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2007 Snakes And Arrows: Still going strong

After making their grand comeback in 2002, the band released another live album and a freewheeling EP of cover tunes (Feedback), followed several years later by their 18th studio offering. Peart says his songwriting for this record was based on his reflections on faith, and he further explores and reveals parts of his journey mourning his wife and daughter. A live album of the same name would emerge in 2008, and a compliation, Retrospective 3 is newly available this year.


2002 Vapor Trails: Comeback

Peart returns to the band, and Rush returns to the rock scene with their 17th studio album. Some of Peart's personal healing process seems to surface on this record, notably the song "Ghost Rider" which alludes to his travels across North America while in mourning.


1998 Different Stages: Personal Tragedy

In 1997, drummer Neil Peart's daughter and only child, Selena, tragically died in a car accident. His wife Jacqueline Would die of cancer 10 months later. Rush subsequently entered a five-year hiatus while Peart recovered from his loss (during the break, Peart traveled North America on his motorcycle, and wrote a book detailing his journey through mourning). This live album was produced and released without Peart, and is dedicated to Selena and Jacqueline.


1996 Test For Echo

Rush further showcased more "alternative" influences on this album (notable in the singles "Test for Echo", "Driven", "Time and Motion").


1993 Counterparts

This album would become Rush's highest charting album in the US, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200. True to the style of the decade, the band flirted with an alternative rock sound.


 

1991 Roll The Bones

The lyrical matter on this release deals mostly with death-oriented themes, making it probably the band's darkest record. One of Rush's trademark epic instrumentals is on this record, "Where's My Thing." 


1989 A Show Of Hands, Presto

This year saw both the release of yet another live Rush album A Show Of Hands, as well as the band's 13th studio album, Presto. Fans generally mark this record as a transition from Rush's extreme synth-heavy sound into a bit more of a guitar-oriented center.


 


1987 Hold Your Fire

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann (a member of Til Tuesday in the '80s) guests on the single "Time Stands Still" off this record, and also makes an appearance in the song's video.


 

1985 Power Windows

Some consider this album to be the "peak" of Rush's "synthesizer" period.


 

1984 Grace Under Pressure

The 10th studio album by Rush flirts and dabbles with different styles such as ska. Lyrically, the album touches on a diverse range of material--from the Holocaust ("Red Sector A") to The Twilight Zone ("The Body Electric").


1982 Signals

Rush begins to move away from fantasy lyrical elements, focusing instead on more accessible topics such as teen peer pressure (notably documented in the synth-heavy early MTV hit "Subdivisions"). This album marks the band's last collaboration with longtime producer Terry Brown.


1981 Moving Pictures

This marks the band's biggest selling album in the U.S., hitting #3, and remains Rush's most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. The quintessential Rush anthem, "Tom Sawyer," opens the tracklisting. Later in the year, Rush releases another live album, Exit...Stage Left.


1980 Permanent Waves

This release is notable for Rush's foray into a more radio-friendly, hit-driven sound. Singles "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill" would become FM favorites, and the record itself became Rush's first Top 5 album in the U.S.


1978 Hemispheres

Similar to 2112, Rush's sixth studio album contains a single, epic song broken into chapters. Fantasy and mythology themes pervade the record.


1977 A Farewell To Kings

Synthesizers make a prominent impact on the musical style of this release. The disc contains hit single "Closer to the Heart."


19762112, All The World's A Stage

This release, a futuristic concept album based on the writings of novelist Ayn Rand, is considered by many to be Rush's definitive album. It was their first album to break the top 100 in the United States, and it paved the way for a string of gold and platinum releases. Later in the year, Rush releases All The World's A Stage, a double live album that broke Top 40 on the charts. The liner notes state that this album is the end of the "first chapter of Rush."


1975 Fly By Night, Caress Of Steel

The band's sophomore effort is the first one to feature Peart's songwriting and lyrics--which relied heavily on literary influences--therefore presenting a much different sound and style. Caress Of Steel followed later in the year, notable for tthe band's first two epic pieces, "The Necromancer", and "The Fountain Of Lamneth" (the latter of which is nearly 20 minutes long and comprised the entire side two of the original vinyl release).


1974 Rush

Rush's self-titled debut is remarkable for the fact that it bears little of the band's trademark prog-rock sound it would hone in later years, and leans more on a heavy metal bent (Drummer and primary songwriter Peart would officially join the band after this album was completed). Many critics compare this album as heavily derivative of Led Zeppelin or Cream, both major early influences on the band.


1968 Rush forms in Toronto, Canada

After undergoing several configurations over the course of a few years, the band Rush finalizes its lineup in 1974: Geddy Lee on bass, keyboards and vocals; Alex Lifeson on guitar; and Neal Peart (who replaced original drummer John Rutsey) on drums.

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