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Rush Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (May 6 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Anthem/Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ES9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

1. Finding My Way
2. Need Some Love
3. Take A Friend
4. Here Again
5. What You're Doing
6. In The Mood
7. Before & After
8. Working Man

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Rush's very Zeppelin-esque 1974 debut features John Rutsey on the drums, pounding along with Geddy and Alex on Finding My Way; Working Man; Before and After , and more. This really rocks, but the Rush sound we know today (and Neil Peart) were still to come

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Although this debut album from the Toronto trio successfully epitomizes the bombastic hard rock they had been crafting in bars and clubs over the previous two years, when put in perspective with the rest of their catalogue, it stands out as a bit of a curio. Released in 1974, it features nine songs written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, recorded with original drummer John Rutsey, whose rudimentary but competent playing seemed appropriate for the brash, Led Zeppelin-influenced material. Rush contains the FM radio hit "In the Mood," but those familiar with the band would agree that their long-term career really began with sophomore effort Fly by Night, which established their permanent lineup with drummer Neal Peart, whose lyrical and musical contribution proved essential to the continual development of their sound. --Eric Wilson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
Canadian rockers Rush released their debut album initially in Canada in 1973 on independent label Moon Records and would be released in August of 1974 in the US on Mercury Records after the label signed the band because this album got extensive airplay on rock radio in Cleveland(Hello Cleveland as they'd say in Spinal Tap). The lineup on this album was bass player and vocalist Geddy Lee(born Gary Lee Weinrib), guitarist Alex Lifeson(Alex Zivojinovic) and drummer John Rutsey whom were schoolmates and buddies in the Ontario, Canada suburb of Willowdale and formed the group Rush in 1970. Many critics unjustly called this album Led Zeppelin on acid. This album was a great straight, hard rock record. This album kicks off with the rocking Finding My Way, which introduced the world to Geddy, Alex and John in a Zep-inspired mode. The track Need Some Love follows and sounds like punk rock, two years before The Ramones came into existence. Other standouts on this album are the epic ballad Here Again, What You're Doing, the future show closer In the Mood and the seven minute epic closer Working Man. That track featured stellar guitar work from Alex and great musicianship from the band. Today, this album has aged well but is somewhat overlooked as it was missing a key member whom will be introduced on the next album's review. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 16 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you think that Led Zeppelin's debut album or Black Sabbath's debut album are their best, as I do, then you may think the same of Rush's debut. Sure, Hemisperes and 2112 were epic and outstanding, as were Paranoid and Physical Graffitti, but for raw, straight ahead rock, the three bands debuts are on the same level. A great rock album, powerful, riffy, hooky and ahead of its time. A cornerstone in Rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dprime on Aug. 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a really good album in so many words, and anyone who likes rush and/or zeppelin would be able to appreciate it. It is incomareable to the amazing things they would do later but is still really good; it does have something special in how light hearted and sort of with a rockin' optimstic aura.
John Rutsey is infact a pretty good drummer and people only find him really bad beacause they compare him to the absolutely spectabular Peart (who wouldnt look like crap beside him).
If youre a big zeppelin fan, a big rush fan, or a moderate fan of both, you'll definatly like this retro rush cd which is indeed nothing more but a Led copy. Hey! Its still a good one!
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By Matt on Feb. 22 2012
Format: Audio CD
One of my favourite albums, although, there are other albums by Rush that I do like better (2112 and A Farewell to Kings). The musicianship on this album are on par with many later Rush albums; the sound is somewhat heavier and bluesy than later recordings. The sound is almost opposite to that of the mid 1980's albums such as Signals or (more so) Grace Under Pressure as there are no synthesizers used. Even the lyrics, while very different from the literary lyrics of Neil Peart, are still good. While later lyrics focus on themes of fantasy, the occult, etc. the lyrics here are based more in everyday life.

The debut seems to pick up a lot of negativity however. When compared to many other albums released in this time period, it is a great album. Critics would argue that the album is a "rip off" of Led Zeppelin but I cannot agree with that. Geddy Lee does not sound like Robert Plant and Alex Lifeson does not play guitar like Jimmy Page. Both bands play the same type of hard rock, but for someone to call this album a "rip off" would lead me to believe that they have never listened to the entire recording or are not familiar with the music of Led Zeppelin. To call this album "ripped off" would be like calling all heavy metal albums "rip offs" of Black Sabbath.

I would strongly recommend this album to both fans of Rush's music as well as anyone just looking to get a great early 70's hard rock album to listen to. A number of the tracks from here are still heard regularly on classic rock radio (In The Mood, Working Man, Finding My Way) but the album is great in its entirety as there is not a bad song on it.
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Format: Audio CD
Rush's self-titled debut album sounds very different from the band that they would become in just a few years, they were clearly in their early stages with drummer John Rutsey and the band didn't have the progressive rock sound just yet . Released in 1974, Rush's self-titled album is closer to Led Zeppelin than Rush; the album definitely shows some of their influences which is not a bad thing. At this point the trio was considered little more than a Canadian rip-off of Led Zeppelin. Unlike some of Rush's other works like 2112 or Moving Pictures this won't seem groundbreaking, progressive or epic. This one is very much simple, bare rock'n'roll, then when Peart joined the band changed directions, experimented and the songs got longer and more complicated. Of course when Neil joined he brought with him those complex and very intelligent lyric to Rush's music that would become a trademark for the band. Rush's debut doesn't have the appeal that some of the other albums do and is often overlooked, but when it all comes down to it I can't say it's a bad album. I honestly waited a long time before I even bought this album because of all the things I read and heard, that all changed when I heard "Working Man".

Let's go through a few of the songs. Opener "Finding My Way" shows the listener directly what to expect from this album, solid good old time r'n'r. Very good song. "Take A Friend" is one that is very much liked, great song and one that seems to be liked by most fans. I love "Here Again", it's a slower and depressing moaning type of song, has that cool bluesy feel as well. "In The Mood" has lyrics that sound more like KISS than Rush but its good rock'n'roll and a very enjoyable song, I quite like it. "Working Man" was the album's hit and at over 7 minutes the longest song here.
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