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As fan of Rush that happened upon them a few albums in, 2112 to be honest, I have followed them through thick and thin.
They being only one of the bands over a period of over 40 years that I did actually walk out on. It was a cold wet night in the Inglston Exhibition Center just West of Edinburgh airport. A center of audio excellence it never was or ever has been.
However, I did not want to miss the latest tour of the band I had seen a few times in the much more acceptable environs of the Apollo Theater in Glasgow, but as usual I digress, the sound was truly awful and the atmosphere made even worse by the condensation that was literally raining from the high un-vaulted ceiling. As I left I was unsure if I would ever have the notion to return to a gig that had Rush on the menu as I felt somebody must have known the place was particularly unsuitable for large crowds of fee paying punters to watch music of any description.
But the trooper that I am I did return and have seen them on many occasions since. I have never again been disappointed by the band either on record or live, recently their music has taken on even better standings. The previous album "Snakes and Arrows" even convinced my eldest son, a long time detractor of anything that sniffed of, mention it in hushed tones, "Prog" to attend a night at the SECC in Glasgow and is now quite a devoted fan.
But, I digress yet again, the new album, is, simply a stunning piece of musical genius, a much over used phrase, but very well applied here.
I only received my fan pack today, yes the one with the key ring, and popped it on the player and let it rip. There is no hint of any type of filler on here. I purchased the original single over 2 years ago and I have to say was not that blown away by the tracks on first purchase. I have no idea what they have done to the tracks but they now sound totally in context and in some way different!
After such a short period of listening, the standout track is "Headlong Flight" as I said above "GENIUS" fast moving, unforgiving, in your face and all the other usual stuff.
Not certain if Neil Peart has changed his drumming method but he certainly seems a great deal further up front in the sound mix, no bad thing. Alex Lifeson's playing is definitely at it's best and that really is saying something with this chappies previous recordings, simply sooooperb. And Mr lee is at the top of his playing and singing with just a touch more conviction, if that is ever possible.
A truly remarkable piece of recorded music that should get the best of plaudits from all areas. Us elderly people really do have something relevant to say, even in this day and age.
Just go out and by it.