This wrongly overlooked album is a treasure trove of early 70’s heavy prog rock. The second album with the amazing Neil Peart behind the pen and drum kit, Caress has the raw intensity and sincerity that the band launched their career on. Fast moving tracks like “Bastille Day” and “I Think I’m Goin’ Bald” balance the two slower concept pieces, “The Necromancer” (thinly veiled Tolkien, gotta love it!) and “The Fountain of Lamneth.” Both of the concept pieces are classic, and preview the band’s move into the full-blown, hard rock must-have concept album 2112 (and later, “Hemispheres”). If you’re exploring the sonic world of Rush, don’t forget Caress of Steel!