Rush – Chronicles
1990, Anthem AN2K-1060
From the KMA 2007-09-03:
I had a roommate in second year university who may very well have been the world’s biggest Rush fan – at least, that I’ve ever met, anyway. He’d play their records really, really loudly on his crappy little boombox, passionately howling along in falsetto (horribly, I might add). But it was hard to fault his enthusiasm for the band. They really are fucking amazing.
There’s a more recent Gold Series set of Rush’s greatest hits that’s probably mostly identical to this one, but to me this 2 CD set is the one to have. Years ago, I owned a copy of this myself, but the mists of time have shrouded the reasons as to when and why I got rid of it. Probably to make moving that much lighter, at some point. Silliness!
I bought another copy yesterday in Toronto, because I was totally jonesing to hear this incredible band’s inimitable sound. I’m playing it right now, and I was so right for snapping it up. I was a fool to get rid of it the first time around, living without it all these years. What a great set!
These are three of Canada’s premier musicians. From a technical musical standpoint, these guys are completely brilliant. Neil Peart on drums? Alex Lifeson on guitar? Geddy Lee on bass, keyboards and those incomparable vocals? Holy shit! Untouchable. The lyrics are intelligent, interesting and classic. Just try telling me you don’t know all the words to Tom Sawyer, Closer To The Heart andWorking Man. Liar!
Culled from their early albums, there’s not a track here that even approaches mediocre. Even better, Rush has been around so long now, and has continued to make fantastic records in the 17 years since this set was released (Christ, somehow that makes me feel old), that by now they’re living legends. They operate on a plane that few other bands in this country can even imagine, let alone pretend to comprehend.
Just take a look at the track listing and you’ll know what I’m on about. I’m not complaining at all, but the only things missing from the list are forgiveable. Personally, I’d say that the entire 2112 opus is a greatest hits collection in its own right, but for these purposes one may as well just own the album. Trust me! It’s that good! And this set came before Counterparts, which contained the fantastic trackNobody’s Hero, which I’d include on any Hits set by this band. The more recent Gold set omitted it, I noticed – idiots.
Yes, I’m a fan. No, I’m not overstating how great this band is. This is a gem. Own it.
From the Thumb 2012-09-24:
2 CDs of sheer bliss.
I remember everything about where I was when I got this. It was Windsor, Dr. Disc. 1993. My roommate Tony had a bunch of Rush on cassette, so this was popular. Less popular with him was Sloan’s Smeared, which I brought home around that time too, having seen the Twiced Removed tour and gone back in the discography to get the rest. Anyway. Rush.
You already own this. You know what I mean when I say this kicks ass. You know what legends these guys are. Words are inadequate here, but what a collection of songs! A lot of bands would give their left nuts to have ONE SONG as good as anything on this collection of huge tunes. I am even (somehow) willing to overlook the use of live tracks in place of studio tracks (I usually hate that, on hits compilations).
There may be other, even better compilations since, but I haven’t really bothered to look. This one has lived in my house for so long, and become such an anchor in my CD collection, that even if there was something better I’d still go to this one first.
What I want them to do is make a Chronicles II, of the new stuff. Pick up where this one left off and make another 2 CD set. They could totally do it. They should.
Update 2013-09-09: September seems to be my month to listen to Rush and, specifically, write about this album. Right freaking on. I love this set.