Retrospective, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Few bands warrant, let alone deserve, a three-volume retrospective. Rush, however, make the case. As a concern, Rush are still going strong -- perhaps stronger than ever as a live attraction -- and their studio albums in the 21st century have been as heavy as anything they've ever cut, and very consistent in terms of quality. Rush have issued many compilations, but this makes three that bear the title Retrospective. The first volume covered the years 1974-1980, which addressed the period between their self-titled debut long-player and Permanent Waves; the second covered 1981-1987, bookmarked by the recordings Moving Pictures and Hold Your Fire; and this set covering ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Few bands warrant, let alone deserve, a three-volume retrospective. Rush, however, make the case. As a concern, Rush are still going strong -- perhaps stronger than ever as a live attraction -- and their studio albums in the 21st century have been as heavy as anything they've ever cut, and very consistent in terms of quality. Rush have issued many compilations, but this makes three that bear the title Retrospective. The first volume covered the years 1974-1980, which addressed the period between their self-titled debut long-player and Permanent Waves; the second covered 1981-1987, bookmarked by the recordings Moving Pictures and Hold Your Fire; and this set covering 1989-2007 tracks the full-lengths Presto through Snakes & Arrows. Taken as a whole, these three CDs provide an excellent overview of a band that has continued to develop its sound, push its own boundaries, and remain timeless without concessions to trends or music biz nonsense. This third volume is on its surface the most unspectacular of the three, but appearances -- in this case at least -- prove deceptive. Arranged aesthetically rather than chronologically, Retrospective, Vol. 3 has been assembled to play through as an album. There are two tracks from each of the seven albums documented here, including "One Little Victory" and "Earthshine," both from the acclaimed return to hard-edged rock of Vapor Trails in 2002. In addition, there is a live version of "Ghost of a Chance," from 1991's controversial but underrated Roll the Bones. But what really transpires through this listen is the feeling that Rush are still very much a band; they reached the end of a lull only to get hungry again, reached for a new zenith, and shook off the complacency of their position as a ponderous and progressive veteran stadium juggernaut. In turn, they became a taut, wily rock & roll band again, putting on epic shows and creating thought-provoking, ass-shaking hard rock records. This is the latest evidence. Here's hoping there is a Retrospective, Vol. 4.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678970764
  • Catalog Number: 515813
  • Sales rank: 19,918

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Little Victory (5:10)
  2. 2 Dreamline (4:39)
  3. 3 Workin' Them Angels (4:48)
  4. 4 Presto (5:48)
  5. 5 Bravado (4:37)
  6. 6 Driven (4:29)
  7. 7 The Pass (4:52)
  8. 8 Animate (6:05)
  9. 9 Roll the Bones (5:32)
  10. 10 Ghost of a Chance (5:51)
  11. 11 Nobody's Hero (4:56)
  12. 12 Leave That Thing Alone (4:07)
  13. 13 Earthshine (5:38)
  14. 14 Far Cry (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rush Primary Artist
Geddy Lee Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, bass pedals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola
Neil Peart Percussion, Drums, electronic percussion
Technical Credits
Rush Producer
Peter Collins Producer
Rupert Hine Producer
Alex Lifeson Composer
Hugh Syme Art Direction
Andy VanDette Mastering
Nick Raskulinecz Producer
Brad Madix Engineer
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