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As they celebrate a thirty-year career of filling arenas, selling tens of millions of albums and playing songs with which a generation of rock fans came of age, visionary rock legends Rush decided to have a little fun with the music they grew up with. Featuring covers of songs by The Who, The Yardbirds, Love, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and more, the trio’s new EP Feedback is a rocking good time for anyone who loves Rush or just classic rock & roll. Drummer Neil Peart, in the album’s liner notes, explains, ”It was April of 2004, but Geddy, Alex, and I were channeling back to 1966 and 1967, when we were thirteen- and fourteen-year-old beginners. We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our thirty years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by. We thought we might record some of the songs we used to listen to, the ones we painstakingly learned the chords, notes, and drum parts for, and even played in our earliest bands. The tracks on this collection are songs we liked from the era that we thought we could ‘cover’ effectively (meaning not too many backing vocals), and have some fun with. The music celebrates a good time in our lives, and we had a good time celebrating it.”

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  • Feedback, released on June 29, 2004, is Rush’s first EP.

    After their very successful Vapor Trails tour, Rush headed back to the studio. But this time it wasn’t for a brand new studio album, it was for an EP. As a tribute to their 30th Anniversary, they recorded songs that inspired them to become Rush. These songs include:

    1. Blue Cheer’s and The Who’s version of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues”
    2. The Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul”
    3. Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”
    4. The Who’s “The Seeker”
    5. Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul”
    6. Love’s “Seven And Seven Is”
    7. The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things”
    8. Cream’s version of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”

    Now that’s quite a track listing! Here are the highlights of Feedback:

    The first song (Summertime Blues), is just one of those songs that is covered by everyone, it’s just a classic song. Rush covers the song perfectly, leaving out the end lines to each verse (Example: there’s no “I’d like to help you son; But you’re to young to vote”.) You can find a live version of “Summertime Blues” on the R30 DVD.

    The second song on Feedback is the Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul”. Again, Rush does an excellent job covering the song, with the guitar standing out the most. An acoustical performance of “Heart Full of Soul” can be found on the R30 DVD.

    The fourth song is a cover of The Who’s “The Seeker”. This, in my opinion, was an excellent choice by Rush. We all know how many bands The Who influenced, so it’s great that Rush paid tribute to them. A live version of “The Seeker” can be found once again on the R30 DVD.

    Ending the CD are The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things” and Cream’s take on Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”. “Shapes Of Things” was definitely one of the Yardbirds biggest hits, and no exception for Robert Johnson. Rush’s cover of “Shapes Of Things” is awesome, and they also do a good job on “Crossroads”. A live performance of “Crossroads” can be found in the R30 DVD.

    Rush recorded Feedback in about 3 weeks, and they had fun doing it. That’s half the reason it sounds so good, you do a better job when you’re having fun. After the recording of Feedback, Rush set out on their three and a half month, 30th Anniversary Tour.

    The CD comes in a cardboard case (very much like Different Stages, the Rush In Rio CDs, and the R30 CDs), and it contains a little writing by Neil Peart on the inside cover.

    In the end, you get Rush covering 8 classics songs for a total of 27 minutes. That may not sound like much, but believe me, once you listen to it, you’ll be happy you bought it.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album was definitely unexpected from Rush, but it was also a clever and fun way to celebrate their 30th anniversary. I think this is further proof that the members of Rush DON’T take themselves as seriously as a lot of their critics over the years have charged.

    I am a huge fan of the original versions of “Heart Full of Soul” and “Crossroads”, and I think these two songs are the highlight of this album (also “The Seeker” and “For What it’s Worth” are very good), particularly the great guitar work of Alex Lifeson on “Crossroads”.

    If you’re a Rush fan, or a fan of any of the originals (or covers of the originals) on this album, then you should buy this, as you’ll probably enjoy it as much as I did.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • And like the album, a mere 27:11 minutes long, a little is all you get – but with RUSH playing 8 GREAT SONGS from the 60’s under a groovy lava lamp trance, SOMEHOW you feel strangely satisfied after its quick end. It does seem almost unforgiveable that something so fun & cool could be so short (with 80 minutes available to really indulge the fans), really downright cruel in fact. Aren’t there dozens of perfect possible choices that could have beefed this up? BUT I ACCEPT … AND I FORGIVE – THIS ROCKS!! Thanks guys, can’t wait to hear what you do next … A NEW DAY IS RISING. Can you feel it?

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I didn’t know what to expect at first, but when I gave Feedback a listen I was not disappointed. It’s interesting; this legendary power trio from Canada has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most original progressive rock bands in the world and here they are doing covers. What gives?

    What gives, is they are paying homage to their roots and those bands that have had an influence on their development as musicians. I think Feedback is just as refreshing as every new Rush offering, and even more so because it gives us a chance to listen to them play regular songs.

    The musicianship is impeccable, the mix is right on, and the recording quality is fantastic. This is a job well done. I never thought I’d hear Geddy Lee singing “The Seeker” by The Who, but it sounds excellent. They rock through their renditions of 8 classic songs: Summertime Blues, Heart Full Of Soul, The Seeker, For What It’s Worth, Shapes Of Things, Mr. Soul, Crossroads, Seven And Seven Is.

    This is a nice interlude to enjoy between original projects. Packaged to resemble the psychedelic album designs of the 60’s and 70’s, Feedback is not presented in a jewel case but slipped into the end of a mini record album complete with a spread featuring the band standing before a spacescape of lava lamp blobules. The CD even sports a design in the center that resembles the spacer ring used to adapt a 45rpm disc to a regular turntable. Funny.

    It’s the little things, and I think that’s why Rush fans have come to love this band so much. Feedback is a nice sidetrip that the band has taken, most Rush fans will enjoy it I suspect, and it may bring newer listeners into the fold.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • What a great EP. These guys obviously had a great time recording it, too.

    I assume you already know what it is: Rush (Geddy Lee, bass/vocals; Alex Lifeson, guitars; Neil Peart, percussion and — on their other releases — lyrics) decided to celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band by recording some of the songs they themselves learned when they were kids in the 1960s. This eight-song collection (which is an ‘EP’ only by today’s standards; it’s as long as a typical vinyl LP used to be) is the result.

    I’m probably fairly typical of their target audience. I’m just about exactly ten years younger than these guys, so I grew up listening to essentially the same stuff they learned their instruments on. And I’m also a longtime Rush fan. (My take, for reference: I started listening when _2112_ came out; I think _Moving Pictures_ is probably their greatest album to date but _Permanent Waves_ and _Presto_ are darned close; their mid-80s sound isn’t my favorite but I think that era represents some of Peart’s very best lyrics; I like all their more recent stuff and — although I might possibly have advised against the rap section on ‘Roll the Bones’ — I don’t think they’ve ever put out a _bad_ album or even a bad song.)

    And I _really_ like this release. If your musical history is at all close to mine, you probably will too.

    Lifeson, one of rock’s most protean guitarists, is in particularly fine fettle here. He does an excellent job, for example, channeling the spirit of Neil Young on the Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Mr. Soul’ (a favor I think Young may have some trouble returning). And he burns up the air on ‘Crossroads’ — a cut that will no doubt make Robert Johnson purists cringe even more than they did over Clapton’s tribute CD (or, for that matter, over Cream’s version of this very song forty years ago). He’s got that ol’ chunky Strat sound, and at first his solos sound like perfectly ordinary ‘lectric blooze — but he doesn’t stick to the formula; by the time he’s done, the blues have been (as Frank Zappa would have said) _permuted_.

    Not that Lee and Peart are exactly goofing off, either. You might not expect Lee to be very credible in vocal parts originally sung by e.g. Roger Daltrey and Stephen Stills, whose voices are quite different from his — but he does them proud. And neither his bass skills nor Peart’s percussion skills need any special comment from me here; if you know who Rush are, you already know what to expect in those departments, and I assure you you’ll get it.

    Thanks, fellas. This is a blast.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now