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The first half of this 1975 LP features Rush's '70s concert staples Bastille Day and Lakeside Park . Later come two odysseys that signal their voyage into prog: The Necromancer and the nearly 20-minute The Fountain of Lamneth !
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This wrongly overlooked album is a treasure trove of early 70's heavy prog rock. The second album with the amazing Neil Peart behind the pen and drum kit, Caress has the raw intensity and sincerity that the band launched their career on. Fast moving tracks like "Bastille Day" and "I Think I'm Goin' Bald" balance the two slower concept pieces, "The Necromancer" (thinly veiled Tolkien, gotta love it!) and "The Fountain of Lamneth." Both of the concept pieces are classic, and preview the band's move into the full-blown, hard rock must-have concept album 2112 (and later, "Hemispheres"). If you're exploring the sonic world of Rush, don't forget Caress of Steel!
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If you see many people on this site saying that this album is underrated, then shouldn't that be a wake up call?
Caress Of Steel seems raw and under-produced, but I think that's what gives the album it's appeal. It stars of with "Bastille Day", a rocker with imaginative lyrics. "I Think I'm Going Bald", despite it's quirky lyrics, is still a great song. If anything, on this particular track, it's the music that counts, which rocks and is catchy. "Lakeside Park", which is probably my least favorite on here, is still a great mellow tune. "The Necromancer", is the bands first attempt at a 10+ minute epic. Check out the middle section with furious guitar solos. "The Fountain Of Lamneth", Rush' first 20 minute epic, once again, if not for the lyrics, the music more than makes up for it. It goes from hard rock, to soothing clasical guitar to pop/hard rock to all out hard rock again. It's the most progressive on here.
Overall, a great effort from Rush. This is what I call the start of Rush's heavy progressive rock, and it would get more refined as the later releases indicate.
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I cannot believe people who claim to call themselves "Rush Fans" don't dig this album. This brilliant album is probably the most "Tolkien-ish" or "fantasy-like" out of the whole Rush catalog (along with "Xanadu" from Kings and "By-Tor" and "Rivendell" from Fly By Night). The "Necromancer" is oustanding, classic Rush! I believe "The Fountain of Lamneth" ranks as one of the greats along with "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres", "2112", "Cygnus X-1", and "Xanadu". Anybody with any open mind and digs prog such as early Crimson, Genesis, Yes, Tull, and Gentle Giant will LOVE this album! For me this album ranks with "Brain Salad Surgery", "Relayer", "Larks' Tongues", "A Passion Play" - on that level!
P.S.- I have not yet heard the newly remastered version, but I'm sure it will not disappoint.
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If you can't take the whimsical side of RUSH without getting overly analytical (emphasis on anal), you will miss out on THE BEST RUSH songs! Necromancer is no sillier than 2112, The Trees, Bytor and the Snow-Dog, Hemisheres, Xanadu or what about Cygnus X-1 (many of Rush's BEST songs)? This is trademark RUSH in their heyday folks...and younger fans out there, don't listen to the naysayers examining their own navels. Put on , turn up, and rock out with one of the best rock albums!! Fountains of Lamneth is for the more intelligent among you who don't get by with three chord songs all day long. This is a song with beauty, intensity and depth! No album is sheer perfection, but Caress is one of the most satisfying from RUSH to me. I have been a musician (guitar, bass) for almost 30 years and this was one of my inspirational favorites (guitar players: listen to the guitar on Necromancer and hear Lifeson on fire, and many other harmonic/melodic gems scattered throughout). You can see the progressive genius starting to shine through here. I mined a lot of goodies from this recording. RUSH members put on their thinking hats on this one! Many later albums suffer from overproduction, Caress of Steel is before the commercialitis set in (to the music world). ENJOY!!
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This is by far my favorite Rush album. It is not THEIR favorite according to things I've read and almost got them dropped from their label. But, DAMN, I'm glad they made it. The songs are all good (even Going Bald) and hint at their more polished and refined epics to come. The beauty of this album is listening closely to the instrumentation and performances. They are piecing it together with loving care and great attention to detail. This is a band with limitless possibilities and massive talent that is just discovering what it can do. An "awakening", if you will. The fact that these songs are experiments with new styles, emotions and arrangements and yet are still great and entertaining is mind-blowing. Lakeside Park and Bastille Day are the more commercial songs, but my favorites are The Fountain of Lamneth and The Necromancer. The middle section is, bar none, the heaviest thing Rush has ever recorded and builds masterfully to a crushing climax. The third section is good, but a little dragged out. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as an introduction to Rush. But someone who already has an appreciation for the band will find treasures waiting within.
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