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The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987

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  • Released in 2003, this is the 3rd Rush compilation, and it contains 16 tracks.As Rush dawned on their 30th Anniversary, their old label Mercury(Who they disbanded with in 1987) decided to release a compilation to commemorate the event. Taking songs off the manyRush albums between 1974-1987, it manages to incorporate at least one song from each album released during that time period except for Caress of Steel, an underrated gem. Although thisalbum says “Greatest Hits”, none of these songs reached billboard success except for “New World Man”, which peaked at #16. Essentially this is a “Best Of” compilation, gathering up all the radio staples such as “Limelight”, “Tom Sawyer”, and “Subdivisions”(Really you can hear all thesongs on this compilation on the radio!), and adding in fan favorites such as “Time Stands Still”, “Distant Early Warning”, and “Force Ten”. The CD’s packaging is also quite nice, with a Booklet that tells allabout their CD’s and the singles on this compilation, and it proves to be quite an interesting read. If you are a fan of Classic Rock, I cannot recommend Rush enough. Making a compilation for the greatest band of all-time can prove to be quite a formidable task, so read on below to find outhow Spirit of Radio stacks up: (By the way, thanks to Der Kommissar for the format!)PROS:ALL THE SONGS ARE CLASSICS-Without a doubt, every single song on this compilation are some of Rush’s best, and they will not fail to satisfy even the stingiest of tastes. If you are a fan ofClassic Rock, there is no way you cannot like this!THIS RUSH COMPILATION IS CHEAPER THAN ANY OTHER ONE AVAILABLE-Atmost CD Stores, you can find this CD for a mere 11.99$, which is basically a steal. The other Rush compilations, Chronicles and Retrospective 1 and 2, are more expensive.PERFECT FOR A CASUAL FAN-If you just want all the radio staples without the fan favorites, this Rush compilation is for you!INTERESTING BOOKLET-The cover booklet gives interesting info on all of Rush’s albums and each and every song on this album. One of the best booklets for a compilation(Other than JudasPriest’s Metalworks).Cons:MISSING MANY GREAT SONGS- This compilation blatantly excludes “Bastille Day”, “Lakeside Park”, “By-Tor and the Snowdog”, “YYZ”, and many others. Most or all of thosesongs I just mentioned are played on the radio in regular rotation, and they are all classics, so it’s ashame they weren’t included.DOESN’T COVER CARESS OF STEEL- Although Caress of Steel certainly isn’t Rush’s best album, this compilation covers all the albums EXCEPT this one, and they could have easilyadded the songs “Bastille Day” and “Lakeside Park”.NO SONGS FROM PRESTO OR THE 90′S CDS-Since this compilation only covers the CDs released on the Mercury label, you get NO songs off Presto or any of Rush’s 90’s material, which is just as notable as their earlier work.FALLS FLAT ON ITS FACE COMPARED TO CHRONICLES-Compared to Chronicles, which mentions all the songs I wanted above, plus songs from Presto and Roll the Bones, and many more classic songs(“Something For Nothing”, “Anthem”, “Mystic Rhythms”, “La Villa Strangiato”, and many more), Spirit of Radio almost seems like an afterthought compared to Chronicles.Overall, a this compilation gathers all of the most popular Rush songs, but omits many undeniable classics, and contains no material from the 90’s, therefore severely degrading it. What’s here is great though, and if you don’t want to spend more than 15 Dollars on a Rush Compilation, this CD is for you. ALSO, DO NOT GET THE RETROSPECTIVE CDS, THEY ARE RIPOFFS!THEY ARE JUST 2 OVERPRICED VERSIONS OF CHRONICLES! But if you are looking for a TRUE retrospective, this album is not for you.RECOMMENDED IF YOU WANT A CHEAP RUSH COMPILATION, NOTRECOMMENDED IF YOU’RE GETTING INTO RUSH, INSTEAD GET THE MUCHBETTER CHRONICLES! Thanks for reading!

    Posted on January 29, 2010