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  1. Mixing it up a bit by pitting two albums that aren't consecutive, but I did that for a reason. The documented hate for Roll The Bones & Test For Echo on this forum would make for a depressing and predictable result. The fact that Roll The Bones has 10 songs also makes it a little more challenging. I will pit it against another 10 song album soon, though. Anyway... Show Don't Tell > Animate Chain Lightning > Stick It Out The Pass > Cut to the Chase War Paint < Nobody's Hero Scars < Between Sun & Moon Presto > Alien Shore Superconductor > The Speed of Love Anagram (For Mongo) < Double Agent Red Tide > Leave That Thing Alone Hand Over Fist ≤ Cold Fire Available Light < Everyday Glory Win for Presto by the closest of margins, 6 - 5. Very close battle at #10. I really like Hand Over Fist, but in the end decided on Cold Fire. As much as I love Alien Shore (it's my 3rd favourite on Counterparts) nothing on either of these albums is beating out Presto (song) which is my favourite song out of all the ones on offer here.
  2. I felt inspired by the Permanent Waves vs. Moving Pictures thread so... Rules are simple. It is a song by song battle based on the track order on each album. You pick your favourite of the two on offer. Distant Early Warning < The Big Money Afterimage < Grand Designs Red Sector A < Manhattan Project The Enemy Within > Marathon The Body Electric ≥ Territories Kid Gloves > Middletown Dreams Red Lenses > Emotion Detector Between The Wheels < Mystic Rhythms WOAH!!! 4 - 4! The difficult battle for me is track #5 which has my favourite song from each of these albums against each other. I went with The Body Electric by a smidgen, but it could easily be Territories. For that reason I feel like Power Windows wins despite it being a tie.
  3. A battle of two of the most under-praised albums in their career. I suspect that the red one will win easily for most people here, considering it is the last album of an era that is still held in fairly high esteem on this board. Skipping albums again because these two line up well in terms of number of tracks and relative popularity (or lack there of) with regulars. Here are my choices: Force Ten < Dreamline Time Stand Still > Bravado Open Secrets < Roll The Bones Second Nature ≥ Face Up Prime Mover > Where's My Thing? (Part IV, "Gangster Of Boats" Trilogy) Lock And Key > The Big Wheel Mission > Heresy Turn The Page > Ghost Of A Chance Tai Shan < Neurotica High Water < You Bet Your Life Very strange 6 - 4 win for Hold Your Fire for me ONLY because of the match-ups. Had Lock And Key & Mission gone up against 7 of the remaining 8 on Roll The Bones they would have lost, but instead they battle against two of the three songs I dislike on Roll The Bones. The closest battle on here is track 4 where Second Nature wins only due to the stellar lyrics. Along with Neurotica these are some of my all time favourite Neil Peart lyrics. The most lopsided battle of all the battles so far is track #5, where my favourite song from all 20 on offer destroys the song I like least out of these choices. Still, overall I do like Roll The Bones as an album better. If we were doing a straight up Top 10 from these 20, Roll The Bones wins 6 - 4.
  4. Post 'em, fools. 1. Counterparts 2. Grace Under Pressure 3. Signals 4. Hemispheres 5. Moving Pictures 6. Clockwork Angels 7. Power Windows 8. Permanent Waves 9. Snakes and Arrows 10. 2112 11. Test For Echo 12. A Farewell To Kings 13. Roll The Bones 14. Fly By Night 15. Vapor Trails 16. Presto 17. Hold Your Fire 18. Rush 19. Caress Of Steel I expect some backlash about putting 2112 relatively low. I love 2112 the song and Something For Nothing, but the album as whole is what I'm ranking it off of, not two fantastic songs.
  5. Hi everyone, Hope you're all well in this mad world at the moment. My friend and I, big Rush fans based in the UK, have a small podcast series and a week or so after the tragic events in January, we recorded a retrospective tribute to Neil, going through each album and giving our thoughts. If anyone is interested in giving them a listen, the links are below: Part One - 1974 - 1981 Part Two - 1982 - 2015 Even if you don't agree with us, I hope you enjoy the listen! Thanks HWTAT
  6. 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.
  7. One of the things that is really meaningful to me is to have high quality artwork for my flac files on my music player. I also like to attach the artwork for singles if there was any created. Often the more rare artwork is difficult to find or in low quality. Below I have posted all of the artwork I have acumulated over the years for RUSH. It is a mix of web-finds in the best quality available and personal scans. I will post some notes as a reply on this thread. Enjoy! 01. Not Fade Away 02. You Can't Fight It 03. Rush 04. ABC 1974 05. Fly By Night 06. Fly By Night Single 07. Caress Of Steel 08. 2112 09. All The World's A Stage 10. Making Memories 11. A Farewell To Kings 12. Closer To The Heart 13. Hemispheres 14. The Trees / Circumstances 15. Permanent Waves 16. Spirit Of Radio 17. Entre Nous 18. Moving Pictures 19. Vital Signs 20. Tom Sawyer 21. Exit... Stage Left 22. RUSH Live! Tom Sawyer • Red Barchetta • A Passage To Bangkok 23. Closer To The Heart • The Trees Live 24. Signals 25. New World Man 26. Subdivisions 27. Countdown 28. Grace Under Pressure 29. The Body Electric 30. The Body Electric UK 31. Red Sector A 32. Power Windows 33. The Big Money 34. The Big Money UK 35. Mystic Rhythms 36. Hold Your Fire 37. Time Stand Still 38. Time Stand Still EU CDSingle 39. Prime Mover 40. A Show Of Hands 41. Closer To The Heart Live 42. Presto 43. Show Don't Tell 44. The Pass 45. Chronicles 46. Roll The Bones 47. Dreamline 48. Roll The Bones Single 49. Ghost Of A Chance 50. Counterparts 51. Stick It Out 52. Nobody's Hero 53. Double Agent 54. Alex Lifeson - Victor 55. Test For Echo 56. Test For Echo Single 57. Half The World 58. Different Stages 59. Retrospective I 60. Retrospective II 61. Geddy Lee - My Favourite Headache 62. Vapor Trails 63. One Little Victory 64. Secret Touch 65. Sweet Miracle 66. Rush In Rio 67. Feedback 68. Summertime Blues 69. R30 70. Snakes & Arrows 71. Far Cry 72. Workin' Them Angels 73. Snakes & Arrows Live 74. Retrospective III 75. Working Men 76. Time Machine 77. Caravan • BU2B 78. Headlong Flight 79. Clockwork Angels 80. Clockwork Angels Vinyl 81. The Wreckers 82. The Anarchist 83. The Garden 84. Vapor Trails Remixed 85. Clockwork Angels Tour 86. R40 Live 87. The Twilight Zone 88. Cygnus X-1 Book I 89. Cygnus X-1 Book II 90. Closer To The Heart RSD Single Credit: 3, 4, 7, 8, 13, 36, 54, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 76, 82, 83, 87, 88. 89 scans by http://www.cygnus-x1.net 15, 16, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 70, 77, 81, 84, 90 scans by diatribein
  8. I consistently find that one of the most important aspects of a record is its scheme of construction. Things like song order, intros and outros and intermissions, dealing with the halfway point (especially for vinyl), narrative arc (even in non-concept albums), transitions between songs, and all that sort of stuff. Together with the packaging and advertising for the record, its overall assembly has an astounding impact on how I understand and listen to a record. What do you like in an album? What kinds of songs make good intros, outros, closers, etc.? How should a record flow? What are some examples of albums you think work very well on this level?
  9. Time for the gluttons for punishment to get some pain in. Expect the haters to have their knives out and for a shitton "All Counterparts except Driven". Obviously, this is not the case for me. I consider Test For Echo to be significantly better than Counterparts, although it should be interesting to see by how much in a track by track battle. Animate < Test For Echo Stick It Out < Driven Cut To The Chase < Half The World Nobody's Hero ≤ The Color Of Right Between Sun & Moon > Time And Motion Alien Shore ≥ Totem The Speed Of Love < Dog Years Double Agent < Virtuality Leave That Thing Alone < Resist Cold Fire > Limbo Everyday Glory < Carve Away The Stone 8 to 3 win for Test For Echo. This is no real surprise for me. There are very few songs on Test For Echo that I do not like. Interestingly one of the two songs I dislike on Test For Echo won its battle, Dog Years. I am not one to sit here insulting RUSH songs like others, but I have to say that was a real dog of a battle! The close ones were #4 and #6. I love Nobody's Hero & Totem, but both Alien Shore and The Color Of Right are always favourites of mine when they pop up on my playlists. I really identify with the lyrics of The Color Of Right. The song means a lot to me. I also want to praise one of the songs that receives the most hate on this board. Virtuality is one of my favourite songs, not only from this era, but overall by the band. And it isn't just the awesome guitar riff that I love, I really like the lyrics. I know people constantly bitch about the "net boy, net girl, send your message around the world, put your message in a modem and throw it in the cyber sea..." line, but I think it is not only cute, but actually not so dated that it should be criticized. Yes, yes... more messages sent through the internet via cell phone towers today, but the line speaks to the constant changing of the ways we communicate, but that fundamental human contact remains the same. The methods of communication are always evolving even though the messages don't change significantly. I don't hear criticism for 867-5309/Jenny. I don't hear criticisms for the countless songs from the 60s written about writing letters to love interests. The message in the song is actually pretty timeless to me! Anyway... let's get the hate started. I'm sure many of you are salivating at the opportunity to hurl insults at the 16th album by your alleged favourite band.
  10. Kingdirk

    Vinyl Wishes

    My vinyl copy of Vapor Trails Remixed is arriving today (considering buying a second play copy). If the sound is as good as the digital version, I know I'm in for a treat. That, however, is not the point of this forum. As a vinyl collector, I would have to say that tops on my wishlist for The Boys to come out with next would have to be the missing live albums in deluxe multi-disc sets: Different Stages Rush in Rio R30 Grace Under Pressure Tour (although widely available versions are available on bootlegs) Snakes & Arrows Live Time Machine: Live in Cleveland (yeah, I know they did the MP version, but I'm talking the whole concert), Clockwork Angels (pending) Honourable Mention - Test for Echo...yes its a studio album, but its the ONLY one without an official release. Let's get it out! What do you think? A pipedream? Is it something that could happen down the road? Imagine...the ENTIRE collection on vinyl. A fella can dream...
  11. Hi all! I'm a new poster, but have been a die hard Rush fan since for 30 years. One thing that I have always wanted to read, is what Geddy, Alex, and Neil each think in detail in retrospect on the development, writing, production, and feelings on each of their albums. I've heard a few things here and there from each of them, but I would like to know which records are each of their favorites and why, not just at the time of release, but in recent years. If course, the albums I'm most interested in hearing about are my favorites: Signals, Grace, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Presto, and Roll The Bones. Thanks for your help!
  12. After listening more and more to Rush's Atlantic catalogue, a few songs stand out for me such as Dreamline, Earthshine One Little Victory, Animate, Leave That Thing Alone, Far cry, Workin Them Angels, MMB plus more. What songs from '89 to '07 would you consider classics up there with the rest of the Rush canon?
  13. Grace Under Pressure Power Windows Hold Your Fire Aaaand Presto.
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