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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs like Heart Full of Soul, 28 July 2015
This review is from: Feedback (Audio CD)
I have been a Rush fan for many years now. The idea of Rush putting out a covers album seemed a little strange to me. However this was put together to celebrate their 30th anniversary, with the band revisiting the music they played in bars and clubs in their early days. The result is a delightful album. Songs like Heart Full of Soul, The Seeker and Mr Soul really hit home - songs that I would love them to have kept in their live set permanently. For around £6, this is great value and well worth investing in.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Presto. Not the best Rush album ever made but still has its moments., 28 July 2015
This review is from: Presto (Audio CD)
This was the start of a new era for Rush, their first release for their new record company Atlantic. The material is more guitar based and less emphasis on synthesizers, which to some degree had dominated the last two albums - Power Windows & Hold Your Fire. The album kicks off with probably the strongest track - Show Dont Tell - a guitar based track with some trademark Peart fills and a short bass break from Geddy Lee. Chain Lightning is up next - a track featuring some nice contrasts with acoustic & electric guitar parts, but not one of the strongest tracks Rush have ever produced. The Pass is a beautiful track, with great lyrics from Neil Peart about teenage isolation, together with some great guitar / bass constructions, for me this is one of the best Rush songs ever and is a band favourite.

Next up is War Paint, which is a more up beat rock track but just fails to deliver for me. Something in the song just does not click with me as a listener. Scars is another up beat track featuring a sequenced bass pattern. But once again it comes across as a weaker song and could have been made much bigger.

The title song Presto is one of the finest songs on the album - a beautifully crafted acoustic guitar part, some great bass work and a really great lyric. Superconductor is one of the finest punchy rock tracks the band have ever made. Great guitar part, fine driving bass work to support and as usual a great drum part.

Anagram is one of the weaker tracks, which just fails to hit the mark like some of their earlier experiments such as Kid Gloves / red lenses from Grace Under Pressure. Red Tide is a typical Rush track - fine contrasts between light and heavy, intricate bass work and a great guitar break. Hand Over Fist is one of the better cuts on the album a discussion of relationship - a fair guitar break in the middle of this. Available Light closes the album in fine fashion - not one of the greatest Rush tracks.

All in all, Presto is a little disappointing. It takes some time to get into the album, it rewards listening to it several times over but it is not the strongest album Rush have ever made.

Grumpy Old Rock Star: and Other Wondrous Stories
Grumpy Old Rock Star: and Other Wondrous Stories
by Rick Wakeman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars His tales of life as a struggling musician mix nicely with his tales from headlining tours with Yes, 25 July 2015
Got this book as a present from a friend. Have read this book a couple of times now as some of the tales do not dim from being repeated or you revisiting them. Rick Wakeman certainly has a gift for telling a tale and for making people laugh. His tales of life as a struggling musician mix nicely with his tales from headlining tours with Yes. Many of these tales really did have me laughing very loudly. This book is well worth buying - when you have read it, put it away for a few months then dig it out & read it again - you will find yourself laughing aloud each time. Very highly recommended.

The Studio Albums: 1992-2003
The Studio Albums: 1992-2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great value for money, 10 Nov. 2014
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Simply great value for money. I wanted three of the albums in this collection (TB3, Distant Earth & Voyager) on CD and thus this box set is just what I needed - all for £18 delivered. Buying these three separate was around the £16 mark. For £2 I get 5 extra CDs which is great value. The downloads have been playing on my mp3 player almost continuously. While some parts of this collection may not be the best of Mike Oldfield's work, this collection is well worth investing in, as the good parts are simply wonderful namely Voyager, Tubular Bells III & Song of the Distant Earth.

Vapor Trails (Remixed)
Vapor Trails (Remixed)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vapor Trails Remixed and revived, 14 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Vapor Trails (Remixed) (Audio CD)
When I heard that this album was coming out I was delighted. The original mix had left me feeling a little disappointed - the sound too wooly in some ways. The material was strong, it was just let down by a bad mix. This album has corrected the original mix and revealed a truly great Rush album. Clarity runs through the whole album - the instruments and vocals so much brighter. Several tracks stand out - One Little Victory, Vapor Trails and Ghost Rider being the best. The original Vapor Trails was a fine album, this remix is significantly better.

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