Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rush's debut album reenters the Billboard 200 album chart at #127
9:19AM EST | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 5/9@9:31AM: John over at has transcribed/scanned the album art and liner notes (scans, liner notes).

Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl which released last week. First week sales of the release have propelled the album back into the Billboard 200 album charts where it currently sits at #127 (thanks John at You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the press release. The band is running a Twitter contest through May 22nd where they'll be giving away a copy of the box set signed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For all the contest details and how you can enter, just visit this location. And MusicVaultz is also giving away a copy of the box set with this Rush Trivia Contest for Canadian residents. In celebration of the release I'm asking everyone what their favorite track off the debut album is. Take the poll and let us know! If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

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#13 - Posted 5/12/14 @7:50PM by What-A-Rush

#5, I agree with you. I'll take the first album OVER 'Test For Echo' any day of the week.
#12 - Posted 5/9/14 @11:33AM by jiminseattle [contact]

I have a fond spot for T4E for the following but would still put it in the bottom third of Rush releases. In the mid 80's I kind of (blasphemous)abandoned Rush. In 1998 a neighbor of mine turned me onto Echo and I dug it and it got me back into the band in a huge way. For that and him I am thankful as I have seen every show since and even though the last show was not a favorite of mine due to the venue, I still put Clockwork Angels at the top of my list. J
#11 - Posted 5/9/14 @11:14AM by cagster [contact]

I have always listed T4E 2nd to last and RUSH last. I have been listening to T4E the last couple of days and it may take over RUSH for last. I do agree with Musicofthespheres though on the songwriting, however for me it is still becoming a toss up.
#10 - Posted 5/9/14 @10:32AM by dinoman [contact]

I would say that we have no idea what kind of drummer John Rutsey was. What if the only thing we knew about Alex and Geddy, as musicians, was that first album? The first album is a very narrow view into their skills and abilities.
#9 - Posted 5/9/14 @10:10AM by Will Collier [contact]

As I've noted before, it's a shame they didn't take this opportunity to remix the first album. As anybody who's heard the remixed "Vault Edition" of Working Man can tell you, Rutsey got a really raw deal in the original mixes, even after Terry Brown tried to clean them up.
#8 - Posted 5/9/14 @9:29AM by Micky [contact]

Definitely agree with #7. No way Rush is better than T4E. As said by Craig, it's a discrete-to-good album for what it is.
Talking about JR, with due respect, he was a honest hard rock drummer, nothing more. A nice guy, the first drummer of the band, whatever, but NP is light years ahead. But I understand what a friend of mine is still keeping on saying: he used to play a Ludwig ! :-)
#7 - Posted 5/9/14 @1:01AM by musicofthespheres [contact]

lol, cpb. I know opinions are entitled to us and subjective and all that, so I'm just responding in good fun. But "the first album. Better than T4E" genuinely made me laugh. T4E was maybe not the most inspired songwriting, but I think it sounds great -- better than three records of the 2000s even, though I certainly think they are far better albums overall. And T4E is still Pratt writing the lyrics -- so even though the lyrics are playful and not very deep, they're still clever and worth my time. Which I can definitely NOT say about the first album.

Love gravity and distance...dig Alex's solo in Carve Away...Monster Mash...etc...
#6 - Posted 5/9/14 @12:40AM by CraigJ [contact]

In honor of this I am listening to the first album. It's not my favorite, but it's pretty good for what it is.
#5 - Posted 5/8/14 @10:22PM by cpb [contact]

Incidentally, for those who wonder what the first album would have been like if Neil had played drums on it, just think of "Best I Can" and "In The End" - both songs from FBN that predated Neil (or in the case of the latter, he didn't write the lyrics for).

To me Rush going from Rutsey to Peart was a bit like Yes going from Peter Banks to Steve Howe: the new guy is so phenomenal it's easy to forget that the other guy was actually really good.

Long live the first album. Better than T4E.

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