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  1. Grace Under Pressure is by far the worst, for me. Looks like a cheap sci-fi paperback cover.
  2. Slim

    T-N-M-S R-I-P

    It was a part of my life for 20 years; I was one of the most frequent contributors there. Thanks for your kind thoughts.
  3. Heard about this on Facebook a few minutes ago. Very sad to hear about this. I'm sorry to say that I never got round to reply to a very kind personal message that he sent me here in March, really annoyed with myself for that.
  4. By the way there are other compilation albums you can get Jumpin' Jack Flash on, of course - Forty Licks is a good one.
  5. I'd much rather see this band than the current Judas Priest. The other guitar player is nowhere near the calibre of Glenn Tipton at his best, but in that genre - who is? I'm not sure how good the two guitar players currently in Priest are; I just wouldn't want to see a version of the band without KK or Glenn.
  6. I'm sure Geddy could manage the less demanding vocal material still, like The Garden for example - no? As for six string duties, I have no idea what condition Alex' hands are in these days. Five years ago Geddy said that his arthritis was "not a small thing". I doubt he'll ever tour again. Maybe they'll play a couple of songs at some charity or award event in the next couple of years. What would the ideal "setlist" for a couple of songs be? Something a bit wistful or sentimental. Limelight and Bravado, or The Pass.
  7. "Nature has some new plague / to run in our streets", he'd have said. No - wait, I think he'd already said that.
  8. Interesting one. Power Windows was a huge step forward IMO; the word that always comes to mind is "architectural". It's like a three-dimensional structure. But at the same time the minimalist, simple production of GUP is part of its charm.
  9. Happy to see that, was wondering what might happen to the original site.
  10. I completely agree. I've found this news difficult to process, and I'm not even sure I can explain what I mean by that - something to do with what the band meant to me when I was younger, a sense of finality, an oddness that something that meant so much to me has been so irrevocably damaged and broken without anything actually changing in a practical sense. I'm not sure. Perhaps the best way I can put it is that it feels like a significant moment. The nature of something that's been part of me since I was 16 has changed forever. Whatever Rush is to me, it's different now. But while I think it's really sad that Neil had to cope with this terminal illness so soon after his retirement, and that his loved ones have to do without him, I'm not one of them. I haven't been hurt or upset by this. I'm certainly not mourning. No offence whatever to those of you who have taken it hard. But I don't get preparing for the death of someone you don't know, and haven't been in touch with in any sense for years. By the way I do believe this is my landmark 400th post here. I believe I joined up in 2004, so it's taken a while.
  11. On Saturday afternoon while I was out on my new winter bike I listened to 2112. I thought it was the album that best represented that time when I first became a Rush fan, 43 years ago. There was a time when that album was utterly immersive for me but while I did enjoy it, I did find myself zoning out. It did sort of wash over me in parts. Perhaps partly because I've heard it so many times now, perhaps because those aren't really ideal listening conditions, pedalling along country lanes in the cold. Perhaps because I'm just not the enthralled, wide-eyed teenager who bought that album on his seventeenth birthday.
  12. This one. http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/coverpics/Sounds16jul1977.jpg It was printed with an interview with Neil in a music magazine I read a few weeks after I saw them for the first time, in 1977. You can read that article here: http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/transcripts/19770716sounds.htm Just read through it again and remembered the anticipation of waiting for A Farewell To Kings. And I've just noticed that he mentions the Newcastle show that I went to a few weeks earlier, my first rock concert. Not sure I've read that piece again since 1977. And now, for the first time, I've just felt the sting of tears come to my eyes. But don't worry, readers - I've blinked 'em back.
  13. I never use 'RIP' myself, because as you suggest, it's nonsense. I suspect that Geddy and Alex, if they were actually responsible for that rather than someone in the band's management, used it only as a polite convention.
  14. Got to admit I like those old Steven Seagal films. Not the straight to video nonsense he's been doing for the last 20 years, of course. So Geddy has a '55 Strat and a '59 Les Paul. Fantastic.
  15. Mine was June 11th, 1977. Newcastle City Hall; the first UK tour. http://truth.justdied.com/images/rushtic001.jpg At that time I only had a cassette copy of All The World's A Stage, but I was in love with it. Four weeks later on my 17th birthday I bought Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112.
  16. I liked their first album a lot, but that's it. EDIT: correction, just checked - it was actually their second album that I liked. Not sure I ever heard the first one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Seconds
  17. YYZ is sort of fusion-ish. So's the funky instrumental break in Cinderella Man. Reminds me of Weather Report.
  18. My all-time favourite is John McLaughlin's Electric Guitarist
  19. I like their early material (as above) but apart from the youthful angst and energy it's disposable really. Weller really blossomed as a songwriter a couple of years later: See also: Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground and (especially) Town Called Malice. I actually prefer his work with his next band, the Style Council, to his Jam stuff. It's not as tough but it's much more interesting.
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