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Album Review

Though the band has since released four more albums on Atlantic Records, this double-disc set was the original, definitive Rush anthology, spanning the band's entire 15-year, 16-album relationship with Mercury Records. In fact, this set is virtually perfect, clearly illustrating the Canadian power trio's evolution from Cream/Zeppelin enthusiasts into a groundbreaking, progressive hard rock unit. Acclaimed classics like "Finding My Way," "Fly by Night," "A Passage to Bangkok," "Closer to the Heart," "The Spirit of Radio," and "Tom Sawyer" are interspersed with less-well-known, but equally vital tracks like "Bastille Day," "La Villa Strangiato," "Limelight," "Subdivisions," and "Red Sector A" to paint a literal moving picture (pun intended) of the band's career. As a testament to its excellence, Mercury was incapable of improving upon this package when releasing the nearly identical Retrospective six years later on two separate CDs.

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An Improvement, however, still slightly problematic

Let me preface my remarks by saying no Rush compilation will ever be satisfactory for a die-hard fan (speaking as one). Even if a four-disc compilation were to be assembled, I (and many others) would still complain that if there are so many songs here why couldn't they have added another of my favorite songs. It would have just been one more after all. But now, we have the Chronicles of Rush, either for the collector, or for the person who wants more than just the most radio-friendly hits. The Pros: 1. All the picks on the record are spot on. Each song on the album are some Rush's greatest material. Nothing to be complained about there. 2. Props to the producers and such for including Bastille Day and Lakeside Park from Caress of Steel, a severely underrated album. 3. Also more props for including not just Working Man, but also Finding My Way and What You're Doing from their self-titled debut (another undeservedly panned album). 4. The greatest instrumental ever is included (La Villa Strangiato) as well as more from Power windows than just The Big Money. 5. Everything is put in chronological order, giving a good portrait of the progression of Rush's musical development. 6. Though it's not a big hit, or even well known, it was great to see the inclusion of Anthem from Fly By Night. The Cons: 1. For a compilation that makes so many great choices, sometimes it just makes the omissions stand out more readily. For instance, you include the nine and half minute, instrumental La Villa Strangiato and you don't include the epic and excellent Natural Science. 2. A Rush compilation without YYZ is an incomplete Rush compilation. 3. The turnout from Power Windows is good, however, none of three included tracks are Marathon, easily the best song on the album. 4. Would it kill a Rush compilation to include 2112 in its entirety. The Overture/Temples of Syrinx is the beginning of the song so if someone gets bored with the song they can just stop it there. For everyone else, they're getting a fantastic prog rock epic. 5. Including a still very successful band's recent albums, especially when those albums did very well in sales and chart status, is usually a good move by a compilation album. Hold Your Fire and Presto are barely present. And what songs they do include are good but curious when compared to the ones left off. Force Ten and Time Stand Still are good songs, but neither Mission, Lock and Key, Second Nature, or Tai Shan appear, which are all prime choices. However, that little compares to the dreadful omissions from Presto. Show Don't Tell is all that appears on the compilation. Presto, in my opinion, is the best modern Rush album. While War Paint, Scars, or Hand Over Fist would have done well here, the absence of The Pass is nearly unforgivable and Superconductor was a very succesful single, and its omission is also curious. All in all this a great Rush compilation. Seeing a great deal of old Rush material being represented is wonderful, and La Villa Strangiato's inclusion is great to see also. While omission of YYZ and Natural Science are disappointing the rest of my complaints are nearly nitpicks. A great compilation of a stellar band!

Better than the DVD

This has all the good Rush songs on it. It's a really good CD. Buy it.

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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,...
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