Tag: Rush

Monday 4/12/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Presto (1990)

Presto is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It was released November 21, 1989 by Anthem Records and was the band’s first album released internationally by Atlantic Records following the group’s departure from Mercury. After the Hold Your Fire (1987) tour ended in 1988, the group members reconvened in December to decide their next step and agreed to take six months off before starting on a new album. Presto marked another change in Rush’s sound, with guitar taking a more dominant role in the writing and a reduction in synthesizers and a return towards more guitar-driven arrangements.

Presto reached No. 7 in Canada and No. 16 in the United States. Rush released “Show Don’t Tell,” “The Pass” and “Superconductor” as singles from Presto; the former charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Album Rock Tracks chart. Rush supported the album with the Presto Tour from February to June 1990. Presto reached gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies. The album was remastered in 2004 and 2013, the latter as part of the 2013 box set, The Studio Albums 1989–2007.

1. “Show Don’t Tell” 5:01
2. “Chain Lightning” 4:33
3. “The Pass” 4:52
4. “War Paint” 5:24
5. “Scars” 4:07
6. “Presto” 5:45
7. “Superconductor” 4:47
8. “Anagram (For Mongo)” 4:00
9. “Red Tide” 4:29
10. “Hand over Fist” 4:11
11. “Available Light” 5:03

Sunday 1/17/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Permanent Waves (1980)

Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released on January 14, 1980, through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Hemispheres (1978), the band regrouped in July 1979 to work on material for a follow-up. This period marked a shift in the group’s sound characterized by more concise arrangements and radio friendly songs, such as “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill”, though their progressive rock blueprint is still evident with the over nine-minute closer “Natural Science”. The two former tracks were performed live before Rush entered the studio. Permanent Waves was recorded later in 1979 at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec with production handled by the group and Terry Brown.

Permanent Waves received a mostly positive reception from critics, and became the band’s most successful album at the time of release, reaching No. 3 in Canada and the UK and No. 4 in the US. The album was certified platinum in the latter by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies. Rush released “The Spirit of Radio” as a single in March 1980 and toured in support of the album in 1979 and 1980.

1. “The Spirit of Radio” 4:58
2. “Freewill” 5:23
3. “Jacob’s Ladder” 7:50
4. “Entre Nous” 4:37
5. “Different Strings” 3:50
6. “Natural Science” 9:27

Geddy Lee – lead vocals, bass guitar, Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, Minimoog synthesizer, Taurus pedal synthesizer, Oberheim OB-1 synthesizer
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, Taurus pedals
Neil Peart – drums, timpani, timbales, orchestra bells, tubular bells, wind chimes, bell tree, triangle, crotales, cover concept
Additional personnel

Monday 1/11/2021 4pm ET: Across The Tracks – In Memoriam 2020


In this edition of Across The Tracks we salute the music artists that passed away in 2020.

Featured in the program:  Uriah Heep, Hal Ketchum, McGuire Sisters, Mountain, KT Oslin, Charlie Pride, Van Halen, Spencer Davis Group, Rance Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Nash, Outfield, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang, Bay City Rollers, Sweet, Wayne Fontana, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels Band, Bobby Lewis, Millie Small, Bonnie Pointer, John Prine, Fountains of Wayne, Kingston Trio, Robert Parker and Rush.

Thursday 11/26/2020 6:15pm ET: Feature LP: Rush – Signals (1982)

Signals is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in September 1982 by Anthem Records. After the release of their previous album, Moving Pictures, the band started to prepare material for a follow-up during soundchecks on their 1981 concert tour and during the mixing of their subsequent live album Exit…Stage Left. Signals demonstrates the group continuing with the use of synthesizers, sequencers, and other electronic instrumentation. It is their last album produced by their longtime associate Terry Brown, who had worked with them since 1974.

The album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, No. 3 in the United Kingdom, and No. 10 in the United States. In November 1982, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies in the United States. Rush released three singles from the album: “New World Man”, which became the band’s highest charting single in the United States and a number-one hit in Canada, as well as “Subdivisions”, and “Countdown”. The group supported Signals with a concert tour from April 1982 to May 1983. Signals has been reissued several times, including a remaster with a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix in 2011.

1. “Subdivisions” 5:35
2. “The Analog Kid” 4:47
3. “Chemistry” 4:57
4. “Digital Man” 6:23
5. “The Weapon” (Part II of “Fear”) 6:24
6. “New World Man” 3:42
7. “Losing It” 4:53
8. “Countdown” 5:49

Geddy Lee – bass guitars, synthesizers, vocals, arrangements
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, Moog Taurus pedals, arrangements
Neil Peart – drums, percussion, arrangements, brief vocals on “Subdivisions”
Ben Mink – electric violin on “Losing It”

Monday 11/23/2020 11:15am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on February 12, 1981, through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Permanent Waves (1980), the band started to write and record new material in August 1980 with co-producer Terry Brown. They continued to write songs with a more radio-friendly format, featuring tighter song structures and songs of shorter length compared to their early albums.

Moving Pictures received a positive reception from current and retrospective music critics and became an instant commercial success, reaching number one in Canada and number 3 in the United States and the United Kingdom. It remains Rush’s highest-selling album in the United States after it was certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for over 4 million copies sold. “Limelight”, “Tom Sawyer” and “Vital Signs” were released as singles across 1981, and the instrumental “YYZ” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Rush auditioned some of the songs on a tour before recording the album (September 11 to October 1, 1980), and supported the album on tour from February to July 1981.

1. “Tom Sawyer” 4:34
2. “Red Barchetta” 6:10
3. “YYZ” (instrumental) 4:26
4. “Limelight” 4:20
5. “The Camera Eye 10:58
6. “Witch Hunt” (Part III of “Fear”) 4:46
7. “Vital Signs” 4:46

 

Monday Labor Day Special 6 LPs (2): Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on February 12, 1981, through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Permanent Waves (1980), the band started to write and record new material in August 1980 with co-producer Terry Brown. They continued to write songs with a more radio-friendly format, featuring tighter song structures and songs of shorter length compared to their early albums.

Moving Pictures received a positive reception from current and retrospective music critics and became an instant commercial success, reaching number one in Canada and number 3 in the United States and the United Kingdom. It remains Rush’s highest-selling album in the United States after it was certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for over 4 million copies sold. “Limelight”, “Tom Sawyer” and “Vital Signs” were released as singles across 1981, and the instrumental “YYZ” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Rush auditioned some of the songs on a tour before recording the album (September 11 to October 1, 1980), and supported the album on tour from February to July 1981.

1. “Tom Sawyer” 4:34
2. “Red Barchetta” 6:10
3. “YYZ” 4:26
4. “Limelight” 4:20
5. “The Camera Eye 10:58
“I. (“a.k.a “New York”) 5:58
“II. (” .k.a “London”)” 5:00
6. “Witch Hunt” (Part III of “Fear”) 4:46
7. “Vital Signs” 4:46

Geddy Lee – bass guitars, synthesizers (Oberheim polyphonic, Oberheim OB-X, Minimoog, and Moog Taurus pedals), bass pedals, vocals
Alex Lifeson – 6- and 12-string electric and acoustic guitars, Moog Taurus pedals
Neil Peart – drums, timbales, gong, orchestra bells, glockenspiel, wind chimes, bell tree, crotales, cowbell, plywood
Hugh Syme – synthesizer on “Witch Hunt”

Rush – production, arrangements
Terry Brown – production, arrangements
Paul Northfield – engineering
Robbie Whelan – assistant engineering
Albert, Huey, Dewey, Louie – computerized companions
Peter Jensen – digital mastering, editing
Bob Ludwig – mastering and remastering
Hugh Syme – art direction, graphics, cover concept
Deborah Samuel – photography

Monday 7/13/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Roll The Bone (1991)

Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released September 3, 1991 on Anthem Records. The band began working on Roll the Bones after a brief creative hiatus following the tour promoting their previous release, Presto.

Roll the Bones was a return to commercial success for the band, reaching No. 3 in the United States, No. 10 in the UK, and No. 11 in Canada. Between 1991 and 1992, six songs from the album were released as singles. The album won a Juno Award for Best Album Design at the 1992 awards. In August 2001, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies in the US. It was remastered in 2004 and again in 2013 as part of The Studio Albums 1989–2007 box set.

1. “Dreamline” 4:37
2. “Bravado” 4:35
3. “Roll the Bones” 5:30
4. “Face Up” 3:54
5. “Where’s My Thing? (Part IV, “Gangster of Boats” Trilogy)” (instrumental) 3:49
6. “The Big Wheel” 5:13
7. “Heresy” 5:27
8. “Ghost of a Chance” 5:18
9. “Neurotica” 4:39
10. “You Bet Your Life” 5:01

Sunday 5/24/20 11pm ET: Feature LP: Rush – Hold Your Fire (1987)

Hold Your Fire is the twelfth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 8, 1987. It was recorded at The Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, Air Studios in Montserrat and McClear Place in Toronto. Hold Your Fire was the last Rush studio album released outside Canada by PolyGram/Mercury. ‘Til Tuesday bassist and vocalist Aimee Mann contributed vocals to “Time Stand Still”, appearing in the Zbigniew Rybczyński-directed video.

The album was not as commercially successful as most of the band’s releases of the 1980s, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard charts, the lowest chart peak for a Rush album since 1978’s Hemispheres. However, it was eventually certified Gold by the RCAA.

1. “Force Ten” 4:31
2. “Time Stand Still” 5:09
3. “Open Secrets” 5:38
4. “Second Nature” 4:36
5. “Prime Mover” 5:19
6. “Lock and Key” 5:09
7. “Mission” 5:16
8. “Turn the Page” 4:55
9. “Tai Shan” 4:17
10. “High Water” 5:33

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Power Windows

Rush Power WindowsPower Windows is the eleventh studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on October 14, 1985 by Anthem Records. After touring in support of their previous album, Grace Under Pressure (1984), the band took a break and reconvened in early 1985 to work on a follow-up. The material continued to display the band’s exploration of synthesizer-oriented music, this time with the addition of sampling, electronic drums, a string section, and choir, with power being a running lyrical theme. Power Windows was recorded in Montserrat and England with Peter Collins as co-producer and Andy Richards on additional keyboards.

The album reached No. 2 in Canada, No. 9 in the United Kingdom, and No. 10 in the United States. In January 1986, the album reached platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for one million copies sold in the United States. Rush released five singles from the album between 1985 and 1986: “The Big Money”, “Territories”, “Manhattan Project”, “Mystic Rhythms”, and “Marathon”. The band supported the album with their 1985–1986 tour.

1. “The Big Money” 5:36
2. “Grand Designs” 5:07
3. “Manhattan Project” 5:09
4. “Marathon” 6:11
5. “Territories” 6:20
6. “Middletown Dreams” 5:19
7. “Emotion Detector” 5:11
8. “Mystic Rhythms” 5:54

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – A Farewell To Kings (1977)

A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in September 1977 by Anthem Records. It was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales.

1. “A Farewell to Kings” 5:51
2. “Xanadu” 11:05
3. “Closer to the Heart” 2:54
4. “Cinderella Man” 4:20
5. “Madrigal” 2:35
6. “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage”
“Prologue”
“1”
“2”
“3” 10:25

In Memoriam: Neil Peart (1952 – 2020)

Neil PeartNeil Ellwood Peart, OC (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honoured. His drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency, and his live performances for their exacting nature and stamina.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto band, in mid-1974.

Early in his career, Peart’s performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components.

In addition to serving as Rush’s primary lyricist, Peart also published several memoirs about his travels. His lyrics for Rush addressed universal themes and diverse subjects including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian, and libertarian themes. Peart wrote a total of seven nonfiction books focused on his travels and personal stories.

On December 7, 2015, Peart announced his retirement from music in an interview with Drumhead Magazine, though bandmate Geddy Lee insisted Peart was quoted out of context, and suggested Peart was “simply taking a break”. However, in January 2018, bandmate Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart’s health issues. During his last years, Peart lived in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia. After a three year long battle, Peart died of glioblastoma on January 7, 2020, at the age of 67.

Tuesday 6pm: Feature Artist – Rush

Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its longest and classic line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first tour of the United States.

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which continued for the rest of their career. Rush announced plans to cease large-scale touring at the end of 2015. After nearly three years of an uncertain future, Lifeson reluctantly announced in January 2018 that the band was not going to continue.

According to the RIAA, Rush ranks 88th with sales of 25 million units in the U.S. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2017. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has received nominations for seven Grammy Awards. The band has won several Juno Awards, won an International Achievement Award at the 2009 SOCAN Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls.

On January 16, 2018, Lifeson told The Globe and Mail that it was unlikely that Rush would play any more shows or record new material. He was quoted as saying, “We have no plans to tour or record anymore. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.” In October 2018, Rolling Stone published an interview with Lee, who stated, “I’d say I can’t really tell you much other than that there are zero plans to tour again. As I said earlier, we’re very close and talk all the time, but we don’t talk about work. We’re friends, and we talk about life as friends. I can’t really tell you more than that, I’m afraid. I would say there’s no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex, Geddy, Neil. But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible.”

Thursday 10pm: Feature Band – Rush

Rush is a Canadian rock band composed of Geddy Lee (bass, lead vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars, backing vocals) and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Forming in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its current line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which has continued to the present.

According to the RIAA, Rush ranks 86th with sales of 25 million units in the U.S. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 65 million units as of 2017. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has received nominations for seven Grammy Awards. The band has won several Juno Awards, won an International Achievement Award at the 2009 SOCAN Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. Rush announced plans to cease large-scale touring at the end of 2015. – Wikipedia

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

BobbyJay 7-9-15On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” this evening you’ll hear: Gwen McCrae, Barry & Glodean White, Midnight Star, Quincy Jones, Tom Tom Club, William Bell, Rush, Anita Baker, AC/DC, Powerline and a whole bunch of others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Artist Countdown: Rush Top 45 Hits 6pm ET @rushtheband @RadioMax

Rush-BandRush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.

Since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush’s music style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers. The band finished the Time Machine Tour in July 2011 and released their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels in June 2012 with a supporting tour that began in September 2012.

Rush has sold 25 million albums in the U.S. for a ranking of 79th. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 New World Man
2 Tom Sawyer
3 The Spirit of Radio
4 Subdivisions
5 Limelight
6 Roll the Bones
7 The Big Money
8 Time Stand Still
9 Nobody’s Hero
10 Closer to the Heart
11 Dreamline
12 The Body Electric
13 The Pass
14 Ghost of a Chance
15 Show Don’t Tell
16 Cold Fire
17 Caravan
18 Stick It Out
19 Bravado
20 The Analog Kid
21 Superconductor
22 Headlong Flight
23 In the Mood
24 Test for Echo
25 Distant Early Warning
26 Force Ten
27 Mission
28 Marathon
29 Fly by Night
30 Manhattan Project
31 Red Sector A
32 Mystic Rhythms
33 Territories
34 The Anarchist
35 Countdown
36 The Wreckers
37 Vital Signs
38 The Trees
39 BU2B
40 The Weapon
41 Entre Nous
42 Not Fade Away
43 Freewill
44 Finding My Way
45 Making Memories