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The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987

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  • I remember when Rush’s first album appeared on the Canadian music charts when I was in high school. It entered at #100 and 2 weeks later climbed all the way up to #99. This, I thought with my usual accuracy for prognostication, is a band going nowhere.I wasn’t alone. When Rush were nominated for Best New Band at the Junos (Canada’s Grammy awards), they lost to the ever popular Myles & Lenny. Inexplicably nominated in the same category the next year, they lost again.But someone was listening…Rush toured and toured, putting on phenomenal shows, playing with ever-increasing virtuousity and writing the most intelligent songs in the hard rock genre. They hold the record, by a wide margin, of most consecutive Billboard top 10 albums by a heavy metal act. Including Led Zeppelin.Several reviewers have complained that the tracklisting for this set is also available on Chronicles, a 2-CD set. True, but this set isn’t for completists. The songs alone rate 5-stars, regardless of how often they are repackaged.Ironically the song “The Spirit Of Radio”, for which the album was named, was the slogan of radio station CFNY in Toronto. The station played an eclectic mix new wave, punk, and obscure album tracks, not the big heavy metal acts of the day that Rush, rightly or wrongly, was categorized as being amongst.CFNY never played Rush.But most other Toronto stations did, effectively giving free advertising to a competitor.

    Posted on January 29, 2010