posted on Jan, 20 2018 @ 08:08 AM
Moving Pictures to me is an unparalleled 1st place. That album DEFINED my 10th grade year, and I still listen to it every 2 or 3 weeks. I also think
Neil was all-around the finest drummer of all time, a consummate gentleman, an unparalleled tune-smith, and probably one of the shyest musicians of
all time, not to mention his IQ, which is rumored to be WELL north of the Mensa line.
Geddy's vocal and bass chops are, well, transcendent would be a fitting description. I play bass, guitar, and keyboard, and started playing in bands
around 1977 or so, and still do when the opportunity comes about. I can tell you from my personal experience that if he only sang lead, or only
played bass, his talent and skill level on either one would put him at the top of the pyramid, but doing both simultaneously at the skill level he
Fuggetaboutit. At least for us mortals.
Even playing rhythm guitar and singing at the same time can be difficult if you don't do it on a regular basis, but playing bass at his skill level
while singing lead (and I've attempted it before, and mostly failed) is much more comparable to playing a complex LEAD guitar break and trying to sing
at the same time. It's not out of the realm of possibility, but there's a reason why almost no one does it. It's just on a level that is out of
reach for most musicians, including me.
I think Alex plays guitar on a comparable level to Neil and Geddy, but HE doesn't stack lead vocals on top of it.
But what really puts them in the stratosphere, especially performing live, is how they com together as a cohesive unit. We've all seen live shows by
bands we love, for the first time, and on occasion left the show disappointed. Some bands can cut great studio recordings, but can't play live for
squat. Not these guys. Rush's live shows consistently come off sounding BETTER than their studio efforts. That's pretty rare, even among great
Listen to "La Villa Strangiato" on the "Hemispheres" studio album, then the 1979 live Pink Pop version (it's on youtube), and finally the live
version from the "Time Machine" tour, and see if you don't agree.
And if you haven't seen the "Beyond the Lighted Stage" documentary, just stop, drop everything, and watch it now. It's THAT good.
I guess it's pretty obvious that I'm a YUUUUGE fan, thus the verbosity level increase when the opportunity for discussion presents itself.
For reasons that seem strangely unexplainable, I've never actually noticed that ATS has a music forum, so I'll check it out, and maybe see y'all
Oh, and one more thing. If I can lay my hands on them, I have several bootleg recordings of live Rush shows on cassette tape. I don't have any Idea
how old some of you guys are, but collecting bootleg live shows was a fairly popular hobby, at least among the more hardcore (some would called
obsessed) fans and musicians during the 70s and 80s. It's been many years since I've listened to them, but if my memories are accurate, at least some
of them were of decent quality.
Is that something y'all would be interested in hearing? On the outside chance I could find them and make a decent rip? If so, let me know, and I can
try to email you a copy when and if I find them.