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Working Man: A Tribute to Rush

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All Music Guide - Jeremy Ulrey
As far as tribute albums go, this homage to seminal Canadian rockers Rush is hard to beat. For one thing, Magna Carta has made an inspired decision to have each song recorded by an all-star lineup rather than letting one band handle all the chores with one exception -- Fates Warning get sole credit for "Closer to the Heart". Often projects of this magnitude are doomed to failure from the start as a result of inadequate rehearsing, a shoestring budget, and sometimes a lack of talent capable of handling the songs with the respect they deserve. Working Man is a rare instance of everything going right. Terry Brown has done an incredible mixing job considering nearly all of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeremy Ulrey
As far as tribute albums go, this homage to seminal Canadian rockers Rush is hard to beat. For one thing, Magna Carta has made an inspired decision to have each song recorded by an all-star lineup rather than letting one band handle all the chores with one exception -- Fates Warning get sole credit for "Closer to the Heart". Often projects of this magnitude are doomed to failure from the start as a result of inadequate rehearsing, a shoestring budget, and sometimes a lack of talent capable of handling the songs with the respect they deserve. Working Man is a rare instance of everything going right. Terry Brown has done an incredible mixing job considering nearly all of the songs were recorded in different studios. The musicianship rivals the original versions -- occasionally besting them, particularly where the vocals are concerned. That, combined with the fact that many of these songs will be unfamiliar to casual Rush fans hint: there's no "Tom Sawyer", would lead one to believe that the musicians involved were already quite familiar with the material. Complaints are few singers such as Jack Russell of Great White and Mark Slaughter don't really belong here, but commendations are nearly overwhelming: instrumental tour de force "La Villa Strangiato" is given an amazing rendition by Steve Morse and James Murphy; Sebastian Bach and James LaBrie turn in the most inspired singing of their careers; and mention should be made of Jake E. Lee's amazing leads as well as the solid drumming skills of Mike Portnoy and Deen Castronovo. Arguably the best tribute album ever made, Working Man will make a Rush fan out of many who may have written the band off based on their spotty '80s output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/1996
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 026245901025
  • Catalog Number: 59010
  • Sales rank: 151,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Working Man - Sebastian Bach (3:52)
  2. 2 By-Tor and the Snow Dog - James LaBrie (4:12)
  3. 3 Analog Kid - Jack Russell (5:18)
  4. 4 The Trees - Mike Baker (4:32)
  5. 5 La Villa Strangiato - Steve Morse (9:26)
  6. 6 Mission - Eric Martin (5:34)
  7. 7 Anthem - Mark Slaughter (4:14)
  8. 8 Jacob's Ladder - Sebastian Bach (7:38)
  9. 9 Closer to the Heart (3:00)
  10. 10 Natural Science - Devin Townsend (8:39)
  11. 11 YYZ - James Murphy (4:20)
  12. 12 Red Barchetta - James LaBrie (6:13)
  13. 13 Freewill - Gregoor Van Der Loo (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stuart Hamm Bass
Steve Morse Guitar, Classical Guitar
Eric Martin Vocals
Billy Sheehan Bass
George Lynch Guitar
Joey Vera Bass
Robert Berry Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Deen Castronovo Drums
Richard Chycki Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
James LaBrie Vocals
Jake E. Lee Guitar
James Murphy Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Overdubs
Mike Panella Keyboards
John Petrucci Guitar
Mike Portnoy Drums
Sean Reinert Drums
Michael Romeo Guitar
Jack Russell Vocals
Sebastian Bach Vocals
Dave Townson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Ray Alder Vocals
Mark Slaughter Vocals
Jim Matheos Guitar
Brad Kaiser Drums
Devin Townsend Vocals
Mark Zonder Drums
Brendt Allman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Brockman Drums
Carl Cadden-James Bass
Trent Gardner Keyboards
Gary Wehrkamp Keyboards
Chris Ingles Piano
Matt Guillory Keyboards
Sean Malone Bass
Mike Baker Vocals
Marcel Coenen Guitar
Greg Linhares Overdubs
Technical Credits
Robert Berry Engineer
Richard Chycki Engineer
Steve Fontano Engineer
Joe Franco Engineer
Mike Portnoy Creative Consultant
Micajah Ryan Engineer
Mike Varney Executive Producer
Larry Brewer Engineer
Jeff Brockman Engineer
Stewart J. Gilray Liner Notes
Peter Morticelli Executive Producer
Greg Cathcart Engineer
Tim Gennert Contributor
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