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For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, trying to nail down the exact reason why Canadian trio Rush is so adored by so many is never easy. Reviled by critics — or worse, completely ignored — for a good portion of their career, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have defied odds time and again, the music showing a remarkable amorphous quality, changing with the times yet never pandering, retaining an astounding level of popularity to this day.

Although the band’s groundbreaking combination of heavy metal and progressive rock was what made it famous in the first place, appealing greatly to the teenaged hesher crowd in the ’70s while the critical elite scoffed, to call Rush a “progressive power trio” today is like calling Bob Dylan a protest singer. There’s so much more to the band than that — more musical and thematic variety than many are willing to acknowledge. Rush has dabbled in new wave, electronic music, pop, reggae, and world music, the wide array of instruments all three employ redefining what a rock trio could accomplish onstage. The technical skill of the three musicians is staggering: Lifeson’s expressive, versatile guitar playing, Lee’s impressive dexterity on bass and keyboards — often at the same time — and not the least of which, the inimitable Mr. Peart, the only rock drummer alive for whom everyone remains in their seat when it’s time for his drum solo. Despite the musical chops on display, though, songcraft always comes first. Unlike so many progressive metal bands today, Rush has always known that even prog rock is pointless if it doesn’t have a hook. Not many bands can write an instrumental that compels a crowd of 40,000 people to sing along to it, but Rush have written several.

Additionally, Rush have always been incredibly grounded. Self-indulgent but always self-aware, a sense of levity has always served as a welcome undercurrent in the band’s work, whether making fun of their friends in KISS in a song in 1975, subtitling an instrumental “an exercise in self-indulgence,” the visual puns of the Moving Pictures cover art, or the band’s increasingly absurd and hilarious short films that precede each concert. The music can seem arch at times, but Rush always remember to laugh a little. It’s serious, but more importantly, it’s fun. It’s supposed to be.

Before Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Slayer attracted global popularity with little to no help from radio or mainstream music press, Rush set the standard. Not once did the band rely on music tastemakers to spread the word. Although the band received a couple mildly positive reviews from Rolling Stone, they were never given a proper feature in the 1970s or ’80s. Spin was always too hip for Rush. Goodness knows they never landed on the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll.

Rush might be what Lee whimsically describes as “the world’s biggest cult band,” but never has Rush ever been cool. It’s unapologetically nerdy music, but it’s also welcoming. Cool people need not apply, and there’s something immensely appealing about that. It’s for everyone. If you go to a Rush concert today, you’ll see one of the more convivial environments you’ll ever witness at a rock show. Everyone’s on the same level, three, maybe even four generations represented. A lot more women than you’d expect, shattering the myth that Rush is a boys’ club. During Peart’s solos you’ll see fathers hoist their awestruck children onto their shoulders to witness the mastery at hand. And when “Tom Sawyer” climaxes, people, no matter how hip they are, no matter what age, will be compelled to air-drum along to Peart’s legendary fills.

Whether your favorite album is 2112, Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure, or, heaven help you, Roll The Bones, the unifying factor with all of those records is that Rush have always been uncompromising. When their third album flopped, Rush had a choice in 1976: to acquiesce to the demands of the record label, or to defiantly do their own thing. They chose the latter, achieved worldwide fame soon after, and were never again told what to do. Rush is the living embodiment of integrity in rock music, and it’s for that simple reason that we celebrate the Canadian legends’ vast, rich discography.

As a Rush fan since 1984, I have my own personal favorites — your favorite Rush album is often your first Rush album, so for me it’s Grace Under Pressure — but I took it upon myself to dispose of any trace of fandom and examine all 19 albums (and one mini-album) with as objective a critical ear as possible. Some rankings might be cause for debate, but that’s why I’ve written this piece: for folks to discuss, debate, and above all, celebrate this band’s wonderful, enthralling, and perpetually endearing body of work.

This July marks the 40th year that Dirk, Lerxst, and the Professor have been together. Boys, we wish you well, and thank you for the music. (Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @basementgalaxy, where the Rush talk never ceases.)

Start the Countdown here.


Rush enthusiasts are nothing if not a little bit obsessive, yours truly included, and no discussion of the band’s discography would be complete without the inevitable comment, “But what about the live albums?” So just to be thorough, here’s a quick ranking of Rush’s live albums, from best to, erm, least worst.

01. All The World’s A Stage (1976)
02. Rush In Rio (2003)
03. Snakes & Arrows Live (2008)
04. A Show Of Hands (1989)
05. Exit…Stage Left (1981)
06. Clockwork Angels Tour (2013)
07. Grace Under Pressure Tour (2005)
08. Different Stages (1998)
09. R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour (2005)
10. Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland (2011)

Comments (67)
  1. Before everyone starts quoting Pavement, let me just say that I am pumped this exists. I haven’t even read it yet, but here’s my top albums.

    1. Moving Pictures
    2. Permanent Waves
    3. Clockwork Angels
    4. 2112
    5. Grace Under Pressure
    6. Hemispheres
    7. A Farewell To Kings
    8. Signals
    9. Power Windows
    10. Fly By Night

  2. Caress of Steel second-last? Fountain of Lamneth is the absolute shit. The author and I couldn’t have more different opinions on Rush. Still, I appreciate the list.

    • For the record, if we’re gonna do lists:

      1) Caress of Steel
      2) Grace Under Pressure
      3) A Farewell to Kings
      4) Hemispheres
      5) Permanent Waves
      6) Moving Pictures
      7) Fly By Night
      8) 2112
      9) S/T
      10) Signals

      • I mean, Caress of Steel below Roll The Bones? I am going to kill myself in the most disgusting manner possible since this world no longer makes sense to me. Up is down and black is white. Next you’re going to tell me that soccer is a big deal. Ridiculous!

        Caress of Steel is an absolute masterpiece. Definitely a top 5 Rush album for me. Lakeside Park? The Fountain of Lamneth? The Necromancer? CAPS LOCK RAGE!

      • Which album is S/T? :)

  3. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Rush doesn’t get nearly enough appreciation from music publications.

  4. I’m a huge Rush fan. I will shamelessly admit I really like Roll the Bones. Alex Lifeson got his groove back with that album and it shows, because I love all the guitar work he did on that album from start to finish. Most people are dismissive of that album because of the cheesy “rap” section in title track. Is it awkward and kind of ruin the song a bit? Yeah, so what? Why be so serious about it? It was done in complete Rush style humor. I can see those guys sitting around and saying lets do a ridiculous rap in this song because we don’t take ourselves seriously.

  5. How DARE you put Caress of Steel that low. And Fly By Night for that matter, but I am biased because that is a personal favorite of mine. Also I am the kind of person who thinks that 2112 is a lot better than Moving Pictures.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Their 70′s output was phenomenal. I don’t go for prog much anymore but I really liked the hard fantasy edge they dug out for themselves.

      In fairness I also think the mid-80′s synth albums are pretty solid, too.

    • I stand behind what I wrote about Caress of Steel. I love “Bastille Day”, but “Necromancer” and “Lamneth” fall completely flat. They’re not in the same league as “2112″, “Cygnus” I & II, and even “By-Tor”.

      Not condemning you for digging the album, though! Everyone has a bazillion opinions about a discography this rich, and that kind of discussion/celebration is what this piece was supposed to provoke.

      • I can definitely agree on Necromancer, but Bacchus’ Plateau, No One At the Helm, and the opening and closing sections of Lamneth really sell it for me. Also, I love Going Bald, if only for Geddy’s killer vocal.

        Still, great write-up, and thanks for responding in the comments.

      • I also think Caress is way too low, but this is a great list otherwise. Thanks for mentioning CFNY and it’s slogan “The Spirit Of Radio”. Rush have never been considered cool, but they were – CFNY was the only commercial station in Toronto where you could hear Joy Division, The Cure and The Clash, and the song celebrates the creativity of the new wave/post-punk scene at a time when Loverboy and Christopher Cross were all over the other stations.

  6. Nice list. I remember I bought a Rush greatest hits albums only knowing the singles from the classic rock station and thinking the sci-fi leaning stuff sounded cool. My mind was shattered by the first listen, and at that point I didn’t even smoke pot!

    My biggest beef with Rush is the whole Ayn Rand thing. I mean, Geddy’s vocals on “Anthem” are *sick* but I wish he was screeching something besides his book report on a knock-off libertarian dystopia.

    As far as the list goes, I’d put “Permanet Waves” a bit higher. Yeah, it’s a lesser “Moving Pictures” but “Spirt of Radio” is such a magical song. “It’s really just a question of your honest, yeah, your honesty!!!”

  7. Geddy grip, guys

  8. I like that one song where the lead singer goes “Salesman!” at the end. That always cracked me up.

  9. 1. 2112
    2. Rush
    3. Hemispheres
    4. Permanent Waves
    5. Moving Pictures
    6. Fly By Night
    7. Caress of Steel
    8. Signals
    9. Clockwork Angels
    10. Power Windows.
    10.1 Grace Under Pressure.

    Life suddenly changed for me, as 13yr old in 1979, when I was handed a TDK 90 cassette with 2112 on it.

  10. Well, there goes my productivity level for the afternoon…
    (I can only imagine how long it took to actually write this!)

  11. Both of my boys (25yrs and 18yrs) grew up listening to Rush and both consider Rush one of their favorite bands. Oddly enough, BOTH OF THEM list “Test for Echo” as their favorite Rush album. It’s not mine, but Rush albums are like pizza…there’s no such thing as a bad one.

  12. Permanent Waves might actually be my favorite. I love “Free Will” and of course nobody can deny “Spirit of Radio.”

  13. Test For Echo is my favorite. Go figure.

  14. Clockwork Angels over Permanent Waves?

    Are you mad?

  15. 18. [Test for Echo] – can’t say I know this one well
    17. [Vapor Trails] – or this one
    16. Clockwork Angels -not the return to form it’s been hyped to be.
    15. Counterparts – The grunge album; sonically, it holds up surprisingly well.
    14. Roll The Bones – On the one hand there’s the awful title track; on the other hand there’s Bravado
    13. Power Windows – the most 80s sounding 80s Rush album (not meant as a compliment)
    12. Rush – The Peartless debut with a couple of classics
    11. Caress of Steel – They bite off more than they were ready to chew.
    10. Hold Your Fire – Thin, but Force Ten and Time Stands Still are a helluva 1-2 punch
    9. Presto – Underrated – the last “good” Rush album from start to finish.
    8. Fly By Night – The best of their pre-2112 work by a mile.
    7. Grace Under Pressure – The last “very good” Rush album.
    6. Signals – Underrated – The last “classic” Rush album.
    5. A Farewell To Kings – One of their best.
    4. Permanent Waves – Starts off with two of their best songs and keeps going strong from there.
    3. 2112 – Their first classic. 36 years down; 98 to go!
    2. Hemispheres – Rush at their proggiest.
    1. Moving Pictures – Not a frame is wasted on this stone-cold classic.

  16. NICE job Mr. Begrand! Comprehensive and definitely written by a fan.

    Every Rush fan invariably has their own drastically different rankings. People fall in love with Rush at different time periods and think that particular era is the best. Being a Gen Xer who was basically living the sentiments expressed in ‘Subdivisions’ as an adolescent when Signals came out, it’s my personal favorite. I would basically start my list at your #3, but of course MP and 2112 have the most critical and popular acclaim, and for good reasons.

  17. Wow, this was a hefty read…and well written. You can’t write a Rush article and by skimpy about it. As many people know, you either love this band or you hate them. There is no in between. As someone who owns their entire discography, I will actually weigh in on this one:

    1. Moving Pictures
    2. 2112
    3. A Farewell to Kings
    4. Hemispheres
    5. Permanent Waves
    6. Grace Under Pressure
    7. Fly By Night
    8. Caress of Steel (criminally underrated and WAY too low in the list)
    9. Clockwork Angels
    10. Signals
    11. Snakes and Arrows
    12. Rush
    13. Counterparts
    14. Vapor Trails
    15. Power Windows
    16. Presto
    17. Roll the Bones
    18. Test For Echo
    19. Hold Your Fire (this album is seriously boring and no matter how many tries I give it, I REALLY don’t like it)

    I’m indifferent about Feedback, but it’s a pretty decent album. I always credit the Smashing Pumpkins with inspiring me to pick up a guitar and Rush with actually teaching me how to play it. Their songs are so damn fun to play and I become a tad proud of myself every time I can play one without a mistake.

  18. Wow, nice to see Rush getting press coverage; however, I could not disagree more with the ordering. I am particularly perplexed by Test For Echo, the album that got me back into the band after I drifted away from them for a while, being at the bottom. It is a very strong album with poignant lyrics, strong melodies, and great hard rocking’ moments. It’s worth the price of the CD just for “Driven” — not to mention the title track, Half the World, Totem, Time and Motion, and The Color of Right.

    Caress of Steel second from last? For me, this is the break through album for Rush. Where they finally defined their ambitions as musicians and songwriters.

    Here’s my list (a fan since 1977):

    1. Snakes and Arrows
2. Vapor Trails
    3. Test For Echo
    4. Counterparts
    5. Clockwork Angels
    6. A Farewell to Kings
    7. Caress of Steel
    8. Signals
    9. Permanent Waves
    10. Presto
    11. Hold Your Fire
    12. Hemispheres
    13. Grace Under Pressure
    14. Power Windows
    15. Moving Pictures
    16. Roll the Bones
    17. Fly By Night
    18. 2112
    19. Rush

  19. To start with Rush is my favorite rock band EVER, alongside with PRIMUS. Test for Echo is a great album anyway, its true it is plenty “uninspired” but the hell. And Roll the Bones was the first Rush album Ive ever listened, it was literally my introduction to Rush and I instantly fell in love with it. Perhaps it is a mediocre album, but a mediocre Rush album its better than any other contemporary album

  20. From a girl’s perspective (eh ok middle aged girl)
    1) Hemispheres
    2) Fly By Night
    3) Clockwork Angels
    4) Farewell to Kings
    5) Exit Stage Left
    6) 2112
    7) Permanent Waves
    8) Test for Echo
    9) Rush
    10) Snakes and Arrows

  21. I’m glad you opined ‘your favorite Rush album is often your first Rush album’. I think the first Rush LP I bought was Signals, but I had in previous years borrowed all the earlier LPs and taped them. As an early fan of the Police, when Lifeson tipped to it I was thrilled. Peter Gabriel was getting away from Genesis and more agressive with (second record) DIY, Animal Magic, …, RUSH could do it too. Signals was my first, but watching Canadian video TV shows had captured me with Tom Sawyer and YYZ. Now, on other days, Grace Under Pressure is my fave. Maybe not the first buy, but in a more formative time? Could be for Lifeson’s presence. — T

    • As an aside: RUSH has put out a couple 5.1 versions of their LPs. I have Moving Pictures. It sounds nice and clear. It has an opened up presence in the room, but it doesn’t ‘mess’ with the sound like I hoped it would, like The Flaming Lips do. As new art, they can do what they want with it. 2112 is even more ‘expansive’ but doesn’t play with the sound. For me, a drag, since I think they’re a different pallet.– T

  22. 1. fly by night—>signals
    2. grace under pressure
    3. rush, clockwork angels, hold your fire & presto
    4. snakes and arrows
    5. almost everything else
    6. counterpoints

  23. i’m not going to bother with my own list, because, really, who cares, but i will say i disagree significantly with some of the author’s positioning and view points.

    rush is one of my 3 favorite bands, i’ve seen them live many times, and will continue to do so. i first heard them in 1980-81, at the age of 8 or 9, and became consumed by them when i reached 15 or 16.

    i think their strongest, most consistent work is from: “a farewell to kings” through “power windows”. the work prior is them establishing and finding themselves, and the work after, for me, finds them slowly fading into unmemorable song after unmemorable song, particularly post “counterparts”. i don’t like the layered approach to geddy’s vocals on the most recent albums…it’s all so disappointing.

    “the necromancer” and “fountain of lamneth” are two of my favorite songs, and it irritates the hell out of me that the band doesn’t play one song live from “caress”…not even “bastille day” or “lakeside” which are nothing special for me. “the necromancer” is in fact, my favorite rush song ever, and while yes, the altered intros are a bit silly and challenging at times to understand, i find the music itself to be amazing, particularly part 2. the full-on musical assault in this section blows me away every single time i hear it and i honestly don’t understand how any rush fan could not love it..the band included. “fountain” is similar, but just not quite as good. i don’t care that the parts seem disparate. it’s a story…reminds me in a way of “the rime of the ancient mariner” by iron maiden.

    anyway, thanks for the in-depth look at this massive catalog. they’re an amazing band and i hope they continue to make music, even if i don’t love it nearly as much as their early work.

  24. Pretty good overall, dude knows his Rush that’s for sure. His review on Grace Under Pressure is spot on – pure Cold War dystopia – that album brings me back to the 80s as *I* remember them. My rankings would probably be similar…. maybe move up Counterparts and move down Snakes and Arrows, but let’s not nitpick. Mostly it is a good assessment of Rush’s catalog. The only thing I would disagree with is that Test For Echo while being one of their weakest albums does have some good songs: Driven, Test For Echo, and Time and Motion are all great songs.

  25. From a long-time fan (first saw them on the “Power Windows” tour in 1985), this is really well-written and thoroughly appreciated. God I love Rush.

    My turn to play! From least to most favorite:

    19. Test for Echo
    18. Counterparts
    17. Snakes and Arrows
    16. Roll the Bones
    15. Presto
    14. Rush
    13. Clockwork Angels
    12. Hold Your Fire
    11. Caress of Steel

    10. Vapor Trails – Remixed
    9. 2112
    8. A Farewell To Kings
    7. Grace Under Pressure
    6. Fly By Night
    5. Signals
    4. Permanent Waves
    3. Power Windows
    2. Hemispheres
    1. Moving Pictures

    And, the record I was compelled to put on after reading this article: “A Farewell To Kings” – I had to hear “Xanadu” and “Cygnus X-1.”

  26. The morning after a trip to Camelot Music in St. Petersburg, FL where I bought my very first Rush LPs (“Moving Pictures” and “Permanent Waves”) and spent just as much money on a couple of posters of the trio, the local radio station announced that the band was coming to the area to play three shows on their Spring Training Tour. This was 1982, the height of the band’s popularity and obviously long before the internet; the only way you’d get tickets were going to the venue or a ticket outlet at the mall. Too young to drive (and even if I could I would have been too chicken to play hooky from school anyway), I resigned myself that I was going to miss my new favorite band, which I already felt fiercely loyal to. Sure enough, the shows were sold out by lunch time.

    School let out and that afternoon my father came to pick me up. As soon as I got in the car, he commented on the new Rush posters that he had seen hanging in my bedroom that morning. Before I could get in a word, he reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out two concert tickets. I was blown away. (Mind you, my father probably stopped listening to rock and roll about the time of the Beatles’ first appearance on Sullivan.)

    Apparently, my father had run into one of his friends that morning who was on his way to the Bayfront Center to buy Rush tickets for his own son. When my dad recognized the name of the band, he handed him a $20 to buy a pair for me. (Yes tickets were that cheap back then…) It was probably the coolest thing a father could do for his 13-year-old son. As for the show, the band was touring on “Exit Stage Left,” and they opened with the “2112″ (Overture and Temples of Syrinx), Neil Peart did his long drum solo in “YYZ,” and they debuted two new songs: “New World Man” and “Subdivisions.” A year later I had pretty much moved on to new wave — and I really don’t know the last time I put on a Rush album (maybe 20 years) — but I’ll still always have a soft spot for them. And yes, “Moving Pictures” should be in the number 1 spot!

  27. Hemispheres is the best Rush album, then Fly By Night and then Moving Pictures.
    The rest are tied for fourth, with the exception of Power Windows.
    PW is dead last. Worst thing ever. Of course it was also the first time I saw them in concert.

  28. Adrien, dude, give Test For Echo another chance. It’s where you can hear the seeds of what they would later perfect on Clockwork. I don’t think you could ask for more in terms of the “rock trio” sound with some modern intent, and only gets hard on the ears when they throw in some synth cheese a la ‘Time And Motion’. Perfect feature though, thanks!!

  29. They’re all the worst.

    • Whoa bro. Like I can’ even handle how awesome you are right now. Tell me all about how you’re totes into Soft Machine, Magma, and Steely Dan because my musix taste suxxxxxxxx. DUDE ENLIGHTEN ME. Or maybe you’re into that A$AP ish. I GOTTA KNOW

  30. Cool article. My list doesn’t match your’s (and I think Driven is awesome), but I appreciate the detail and thoughtfulness you put into it. My ranking (not including Feedback since it’s a covers EP):

    1 Clockwork Angels
    2 Power Windows
    3 Moving Pictures
    4 Permanent Waves
    5 Snakes and Arrows
    6 Hemispheres
    7 Counterparts
    8 Vapor Trails remix
    9 Signals
    10 A Farewell to Kings
    11 2112
    12 Roll the Bones
    13 Grace Under Pressure
    14 Test for Echo
    15 Presto
    16 Hold Your Fire
    17 Fly By Night
    18 Caress of Steel
    19 Rush

    However, I prefer to place them in tiers since their exact ranking depends on my mood (while they seldom switch tiers):

    Tier 1: MP, PoW, CA (5 stars – masterpiece)
    Tier 2: Hem, PeW, SnA (4.5 stars – incredible)
    Tier 3: Signals, CP, VT (4 stars – very strong)
    Tier 4: 2112, AFTK, GUP, RTB (3.5 stars – great)
    Tier 5: FBN, HYF, Presto, T4E (3 stars – good)
    Tier 6: Rush, COS (2.5 stars – decent)

    No other band has matched the variety or caliber of Rush’s output (spanning several decades). As Jack Black put it:

    “Rush is just one of those bands that has a deep reservoir of rocket sauce. A lot of bands – they’ve only got so much in the bottle. They use it up sometimes in one song. These guys were the real deal. Their bottle was so big and so filled to the brim, they were shaking it literally for decades. And still there was sauce coming out.”

    FYI, they played 5 songs from Power Windows on the Clockwork Angels tour (generally playing 3 or 4 songs per night, though they reportedly played all 5 in at least Houston).

  31. I strongly disagree with this list…
    maybe because I am a die hard Rush fan…
    but every album was really good to me, seems that this is from popular appeal.
    while every album has an amazing story and amazing songs!!!!!!

  32. You know it’s actually “the words of the *profits* were written on the studio wall”? Pretty clever eh?

    Nice list, mine would be pretty similar.

  33. This was a great read, thank you. God I love this band.

  34. Great job, Adrian, this is easily my favorite Counting Down so far. Unlike you, my first Rush album isn’t my favorite. (A Show of Hands wouldn’t count anyway.) Rather, I’ve found that my perception of their albums usually needs several years to come to fruition. For example, I loved Test For Echo when it was released, but it hasn’t aged well and only has a couple of songs I come back to. (Good call on the lyrics, they were a low point for Neil on several of those songs.) On the flipside, I used to hate Grace Under Pressure but now consider it one of my favorites. Without question, the most underrated album in their catalog, and I honestly believe “Kid Gloves” has Lerxst’s greatest guitar solo. Again, great job, and I especially appreciate the love for “Losing It.” It’s one of my favorite Rush songs.

    Since I’ve always wanted to compile it, here’s my list (sans Feedback):

    1. Hemispheres
    2. Moving Pictures
    3. Permanent Waves
    4. Grace Under Pressure
    5. A Farewell to Kings
    6. Signals
    7. 2112
    8. Fly By Night
    9. Clockwork Angels
    10. Snakes & Arrows
    11. Roll the Bones (I seem to be one of the few who really likes this one.)
    12. Vapor Trails
    13. Power Windows
    14. Presto
    15. Caress of Steel
    16. Test for Echo
    17. Rush
    18. Counterparts
    19. Hold Your Fire

  35. as a sexagenarian (thats over 60 for you young un’s ) i grew up with the band
    ah,the memories of hearing that sound from a 3 man band that sounded like an orchestra
    i remember being only about 15-16 and hearing rush (rush first albumn ) for the first time
    and thinking that WOW who are these guys ?
    having grown old with the band i fondly remember some vivid recolections ( first concert ,2112 1977, madison wi, hemispheres,greensbourough nc 1978 , moving pictures , rockford il 1982 )
    as a young man growing up in the 70′s and early 80′s i can attest to the fact that the bands at the time right before and just after mtv started (when they still played music ) palled in comparison to what rush was putting out.
    okay,enough rambling from an old man,to the list
    1. hemispheres-they were at the top of the game
    2. a farewell to kings- they were almost at the top
    3. 2112- OMG!! who the hell are these guys?
    4. rush-hey this sounds promising
    5.caress of steel-you dont like necromancer,you aint no rush fan
    6.moving pictures-after a decade of lost soul searching they come back with a furry
    7.permanent waves -okay,come back to me and start to rock my world again
    8. fly by night- felt rushed(kidding ) luv anthem
    9. signals -wtf !!!! disco rush ?
    10.vapor trails- geddy ,get off the key boards and get back on the bass
    11-19 not worth mentioning really- rush resting on their laurels
    yes,children, they are getting older now,geddy cant hit the high notes anymore,alex is getting pudgy around the midsection and neil is bald ,BUT, remember this
    for 30 years there was only 1 band that that rocked my and your mothers world and ,if ,in the end ,you had to decide what concert to got to with mom and dad ,what would you pick,lawrence welk or rush?
    goodday to you all fine fans

  36. No,

    I strongly disagree with your list, Adrian.

    Therefore, here is mine:

    29. Rush
    28. Fly By Night
    27. All The World’s A Stage
    26. Feedback
    25. Rush In Rio
    24. 2112
    23. A Show Of Hands
    22. Vapor Trails
    21. Grace Under Pressure
    20. Hold Your Fire
    19. Counterparts
    18. Time Machine Tour: Live In Cleveland
    17. Caress Of Steel
    16. A Farewell To King’s
    15. Test For Echo
    14. Hemispheres
    13. Snakes & Arrows
    12. Snakes & Arrows Live
    11. Signals
    10. Permanent Waves
    09. Moving Pictures
    08. Clockwork Angels
    07. Different Stages
    06. Presto
    05. R30
    04. Power Windows
    03. Roll The Bones
    02. Clockwork Angels Tour
    01. Exit… Stage Left

  37. I am sorry, I had meant to say, Adrien. Unfortunately, spell check had changed it.

  38. I am terribly sorry, I had meant to say, Adrien. Unfortunately, spell check had changed it.

  39. Certain Rush albums resonate with me more, due to my age. Therefore, I happen to prefer the mellower Rush albums rather than the raucous ones.

  40. 1. 2112
    2. Fly By Night
    3. Grace Under Pressure
    4. Signals
    5. Moving Pictures
    6. Hemispheres
    7. A Farewell to Kings
    8. Permanent Waves
    9. Clockwork Angels
    10. Hold Your Fire
    11. Power Windows
    12. Snakes & Arrows
    13. Vapor Trails (Remixed)
    14. Roll the Bones
    15. Feedback
    16. Caress of Steel
    17. Rush
    18. Counterparts
    19. Presto
    20. Test for Echo

  41. Holy crap, this is a hard catalog to rank. Okay, I’ll try, but I haven’t listened to Snakes and Arrows or Vapor Trails enough times to fairly rank them. I will say that even the remixed Vapor Trails sounds kind of shitty, and both of these and Clockwork Angels (while easily the best of these three, song-wise) are way too compressed, and that combined with their long runtimes makes them hard to listen to, unfortunately. I also won’t include Feedback, which is good for what it is, but doesn’t seem to fit on a list like this.

    1. Counterparts–I’m totally serious. A lot of people dis it for being the “jump on the grunge bandwagon” album, but Rush having the rhythm section that they do makes it so much more than that, they actually use keyboards RIGHT, and in terms of songwriting and even Ged’s vocals, they are at the top of their game on this one.

    2-7. (in no particular order) Moving Pictures, Signals, p/g, Permanent Waves, Hemispheres, Fly By Night–All stellar albums, and I would probably rank them differently on different days, so screw it. Moving Pictures is an incredible technical achievement, Signals, p/g, and Permanent Waves have great songs almost throughout, Hemispheres boasts their best sidelong epic and some awesome technical stuff almost on the level of Moving Pictures, and I love the drums on FBN (you need the vinyl or a quality vinyl rip like PBTHAL’s for this album though – there is no good CD version of Fly By Night).

    8. Presto–I like the sound of Presto a lot (even though it has a few duds)

    9. Roll the Bones–Pretty weak album, but it has arguably the best song of their career, namely “Dreamline”. It also has their best album cover, for what it’s worth. :P

    10-13. 2112, Caress of Steel, A Farewell to Kings, Clockwork Angels–I’m frankly a little sick of the title track of 2112, but “Something for Nothing” and “A Passage to Bangkok” rock, Caress of Steel has “The Fountain of Lamneth”, but also a lot of filler (also, this may be another one with no good CD version, though I haven’t heard the Sectors CD), A Farewell to Kings suffers from a pretty weak side 2, but “Xanadu” is great, and Clockwork Angels could easily be ranked much higher if it weren’t so damned loud.

    14. Hold Your Fire–Actually quite strong, song-wise (aside from “Tai Shan” and “Mission”), but the production, while an improvement over Power Windows, is more than a bit obnoxious.

    15-17. T4E, Power Windows, S/T–I agree that T4E is almost completely forgettable or outright awful (“Driven” is the strongest song, but I still rarely get the urge to listen to it), Power Windows is way overrated (and “Mystic Rhythms” and “Marathon” make me want to huff paint), and the S/T is pretty forgettable aside from “Working Man”.

    As for live albums, Different Stages is actually my favorite. It sounds great and has a bit of everything, even that bonus disc from AFTK days.

  42. Here’s the correct answer:

    1. A Farewell to Kings (only problem with this album is it’s too short)
2. 2112 (next 7-8 really, really close, hard to chose, order somewhat interchangeable)
    3. Counterparts
    4. Fly By Night
    5. Snakes and Arrows
    6. Caress of Steel
    7. Moving Pictures
    8. Hemispheres
    9. Permanent Waves
    10. Clockwork Angels
    11. Signals
    12. Roll the Bones
    13. Grace Under Pressure (if it were not for Kid Gloves, I would move this down with other 80′s synth stuff)
    14. Rush
    15. Test For Echo
    16. Vapor Trails
    17. Presto
    18. Power Windows (These last two are easily my least favorite era. Just not a fan of this synth stuff)
    19. Hold Your Fire

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