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#30 - Posted 10/31/13 @9:44AM by Enigmaticus [contact]


My favorite Rush studio album for over 26 years had been, "Power Windows," but "Roll The Bones" had always been fairly close behind. Then, I had purchased a copy of the Audiofidelity gold version of "Roll The Bones," in the latter part of 2011. I had finally heard this recording with the clarity that it should have had; it was absolutely amazing.

I was also amazed by the remixed version of "Roll The Bones" on the recently released, box set of the Rush Atlantic Studio albums.

I am hoping that Audiofidelity will release a SACD of "Power Windows" some day.
#29 - Posted 10/29/13 @10:02AM by Enigmaticus [contact]


Yes, now you know what I have had to contend with.

I will admit that "Exit... Stage Left" has been modified to be a hybrid of a studio and a live album, but nevertheless it has still remained my favorite album, of all time. Those concerts must have been absolutely incredible.
#28 - Posted 10/28/13 @10:33AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

That IS waaaay ridiculous!You get a little ways down and realize that most of the naysayers are just plain ignorant! One guy says that Rush sucks because other musicians dont list them as an influence! What is he on? We all know that tons of musicians list Rush as an influence. So I can't be bothered to read any more of that drivel...it's just too draining if you take it to heart!!
#27 - Posted 10/28/13 @10:25AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

I don't want condescending. Why would I WANT condescending? I didn't ask for condescending, who would? Those dick reviewers are just ignorant or pompous or both and trying to make a name for themselves and get attention so I do not give any credence to them whatsoever! No thoughts on "Exit" being a "cheater" live album?
#26 - Posted 10/28/13 @10:21AM by Enigmaticus [contact]


Oh yes, I had somehow forgotten that this particular link,


, is even worse.
#25 - Posted 10/28/13 @10:02AM by Enigmaticus [contact]


You are certainly entitled to your opinion, however no Rush album, should ever given be less than 2 stars, under any circumstances whatsoever.

If you want condescending, please take a look at more of the reviews on this site, especially this one:

#24 - Posted 10/28/13 @6:36AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Exactly what is condescending in the link? Overall the reviews of T4E are better than I thought they would be in there.
My thoughts on Exit...Stage Left. Love the album but was disappointed when Geddy said that they weren't happy with it, that they tinkered with it too much in the studio, editing out bad stuff and fixing it. He said it isn't a true representation of their performance at the time, so best prog album ever? Care to re-think that? Also Roll The Bones gets some lofty status in your eyes. Not so much in my opinion. I love RTB but it does suffer from some thin or tinny sound problems and I'm sorry but an album with Face Up,Neurotica, and You Bet Your Life on it is NOT worthy of the status you're lauding upon it.
In my humble opinion the perfect Rush album would be a battle between Hemispheres,Permanent Waves, or Moving Pictures, take your pick. I personally would throw Power Windows in that mix as well as I LOVE that album from start to finish but I know that there are diehards out there who hate that era of Rush's music and dismiss it.
#23 - Posted 10/27/13 @4:04PM by anotherrushfan [contact]

In the top 25 trios list....

...from where the hell did they work out that Rush has had 42 top 40 songs?
#22 - Posted 10/27/13 @1:31PM by Enigmaticus [contact]


If you want condescending try this:

#21 - Posted 10/27/13 @1:26PM by Enigmaticus [contact]


Actually with the possible exceptions of 'Virtuality' and 'Dog Years,' I like most of the songs on "Test For Echo.".

Unfortunately, these individuals do not!

#20 - Posted 10/27/13 @1:17PM by jiminseattle [contact]

No takers on the Test for Echo question? I like it.
#19 - Posted 10/27/13 @12:53PM by Enigmaticus [contact]


I had created this webpage, in support of Exit... Stage Left, more than 16 years ago.


Of course I am very excited about the upcoming release of "Clockwork Angels Tour." I am certain that this recording will be magnificent. Whether or not, the upcoming release will dethrone "Exit... Stage Left" has yet to be determined.
#18 - Posted 10/27/13 @11:51AM by Enigmaticus [contact]


Thank you. I have been defending my appreciation of Rush's music against all enemies foreign and domestic, for nearly the past 35 years. Back during the time that I had created my website, "progressive rock," or "art rock" were dirty words. Almost everyone was into grunge. I had even been told, by the individuals on another website, that nothing of importance had been created by any "progressive rock" bands during the 1990's or beyond. I had been taken aback by this, to say the least. Accordingly, I had found the necessity to enlighten those individuals.

One of them, in particular, had made me very angry by saying that no one of any importance had been to this website. While we were arguing, Jann Wenner had showed up. In any event, I think that the amazing part about the Rush fan base is that despite our individual differences, we can still agree that we appreciate Rush, or that Rush was very inspirational to us. There are those of us who have been in there for the long haul, are always interested in what new things that Rush are doing, what new course they are taking and are willing to navigate those waters, accordingly.

I can appreciate the fact that you like Rush's early period. I do like some of it also, but I have never been particularly fond of their first album. It was just their starting point and rather than resting on their laurels, Rush had continued to evolve. As far as I am concerned, Rush is the greatest rock band of all time and they will have the distinction of holding that title in two different centuries.

I have just a few more comments about Rush:

#125 - Posted 4/23/13 @10:02AM by Enigmaticus [contact]

Shall we get back to the earlier subject, please?

I had just read the Allmusic Guide's Discography for Rush. It appears that they have not yet become enlightened, unfortunately.

I was glad to hear that David Wild has finally eaten his words. It has taken over 2 decades to make this a reality, but now since Rush is now a member of the Rock & Roll pantheon, it was worth it.

Now, as to the ratings on the Rush discography:
Firstly, let's divide their recordings into 5 distinct periods.

The Early Period

Rush ***
Fly By Night *** 1/2
Caress Of Steel *****
2112 ****
All The World's A Stage *** 1/2

The Middle Period

A Farewell To Kings **** 1/2
Hemispheres *****
Permanent Waves *****
Moving Pictures *****
Exit... Stage Left *****

The Early Modern Period

Signals *****
Grace Under Pressure ****
Power Windows *****
Hold Your Fire ****
A Show Of Hands ****

The Middle Modern Period

Presto *****
Roll The Bones *****
Counterparts ****
Test For Echo ****1/2
Different Stages *****

The Late Modern Period

Vapor Trails ****1/2
Rush In Rio ****
Feedback (EP) ****
R30 *****
Snakes & Arrows *****
Snakes & Arrows Live *****
Time Machine Tour ****
Clockwork Angels *****
Clockwork Angels Live *****

#68 - Posted 4/20/13 @7:11PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

Ladies and gentlemen, I can certainly understand your frustration over Rush being snubbed for induction for 15 years. As I have said numerous times before, I have supported their induction since the very beginning. I have to wonder if Jann Wenner was the individual responsible though. From what I have read, it has been critic David Wild who had allegedly detested Rush from the very beginning. Of course, Wild was quick to praise Foreigner, Bad Company and even after a while, Heart- their "Behind The Music Remastered" episodes attest to that fact.

In Jann Wenner's defense, I would like to mention the 2nd Rolling Stone Record Guide (the blue one) from 1983, wherein John Swenson had given most of Rush's albums 3 & 4 stars, respectively. I feel that a critical reevaluation of Rush's discography is definitely in order. Critic Greg Prato, from the Allmusic Guide needs to amend their discography and his review of "Exit.. Stage Left" is completely unwarranted.

If I were to rate Rush's discography (of studio and live albums), I would give most of them 5 stars, These include the following : (Caress Of Steel, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Exit.. Stage Left, Signals, Power Windows, Presto, Roll The Bones, Different Stages, R30, Snakes & Arrows, Snakes & Arrows Live, Clockwork Angels & the upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour)

4 1/2 stars to: A Farewell To Kings, Test For Echo & Vapor Trails

4 stars to: 2112, Grace Under Pressure, Hold Your Fire, Counterparts, Rush In Rio and the Time Machine Tour.

3 1/2 stars to: Fly By Night & All The World's A Stage

3 stars to: Rush

What are your opinions?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 10:12am
#17 - Posted 10/27/13 @9:22AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Condescending,arrogant,patronizing,superior,self absorbed,self serving,self appreciative,snooty. Can anyone guess the theme?
#16 - Posted 10/26/13 @11:15PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

Oh heck, I had created this webpage over 16 years ago. As you can see, I had supported Rush's induction since the beginning of their eligibility.

#15 - Posted 10/26/13 @10:41PM by Enigmaticus [contact]


What an astute observation on your part. Of course, building my website was just a hobby for me. Being a workaholic, I had decided to work on a new procedure, rather than attend the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Rush induction ceremony, earlier this year.

Of course, in the interest of time, I had to come up with a quick remark. If I were to go into the philosophical and psychological manifestations for that metaphor, it would be much more involved. Yes, I know 'Marathon' is not about a race, it is about our ability to make our own choices about this grand experiment that we call life. The race metaphor is quite appropriate however, because life itself is a test of our endurance and our ability to overcome obstacles along the way.

Of course, I have 1500 different interests, but in the interest of time and in order, not to get charged with creating spam, I had to make that one line retort.

#14 - Posted 10/26/13 @8:56PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

'Marathon' is about a race...Hah! I'll stop @ that one
Stick to yer' full time job.
#13 - Posted 10/26/13 @2:21PM by sdb1001001 [contact]

@ Enigmaticus,
I happen to agree that ESL is the best recording Rush has ever put out. It's the only live album of theirs (or of any band for that matter) of which I prefer the live versions over the studio versions with the exception of Sawyer. Alex, in live performances can't or won't hit the pinch harmonic that for me "makes" the solo in Sawyer.
As far as the studio albums, as more of a hard rock/prog fan, I would disagree quite a bit with your ranking, especially having Fly By Night near the bottom. Love that album!
I am not sold on RTB as being one of their best. To my ears, the good songs are a bit poppy and the rap section in RTB is just cringe worthy. I don't think I could rank the studio albums like you did. I can submit that the albums I always go back to when there is not new material are Waves, Pictures, Signals, Power Windows. I do not gravitate to the 90s stuff hardly at all. Love Vapor Trails and Clockwork Angels.
#12 - Posted 10/26/13 @1:27PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

I am so sorry, I stand corrected. I had meant "Clockwork Angels Tour," not "Clockwork Angels Live." this recording is scheduled to be released on November 19. In my honest opinion, the only way that a Rush live recording could possibly be better is to have been recorded with a full symphony orchestra.

Back in Rush's early days, their sound was much rawer, their second live recording is still in my honest opinion, the greatest live Rush recording, the greatest Rush recording, the greatest progressive rock live album and the greatest progressive rock album. Ladies and gentleman, that recording is none other than "Rush: Exit... Stage Left."

***** 1. Exit... Stage Left *****

For nearly 32 years, this has held the number one position amongst my favorite recordings. This is where Rush as a three piece is transformed into the "world's smallest symphony orchestra."

With the possible exception of 'Beneath, Between & Behind,' which really does not belong here, every single song on this recording is a masterpiece, made even better by the fact that "Exit" is a live recording.

The set list is magnificent, the sound is incomparable and the musicianship is superlative. I had even been inspired to paint various scenes by listening to 'Xanadu,' which is arguably Rush's greatest work. I had become even more enamored of progressive rock and art rock music, as a result of my appreciation of this recording. I have been an avid supporter of both genres for nearly 32 years. The reason why I had embraced such different artists as: Duran Duran, The Moody Blues, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Echolyn, The Police, The Talking Heads, Roxy Music, etc. is directly related to my appreciation of this recording. Over nearly those past 32 years, I have also listened to a great amount of new age music as well, including such as artists as: Shadowfax, Yanni, Vangelis and Andreas Vollenweider.
#11 - Posted 10/26/13 @1:18PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

1. "Roll The Bones"

I know what you're thinking; has he lost his mind? Undoubtedly you've been told by the powers that be, that this is Rush's worst studio album. I can assure you that this is definitely not the case. For those individuals who would like to skip over their early 1990's period and embrace "Counterparts," this album is surely an anathema. Some individuals would like to forget that this one exists, but there is a definitive reason why songs from this album continue to
return to their set lists. Four of these songs are certifiable masterpieces: 'Dreamline,' 'Bravado,' 'Roll The Bones' and 'Ghost Of A Chance.' There are individuals who absolutely despise this album; overall, those individuals are not quite as
enlightened as they might claim to be unfortunately and probably never will be. I have several different versions of this recording in my possession, the original cd from 1992, the remastered version, the Audiofidelity gold cd version and the new version from the recently released Atlantic Box Set.

While the members of Rush themselves endorse this recording, their fan base is split with regards to how to evaluate it. I have read quite a few reviews which have made me quite furious. It is one thing to listen to an album and not appreciate it, it is entirely another thing to disregard it, due to the prevailing popular opinion. In my opinion, every single song on this album is a masterpiece and each song stands on it's own merit. The detractors would like you to believe that this is not a progressive rock album, the songs are not long enough, nor complicated enough. They will say, "How dare Rush incorporate rap into one of their songs?"

The way that I see it, "Roll The Bones" was somewhat experimental and because several songs were played on the radio did not mean, that this was a "pop album." This album however epitomizes how amazing Rush really is. Afterwards, Rush would start to receive awards from institutions such as The Harvard Lampoon. An article in Maclean's magazine would emphasize how popular this recording was.

I will discuss every single song, in greater detail, on this masterpiece at a later date.

For now, I would like to mention briefly something about Rush's greatest album. The epitome of their live albums. The one regarded as the 9th best live album overall by a Classic Rock opinion poll, regarded as one of the greatest live albums of all time. In my honest opinion, the other bookmark to the "progressive rock" era, the greatest progressive rock live album and the best progressive rock album overall. The absolute epitome of the genre: "Exit... Stage Left."

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.6.13 @ 07:42am
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