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#1 TimC


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 01:26 AM

This is from the comments but you know, I'm curious. How would you define the Phases of Rush? My take:

Rush Mk 1
Rush with Neil, pt 1 - learning to play and lots of pot, latter leading to delusions of grandeur
Grandeur pt 1 (2112)

Prog for good and ill
WOW - PeW/MP then into Signals
Hmm where are we going here? p/g thru T4E
Vapor Fucking Trails

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 02:45 AM

Old Rush Good.
New Rush Bad.
No Rush Sucks.


#3 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 04:31 AM

I say 

Blues/Ambitious Blues (s/t to the second half of 2112)

Aggressive and experimental (Caress of Steel - Hemispheres, overlap)

Hey, having mainstream success was cool (FtK - Signals, more overlap)

Have you heard what keyboards can do now? (MP - HYF, and yes, I know what I did)

Guys, we're not getting any younger (Presto - TFE)

Remember when we used to rock hard? (VT - CA)


I have three points where I overlapped eras.  This was intentional.  They seemed to morph organically, which is probably why so many fans stayed with them through the early transitions; they were lobsters caught in the boiling pot.  As a fan born a year before Presto was released, my experience is different.  That early stuff is all compressed for me, so I can kind of look at it from a distance.  And also see how certain albums changed for me as I aged (when I was in high school, Caress of Steel was my fucking JAM, and now... 'salright, but meh) and can see how different aspects can appeal to different tastes and types of fans.

labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.


First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 09:21 AM


Ayn Randian drivel and kimonos

old Rush good

Keyboards and hairspray

the same but never as good

VT and post suckfest

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 12:29 PM

Old Old Rush : Rush
Early Old Rush : FBN, CoS
Late Old Rush : 2112, AFTK, Hemispheres
Early New Rush : PeW, MP
Early Middle New Rush : Signals, GuP
Middle Middle New Rush : PoW, HYF
Late Middle New Rush : Presto, RtB
Early Late New Rush : CP, TFE
Middle Late New Rush : VT, S&A
Late Late New Rush : CA

#6 fenderjazz


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 02:24 PM

I think if the members of Rush were to answer that question of what their eras were, they'd come back like this:


1. Early Rush - Pre-first album-Fly by Night - basically when their catalog of early bar-band songs were exhausted

2. Heavy Metal/Early Prog Era - CoS-Hemispheres

3. Pop Culture Aware Era - PeW-PowW

4. Synthpop/Adult Contempory Era - HYF-RtB

5. Modern Era - Counterparts-CA


For me, personally, it lines up more like your own.


1. Pre-Neil Rush

2. FBN-AtWaS

3. AFtK-Hemispheres

4. PeW-PowW

5. HYF-Counterparts

6. VT

7. Feedback-CA


I find that since VT they feel that they are a "hard rock band" though they did some very progressive things, particularly on CA that harken back to the earlier prog eras.  I think they have always had "prog moments" on all of their records, and those are either buried as in VT's case, or highlighted as in CA's case.  I feel their worst studio album was Presto followed shortly by VT.  When you look at the whole catalog, those stand out as the stinkers to me.  Sure they had some decent songwriting on those albums, but it was the execution that failed.  Presto stands out as a stinker due to it's overly slick production and weak guitar sound on a guitar-dominant album.  VT stands out as a stinker due to the dated, layered, rap-style production.  Nothing earthshattering here.  No expert opinion, just a common one for many of us.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 08:08 PM

I used to think that the live albums, which occurred after every 4 albums until the 2000s, kind of summed up each era nicely.


Eponymous album and FBN - early Rush
CoS > Hemi - The epic era
PeW > Signals - radio Rush
P/G > HYF - synth era (started by Signals but I stand by its inclusion in the previous category)
Presto and RTB - "thin" era for lack of a better term
Ctpts and T4E - The return of a harder Rush
VT - Stands alone, but I mean that in a good way. It's raw and very emotional. I hold it in high regard.
S&A > CA - The end of an era. CA ends on a strong note (S&A is a little weak to me)

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 10:11 PM

Old Rush Good (Up to Hemispheres)

New Rush Bad (Post Hemispheres)



Old Rush Good, New Rush Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#9 chemistry1973


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:12 PM

Egg Phase - Rush


Larva Phase - FBN through COF


Pupa Phase - 2112 through FTK


Young Adult Phase - Hemispheres through Signals


Mid-Life Crises Phase - GuP through Presto


Early Retirement Phase - RtB through T4E


Frisky and Fifty - VT through Feedback


Early On Set Dementia Phase - S/A and CA

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:59 PM

Big Bang Phase - Rush
Expansion and first sentient life - FBN and COS

Spacefaring Races - 2112

Intradimentional Travel - AF2K - Hem

Universal Dominance - PeW - PoW

Tai-Shan, The first known Piss Break, Bunnies  - HYF, RTB, Pres

Second Universal Expansion - CP - T4E
The Void - 1998-2002

Every sound in the universe is shaped like a square - VT
We Love The Who - FB
Leela Sucks - SnA
OK, not every sound in the universe needs to be shaped like a square - VTOI
We're done conquering the universe. Adios Mein Froinds. - CA
The Expanding Void 2015 -


#11 jeffro


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Posted 21 December 2018 - 12:13 AM

I'd say there's two phases.


Pre-grumpy drummer Rush and with-grumpy drummer Rush

Pure fat, topped with a layer of fat - Alex Lifeson




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Posted 21 December 2018 - 12:14 AM

I'd say there's two phases.


Pre-grumpy drummer Rush and with-grumpy drummer Rush


So 1968-1974. 1974 - 2015.


#13 Three Eyes

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 02:13 AM

Ged Zeppelin

Bongs, Gongs, and Camel Dongs

Spliffs, Myths, and Proggier Riffs

Making bank while singing about art as expression.

New Wave Men

Got rid of Broon. Kept the bad haircuts.

The Keybored Era

Working to establish rap cred while forgetting to add the bass


That burning sensation means it's working

The Way The Fart Blows

Zombie Rush brings back some of the good times

Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.

#14 Moving Target

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:03 AM

1974 Potential

1975-84 Best! Band!! Ever!!!

1985-2001 disappointment

2002 WTF?????

2003-2012 yawn.

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 12:11 PM

Two phases of RUSH:


Pre-Sample era and Sample era.


Moog - Oberheim good - Samples BAD!

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