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Retrospective, Vol. 2 (1981-1987)

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  • Pretty much for the ‘casual’ Rush fan that doesn’t have maybe the space, cash or time to go out to purchase all their CD’s individually. On this compilation,you get a few tracks from each of their following albums: ‘Moving Pictures’ (‘81), ‘Signals’(‘82), ‘Grace Under Pressure’(‘84), ‘Power Windows’ (‘85) and ‘Hold Your Fire’(‘87). Some say this wasn’t exactly the band’s best era. But,hey! Everyone has right to their own opinion.

    Posted on December 30, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As with Chronicles (and the other disc in this compilation) it is impossible to argue with the fine music, some of the best prog ever committed to tape, no one doubts their quality. However, since Rush is, and always has been, an album band they are better served by buying some of their great albums (I reccommend 2112, Kings, Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, and Signals as their absolute best, and first purchases, although they have many other fine albums as well.

    Posted on December 30, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Originally meant to be the replacement for the second disc of Chronicles, Retrospective II is a welcome acquisition for fans of Rush’s eighties material. Rush, like Judas Priest and other rock bands of the era, have a sort of split career, where some people prefer their earlier Zeppelin-esque material, and others prefer the more user-friendly “popular” stuff. I happen to find this Retrospective II disc a lot more appealing than the first, as most of the radio hits and real hard-rock classics are found here.As for this one attempting to replace the 2nd Chronicles disc, the track selection is very telling: it loses only Passage To Bangkok, Manhattan Project, and Show Don’t Tell, in favor of The Analog Kid, Marathon, The Body Electric, and Mission. It shows that Chronicles was a tough set to beat, as it is still in print today and remains a very popular “complete” overview of Rush’s career (at least from ‘74 to ‘87.)So, if you want to have a “complete” overview you can choose between both Retrospective volumes, or the Chronicles 2-disc set. Or, if you just want the Rush that most people know and love, this disc will more than satisfy you.

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Retrospective II, along with its predecessor disc, are both adequate introductions to Rush for any curious or casual fan. But for die-hard fans, such as myself, this is merely a waste of money if you already own the albums (which is really the true context the music must be heard). I do happen to own this disc, but I only listen to it if I do not want to change CD’s in my car or at home. In that respect, it is a collection that satisfies me, somewhat. That is because the best songs are not represented here (of course, that is only my opinion). The 15 tracks here are equally divided between the five studio albums released from ‘81 to ‘87 (Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire). Due to this balance of division, worthwhile tracks from strong albums (Moving Pictures, especially) are omitted for the purpose of giving preference to ones from weaker efforts (Hold Your Fire, and Power Windows {to a lesser degree}). To get into the specifics of this, “Vital Signs” or “YYZ” from MP would have been a great addition here, along with possibly “Digital Man” from Signals. Of course, to do such a thing would have meant dropping a couple of other songs, which in my opinion should have been “Mission” from HYF and probably “Marathon” from PW. Don’t get me wrong, these are both very good tracks, but not better than the aforementioned songs from Pictures or Signals. From GUP, “The Enemy Within” or even “Afterimage” (one of the most underrated, and impassioned Rush songs ever) could have been here instead of “The Body Electric”, which pales in comparison to those two tracks. A case can even be made for “Manhattan Project” from Power Windows, as it is one of the three best tracks from that album. Which brings me to a point: The music of Rush is not really meant to be dissected into fractions of “wholes” (albums) to make new “wholes” (best of collections), but is best experienced in the context of the album. Unless you are quite stingy and do not want to shell out the money for the individual albums represented here. Which the casual fan for which Retrospective II is designed may just do anyway after buying this disc.

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Basically this album doesn’t make much sense, because Rush were an album-oriented band and this claims to be a sort of “Greatest hits”-collection. “Retrospective II” contains ever three tracks from their 80’s-album from “Moving Pictures” to “Hold your Fire”. Some of the tracks chosen from “Grace..” and “Power Windows” are definetely not the best ones on these albums! Nevertheless, this odd compilation provides a good overview of the band’s best-known work in the 80’s. But if you are really interested in Rush-and after having heard this album you certainly will!-you’ll have to buy the original albums as well.

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now