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The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 [Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B0000794FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though not their first-ever career survey, Rush's Spirit of Radio compilation is an ideal point of entry for newbie fans or anyone who consistently likes the Rush songs most often heard on commercial radio. While 1990's Chronicles set was more encompassing--including tracks beyond Spirit of Radio's '87 cut-off point--the Canadian prog-rock trio's benchmark moments are represented among these 16 songs. Hence the appearance of "Closer to the Heart," "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man," "Time Stand Still," "Fly by Night," "Subdivisions," and the title track. --Kim Hughes

Product Description

This is no Rush job-it's the first anthology to collect all the rockin' radio staples of Rush! From the 1974 Rush LP to 1987's Hold Your Fire , here are Working Man; Fly by Night; Closer to the Heart; The Spirit of Radio; Freewill; Limelight; Tom Sawyer; Red Barchetta; New World Man; Subdivisions; The Big Money; Time Stand Still , and four more!

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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs here, but its all been done before! June 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Released in 2003, this is the 3rd Rush compilation, and it contains 16 tracks.
As Rush dawned on their 30th Anniversary, their old label Mercury(Who they disbanded with in 1987) decided to release a compilation to commemorate the event. Taking songs off the many
Rush albums between 1974-1987, it manages to incorporate at least one song from each album released during that time period except for Caress of Steel, an underrated gem. Although this
album says "Greatest Hits", none of these songs reached billboard success except for "New World Man", which peaked at #16. Essentially this is a "Best Of" compilation, gathering up all the radio staples such as "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer", and "Subdivisions"(Really you can hear all the
songs on this compilation on the radio!), and adding in fan favorites such as "Time Stands Still", "Distant Early Warning", and "Force Ten". The CD's packaging is also quite nice, with a Booklet that tells all
about their CD's and the singles on this compilation, and it proves to be quite an interesting read. If you are a fan of Classic Rock, I cannot recommend Rush enough. Making a compilation for the greatest band of all-time can prove to be quite a formidable task, so read on below to find out
how Spirit of Radio stacks up:
(By the way, thanks to Der Kommissar for the format!)
ALL THE SONGS ARE CLASSICS-Without a doubt, every single song on this compilation are some of Rush's best, and they will not fail to satisfy even the stingiest of tastes. If you are a fan of
Classic Rock, there is no way you cannot like this!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's put this CD in Retrospect... February 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Rush was recently on Rockline promoting this CD, and came right out and said they had virtually nothing to do with this CD, and that their record company more-or-less mandated its release. The first 100,000 copies printed have the limited edition DVD, which has nothing that isn't on the Chronicles DVD. As a HUGE Rush fan, some previously unavaliable videos such as the newer ones (Driven, Half the World, Show Don't Tell, Stick It Out, Roll the Bones, etc.) would be more of a "bonus" as far as I'm concerned, since you can't get them anywhere. As a collection of music, it's all good, that's why I'm giving this a 5-star rating. However, if you're already a Rush fan, it's useless, since any self-respecting Rush fan owns whole-album sets and not just greatest hits. This CD is basically a record company marketing scheme. SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR THE LIVE IN RIO DVD THIS SUMMER! IT WILL FEATURE A BONUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES DVD AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE SHOW THEY PERFORMED DURING THE VAPOR TRAILS TOUR!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poets Laureate of Hard Rock February 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I remember when Rush's first album appeared on the Canadian music charts when I was in high school. It entered at #100 and 2 weeks later climbed all the way up to #99. This, I thought with my usual accuracy for prognostication, is a band going nowhere.
I wasn't alone. When Rush were nominated for Best New Band at the Junos (Canada's Grammy awards), they lost to the ever popular Myles & Lenny. Inexplicably nominated in the same category the next year, they lost again.
But someone was listening...
Rush toured and toured, putting on phenomenal shows, playing with ever-increasing virtuousity and writing the most intelligent songs in the hard rock genre.
They hold the record, by a wide margin, of most consecutive Billboard top 10 albums by a heavy metal act. Including Led Zeppelin.
Several reviewers have complained that the tracklisting for this set is also available on Chronicles, a 2-CD set. True, but this set isn't for completists. The songs alone rate 5-stars, regardless of how often they are repackaged.
Ironically the song "The Spirit Of Radio", for which the album was named, was the slogan of radio station CFNY in Toronto. The station played an eclectic mix new wave, punk, and obscure album tracks, not the big heavy metal acts of the day that Rush, rightly or wrongly, was categorized as being amongst.
CFNY never played Rush.
But most other Toronto stations did, effectively giving free advertising to a competitor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward Hits February 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Looking for a simple collection of Rush hits? This is it. While not as comprehensive as some others, particularly "Chronicles", this cd delivers exactly what it intends to-a brief retrospective of their most familiar songs and radio hits. The low price also makes this a great buy for any casual fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Rush!! May 15, 2003
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The latest Rush compilation "The Spirit of Radio" covers the band's years with Mercury Records from 1974 to 1987. During this period, the band churned out classic after classic beginning with their hard-hitting debut album, followed by the equalling hard-hitting "Fly by night" and "Caress of Steel". Then it was off into prog-rock territory with the classic trilogy of "2112", "A Farewell To Kings" and "Hemispheres". This was followed by two more progressive style albums "Permanent Waves" and the great "Moving Pictures". Following this was the more synthetic album "Signals". The final trilogy consisting of "Grace Under Pressure", "Power Windows" and "Hold Your Fire" finds the band leaving behind the heavy rock and progressive elements and merging into a unique brand of power-pop-rock. This is where the 'classic' Rush years ended. "The Spirit of Radio" compilation beautifully covers this period beginning with "Working Man" from the first album and ending with "Time Stand Still" from "Hold Your Fire". Inbetween, we hear classics such as "Closer To The Heart", "The Trees", an extract from "2112", "Freewill", "Limelight" and "Tom Sawyer". The only albums which this compilation skips over are the three live albums "All The Worlds A Stage", "Exit Stage Left" and "A Show of Hands" and the 1975 studio album "Caress Of Steel". It hardly seems to matter though because this compilation clocks in 8-seconds short of a solid 80-minutes. Every single track on this CD is something special from a special time. I have my own personal memories when I hear Rush from these years. This is a must-have for any Rush fan and also serves as an ideal introduction to the band if one has never heard them before. This is music for, like the old Rush song says, "Making Memories".
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