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My unique history revisionist Rush/Aimee Mann-playlist. Background: A guy i lived with introduced me to Rush around 1987/1988 i believe, around the time he switched from vinyl to CDs, and Hold Your Fire was the latest album, so that became my favorite Rush album, as i understand is the case with many Rush fans, the first you come in contact with becomes THE album. I can't actually remember now if he had HYF on both vinyl and CD, or if that was vinyl only, but i think he got it on CD as well, since i listened a lot more to HYF than any of the older albums, which he had on vinyl only. I do remember the first he got on both for comparison, MJ's Bad. He later got A Show of Hands and Presto on CD, and those two accidentally came with me when i moved out, i was not responsible for that btw. But it was a stroke of luck. Listened to them every now and then on my setup, until i picked up Counterparts on CD for something like $4.99 in a sale, and it got me hooked, realized that Rush was pretty great, and wanted more, so i started picking up the back catalogue, think Roll The Bones was my next if i remember correctly. So sometimes in the mid 90's i came aboard and started ranking them as #1, possibly joint #1 together with Depeche, Kraftwerk, Tori Amos and S.P.O.C.K. Edit: ..and Opeth, which i got into right from their debut in 1993, i ordered it on chance, not having listened to it. Talk about a jackpot. Got Spotify through our family, and generally dislikes all shuffle/random playlists, like "This is Rush" and similar, i am an album listener, used the shuffle function maybe once in the 80s when i got my first CD player and then turned it off for all eternity, i don't read chapters in books out of order, or move around the scenes in movies. in addition, if i want to get a grip on an artist or a band, i want to do it chronologically, experience it in the same order like the oldest fans did, sometimes that can be pretty hard to do on Spotify, since album labeled years are out of order or albums are missing, and where do the singles fit in? I basically feel forced to have a bands Wikipedia page in a tab to be able to listen to everything in correct order. Made a complete chronological Joy Division/New Order playlist for a family friend that includes all side project by all members, and finally got around to do one with Rush when Neil passed. But i added a twist to it. Two thoughts merged, after Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels, remarkable albums, not many bands so long into their career can put out such great albums "that late", and i started thinking about what challenges they could put themselves through. Became a fan of Aimee around Magnolia if i remember correctly, at that time not even knowing it was her on my all time favorite Rush song, but when i realized, a fantasy emerged in my head, the first part was that i wanted to see them live with her on stage for the chorus, i would literally die happily moments after if that had ever happened. The fantasy expanded into that they should pick her up as a fourth member and challenge themselves with being a quartet(or they could rename themselves to RushMann), maybe give Geddy's vocals a break(after all, he's almost 90 years old), and revamp some old songs with dual guitars. I still haven't given up on this dream, nothing is holy in my world, and i don't think it is in theirs either or was in Neil's, they started without Neil, and i would love a 20th album. Possible titles would be "20 and out" or "no more book reading". Anything can happen(from my other all time favorite Rush song). So i decided to add everything with Aimee to the playlist, chronologically sorted in-between everything with Rush, and like the JD/NO playlist it also features all side projects, thus Victor, Headache, Til Tuesday, The Both, and collaborations by "all four Rush members". It's not entirely complete yet, some collaborations remain to be sorted in, but I'll get there. Also make sure to have your Spotify apps set up to show unplayable tracks, the list includes at least two albums with Aimee and the original Vapor Trails that are currently unplayable(plus a few collab. songs), minus the last Vapor song, which is available for comparisons with the remixed version. Hope Rush put up the original again, i don't approve of sweeping things under the rug. Hope some of you like the playlist. You can listen to entire Rush albums in order through the list with a free account, which i don't think you can do otherwise? Have since made a few other similar complete chronological playlists including all members side projects with AC/DC, Manowar, Kraftwerk, Creedence, Fleetwood, Marie Fredriksson, Olle Ljungström/Reeperbahn, ZZ Top, Nick Cave(not complete yet, still missing soundtracks), Jason Newsted, Cyndi Lauper, Little Richard, Ted Nugent, Alan Merrill, Loffe Carlsson and Genesis(NOT complete yet, ran out of strength around 1985, but it will be HUGE once complete) and Haken. Also have a complete chronological playlist with everything from my small hometown of Alingsås, Sweden, 40k pop, 25k city center, 3.800+ tracks from 900+ releases by 230 artist/bands from one and the same town, or out of town bands with at least one member from said town. I wish there existed similar playlists for all towns around the world, so you could listen in on everything from cities you have a connection to or sweet spot in your heart. If anyone ever picks up on this idea and put together a complete playlist for their own hometown, please let me know, i will listen to everything in it out of principle. There are actually two progressive rock-bands in my hometown list, Wonderland and Kaleidoreal. And please check out the Legends of Doom-single by Vim Spencer Group, old school metal at it's finest. Other local acts in that list worth a mention are 70's rock by Prophet Laundry, death metal acts Skymning, Arise, Arcosolium, Gravebomb and Puteraeon. Blues band Groznyj, a single by their singer Kerstin Karlsson, one of the finest Christmas songs ever by Queen of Clouds, and for those like me that have never seen any problems with Geddy's voice, check out Arbogast(a later project by the same leader/singer is Sundown Delay), and heavy dark electronic tunes from Myren and GHT, Alingsås/Irish rock band Cousin Bill, surreal experimental "rock/pop" by Svenson and Dieter Schöön, five power metal albums from Fraise, more power by Vandor(female drummer), Cure'ish Hunt(also Tyred Eyes, Winter Took His Life and Rome Is Not A Town by shared band members), the fastest death metal drummer ever in Immersed in Blood/Sgt. Carnage/Cursus Bellum, funk by Mantello, Maiden style heavy metal by Mindghost(actually features Blaze Bayley on a track), old school black metal by Zatyr, and Sweden's runner up band in national country tournament, Andreas Carlsson & The Moonshine Band. Came really close to forgetting a link to the Rush/Aimee playlist! https://open.spotify...3VFsxnR1waxwcxs You can view it even without Spotify, in a browser, but if you do, some tracks weirdly appear to be from another album than the one which is actually added in the playlist, By Tor and Snowdog is one weird example, where that track appears to be from a Retrospective collection, which is not the case in the actual playlist, and this also messes up the four cover pictures of the playlist. The Fancy Dancer single is missing. This is not good. And as i wrote this, i realized i shouldn't force anything on someone, in this case Aimee, so i just created a duplicate complete Rush list without everything Aimee, for those who sadly don't like her. It'll be interesting to see which one gets the most followers in a couple of months or years. https://open.spotify...VSPHq9BPuJLZBOb All the other mentioned playlists are on the Spotify profile behind the Rush lists, for Reverend Time of Alinge, Texas. a.k.a. RushMann.
I've been thinking about this for a while. Most people I know generally listen to playlists on Spotify or Apple Music when they want to listen to a series of related songs. They don't usually play albums. But of course when albums look almost identical to playlists on Spotify, what distinction can be made between the two? When Drake released a collection of new songs a couple years and called it a playlist, he sparked a lot of confusion over why his new "album" or "mixtape" was being marketed as a playlist, despite eventually seeing limited physical CD release (I believe). On the other hand, when Kanye West released a new album in 2016, he refused to make a physical release available or even put the mp3 tracks up for sale on iTunes, at first claiming it could only be streamed on Tidal, but eventually uploading it to all the major streaming services. Interestingly, this allowed him to go back and make changes to the album after it was released, updating it with new mixes and new ideas, similar to how one might update songs on a playlist and swamp out worse tracks for better ones. Throughout all of this, and despite never seeing a purchase-able release, that group of songs has still been referred to as an "album" by both artist and consumer. Why did listeners and critics roll their eyes or scratch their heads when Drake attempted to release his new album under the guise of a "playlist," but it was widely accepted when Kanye made what was in many ways a playlist and called it an "album?" If an album demands no physical release, and can even exist without being able to be sold, and can even be edited after its initial release, what then differentiates an album from a playlist? Is it up to the label on Spotify, and if so why does Spotify list Drake's self-proclaimed "playlist" as one of his albums? And maybe most curiously, why does a world of listeners that mostly listens to playlists or single songs rather than albums (and perhaps always has preferred singles and Spotify playlists' distant ancestor, the radio, to albums) still care about the release of new albums or the concept of albums in general? If playlists and Spotify are supposedly rendering the album obsolete, why do even major, boundary pushing artists still choose to release albums? And why would a modern megastar like Drake be unable to sway people away from the idea that new music being released doesn't necessarily come in album form? Why still do other artists trying to break out of the defunct album format decide to release new music in a series of EPs which will constitute the album when put together (and why do we keep the term EP around when only people who know about records even know what EP means)? tl;dr see the title Apologies for those who couldn't care less what Drake or Kanye West do with new music releases, or who they even are. They happen to be the most interesting examples to use here, despite TRF not having much of an audience for either one.
Another one of the interviews done to accompany R40 Live; this one with Geddy. Interesting story about coming up with the tour theme; and he talks about their surround sound releases and music streaming services. (thanks, RIAB.) http://www.digitaltr...of-rush-on-r40/