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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