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- Released: May 6, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Island / Mercury
- 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 And After
- 8.Working Man
Rush: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass); Alex Lifeson (guitar); John Rutsey (drums).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Geddy Lee (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Alex Lifeson (vocals, guitar); John Rutsey (vocals, drums).
Audio Remixer: Terry Brown.
Recording information: Eastern Sound; Toronto Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada.
Photographer: Glenn Wexler.
Arrangers: Geddy Lee; John Rutsey; Alex Lifeson; Rush; Andrew Jackman.
The opening chords of "Finding My Way" signal the beginning of a song, album, and career that would have a permanent place in rock history. The debut album from the Canadian progressive metal outfit features drummer John Rutsey who, although a talented drummer, would quit after this album to be replaced by Neal Peart. Peart contributed to the band's songwriting progression and use of time changes.
Out of the eight songs here, four are considered Rush classics. "Finding My Way" and "What You're Doing" both contain killer guitar riffs, while Geddy Lee's high pitched vocal endeared him to Rush fans the world over. "In the Mood" is symbolic of the band's early material, which is more rock & roll party oriented, as opposed to the sophisticated lyrics of the Peart era. "Working Man" concludes the album and is a metal masterpiece. It's a fast and furious tune, complete with lyrics that every blue-collar male can relate to. Though RUSH is far from the band's greatest achievement, it's an excellent self-produced debut from a band that has never stopped evolving.
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