The two epic tracks on this album deserve scarely a mention. In their next album, 2112, the title track of that was an instant classic. On CARESS OF STEEL, THE FOUNTAINS OF LAMNETH just doesn't get it done. Musically it lacks variety and cohesion. Their earlier album had the semi-epic BY-TOR AND THE SNOW DOG, which lyrically was silly, was musically VERY dramatic. 2112 was a logical progression...but CARESS OF STEEL took them back as step. I simply don't listen to those songs anymore!
However, the three "short" songs are terrific and worth the album.
BASTILLE DAY has one of Rush's greatest opening riffs. I challenge you NOT to get a little jazzed up just by the opening few seconds. Lyrically, Peart is VERY solid with this song, with great lines like "The King must kneel / to let his kingdom rise." The guitar solo is first rate as well. Back when I went to high school (early '80s) we would have said this song "wailed."
I THINK I'M GOING BALD In my opinion, the most over-looked song in Rush's cannon. It's catchy in a finger-snapping sort of way...and how many Rush songs can you say THAT about??? It's funny. And Geddy's "distinctive" voice really leant itself well to the song. So dust off that old LP and listen to it again.
LAKESIDE PARK Mid-tempo rocker with some heart. Although Rush only occasionally has delved into revealing true, "personal" feelings (that is until VAPOR TRAILS laid Neil Peart's heart bare), this gentle, wistful song very neatly evokes the times of their youth...not so many years gone by at that point, but already missed. I sure think they ought to start bringing this one out in concert again...I'll bet it would be even more packed with significance. It's just about remembering the fun, summer-lazy times at Lakeside Park, laying around, watching fireworks, etc., but it has an evocation of youthful yearning that wouldn't really come around again until THE ANALOG KID on SIGNALS.
This is NOT the Rush album for a casual fan or newcomer. But for the die-hard, there are three gems in the rough!
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