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.