Monday, February 4, 2008

Tough Break; unreleased Jack Secret collaboration with Rush
3:26PM EST | comments (25) |

[Tough Break]

UPDATE - 2/5@8:07AM: Apparently this mp3 version was ripped from a bootleg titled Power Run that was recorded at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on April 16th, 1986. It's listed as a bonus track called Tough Break by the Fab Pros which was recorded in 1981 at Le Studio by Rush and friends. Thanks to Burger King Diamond at Counterparts for the link.

Back during the mixing of Exit... Stage Left Rush along with crew members Jack Secret (aka Tony Geranios) and Skip Gildersleeve recorded a song written by Jack Secret called Tough Break, as chronicled in the Signals Tourbook by Neil Peart:

We were getting a little bored with inactivity. During the mixing
of "Exit... Stage Left" there was really not much for us to do except
say "it sounds good" or "it doesn't sound good".

I had been working down in the little studio, cleaning and renovating
an old set of Hayman drums that were kicking around, and had started working on a "Jack Secret" song with Jack and Skip from the crew. Geddy and Alex soon joined in on keyboards and rhythm guitar, and we later recorded the song ("Tough Break") up in the studio. ...
- Neil Peart

Per the the US copyright database there are 4 separate listings for a Dean Anthony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) including Tough Break and one other song called White Flag which has lyrics attributed to Neil Peart. Until recently I had never heard either of these songs.

Just over the past week, an mp3 version of the song Tough Break has been making the rounds online. I've received it via email from several readers already and there's a thread over at Counterparts discussing it. From what I understand it's definitely legit. So here it is. Make of it what you will.



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#25 - Posted 4/9/08 @12:13PM by stufin [contact]

great bit of fun by the sounds of it. I agree that it wasn't neil on the drums and poss not geddy on bass but sounded enough rush keyboard for it to have been him. lyrics were cheesy but overall sounded like fun. I would love to jam with them.... Dream come true, literally, I have had several dreams about being on stage with them bizzare I dont meet any other famous people in my dreams just Rush and in the dreams something always goes wrong which is a bummer. Ha ha I'm rambling anybody care to phsyco-analyse this.
#24 - Posted 2/5/08 @12:25AM by xanadurush [contact]

Okay, anyone want to meet up pre - Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Reno, Concord, Las Vegas (Mandolay Bay), or North Carolina????

#23 - Posted 2/5/08 @12:23AM by xanadurush [contact]

I wish you the best birthday ever Ed! You are totally awsome - Our gift is you, and I hope you are getting a wonderful gift also!!

Happy B-Day!!!

Thanks for everything!!!

Claudia - xanadurush!!!!
#22 - Posted 2/4/08 @11:47PM by How f---ing cool is Geddy Lee. [contact]

Nice job, Ed!

It's your birthday and we get the gift!

Happy 38th!
#21 - Posted 2/4/08 @11:11PM by LanceTheShred [contact]

Lamb Saag, I saw the same thing too.

Countdownish, very signally, totally agree with the legitimacy of the piece. However the cheesy ass lyrics really bummed this song out. I really didn't feel the Neil either. No complexity or harmony in the drumming at all.

It just goes to show and to reiterate some of the comments above that when it's just the boys, theres enchantment and the right package. Throw a wrench into the equasion and you have music that in my opinion, would get voted off of the island.

The Rush Tribe has spoken.......................
#20 - Posted 2/4/08 @10:07PM by Alcoholica [contact]

Thank you very much for this!
#19 - Posted 2/4/08 @9:57PM by Lamb Saag [contact]


When I clicked the link, the song downloaded and quickly opened in iTunes, it even had cover art with it!

But the strange thing is the information embedded with the mp3: it is track 9 of 9, from an album called Power Run, year 1986, the composer is Blotz. (Huh?)

I have not read the Counterparts forum yet, so if this is a redundant comment, my bad. Anybody have any provenance on this?
#18 - Posted 2/4/08 @8:57PM by Rusty Shackleford

#11 Geddy was using his Fender along with his Rickenbacker thru the period this was recorded.
#17 - Posted 2/4/08 @8:37PM by rocinante5m [contact]

hey Kevin,
very good point about the space shuttle might have just started something,lol.......
#16 - Posted 2/4/08 @8:26PM by kevin [contact]

o.k. Thats strange. Just goes to solidify what we all love
so much, and what the critics never understood. Geddy's voice
is unique and a perfect fit for what they do. I mean seriously
is there another band on the planet who could actually pull off a song about the space shuttle and get away with it?

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