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Retrospective 2

RushAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: June 3, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles is better April 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album and its companion volume Retrospective I: 1974-1980 are rather pointless exercises. Rush had already released an admirable comprehensive retrospective back in 1990, the excellent double-disc Chronicles, which took two songs from each of their studio albums (three in the case of Moving Pictures) and augmented them with selected tracks from each of their three live albums at that point in their career. Now years later, Rush's money-grubbing manager Ray Danniels convinced them to milk their past again by releasing two separate (and therefore more expensive when purchased together) compilations rehashing most of the same songs and adding in a few other interesting songs ("The Analog Kid", "The Body Electric", "Mission", "Marathon") which didn't make the cut for Chronicles. I know Danniels is the mastermind behind this, because when he later became the manager of Van Halen he tried to convince them to do the same, releasing two volumes of greatest hits separately compiling the David Lee Roth and the Sammy Hagar eras. He lost that battle, only managing the milk the fans for a single-disc VH best-of.
Diehard Rush fans will tell you to skip both Chronicles and the Retrospective volumes and instead purchase all of the Rush CD's, since these songs were meant to be enjoyed in the context of the respective albums for which they were created. As an in-betweener, I can tell you that the Chronicles set is a more broad overview, even if it's at the expense of some of the songs included here (plus, Chronicles includes the excellent "Manhattan Project" and "Show Don't Tell", missing here).
3 stars because it's still great material, but the way it's been repackaged yet again is kind of shameless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... But BUY THE ALBUMS May 30, 2000
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Retrospective II, along with its predecessor disc, are both adequate introductions to Rush for any curious or casual fan. But for die-hard fans, such as myself, this is merely a waste of money if you already own the albums (which is really the true context the music must be heard). I do happen to own this disc, but I only listen to it if I do not want to change CD's in my car or at home. In that respect, it is a collection that satisfies me, somewhat. That is because the best songs are not represented here (of course, that is only my opinion). The 15 tracks here are equally divided between the five studio albums released from '81 to '87 (Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire). Due to this balance of division, worthwhile tracks from strong albums (Moving Pictures, especially) are omitted for the purpose of giving preference to ones from weaker efforts (Hold Your Fire, and Power Windows {to a lesser degree}). To get into the specifics of this, "Vital Signs" or "YYZ" from MP would have been a great addition here, along with possibly "Digital Man" from Signals. Of course, to do such a thing would have meant dropping a couple of other songs, which in my opinion should have been "Mission" from HYF and probably "Marathon" from PW. Don't get me wrong, these are both very good tracks, but not better than the aforementioned songs from Pictures or Signals. From GUP, "The Enemy Within" or even "Afterimage" (one of the most underrated, and impassioned Rush songs ever) could have been here instead of "The Body Electric", which pales in comparison to those two tracks. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great arena-rock era Greatest Hits June 2, 2001
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Originally meant to be the replacement for the second disc of Chronicles, Retrospective II is a welcome acquisition for fans of Rush's eighties material. Rush, like Judas Priest and other rock bands of the era, have a sort of split career, where some people prefer their earlier Zeppelin-esque material, and others prefer the more user-friendly "popular" stuff. I happen to find this Retrospective II disc a lot more appealing than the first, as most of the radio hits and real hard-rock classics are found here.
As for this one attempting to replace the 2nd Chronicles disc, the track selection is very telling: it loses only Passage To Bangkok, Manhattan Project, and Show Don't Tell, in favor of The Analog Kid, Marathon, The Body Electric, and Mission. It shows that Chronicles was a tough set to beat, as it is still in print today and remains a very popular "complete" overview of Rush's career (at least from '74 to '87.)
So, if you want to have a "complete" overview you can choose between both Retrospective volumes, or the Chronicles 2-disc set. Or, if you just want the Rush that most people know and love, this disc will more than satisfy you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 18 days ago by Rustin Ebersole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this as a replacement disc
Published 1 month ago by JFCottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Rush
I've been a Rush fan since 1971. Love everything they do. The Retrospective albums include the best of the best. The recording is high quality, the song selection is spot on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
Love Rush and love this CD. Great collection of songs! My husband plays this cd quite a bit in his truck.
Published 4 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Enduring Trio
Rush as musicians and intelligent songwriters, both musically and lyrically, never gets stale. Seeing them in concert in their 60's was tremendous and this collection was a great... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marc G
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Rush compilations
Why I chose my rating, was because I just love RUSH. I can't get enough of them, one of my favorite bands of all time.
Published 17 months ago by Michael F Meloen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
Rush is the best band ever they have there own unique sound and this cd is a great compilation of some of there best songs from up to there moving pictures album through I think... Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by Grantmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars RUSH VOL 2
if you don't have all of RUSH'S catalogue, or not a big enough fan to buy them all,buy RETROSPECTIVE 1,RETROSPECTIVE 2 AND RETROSPECTIVE 3. Read more
Published on October 25, 2009 by MRT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff !
As all "Greatest hits" there is some missing tracks, for instance, where's "YYZ" or "The Manhatan project" ? ...but it is a great cd. Read more
Published on April 15, 2007 by Guy Campeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Rush - 'Retrospective, Volume 2 - 1981-1987' (Mercury)
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. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by Mike Reed
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