Working Men ( Live)
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Over the last 40 years Canada's biggest rock band, Rush has been creating one platinum album after another. The trio, featuring members Geddy Lee (Lead Vocals, Bass), Alex Lifeson (Guitarist), Neil Peart (Drums) are renowned in their own right, but together have come to form one of the most succesfull rock bands of all time, ranked fourth in sales behind only The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Aerosmith. Since the release of the band's self-titled album in March 1974, Rush has become well-known for the instrumental skills of its members, eclectic lyrics, and complex compositional style. After Rush's 8 year hiatus in 1997, the band reunited to create Snakes and Arrows in 2006, renewing interest around the world. Rush's latest offering Working Men, the live CD release, pulls selected live offerings from their vast collection.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Limelight - LOL. Really. Quite possibly the weakest and slowest version of this song ever recorded.
2. Spirit of Radio - If you own the Grace Under Pressure Live cd or Exit Stage Left... version...then you own the best professional releases of this track.
3. 2112- Really? We needed this version? If you are going to go all out then at least put out the Different Stages version, I mean the whole intention of this was to capture the live Atlantic Records years right?
4. Freewill - Painful. If you own Exit Stage Left...you own the only version you will ever need.
5. Dreamline - Again, a song that is readily available on Different Stages, Rush In Rio, R30 discs, and Snakes & Arrows Live.
6. Far Cry - This makes a bit of sense...still trying to milk what ever you can off of the last live and studio release.
7. Subdivisions - Have you noticed the trend here? How many Mercury/Polygram songs do we have here versus Atlantic years? Looks like even Atlantic knows Rush's best years were decades ago now.
8. One Little Victory - Oh ok. So we get the "unreleased come buy this because you don't own this version yet" track. It will be featured on the upcoming R30 re-release next month..ON BLU-RAY ONLY. Thanks for thinking about those who only own DVD players still (89.2% of the nation).
9. Closer To The Heart - Let's start the count - Exit Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure Tour 84 Live, A Show of Hands, Different Stages, Rush In Rio, and now...Working Men.
10. Tom Sawyer - We can always use the 102,000th release of this song in some way, shape, or form.
11. Working Man - A song from 1974 is on an Atlantic Records best of collection.
12. YYZ - See above for Closer To The Heart.
If somebody actually consulted..gee..I dunno...FANS...Atlantic could have actually made money here. They could have released Atlantic era only tunes that were recorded from live tours during their tenure with the label and have even more that are unreleased and fans would have snatched this up!
This could have worked for a best of live package:
1. Show Don't Tell
2. Stick It Out
4. Ceiling Unlimited
6. Test For Echo
7. Time and Motion
9. Where's My Thing?
10. Far Cry
11. The Pass
12. War Paint
14. Double Agent
Now here is something that would actually shed light on their Atlantic material and gasp! More than half of these songs were big radio hits and radio singles. They must be really hard up to sell Mercury's material over there at Atlantic.
I will support this band come hell or High Water (pun intended) but this is as pointless as middle east politics.
This CD is made for people like me, and I should be reviewing it. I am the Target audience, or the WalMart audience. It is not made for diehard fans, who should not be reviewing it as the newest Rush album, because frankly, they should not have bought it, nor should they be eyeballing the description and then denouncing it out of hand. I don't want to build a Rush collection or buy a particular live album for ten or fifteen bucks. I want a quick fix of mostly recognizable Rush songs, well-played and with state-of-the-art recording technology. Here it is.
I got more than what I paid for, and I have no complaints. And I am actually reviewing this release for what it is: a CD for people like me to listen to in the car while praying we don't bump into a couple of know-it-alls arguing about what kind of rug Geddy placed under his Taurus bass pedals during the North American leg of the 1978 world tour, and whether Neal had a third gong at that point, and how many times... you get my point.
I'm writing my own review and giving it four stars in part to counterbalance some of these unreasonable trashing 2s and 1s, but this is not a new classic any more than it's the atrocity some make it out to be. It's still Rush playing at the top of their game, even if it's re-hash product. Sometimes that kind of product, if bargain priced, is a Godsend.