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  1. My favorite off Presto is Scars followed by Superconductor. Yes, the video for Superconductor is GOD AWFUL. And I've complained previously about Geddy singing about waving his magic wand around. Yuck. Presto released at a bad time in my life and that memory has clung to it. I place it way toward the bottom of the list, just above Snakes and Arrows.
  2. If you don't consider "Before and After" to be a 10/10 song, then you're not listening to it correctly! Actually, to each his own (or his moan). If you're not crazy about BaA, then that's fine for you. I honestly place every song on the debut high in rankings. "Take a Friend" perhaps is lowest, but that still gets at least a 7/10 from me. And I feel the need to say this here as well, John Rutsey was a damn good drummer. He pounds them things just fine on that debut album, in my op.
  3. We Rush fans are a bit weird is all. Probably because Rush was so ignored through-out their first 30 years (or so). Cream Magazine rarely ran an article and when it did, it was usually mostly negative. Rolling Stone apparently never heard of them for decades, except for an odd advertisement, such as the A Farewell To Kings ad which I use, over in the corner there to the left. They never received a request to appear on Saturday Night Live. Stuff like that. There was that magazine or website (or something) which ran a request for the best "driving" song ever. Something like 65% of responses were Red Barchetta. The other 199 songs (whatever they were and how many there actually were) made up the other 45% of answers. The Editor noted the response and then shit all over Red Barchetta and Rush fans. Now TV shows and Movies have Rush references all over the place. Like the recent one where the guy is wearing a Hold Your Fire T-shirt. "Hold Your Fire"?! Of course, when a Rush song is heard in a Tv show or movie, it's usually Tom Sawyer.
  4. It sounded great live. There are just three guys in the band (The Rush Tribute Project) and they are all so incredibly spot on with their playing. No, they're not Rush. They're not Geddy or Alex or Neil. But honestly, they are really close! Really accomplished musicians, by my unprofessional estimate. They sold out the theater, Arcada in St. Charles, Illinois. I don't know where you're at, but definitely check them out if they happen to get near your area. They also played Countdown, so that was surprising. They played 3 hours with an intermission.
  5. Charlotte7598, I'm right there with you on The Garden. Not that I don't like it. It's just way too sad to listen to. Was at a Rush Tribute Project show this last Saturday and they played it. Nailed it to the point that things got so sad. They also played Chain Lightning, which I thought was fantastic. I saw that a whole lot in the audience had no idea what song it was. Chain Lightning is the one in which Neil wrote about "Sun Dogs fire on the horizon" and then "Reflected in another pair of Eyes". Those eyes were his daughter, Selena's. Neil wrote about that maybe in the Tour Book or maybe in the Rush Newsletter. Really heart-wrenching. And then they played Afterimage. Honestly... Tears to my eyes. The show was labeled A Tribute To Neil Peart. For any who don't know and may wonder, Sun Dogs are a weather phenomenon which occurs when it's a bright sunny day and way, way, way below zero. Like Canada on a normal winter day. You can look it up. But yes, 10 years since Clockwork Angels was released. Most certainly one of their absolute best. The Title song, Anarchist, Wreckers, Carnies and of course the incredible Headlong Flight. Amazing stuff.
  6. $9500? I've got that right here... White suit, right-hand pocket.
  7. Yes, it's extremely fortunate that Geddy is so talented. An accomplished musician, singer, writer. Otherwise, he might have to dress up in a silly costume and wear goofy make-up so as to distract fans from a lack of talent.
  8. The three "cards" artwork is a bass guitar, a guitar and a set of drumsticks forming an X. I had wondered about that too until I saw a close-up shot in one of the videos. It is a bit blah, just the two sticks on the white background. Maybe an arc of a drumhead with the sticks laying atop it would have been better. The year 1978 is at two locations that I can see. Yes, on the Time Machine device, but also along side the right-side ramp (the one with the Hemispheres "Rush" on it. There are four "squares" standing up and each square has one number on it, 1 - 9 - 7 - 8. There are pictures on those squares too, but I can't figure out what they depict. You would think Geddy and Alex might have suggested that Stern use the year "2112" in those two spots instead of 1978. The thing about 1978 is that it was the year Hemispheres was released. I'm also sort of surprised that they used an image of Tom Sawyer that relates to the actual Mark Twain book, as opposed to the song by Rush. It's the actual Tom Sawyer character on a raft on water. I wonder if Stern would have needed any clearance on the Mark Twain Tom Sawyer image. Hope they don't end up getting sued because they didn't get permission. If it's even needed, of course. The image of Alex, Neil and Geddy on the playfield is even more odd than I at first noticed. One review of the machine noted that the image of Alex is very well drawn. Then the image of Neil is a bit downgraded and finally, the image of Geddy is pretty much cartoony. Another thing pointed out by that reviewer, is that for $11,000.00 for the LE, you would think you'd get something with autographs from Alex and Geddy. Even if it's just on the special paper (or whatever it is) that is going to have the autograph of the guy who designed this particular machine. Along with a few other Stern autographs. Alex and Geddy would only have to be signing 1,000 times each. That really isn't that much. Sounds like I'm doing nothing but complaining. As I wrote in my previous post, I absolutely most definitely hope to buy one of these machines one day. I think it's really awesome that Stern chose to work with Rush/Alex & Geddy on this. And that Alex and Geddy went along with it.
  9. I used to have a Doctor Who pinball. When I sold it, I told myself "No more pinball machines." Well, looks like a chose the wrong decade to quit pinball machines. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! Although I agree with the previous post that Neil doesn't look quite right. I wonder if they can do a touch-up before these go into mass production. I won't be able to Rush out and buy one right away, but someday... someday.
  10. That is shum wild shtuff. Did Neil write all his lyrics like that? This is right in line with the sheets of lyrics on the original record sleeve of the Fly By Night album.
  11. Those are some major Satisfied Customer reviews. Wow. And here I just bought a new couch. Maybe I can trade.
  12. That 3-photo poster that came with the album can be seen on the hallway wall outside the booth in a couple episodes of "WKRP In Cincinnati". 43 years old, eh? It still looks so young. I have the album-cover picture-disc, too.
  13. I don't know. I think maybe that dream had you. Hah! Get it? "Did I have a dream? Or did the dream... " It's like a joke. Sort of. Well. Not really, I suppose. Sorry.
  14. He's not the only one. Neil is on record as saying he hated it too. Neil said he hated "Lakeside Park"? This is one of his autobiographical songs, like "Circumstances", "Fly By Night" and "Ghost Rider". Besides that, "Lakeside Park" is a really beautiful song. I think it would be really interesting to have Alex and Geddy sit down and listen to all the albums, one at a time, and see what kind of thoughts they have on all that music now. I wonder when the last time was that either of them heard any of "The Fountain of Lamneth"!
  15. Thanks for posting this link. Interesting stuff there. Like Syme's explanation of the Vapor Trails cover and the inspiration for it. Looking at the cover now, I can see the black bars as simply being the night sky and the white in between being the night sky lit-up by the comet itself. I do remember, when it was released, that there was thought by some about the cover relating to 9/11. I didn't like that idea and chose to forget it. But I understood then and do now, the idea of that. I liked the follow-up article, Rush's Top 10 Most Underrated Songs. WTF? Geddy Lee thinks "Lakeside Park" is a lousy song?!
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