Even the godfathers of prog cut their teeth on heads-down, no-nonsense rock 'n' roll, as they remind us on this eight-song EP, which is something of an homage to their days as a snotty teen garage band. Feedback is entirely given over to covers of songs that date back to the late '60s -- not coincidentally a period that saw the flowering of the power trio and the birth of Rush. The group attack many of the songs with a surprising fervor and an even more surprising lack of finesse -- an approach that works wonders on "Summertime Blues," which borrows more from Blue Cheer's version than any other reading of the oft-covered tune, and a faithful, flailing rendition of Love's "Seven and Seven Is." While Rush aren't particularly known for their succinctness, Feedback is chockablock with songs that fly by in a blur, as Alex Lifeson doles out the beer-fueled raga explorations of "Heart Full of Soul" with punchy glee while Geddy Lee abandons his usual high register for an angst-laden croon. The fondness that imbues their takes on radio staples like the Who's "The Seeker" and the Buffalo Springfield chestnut "For What It's Worth" makes up for the familiarity of those tunes and, combined with the overall brevity of the disc, keeps the listener eagerly awaiting another spin.
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- Summertime Blues
- Heart Full of Soul
- The Seeker
- For What It’s Worth
- Shapes of Things
- Mr. Soul
- Seven and Seven Is
Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Geddy Lee Bass Guitar,Vocals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandola
Neil Peart Cymbals,Drums
Technical CreditsRush Producer
Steve Stills Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Neil Young Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Jim McCarty Composer
Jim Burgess Contribution
Robert Johnson Composer
Arthur Lee Composer
David Leonard Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Neil Peart Liner Notes
Keith Relf Composer
Paul Samwell-Smith Composer
Hugh Syme Art Direction,Illustrations
Liam Birt Executive Producer
Pegi Cecconi Executive Producer
Ric Britton Contributor,Equipment Technician
Lorne Wheaton Contributor,Equipment Technician
Ted Onyszczak Contribution
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An interesting release from my favorite band. Another thumbs up after 30 years! This band is the staple of Progressive Rock, and they've done it again. Three extremely talented gentlemen. If you’re a Rock or Progressive Rock fan, this cd is definitely worth owning.
Geddy, Alex and Neil should be applauded for showing respect to the bands that inspired their group, Rush! Rush is celebrating their 30th anniversary as a group by recording and covering some of rock & roll's legends on the EP entitled, "Feedback." One does not have to be a die hard Rush fan to truly enjoy "Feedback." I still can not believe that Rush has not been voted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In my oppinion everyone in America should own this CD. If you are a fan of classic rock you especially need to own it. Great for all ages, I'm 16
The Great White North rocks again. This album is fantastic, a total blast. Anyone who grew up on AOR FM radio will love this album - totally refreshing! They cover "The Seeker" so well, dare I say as good, no okay, almost as good, as The Who. I can't turn this record off. Rock on hosers! You make the MacKenzie brothers (Bob and Doug) proud to be Canucks. More Molsons!
Outstanding! That about sums up this great EP from the Canadian rock trio. Who would have thought that they would do covers of late 60's classics by the Who, Yardbirds, Buffalo Springfield and others? What is most amazing is that in many cases, these versions absolutely blow away the originals. I can't stop playing this thing! From start to finish, there is not a weak link in this collection. The song selection is excellent and for a bunch of guys around 50 they play as if their lives depend on it. That's probably why they've made it through 30 years together and with a live show that is still one of the best in the business. The album closer "Crossroads" is incredible and Alex Lifeson absolutely blows away the version with that Clapton guy! This is serious air guitar. But with Rush, its also great air bass and air drums. Make no mistake, this is the summer soundtrack of 2004, an ode to an earlier, more carefree era. Perfect for the top down, backyard bbqs, at the beach, or simply annoying your neighbors! While other contemporary big name artists with maybe half the talent will probably get more press and sell more albums, this one is a must have and easily the summer's, if not also one of the year's, best. Look no further for the perfect cure for those summertime blues!
These are some of the finest rock and roll songs ever recorded, from that special time in the 60's when real rock came of age. Rush plays each one just fantastic!! Thanks guys - I just got 40 years younger!
Rush does an amazing job of revisiting songs they all played when starting out in the late 1960's. Considering how much they've grown as musicians and changed since those days, they manage to do convincing (and rocking) covers of "Crossroads", "Summertime Blues" (the Blue Cheer version moreso than the 'Live at Leeds' Who version) and the rest of the covers are pretty good. 'Flashback' is a welcome addition to the genre of 'covers and tributes albums' (BTW, the four albums I referenced in my headline are by David Bowie, John Lennon, Guns n Roses, and Paul McCartney respectively).
I saw Rush in Bonner Springs, Missouri at the Verizon Amphitheatre and they played a few of the songs off this album live. And they were absolutely AMAZING!!!!! What a way to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Rush once again proves their versatility. This is a unique blend of blues, psychodelic and good old rock and roll. The high points are "The seeker", with Geddy's incredible vocal performance making this equal to the Who's version. The jam session at the end of "Crossroads" truly demonstrates the artistry of all three musicians. Buffalo Springfield's "For what it's worth" is one of my favorite songs of all time and is done solidly here. Too bad they didn't attempt a Beatles or Stones song because they were definitely up to the task.
Feedback is so good because it remakes so many good songs.It is unlike any other rush album there is.I think that rush should do more cds like this.Feedback is great!!!!!
this cd is great and so cool. rush covering great 60s classics these are songs that my mom grew up listing to. but i am a person thats into a virighty of music and i do dig the oldies .the vocals and insterment playing on all 8 tracks is amazing. and also when you hear the cover of buffalo springfields for what its worth the geddy lees volcals will blow you away. 8 oldies less then 30 mins. all coverd. by geddy lee/ alex lifeson and neil perriot. witch makes the power force known as rush. .30 years and still kicken..;.;.;.;.;.