The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 [Bonus DVD]

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A chronological collection of Rush's Mercury recordings, The Spirit of Radio spans a 13-year period that produced such hits as "Working Man," "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man," and "Subdivisions." The set includes track annotations, complete lyrics, and lots of photos. The first 100,000 copies include videos for "Closer to the Heart," "Tom Sawyer," "Subdivisions," "The Big Money," and "Mystic Rhythms."
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Although an actual description does not exist as to what songs can comprise a greatest-hits collection, it is generally assumed that the disc will contain the biggest and best-charting singles that have been issued by an ...
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A chronological collection of Rush's Mercury recordings, The Spirit of Radio spans a 13-year period that produced such hits as "Working Man," "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man," and "Subdivisions." The set includes track annotations, complete lyrics, and lots of photos. The first 100,000 copies include videos for "Closer to the Heart," "Tom Sawyer," "Subdivisions," "The Big Money," and "Mystic Rhythms."
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Although an actual description does not exist as to what songs can comprise a greatest-hits collection, it is generally assumed that the disc will contain the biggest and best-charting singles that have been issued by an artist. So it may seem odd for Rush to release a greatest-hits collection when the group has had just one Top 40 pop singles' hit in their long career; but if you factor in the amount of rock radio airplay given to these songs, then The Spirit of Radio contains, in essence, the greatest hits of Rush. Spanning their 13-year association with the Mercury label, The Spirit of Radio contains 16 of Rush's best-known songs that have been floating around the rock radio airwaves for years. Arranged chronologically from 1974's Zeppelin-esque "Working Man," to 1987's majestic "Time Stand Still," this concise, single-disc collection represents Rush during their most productive period. Previous attempts by Mercury to summarize Rush's career have resulted in a pair of sprawling double-disc collections 1991's Chronicles, and 1997's two-volume Retrospective that provided too much material for the casual fan. The Spirit of Radio trims the excess fat and presents a lean set of songs that showcase all the best elements of Rush: guitar-driven rock "Fly by Night", arena rock anthems "The Spirit of Radio", social commentaries "The Trees", epic sci-fi excursions "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx", and bold synth experiments "Subdivisions". Along with what is arguably their most enduring classic track, "Tom Sawyer," and their biggest pop hit, "New World Man," the songs on this compilation have become radio staples that continue to garner airplay decades after their initial release. In that regard, The Spirit of Radio more than qualifies as a greatest-hits package, and provides an excellent overview of one of rock's most successful and innovative bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 044006333526
  • Catalog Number: 063335
  • Sales rank: 7,157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Working Man (7:11)
  2. 2 Fly by Night (3:22)
  3. 3 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx (6:45)
  4. 4 Closer to the Heart (2:53)
  5. 5 The Trees (4:42)
  6. 6 The Spirit of Radio (4:57)
  7. 7 Freewill (5:23)
  8. 8 Limelight (4:20)
  9. 9 Tom Sawyer (4:33)
  10. 10 Red Barchetta (6:10)
  11. 11 New World Man (3:43)
  12. 12 Subdivisions (5:34)
  13. 13 Distant Early Warning (4:58)
  14. 14 The Big Money (5:35)
  15. 15 Force Ten (4:32)
  16. 16 Time Stand Still (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rush Primary Artist
Aimee Mann Vocals
Geddy Lee Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Classical Guitar, bass pedals, oberheim, Mini Moog
Alex Lifeson Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, bass pedals, Guitar (12 String Electric), Roland Synthesizer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Neil Peart Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Gong, Triangle, Timpani, Vibraslap, cowbell, Tubular Bells, electronic percussion, Temple Blocks, Orchestra Bells, Crotale, Bell-tree, Wind Chimes
Andy Richards Keyboards
John Rutsey Drums
Technical Credits
Rush Arranger, Producer
Pat Moran Engineer
Peter Collins Arranger, Producer
Terry Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Pye Dubois Composer
Peter Henderson Producer, Engineer
Geddy Lee Composer
Alex Lifeson Composer
Robin McBride Executive Producer
Paul Northfield Engineer
Declan O'Doherty Vocal Engineer
Neil Peart Composer
Hugh Syme Art Direction
John Michael Talbot Composer
James Barton Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Album

    This album exemplifies everything the the group Rush is and what their music mean to them and their fans. I would recommend this album to anybody who has liked maybe one or two of the band's song's, it will open up a whole new world to the listener. One of my favorites is, "Closer To The Heart" which is a very eye opening into the depth of song writing this group has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Have Heard All Of This Before

    This is an excelent primer on Rush . I have more of their music than I can count , aprox. 10 albums and 12 CD's . I won't need this CD , but if your albums are useless and you want 1 Rush CD this is a good choice . You will , however , still be missing a vast amount of excellent work .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rush...Closer to my Heart

    When you bring together the ear-pleasing sound of Geddy's voice, the phenomenal beat of Peart's drum, and the pure genius of Lifeson...it can be nothing short of fantastic. To not love this C.D. is to be musically challenged or deaf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rush has got the true spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    just got this cd today and what a collection you got 16 tracks from 1974 to 1987. containg allmost 80 mins worth of music gots lots of good ones.including fly by night /2112/subdivisions/new world man/ closer to the heart/and lots of other faviortes/we all know rush has been making great music and entertaing millons of fans for allmost 30 years. geddy lee/alex lifeson/and neil peart/ still have that powerful energey in them that they call rush!!

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