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Retrospective 2 (1981-1987)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Depending on your perspective, Rush's 1980s work either shows growth and maturity, or it lacks the grand craftsmanship, sheer force, and virtuosity of their peak efforts. In the early '80s, Geddy Lee began adding keyboards... more »
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Depending on your perspective, Rush's 1980s work either shows growth and maturity, or it lacks the grand craftsmanship, sheer force, and virtuosity of their peak efforts. In the early '80s, Geddy Lee began adding keyboards and synthesizers to the trio's progressive power sound and the results were rewarding: "Tom Sawyer," "Red Barchetta," "New World Man," "Subdivisions," and "Analog Kid" retain much of the magic. However, the departure of producer Terry Brown and the gaining prominence of the keyboards precipitated a noticeable decline from which the band never fully recovered. Despite some notable achievements on this volume, the 1970s companion volume truly captures Rush at its pinnacle. In fact, many of the group's '70s studio albums are stronger as a whole than this greatest-hits collection. -- Marc Greilsamer
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Rush - 'Retrospective, Volume 2 - 1981-1987' (Mercury)
Mike Reed | USA | 07/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Pretty much for the 'casual' Rush fan that doesn't have maybe the space, cash or time to go out to purchase all their CD's individually. On this compilation,you get a few tracks from each of their following albums: 'Moving Pictures' ('81), 'Signals'('82), 'Grace Under Pressure'('84), 'Power Windows' ('85) and 'Hold Your Fire'('87). Some say this wasn't exactly the band's best era. But,hey! Everyone has right to their own opinion."
Not an exceptional album, but a decent sampler
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Basically this album doesn't make much sense, because Rush were an album-oriented band and this claims to be a sort of "Greatest hits"-collection. "Retrospective II" contains ever three tracks from their 80's-album from "Moving Pictures" to "Hold your Fire". Some of the tracks chosen from "Grace.." and "Power Windows" are definetely not the best ones on these albums! Nevertheless, this odd compilation provides a good overview of the band's best-known work in the 80's. But if you are really interested in Rush-and after having heard this album you certainly will!-you'll have to buy the original albums as well."
Great... But BUY THE ALBUMS
Bill R. Moore | Oklahoma, USA | 05/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As with Chronicles (and the other disc in this compilation) it is impossible to argue with the fine music, some of the best prog ever committed to tape, no one doubts their quality. However, since Rush is, and always has been, an album band they are better served by buying some of their great albums (I reccommend 2112, Kings, Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, and Signals as their absolute best, and first purchases, although they have many other fine albums as well."