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Rush's self-titled debut is about as uncharacteristic of their renowned heavy progressive rock (perfected on such future releases as Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, etc.) as you can get. Instead of complex arrangements and thoughtful lyrics, Rush sounds almost identical to Led Zeppelin throughout -- bluesy riffs merged with "baby, baby" lyrics. The main reason for the album's different sound and direction is that their lyricist/drummer, Neil Peart, was not in the band yet, skinsman John Rutsey rounds out the original line-up, also consisting of Geddy Lee (bass/vocals) and Alex Lifeson (guitar). It's nearly impossible to hear the anthemic "Finding My Way" and not picture Robert Plant shrieking away, or Jimmy Page riffing on the jamfest "Working Man," but Rush was still in their formative stages. There's no denying that Lee and Lifeson were already strong instrumentalists, but such predictable compositions as "In the Mood" and "What You're Doing" prove that Peart was undoubtedly the missing piece to the puzzle. While longtime Rush fans can appreciate their debut because they never returned to this style, newcomers should stick with their classics from later years.
Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Andrew Jackman Conductor
Geddy Lee Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Alex Lifeson Guitar,Vocals
Steve Margoshes Conductor
John Rutsey Drums,Vocals
Technical CreditsRush Arranger,Producer
Terry Brown Engineer,Remixing
Andrew Jackman Arranger
Geddy Lee Arranger,Producer
Alex Lifeson Arranger,Producer
Steve Margoshes String Arrangements
Robin McBride Executive Producer
John Rutsey Arranger,Producer
Hugh Syme Art Direction
Paul Weldon Cover Design
James Barton Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Pretty good album, for their first time. Here, you'll see some really hard guitar parts, which start to drift away later on in the band. The three best tracks are Working Man, Finding My Way, and What you're doing. Alex's guitar sounds a lot like ac/dc. The drums aren't as great as they get to be because Neil Peart wasn't in the band yet.
This one rush's earlier works but important one for any rush fan to have in their collection. This cd has some of rush's fan favorites such as Finding my and working man and other great songs. great cd to buy at a great price.