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The virtuoso musicianship and pure rock power trio of Rush dominates Classic Rock airwaves to this day. This new 2-CD ICON collection combines the highly successful 1-CD ICON studio recordings including "Working Man," "Closer To The Heart" and "Limelight" with a first ever retrospective of their legendary live recordings including "Tom Sawyer (Live 1981)," "2112" (Live 1976) and "Time Stand Still (Live 1989)" plus 8 more on disc two.
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Overall this collection has it's pro and cons...
- "The Necromancer" is finally on a Rush compilation
- We finally get a fuller (not complete) version of "2112" on a Rush compilation
- It's finally nice to have a "greatest hits live"/"best of live" album from Rush (tracks are separated by quick fade ins/fade outs)
- "Subdivisions" is missing
- Since this is 2 discs, it would have been nice to see "Xanadu" and "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" on here
- A budget compilation isn't really ideal for a great/multi-dimensional sounding band like Rush
Rush's Icon 2 is more of a temporary solution to getting your fix of Rush's music as once you listen to this compilation, you'll want more Rush. I'd recommend starting out with Rush's "Gold" or "Chronicles" 2 disc compilations as they cover the essential studio material from their Mercury years. If you want a live Rush album i'd suggest just about any of them since they are all great. I'd only pick this up if you really want a live compilation and don't feel like buying "All the World's a Stage", "Exit... Stage Left", "Grace Under Pressure Tour" and "A Show of Hands" and or you don't own a single disc compilation of Rush's studio material.
Just as others have pointed out, milking the band for "anthology" or "greatest hits" type releases (which are probably permitted under old contracts) is just silly. The record labels are just showing us how greedy they are with the success of a band who could probably thrive without them (and Alex, Geddy and Neil probably don't see hardly any of the money here, at all, or very little of it). So, I'll not be "polluting" my otherwise extensive collection of Rush with this album... sorry.
Lastly... I give this album two stars (instead of just one) simply because "it's Rush." It might be good for someone who is new to the band, who doesn't really know a lot of their music. But, for a "real" fan (one who is likely to buy their albums based on genre)... this is just not worth purchasing, in my opinion.
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People say they should release more un-released live stuff but if you are a REAL Rush Fan, you already have this stuff on...Read more