Rush - Caress of Steel?

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  1. spookyelectric

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    Just bought this last year and never really gave it a proper listen. I'm doing so now and it's kicking my butt!

    What are your thoughts on this Rush album?
     
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    someone here is going to tell you there was a long thread about this a few weeks ago. And I'm probably going to tell you the album is complete filler material with the exception of "think I'm going bald".

    But yeah, it's great. I think it was the first Rush album I bought.
     
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    Cool I'll check that thread out! I wouldn't have thought to do a thread search on this particular rush album since it's never gotten the notoriety of stuff like 2112 or Moving Pictures.




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  5. spookyelectric

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    I tell ya, for folks who like 2112 I don't know how they could consider the Necromancer or Fountain of Lamneth to be filler... These two songs seem to be classic prog rock Rush!


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    No worries. Multiple threads about music are much less annoying than multiple threads about, say, whether or not Bruce Jenner is a transsexual.
     
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    ...and I can't stop saying "bro", Bro.
     
  8. Frank Prince

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    One of my favorite Rush albums. I have no concept of most of the album being filler. If anything, I Think I'm Going Bald felt like filler around the longer epic pieces, though it's a great song.
     
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    Probably my 3rd favorite Rush album (right behind Hemispheres and A Farewell to Kings). Unique songs and tones. Plus, I'm a sucker for 20 minute songs with fantasy-themed lyrics.
     
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    Definitely one of my favorites from them.
     
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    I really liked Rush as a teenager. Kinda silly now. (The whole 2112 album concept/plot line is like a fantasy movie. Good for Star wars/Hobbit/Harry Potter fans.)

    Rush made lots of money playing that stuff. Good for them.
     
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    The whole "nerd" aspect eluded me as a teen. All the stoners at school walked around in Rush concert shirts, so I regarded Rush as a stoner band.
     
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    Bastille Day is one of the greatest things they ever did.
     
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    I think "going bald" is making fun of the Kiss song "goin' blind"

    There are some great cuts on Caress of Steel.
     
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    No, actually Rush made a lot more money playing the more 'accessible' music which came after this and was threatened by their record company as a result of this album. It's pretty much the opposite of what you wrote. Their big success came with the move towards more accessible music for lack of a better word.

    As for whether or not fantasy oriented lyrics are "silly" I don't see why it's any more "silly" than the Aeneid, the Shahnameh, the Odyssey, Orlando Furioso, Gilgamesh, Dante's Inferno and most of the world's classic epic poems are, all of which are classics of world literature in some cases dating back thousands of years.

    It's a common trope in some places that fantasy = nerd and some people find that to be the ultimate sin (particularly in North America) for whatever reason but let's just say it isn't your thing and leave it at that.
     
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    +1


    That song/album is more relevant in today's society than you think.
     
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    It's an interesting album. I loved it when I first heard it but when I listened to it a few months ago, for the first time in 20 years, I found myself less entertained.
     
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    I still like some of the first album's hard rock stuff...
     
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    The dynamics, arrangement, and orchestration of instruments coming in and out of the mix on this record are stellar. That kind of attention to detail adds so much! Also, the drumming is just superb.
     
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    I think I've probably said it in other threads, but I think Caress of Steel is by far the best-sounding album among their first four, very well recorded/engineered. I like the songs on 2112 more, I wager, but I don't think 2112 sounds anywhere near as good as CoS.
     

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