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I assume you already know what it is: Rush (Geddy Lee, bass/vocals; Alex Lifeson, guitars; Neil Peart, percussion and -- on their other releases -- lyrics) decided to celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band by recording some of the songs they themselves learned when they were kids in the 1960s. This eight-song collection (which is an 'EP' only by today's standards; it's as long as a typical vinyl LP used to be) is the result.
I'm probably fairly typical of their target audience. I'm just about exactly ten years younger than these guys, so I grew up listening to essentially the same stuff they learned their instruments on. And I'm also a longtime Rush fan. (My take, for reference: I started listening when _2112_ came out; I think _Moving Pictures_ is probably their greatest album to date but _Permanent Waves_ and _Presto_ are darned close; their mid-80s sound isn't my favorite but I think that era represents some of Peart's very best lyrics; I like all their more recent stuff and -- although I might possibly have advised against the rap section on 'Roll the Bones' -- I don't think they've ever put out a _bad_ album or even a bad song.)
And I _really_ like this release. If your musical history is at all close to mine, you probably will too.
Lifeson, one of rock's most protean guitarists, is in particularly fine fettle here. He does an excellent job, for example, channeling the spirit of Neil Young on the Buffalo Springfield's 'Mr. Soul' (a favor I think Young may have some trouble returning).Read more ›
What gives, is they are paying homage to their roots and those bands that have had an influence on their development as musicians. I think Feedback is just as refreshing as every new Rush offering, and even more so because it gives us a chance to listen to them play regular songs.
The musicianship is impeccable, the mix is right on, and the recording quality is fantastic. This is a job well done. I never thought I'd hear Geddy Lee singing "The Seeker" by The Who, but it sounds excellent. They rock through their renditions of 8 classic songs: Summertime Blues, Heart Full Of Soul, The Seeker, For What It's Worth, Shapes Of Things, Mr. Soul, Crossroads, Seven And Seven Is.
This is a nice interlude to enjoy between original projects. Packaged to resemble the psychedelic album designs of the 60's and 70's, Feedback is not presented in a jewel case but slipped into the end of a mini record album complete with a spread featuring the band standing before a spacescape of lava lamp blobules. The CD even sports a design in the center that resembles the spacer ring used to adapt a 45rpm disc to a regular turntable. Funny.
It's the little things, and I think that's why Rush fans have come to love this band so much. Feedback is a nice sidetrip that the band has taken, most Rush fans will enjoy it I suspect, and it may bring newer listeners into the fold.
After their very successful Vapor Trails tour, Rush headed back to the studio. But this time it wasn't for a brand new studio album, it was for an EP. As a tribute to their 30th Anniversary, they recorded songs that inspired them to become Rush. These songs include:
1. Blue Cheer's and The Who's version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues"
2. The Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul"
3. Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth"
4. The Who's "The Seeker"
5. Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul"
6. Love's "Seven And Seven Is"
7. The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things"
8. Cream's version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads"
Now that's quite a track listing! Here are the highlights of Feedback:
The first song (Summertime Blues), is just one of those songs that is covered by everyone, it's just a classic song. Rush covers the song perfectly, leaving out the end lines to each verse (Example: there's no "I'd like to help you son; But you're to young to vote".) You can find a live version of "Summertime Blues" on the R30 DVD.
The second song on Feedback is the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul". Again, Rush does an excellent job covering the song, with the guitar standing out the most. An acoustical performance of "Heart Full of Soul" can be found on the R30 DVD.
The fourth song is a cover of The Who's "The Seeker". This, in my opinion, was an excellent choice by Rush. We all know how many bands The Who influenced, so it's great that Rush paid tribute to them. A live version of "The Seeker" can be found once again on the R30 DVD.
Ending the CD are The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things" and Cream's take on Robert Johnson's "Crossroads".Read more ›
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I wish they would tell you it's a SACD. Then i wouldn't have wasted my money. You see, i like to put my music in a little thing they call a computer. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Fatzinger
The problem here is not the music which i do like a lot BUT....there is some nice stickers on the cover that says Quality records, the best LP's every pressed which is complete BS... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Pole Pot
Nice to see this in print gain, as it was just briefly released in vinyl...ya' blinked...ya' missed it. Nice to hear Rush rockin' again!Published 4 months ago by yankee1
I love Rush anyway...(the newer stuff, not their early stuff). But this is one of my top 5 faves of theirs...some of these old classics they do just rock!Published 4 months ago by Energy Healer
This review is for the vinyl version. The quality of the Rush pressings is superb and this was a joy to put on my turntable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tony
Imagine for a moment movie actor Bruce Dern as a singer? It might sound a little like what singer Neil Young actually sounds like. Read morePublished 9 months ago by King of Controversy
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