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Plays The Music Of Rush

Royal Philharmonic OrchestraAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Spirit of Radio 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B009D5LVNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

1. 2112 Overture
2. The Spirit Of Radio
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Subdivisions
5. Closer To The Heart
6. Red Barchetta
7. Limelight
8. Working Man
9. Fly By Night


From the world-famous orchestra that brought you symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd and ABBA comes a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Canadian Prog Rock legends, Rush!

Includes dramatic reinterpretations of the Rush classics Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more!

Conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey! --Official Press Release

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great November 20, 2012
By Teamski
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Rush fan, I always enjoy alternate renditions of their songs. A Choral version of The Analog Kid done several years ago was simply amazing. Here, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra did a great job on the songs except the use of guitars in several of the songs. I think the use of them in several songs was somewhat of a cop out. If I wanted to listen to some variant solo, I would listen to a standard cover band. I wanted to hear the pure orchestra, which is done for a number of songs, but not for others, especially Red Barchetta where an extensive solo ruins the song altogether as an orchesta piece. If you are a Rush fan, you know you have to add this to your library, but I was hoping for something a bit more. Just my personal opinion, of course!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too cheezy November 21, 2012
By Tero
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If they had left out singing completely, it would have been tolerable. Replacing Geddy with a single singer would not have worked either.

Symphonic bands can be as tight as Rush, so that is doable. Here we have more of a pops approach.

I am a fan of symphonic music and have liked a few efforts to combine rock and a symphony. Genesis was not bad. This is not memorable at all. Ensemble Modern would have done OK job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I want to like this more. And there are many bits of it I really like. But over all it misses the mark for me. Standouts to me include 2112 Overture, Subdivisions and Limelight. Disappointments are lead by Red Barchetta. Many of the arrangements sound like soundtracks to a 70's TV Western Movie of the Week Soundtrack/Hooked on Classics. I think it might have been better to have gone more "classical", even operatic in some cases. Rush is currently touring with a string section for the Clockwork Angels tour aptly showing how their music can be complimented, if not arranged, in classical style. Perhaps most of the disappointment with this collection is the potential it showed, but yet missed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you are huge Rush fan November 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is only OK if you are a huge Rush fan. If you already know every part of the real version of the song inside and out, then hearing that song performed in this way gives it a cute little twist. And I really must emphasize the 'cute little' part. It's not a "wow that is crazy what they did there" and instead you listen to it knowing what part is coming up in the song going, "oh I wonder what they are going to do there. Oh, ok that was interesting." Unfortunately, it's the same concept as creating a MIDI version of a Rush song. It's cute what you did there, but you won't catch me listening to it in the car.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Noooooooooooooooo June 20, 2014
Format:MP3 Music
I'm a die hard Rush fan and I like some classical music. But this is just lame. Most songs are hard to recognize and the ones that are recognizable are just destroyed with over the top classical arrangements that makes it just cheesy.

Stay away or you'll have nightmares when you hear Rush again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have to be a die-hard Rush fan. October 1, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It's...interesting, but only if you are a die-hard Rush fan. This will not really appeal to classical music lovers or casual Rush fans. The cover art is pretty awesome. I like that they used a dinosaur on the cover, since it's an ongoing joke with Rush that they are so old they are dinosaurs. The music is not quite classical, it's more like a movie score. There is electric guitar, and some pretty amusing singing. (The guy who sings on Subdivisions sounds like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.) Let's face it, this album is really only good for laughs and entertainment. The record itself is kind of cool, as it comes on blue transparent vinyl. But keep in mind that this record only costs a few bucks, so in my opinion, it's well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice interpretation September 21, 2013
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Yes, some of it does sound like the theme to an old western movie/TV show, but that's what makes it unique. The operatic style singing on some tracks should have been omitted (it makes me laugh). But overall, being an avid Rush fan, I liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Covers of Classic Rush Songs September 4, 2013
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All the most popular Rush songs covered by the RPO. It sounds like a mix between original Star Wars music and Rush. It's a great spin on the most popular songs from the best rock band in the world! I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good listen
Published 1 month ago by royce g mcguire jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent
My daughter got this for my husband as a present. There are a couple of songs where you start to wonder "Why are they SINGING? Please make it stop!" LOL... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!
I thought this was excellent. Not much singing, but was done with such taste and is very easy listening. Really enjoyed it!
Published 19 months ago by linda f
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I wish they could tour with Rush or collaborate on new music with Rush.
Would like to hear other pieces of music done by Rush like this.
Published 19 months ago by Joseph Doss
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is a truly amazing homage to some of the greatest Rush classics, but sometimes I felt like the production could have been a little better. Read more
Published 21 months ago by André Victor Gomes de Aboim Mac Dowell
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I bought this for my son who is a huge Rush fan, I am too but I bought this for him. Needless to say, we listened to it while we ate Christmas breakfast, everyone enjoyed it, even... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Audrey Groeschel
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is. A fairly good attempt at symphonic Rush
Still can't figure out Limelight, but Spirit of Radio and Closer to the Heart are not too bad. Good for a listen now and again.
Published 21 months ago by Michael Lobitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Philharmonic Gives Rush Cinematic Sweep
There are already half a dozen classical music tributes to Rush, so you might ask why we need one more, this one released by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in November. Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Freedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Orchestral Tribute to Rush
I love how the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra took each classic hit and put their own spin on it while converting it to a classical orchestral piece. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alec Pulianas
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What's with the dinosaur?
.....and from the picture I thought "The Trees" would have been a song on the cd. Now it just doesn't make sense. Maybe they confused it with the Yes album meets the ASIA album?
Dec 9, 2012 by William K. Jeffers |  See all 3 posts
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