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Geddy Lee on Rush's debut album in new interview

Thu, Mar 27, 2014@1:12PM | comments

UPDATE - 3/28@11:48AM: Rush just released a 40-second promo video for the Rush ReDISCovered box set via YouTube which you can check out below or at this link:

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Rush ReDISCovered LP box posted an article earlier today titled Not Fade Away: Rush's Simple, Straight-Ahead Debut Turns 40 which takes a look back at Rush's 1974 debut album. The article includes some new interview snippets with Geddy Lee from a recent interview conducted late last year. Geddy has the following to say about Working Man - the track that helped break the band back in 1974:

... "Our parents were hard-working," ... "Life was a struggle for most people, no one was wealthy. You thought a lot about your future, and what kind of life do you want to live? Is it going to be enough for me to have that kind of life, where it's all about work, and a beer at the end of the day and a hug from your kids, and do it all again? So, it's kind of an ode to that guy who we worked so hard not to be, in a sense. We wanted to be musicians, and that was our ticket out of there. That was our escape for what was sort of inevitable for all of our friends and the world that we came from." ...

Here's what Geddy had to say about the recording of that first album:

... "It's hard to hear the record without going back in time. Your first record is such a milestone. It's like the impossible feat: you never think you're going to get signed, you never think you're going to get to make a record." ... "The first version of our first record was really crappy, and that's when we met the guy who really changed our lives, which was Terry Brown. And he became our producer for the next 10 years and taught us so much about making records." ... "He saved that album, when I think of that album, I think of him, I think of that first session, when we took those poorly recorded versions of those songs, and he decided what was salvageable and what we should just re-record." ...

The band will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl, which is due for release on April 15th. You can get all the details in the press release and pre-order your copy at this location.