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The Rush Fan Pack includes Clockwork Angels, the band's incredible new studio album, plus a 132-page magazine dedicated to one of hard rock's biggest and most enduring bands. Fans who buy the Rush Fan pack will be able to hear Clockwork Angels exclusively weeks before it hits the shelves in record stores. The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Rush-approved and contains brand new interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talking in depth and at length about their latest, much anticipated studio album and about their incredible thirty-year plus career that's seen them shift over 40 million albums and sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide. Clockwork Angels is the eagerly awaited twentieth studio album from Rush, and to celebrate the band's legacy, the magazine looks back at their legendary career with the help of, among others, members of the Manic Street Preachers, Porcupine Tree, Mastodon and original producer, Terry Brown. The magazine also speaks to the men behind the band's award winning documentary, Beyond The Lighted Stage and to Kiss' Gene Simmons about taking the young Rush out as their support band in the 70s. All of this plus rare shots of Rush from the band's personal archives, a Rush Keyring and a Giant double sided poster, make it a real must for Rush fans everywhere. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I had not great expectations about this one. Based on the two previous studio albums, I just awaited another "Rush by numbers" work. I mean: powerful, hard hitting and masterfully executed, but not especially inspired.. I liked Snakes and Arrows a bit more than Vapor Trails, but somehow the spirit of old Rush' golden era (let's say the one that flew over A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures) seemed to be forever gone.
A digression here : Vapor Trails, especially, is a quite tiresome album to me. It stays a bit to much in the low frequency sonic spectre: too much bass guitar, to much bass drum, and too much guitar power chords, not properly equilibrated by other sonic and musical ingredients, which makes it a hard task to listen to it, from beginning to end, without taking a break. Snakes and Arrows, while walking the same sonic territory as V.T., was more varied and dynamic, and I found it more enjoyable. Not bad albums to my taste, but not exciting enough.
Clockwork Angels, however, is gifted with a different nature. It is tremendously fresh, vital and captivating, and makes me recall the best years of the band. Yes, Rush look younger than yesterday, playing with enthusiasm a set of convincing songs. Nothing to do with (like someone could fear), a tired old group. There are no fillers in this album. It is a concept album equipped with its proper organic quality. From the beginnig, the listener is propelled by an exciting, dynamic music, feeling the need to know how the story goes.
As I said it is a concept album, based on a sci-fi story.Read more ›
If you have already heard `Caravan' and `BU2B,' which were released a full two years earlier than the record was, then you should have some idea of this album's musical direction already. The songs have since been re-recorded to fit in better with the rest of the album though, so even if you've played them to death already, you won't feel cheated that they are part of the album.
Despite concentrating on the band's heavier side, the album is still very dynamic and varied. Sometimes things will be melodic and sweet, sometimes there are synths and keys in there, sometimes you'll hear little touches that remind you of Hemispheres and A Farewell To Kings and then of course sometimes you'll hear more of the direction from Snakes And Arrows' and Vapor Trails' heavier moments. The opening to `Carnies' even has a big fat riff that could almost fit on a Monster Magnet or Down album.Read more ›
The Garden will blow you away.
Clockwork Angels is the best of the three post hiatus albums by a margin and while it is too early to tell for sure I think there is an argument for this being the best album since Power Windows.
The album starts with the two pre-released tracks Caravan and BU2B which is a pity on first listen as the rest of the album is fresher and it detracted from that initial buzz of listening to an album for the first few times. That said, this is a loose concept album and there is a story going on around the songs so it makes sense to place them where they are.
There are twelve tracks on the album (11 if you discount the reprise of BU2B) and they are all of good quality with a handful of early standouts to grab the attention and pull you in to the album as a whole. The mid-section of The Anarchist, Carnies and Halo Effect is a superb run of potential classics with The Wreckers providing another 'hit'. The total standout is the superb closer The Garden. Genuinely up there with the best songs they have ever produced. It has everything - heart and soul combined with excellent lyrics and great instrumentation.
My only criticism of the album is the production. I bought the 'fan pack' so have the CD but my first listen was on a lower spec PC and the mix sounded very muddy; like there was great gig on inside the stadium but I was on the outside.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unusual and inventive. The performance is as consummate as anything Rush has recorded.Published 2 months ago by Richard H.
Incredible that a band who have been going over 40 years should produce 2 albums of such quality in this and Snakes & Arrows, which for me are their best ever work.Published 2 months ago by Ricky
These guys are in their 60's!
This is the latest material from, for me, the three best musicians in the rock world. Read more
Took me a while to get into, but now it's the No.1 Rush album to me. The band reach new levels of proficiency, dynamism, storytelling, and song craft (which is saying something!). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Croftville
Agree with the select few who don't look at Rush through rose tinted glasses so thick it detaches them from reality. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Mansfield