From Rush to R30 - A listening retrospective: Introduction and Rush

Back in March, I stated I was going to start a listening retrospective of all of the albums of Rush. I said I'd listen to each album and review each album in turn. My grandiose plan was to review each track of each album. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much stinking effort it is to actually WRITE a review for each track of each album. Now I know why the reviews in magazines can be so short. :)

So, without further ado, here's part 1:

Rush: Released in 1974, this album is the only album to feature drummer John Rutsey. One has to wonder what would have happened to Rush had John not decided to pursure other avenues. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a solid album, but it does lead one to wonder. The songs on this album are very guitar and bass heavy, with John's drumming taking more of a back-seat, rhythm-keeping role. Lyrically the songs are about love lost, youthful anger towards authority, and the working. Yes, working. Oh, did you forget that "Working Man" was on this disc? "I get up at seven, yes, and I go to work at 9. I got no time for living yes, I'm workin' all the time. Seems to me I could live my life a lot better than I think I am. I guess that's why they call me... call me the workin' man". Don't tell me you've never sang those words when it's a really bad morning. :)