by Rush


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1997
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453462328
catalogNumber: 534623
Rank: 3103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rush   Primary Artist
Andrew Jackman   Conductor
Geddy Lee   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Alex Lifeson   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Margoshes   Conductor
John Rutsey   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rush   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

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Rush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BrandyAlexanderAP More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago