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Rush - Rush (1974)

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  1. fielding

    fielding Senior Member

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    Info:
    Album: Rush (debut album)
    Released: March 1, 1974 (Moon Records)
    Genre: hard rock, heavy metal

    Band Members:

    Geddy Lee: bass, vocals, keyboards
    Alex Lifeson: guitar
    John Rutsey: drums, percussion

    Tracklist:
    1. "Finding My Way" – 5:05
    2. "Need Some Love" – 2:18
    3. "Take a Friend" – 4:24
    4. "Here Again" – 7:37
    5. "What You're Doing" – 4:22
    6. "In the Mood" (Lee) – 3:33
    7. "Before And After" – 5:34
    8. "Working Man" – 7:11
    (all tracks by Lee and Lifeson, except where noted)

    -This is the first studio album by the Canadian band Rush. The album was released in 1974. This album has more of a "heavy metal" and "hard rock" sound to it unlike some of Rush's other albums released after. Rutsey did write lyrics for songs on this album but never submitted them, leaving Lee and Lifeson to do the writing. Rutsey performed all the drum parts on the album, but never toured with the band after the release. Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart. In my opinion, some of Lifeson's best and most distinctive guitar work he's done on this album.

    Da Music:
    Finding My Way: A good opening title to the album. Starts off with a great guitar riff which caught my attention the first time I ever heard this song. Then Lee comes in with a "Yea, oh yea!" and it pulls you into the song. An underrated Rush song.

    Need Some Love: This song is short and sweet. You get a good taste of Lee's vocals in this song. A typical rock song. Lifeson again with some great guitar work in this song.

    Take a Friend: Lee's bass playing is really what drives this title. Another great guitar solo by Lifeson. I like the lyrics in this song.

    Here Again: The longest song on this album. This song has a jazzy/blues rhythm to it if you know what I mean. Very slow paced song. Some good vocals by Lee in this song.

    What You're Doing: Another rock'n song here. The bass and guitar mesh really good here. Alex whips out a rock'n solo. A great song.

    In the Mood: Probably the 2nd best song on this album besides "Finding My Way". This song is usually performed live in concerts to come later on. The lyrics tell a little story and the average fan can relate to it. Another underrated song by Rush. With Lifeson's guitar work, you can feel the "Mood" of the song.

    Before and After: The keyboards are introduced in this song. The intro seems "dreamy", but later it gets to the typical Rush sound as demonstrated in the other tracks. A really cool song and something I can get into.

    Working Man: Now we're talking, save the best for last. The real staple of this album. This song demonstrates the musicianship of all three members. Strong starting guitar riff by Lifeson, Lee's bass playing stands out here, and Rutsey keeping the rhythm of the song with his best drumming on the album. Another long song here but it's worth every single second of it! This song can relate to just about everyone and it's why the song became so popular. The best song on this album and I think a lot of people here can agree with that.

    Rating:
    I do my ratings out of 10. Me being a huge Rush fan, I love listening to this album. I'll give this album a...7/10. I try not to be bias here but the rating is just based off my personal taste. You guys have any thoughts?
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    I give it a little higher rating..8/10.
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    Very good album. I would give it a 9/10 and I agree that John Rutsey's best drumming was on Working Man!! Lots of great tracks on this gem!! Nice write up man! I enjoyed that!

     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    Awesome review. I would give this album an 8/10.


    @MP. It is funny to see the band members so young. Geddy Lee is so young there, he sure has changed over the years. Now he looks "evil" IMHO.

    :heheh:
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    Great review for a great album!! It's actually my favorite Rush album...although I really love 2112 & A Farewell to kings. This album includes my 2nd favorite Rush song of all time "In The Mood" (My favorite is "Lakeside Park"). I agree with what you say about the tune being underated & the 2 times I seen them Live I always found it weird that live they sang "Hey Cookie, It's a quarter to 8 I feel I'm in the Mood". Anyway, The whole album rocks & I love it!
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    Nice job fielding:grinthumb

    I agree, I would rate it a 7 as well. Zep influenced and no sounds of prog anywhere on this album. "Working Man" is a Canadian anthem. Nice to see you mention thier original label which released this album as the band couldn't find a record company to release it.
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    I give an 8.8 This album hit me like a ton of brick on first listen as a kid.
    I still like it MUCH better then anything they have put out past Permanent Waves .
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    My favorite album by them. Working man has one of the best guitar solos of alltime.
     
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    I read more into that when I was making this and found out that instead of Geddy saying "baby", he says a different girls name every time during live shows. I thought that was neat, but never got to hear it on the Time Machine Tour :(
     
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    Re: Rush: Rush (1974)

    I am more of fan of their later albums myself, but the debut has aged very well over the years so I'll give it a solid 6.5/10.

    I definitely think Geddy's vocals have improved with age and hit his stride with my favorite album.:D

    Nice review Fielding.:tup:
     

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