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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Initially panned as indulgent and pretentious on its 1975 release, Rush’s Caress of Steel found the Canadian trio abandoning the proto-metal style of its two preceding albums and fully embracing progressive rock. (The opener “Bastille Day” is the token hard rock vestige.) This is best exemplified in the last two songs: the 12-and-a-half-minute epic “The Necromancer” and “The Fountain of Lamneth,” a near 20-minute composition in six parts that took up the entire second side of the album’s vinyl record. Composed in three movements, “The Necromancer” is Rush’s second song featuring the fictional character Prince By-Tor. (He first appeared in "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" on Rush's second album, Fly by Night.) But it’s Alex Lifeson’s awe-inspiring guitar solo erupting a third of the way in that easily upstages both the song’s concept and narrative. Though everyone blamed the lengthy “The Fountain of Lamneth” for poor album sales and a disastrous tour, it was this very approach to Rush's music that made the following 2112 a three-time multiplatinum achievement.

Customer Reviews

Caress Of Steel

Caress of Steel seems to me as a preview of what was to come on their next three albums "2112", "A Farewell To Kings", and "Hemispheres." The last two songs give us a definate telling of what Rush was all about. It wasn't until 2112 that they mastered their style of story-telling prog rock epics. But on here you really see what they like to do. You also get the hard rocker "Bastille Day", the strange song that is very stupid but it includes epic Alex Lifeson riffs "I Think I'm Going Bald", and the gentle sway of their Canada memories "Lakeside Park". While it is not Rush's greatest work, it shows them becoming their true form, this album shows their lyrical strength growing as well as their instrumental strength. If you are a Rush fan this is essential, but do not start with this one. My favorite songs are "Lakeside Park" and "Th Fountian Of Lamenth."

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My Favorite Rush Album

The lyrical story of The Fountain of Lamneth is beautiful music that brings adventurous imagery alive.

Bastille Day and Lakeside Park are the other highlights of this album.

If you enjoy Rush's storytelling you will enjoy this album.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians. Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprising guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander...
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