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The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987

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  • The latest Rush compilation “The Spirit of Radio” covers the band’s years with Mercury Records from 1974 to 1987. During this period, the band churned out classic after classic beginning with their hard-hitting debut album, followed by the equalling hard-hitting “Fly by night” and “Caress of Steel”. Then it was off into prog-rock territory with the classic trilogy of “2112″, “A Farewell To Kings” and “Hemispheres”. This was followed by two more progressive style albums “Permanent Waves” and the great “Moving Pictures”. Following this was the more synthetic album “Signals”. The final trilogy consisting of “Grace Under Pressure”, “Power Windows” and “Hold Your Fire” finds the band leaving behind the heavy rock and progressive elements and merging into a unique brand of power-pop-rock. This is where the ‘classic’ Rush years ended. “The Spirit of Radio” compilation beautifully covers this period beginning with “Working Man” from the first album and ending with “Time Stand Still” from “Hold Your Fire”. Inbetween, we hear classics such as “Closer To The Heart”, “The Trees”, an extract from “2112″, “Freewill”, “Limelight” and “Tom Sawyer”. The only albums which this compilation skips over are the three live albums “All The Worlds A Stage”, “Exit Stage Left” and “A Show of Hands” and the 1975 studio album “Caress Of Steel”. It hardly seems to matter though because this compilation clocks in 8-seconds short of a solid 80-minutes. Every single track on this CD is something special from a special time. I have my own personal memories when I hear Rush from these years. This is a must-have for any Rush fan and also serves as an ideal introduction to the band if one has never heard them before. This is music for, like the old Rush song says, “Making Memories”.

    Posted on January 29, 2010