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Caress of Steel

Classic Rock, Hard Rock & Metal, and Rock album by Rush

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Lack of focus can't undermine quality of the material.

  • Apr 21, 2001
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Although this is one of Rush's most unfocused records, I've always really liked it. I guess the band hadn't quite cohered entirely at this point, and it's a bit weird to have one song about heroes fighting against an evil wizard and another song about getting old and losing your hair.

The side-long epic "The Fountain of Lamneth" shows that the band hadn't quite mastered the long format. For one, the song FEELS long (and it is, at twenty minutes), whereas later Rush epics seem to zip by. Still, it's got the requisite thematic integration, soft moments, loud rocking moments, and "Baccus Plateau" has one heck of a chorus. It's a favorite.

"The Necromancer" is basically three separate songs tied together by a little story about an evil sorceror and those who fight him. The narrator is hilarious because his emotion and pacing his so awful, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The song finishes with an triumphantly uplifting riff (the necromancer has been defeated!) that makes me want to raise my fist into the air.

The rest of the album is forgettable, especially the laughably bad, ultra-generic "I Think I'm Going Bald," but "Bastille Day" is a solid rocker and "Lakeside Park" is mellow and catchy. The album is really worth it for the two long songs. It's easy to forget this one (it was the precursor to 2112, after all), but it's underrated and deserves recognition.

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review by . January 14, 2012
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While 1975's Caress of Steel is not as widely acclaimed as 2112 or Moving Pictures this album will certainly satisfy any hard rock/progressive/heavy metal fan that is not intimidated by long material (this is a 40 minute album that contains only 5 songs, 2 running over 10 minutes)      The trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will go down in history as one of the greatest power trios in rock and music history. these three can generate more noise than a band …
review by . April 22, 2006
CARESS OF STEEL, the third album by Rush, was intended to be the band's big breakthrough album. It was far from that, however; fans and critics alike deemed it a failure. That seems unfair, though. While it's not the band's crowning achievement, CARESS OF STEEL is one of the band's finest early releases, sporting two popular tunes ("Bastille Day" and "Lakeside Park") and the band's first two epics, "The Necromancer" and "The Fountain of Lamnenth". Of course, the album also features the rather ridiculous …
review by . May 08, 2003
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First, let me state that I am a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE Rush fan. I listen to at least one of their albums every single day!! I like them all, and my three stars are only in relation to other Rush albums, which get more. But...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 …
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Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Warner. 2009.--This text refers to an alternateAudio CDedition.
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Label: Island, Mercury
Artist: Rush
Release Date: May 6, 1997

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