for it.  That was one of the best songs of the concert.  You could tell they were having fun with this one.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:18 PM

Available Light needs it's time in the sun!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:34 AM

The Pass!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

Show Don't Tell.  Redemption.  Geddy's finger funk is in fine form.  The Pass is one of my favourite Rush lyrics and is a close second, but, to me, SDT sounded like the Rush I loved.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:39 PM

Avaiable Light

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

Already put it - Presto along with RTB never did do well for me.

Didn't like Hine's contribution. Kind of a weird pop vision of Rush, blurring the genius way too much.

Picked Superconductor

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:52 AM

The Pass.  Troubling song for me, because my partner had just committed suicide, so I related in too many tearful ways.

I always thought that Presto had a jar full of great songs, but that Rupert Hines and the band produced it with such a "thinness" that it sounded quite lame.  Neil sounds like he is playing on tin cans, Geddy sounds like Kermit the Frog, etc.



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