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Hard Rock & Metal and Rock album by Rush

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Fun, solid and a nice departure for Rush!

  • Jun 30, 2004
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I'm so pleased Rush made this album. As they hit the road for their 30th Anniverssary Tour, I think this new collection of songs gives them breath of fresh air. They get to sing some new stuff, just for fun, without the pressure of writing new material.

For me, each number is fun, but I do have some favorites. THE SEEKER, for me, is one of the best half dozen or so WHO songs, but it never gets played anymore. Rush (and particularly Geddy on vocals) cover it brilliantly and faithfully. CROSSROADS is breezy and fun. SUMMERTIME BLUES, the same. I also really liked the unfamiliar SEVEN AND SEVEN IS. HEART FULL OF SOUL is not a song Rush could ever have written. I like hearing them take on such a different genre.

The only downside for me is SHAPES OF THINGS. I've never been a fan of the song, and Rush doesn't really do anything to help it. Their covers are all very faithful to the originals. Even Neil keeps his drumming in check. They are truly covering the songs, not reinventing them. But if the song is weak to start with... But it's easy to skip this track.

Otherwise, it's a delight. Alex Lifeson's guitars come off the strongest. These songs are a "riffers" delight, and he gets to wail some. Geddy's vocals are also among his best, clear and strong. Bass and drums are solid, of course, but for those who love Rush just for the incredible complexity of their compositions may find these tunes lacking. The guys are having fun, celebrating the old classics and frankly, just having a good time. It almost feels like they tossed the album off in an evening. (Which we KNOW they didn't. The production values are never skimped on.)

The album cover design is clever, and I like Neil's brief and humerous liner notes. But that's it. It's a no-frills package.

But the price is right. Rush fans (and classic rock fans) MUST own it!

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review by . March 24, 2005
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Very close covers featuring Rush's unique sound     Cons: For what it's Worth should NEVER be covered. Paying full price for eight songs     The Bottom Line: GET it. Don't BUY it. 17 bucks for eight songs? That's just greedy.     Don’t ask me what the point was, because I have no idea. It’s really not a point worth pondering anyway. I have to admit, though, that it does cause big fans of Rush like myself to wonder: 30 years …
review by . September 19, 2004
posted in Music Matters
I've been a huge Rush fan since the early 80's. The guys were GREAT on their 30th Anniversary Tour (I saw them in Pittsburgh); it was an amazing experience! They played 3 of the songs from the CD "Feedback", and I have to admit, other than Summertime Blues, I had never heard of the others.    So I eventually got the Feedback CD in June, and was pleasantly surprised! Like I said, all of the songs save one were unfamiliar to me, so I had nothing to compare them to. A few of the …
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As they celebrate a thirty-year career of filling arenas, selling tens of millions of albums and playing songs with which a generation of rock fans came of age, visionary rock legends Rush decided to have a little fun with the music they grew up with. Featuring covers of songs by The Who, The Yardbirds, Love, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and more, the trio’s new EP Feedback is a rocking good time for anyone who loves Rush or just classic rock & roll. Drummer Neil Peart, in the album’s liner notes, explains, "It was April of 2004, but Geddy, Alex, and I were channeling back to 1966 and 1967, when we were thirteen- and fourteen-year-old beginners. We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our thirty years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by. We thought we might record some of the songs we used to listen to, the ones we painstakingly learned the chords, notes, and drum parts for, and even played in our earliest bands. The tracks on this collection are songs we liked from the era that we thought we could ‘cover’ effectively (meaning not too many backing vocals), and have some fun with. The music celebrates a good time in our lives, and we had a good time celebrating it."
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Label: Atlantic , Wea
Artist: Rush
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock & Metal
Release Date: June 29, 2004
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