Whereas Rush's first two releases, their self-titled debut and Fly by Night, helped create a buzz among hard rock fans worldwide, the more progressive third release, Caress of Steel, confused many of their supporters. Rush knew it was now or never with their fourth release, and they delivered just in time – 1976's 2112 proved to be their much sought-after commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums…
Otis Rush's crunching guitar and vocals were never more emphatic than during the '70s when it seemed that he would actually find the pop attention and mass stardom he deserved. These mid-'70s tracks were originally cut for the Black and Blue label, with Rush playing grinding, relentless riffs and creating waves of sonic brilliance through creatively repeated motifs, jagged notes, and sustained lines and licks, while hollering, screaming, moaning, and wailing. Jimmy Dawkins, an outstanding lead artist in his own right, has also long been one of Chicago's great rhythm artists and shows it by adding plenty of tinkling, crackling figures and lines in the backgrounds. While not as consistently riveting as his live Evidence date, this one is also a valuable Rush document.
A Farewell To Kings spawned the band’s first commercially successful radio hit “Closer To The Heart” & will see a 40th anniversary release. The original album’s 2015 remaster by Abbey Road Mastering Studios is featured for the first time on CD. The Hammersmith Odeon February 1978 show is now available for the first time as a complete concert, newly mixed by Terry Brown. Additional bonus tracks includes four cover songs from Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews & Alain Johannes along with a studio outtake of the spacey sound effects from “Cygnus X-1” called “Cygnus X-2 Eh”. 40th anniversary package receives brand new cover art along with new illustrations for each song by Hugh Syme & 12,000 word liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), produced the epic action drama Rush (2013), a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The Rush soundtrack features a musical score composed by Hans Zimmer, plus five classic Rock songs by Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Mud, Thin Lizzy, and David Bowie.
Although Albert King is pictured on the front cover and has the lion's share of tracks on this excellent compilation, six of the fourteen tracks come from Rush's shortlived tenure with the label and are some of his very best. Chronologically, these are his next recordings after the Cobra sides and they carry a lot of the emotional wallop of those tracks, albeit with much loftier production values with much of it recorded in early stereo. Oddly enough, some of the material ("All Your Love," "I'm Satisfied [Keep on Loving Me Baby]") were remakes – albeit great ones – of tunes that Cobra had already released as singles! But Rush's performance of "So Many Roads" (featuring one of the greatest slow blues guitar solos of all time) should not be missed at any cost.
3 X CD SET FEATURING RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS 1974 1980 Having formed in 1968, it was not until 1974 that the band proper with Neal Peart joining Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to create the line-up that has remained in place ever since came to be. And just two weeks after Peart joined the group, Rush began their first US tour. On 26th August 74 the group played at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland , Ohio, a show recorded and broadcast by WMMS radio, which made it Rush s very first radio broadcast. It is this now legendary gig which forms the first disc of this set, alongside some bonus tracks which were recorded at the same venue a year later. The second disc here is home to an FM broadcast recorded at Holland s Pinkpop Festival in June 1979. Perfomed while the group were promoting their 1978 album Hemispheres, this rarely heard recording is included here on CD for the first time. The final disc in this collection featured the classic 1980 broadcast from the group, recorded at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, Missouri, on 13th February as part of their Permanent Waves Tour, and this recording remains arguably one of Rush s very finest live performances.
Throughout their career, Rush have always been a band that you could count on to push the boundaries of what rock was capable of, and their discography contains a laundry list of ambitious albums that helped to bring prog to a wider audience…