Caress of Steel

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
When Rush finished their third album, Caress of Steel, the trio was assured that they had created their breakthrough masterpiece. But when the album dropped off the charts soon after its release, it proved otherwise. While it was Rush's first release that fully explored their prog rock side, it did not contain the catchy and more traditional elements of their future popular work -- it's quite often too indulgent and pretentious for a mainstream rock audience to latch onto. And while Rush would eventually excel in composing lengthy songs, the album's two extended tracks -- the 12?-minute "The Necromancer" and the nearly 20-minute "The Fountain of Lamneth" -- show that the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
When Rush finished their third album, Caress of Steel, the trio was assured that they had created their breakthrough masterpiece. But when the album dropped off the charts soon after its release, it proved otherwise. While it was Rush's first release that fully explored their prog rock side, it did not contain the catchy and more traditional elements of their future popular work -- it's quite often too indulgent and pretentious for a mainstream rock audience to latch onto. And while Rush would eventually excel in composing lengthy songs, the album's two extended tracks -- the 12½-minute "The Necromancer" and the nearly 20-minute "The Fountain of Lamneth" -- show that the band was still far from mastering the format. The first side contains two strong and more succinct tracks, the raging opener, "Bastille Day," and the more laid-back "Lakeside Park," both of which would become standards for their live show in the '70s. But the ill-advised "I Think I'm Going Bald" which lyrically deals with growing old borders on the ridiculous, which confirms that Caress of Steel is one of Rush's more unfocused albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453462526
  • Catalog Number: 534625
  • Sales rank: 2,693

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rush Primary Artist
Erwig Chuapchuadua Steel Guitar
Geddy Lee Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Alex Lifeson Guitar
Neil Peart Drums
Technical Credits
Rush Arranger, Producer
Terry Brown Arranger, Producer
Geddy Lee Composer
Alex Lifeson Composer
Neil Peart Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Beginnings

    This second album to feature Neil Peart had been an overlooked gem for many, including myself. Always had the album but rarely listened to it because, in my quickly and unfairly formed opinion, it lacked the firepower of it's predecessor album "Fly By Night". After recently purchasing the CD - in anticipation of their upcoming concert - and seriously taking the time to listen to it, I've discovered "Caress of Steel" to be an essential stepping stone album that displays some of the origins of Rush's unique style. Outside of the unnecessary narrator, "The Necromancer" not only continues the development of Peart's story-telling sagas but just kicks butt in the middle sequence showing off Peart's masterful drumming and Lifeson's underrated guitarwork. Continued story-telling with "The Fountains of Lamneth" once again showcases the trio's strong suits, ranging from softly lilting lyrics to hard pounding rock and builds a strong foundation for their follow-up musical story-telling triumph in "2112". "Bastille Day" is an excellent lead-off song, dragging you in immediately with Lifeson's catchy opening power riff and Peart's reverberating percussion. "Lakeside Park" shows a slightly softer side of the band, speaking about those heady summer days gone by of our youth. Glad I finally took the time to listen to this album and give the deserved credit to the band for such an enjoyable and diverse collection of awesome Rush music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Caress of Steel

    Caress of Steel IS the greatest album of all-time. Bastille Day is probably Rush's best opening song on an album. I Think I'm Going Bald is a comical and yet serious reflection on ones life. Lakeside Park is a beautiful description of a Place near where the members of the band lived. It's very nostalgic. The Necromancer is a tale inspired by The Lord of the Rings. The beginning of the piece is peaceful dark. It sets the scene for the next parts. The middle section is incredibly raw and fierce. The guitar solo in this section is Alex's most energetic and most unbridled guitar playing of his career. The last section is much lighter than the rest of the piece..while By-Tor comes to save the day. The Fountain of Lamneth is the ultimate 20 minute song. To describe this song in a few sentences would never do it any justice. In Didacts and Narpets Neil plays an awesome drum solo that ends with the band (especially Geddy) screaming ''Listen!''. No One at the Bridge features the most beautiful guitar solo I've EVER heard. This is another high point in Alex's career. Panacea is a melodic masterpiece. Bacchus Plateau is the ultimate drinking song. The end of the song, he reaches the fountain and realises ''It's really not the end!''. This song is perfect from beginning to end. So, from the first hair-raising notes of Bastille Day to that undescribable sound that races across your speakers at the end of Fountain, it should keep you captive in awe of the greatness of Rush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melody, Music, Mood and Songwriting

    I've been a Rush fan for about 16 years now. Back when I first heard the album Caress of Steel, I only liked some of the songs on the cd. However, the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. It is now one of my favorite albums (Rush or otherwise) of all time. The album is a masterpiece. INCREDIBLE and MEMORABLE SONGS and MELODIES. Awesome musicianship and singing. I love this album. I own it on CD and listen to it still, years later after first purchasing it years ago. Austin, TX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of..

    Caress Of Steel has always been my favorite Rush album..I remember buying the vinyl when it came out, putting it on my Denon turntable with the Infinity Black Widow Arm and Grado G1 + cartridge and CRANKING it with the headphones on. Alex's guitar mixing was superb, really moving all over the place which incredibly enhanced his playing to a greater level than could ever be realized with simple stereo separation. I was totally blown away...a wonder i can still hear! The playing and creativity of Geddy and Neil are also most outstanding on this effort too. Definately one of top 20 lps of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Heavy Prog-Rock Super-album

    From the powerful punch of Bastille Day to the ending taps of The Fountain of Lamneth, this album still proves to be one of Rush's heaviest and most well-balanced albums. Though it's true the last two tracks tend to drag at some points, stellar moments in the songs make each very much worth sitting through. Frankly, the world wasnt ready for this album. If Rush had waited till they were more popular, then released this album it would have become a huge hit. Still, an amazing album (if you ignore the lyrics of "I Think I'm Going Bald."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Caress of Steel

    Rush composed this masterpiece with more confidence than any of the other albums. And it shows. This is the greatest album of ALL TIME...IMHO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This period is their best stuff

    Caress may not have done very well on the charts, some of these songs are classics. Necromancer as a whole is an average song but part III ''Return of the King'' is excellent. Lakeside Park and Bastille Day stand out as does side 2 of this record. It isn't their best album but I think it compliments their second album ''Fly By Night'' very well. I think their worst period is from Signals to their next 2 albums after that which includes my least favorite ''Grace under Pressure''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recorded in 1973/1974 ?

    I was born in 1974 and only heard Caress of Steel when I became 13 years old. But when I heard Panacea I thought I heard it all my life ! This album is the ethalon of rock music of it's time. It is musicaly perfect the theme is timeless, and you must appreciate art to comprehend and enjoy any of it ! It takes off with the Necromancer and the rest of the album plays like a beautiful tale. If you have not listened to this one you missed out probably one of the greatest piece of music of all times. Try listen to the album on vinyl !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grand and noble challenge to the listener!

    With ''Caress of Steel'', RUSH made what might prehaps be the most daring musical move made in this half of the century. It is very very very terrible rock and roll. It is the most sublime peice of music in the last thirty years. That said, it doesn't compare at all to any of their other works, perhaps except Hemispheres. But it shouldn't be compared to them. It has transcended rock in any form, and to find something worthy to compare it to for good or for ill, you have to go all the back to the likes of Bach, Bethoven, and most of all Wagner (Wagner in particular, in reference to Necromancer). I hated this album when I first listened to it. But I listened to it again. And again. After about the tenth time I finally ''got'' it. Now I love it like a child, and Necromancer is my favorite song, Lamneth my second. A work that educates the listener in aestetic taste. A true work of art. In Caress of Steel, the boys from Montreal achieved what Nietzche would call, a most sublime moment of self-overcoming, and everything they have done since, is just a bringing back to the masses, what they found at this height.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of their weaker efforts, but not too bad

    I can't really agree with some of the other Rush fans who proclaim this a great masterpiece. It has some strong moments, but as a whole it is nowhere near their later work. All the same, 'Bastille Day' and 'Lakeside Park' are good little tunes, and while I detest 'Necromancer', the side two epic 'Fountain of Lamneth' is fairly good. This is basically an experimental album in which the band attempted to branch out into progressive areas. It hints at what was to come, and while casual fans probably won't care, true Rush fans will need to give this one a listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A gem that was widely over looked!!!

    To call this the worst album of the collection is a mistake. Yes, it went ''down the tubes'' quick, but the true Rush fan can see the genius of the work. Fountain of Lamneth proves the intent they were working on to get 2112. The song is laced with metaphors that are wonderfully descriptive. An example is ''Life is like a candle and the dream must give it flame.'' That is the truth. The album musically and lyrically flows together. I think I'm going Bald is a jab at the humor of life while at the same time exploring more serious themeslike the storming of the Bastille or the search for the Fountain of Lamneth. The Fountain of Lamneth could be viewed as the epic fantasy of what if Ponce de Leon actually found the Fountain of Youth would he share the same views as the members of Rush or would be an estatic find. I highly recommend this album to anyone interested in Rush. It is a taste of what was to come with 2112 and Hemispheres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *The Best Album of All Time*

    Sweeter than life itself, Caress is true artistic beauty. This album is utterly timeless. While it's too sophisticated for a lot of people to take, it is a musical masterpiece. A monument to Rush in their purest form. Here the band was at their most downright dangerous. Not only is it their best work of art; it is sublimely magical.

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