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Rush - 1976 2112

ALBUM: 2112
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: RM-1-1079
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 1990, Mercury, 822 545-2 M-1 * 1997, Anthem, ANMD 1078 (remastered)


LINEUP: Geddy Lee - vocals, bass, taurus pedals, keyboards * Alex Lifeson - guitars * Neil Peart - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 2112 - I Overture * 02 2112 - II The Temples Of Syrinx * 03 2112 - III Discovery * 04 2112 - IV Presentation * 05 2112 - V Oracle: The Dream * 06 2112 - VI Soliloquy * 07 2112 - VII Grand Finale * 08 A Passage To Bangkok * 09 The Twilight Zone * 10 Lessons * 11 Tears * 12 Something For Nothing


Some of us Glory Daze readers are longer time fans of Canadian legends Rush than others. My first encounter was the 1979 LP 'Hemispheres' , a video on the legendary NZ TV show Radio With Pictures for the song 'Circumstances', and my first exposure to the helium powered vocals of Geddy Lee. This was before their 1980 breakout album 'Permanent Waves'. During their early years, Rush were considered to be a Led Zeppelin clone, though I think that was more a throwaway comment that unfortunately stuck. '2112' was their first real foray into expansive sci-fi space rock, and it wouldn't be their last either.

The Songs
The title track takes us on a 20 minute excursion through the Rush Universe, inclusive of the 'Temples of Syrinx', among other things. This epic must have been something to see in a live context, I'm envious of those who saw the band through this era. I love the last line at the end of the song: 'we have assumed control', we have assumed control'. 'A Passage To Bangkok' kicks off with a cheap Hong Kong Phooey intro, before setting into a standard deviation Rush tune. It sounds as if the band are reading from a travel brochure. 'The Twilight Zone' is mostly restrained rock, though Lifeson pokes through some searing guitar lines on occasion to change the dynamics. Acoustic guitar is prominent on 'Lessons', not quite the 'Closer To The Heart' moment on the album, but close enough. 'Tears' is a very tempered and poignant tune, again acoustic guitar takes the lead, while the closing 'Something For Nothing' emerges as a fiery ending after a laid-back start.

In Summary
This was a very fertile and creative period for Rush. However, the band would enjoy even more commercial success with their next LP 'A Farewell To Kings'. But it wouldn't be until 1980's 'Permanent Waves' that Rush finally hit pay dirt.

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#1 | Explorer on June 28 2015 22:30:26
Rush played a massive part in evolving my musical tastes. Back in '76 this was real groundbreaking stuff. The title track is a touchstone in North American Hard Rock/Prog, and seeing them live for the first of many times back in '77 at the Birmingham Odeon was a true revalation.This is an essential release and alongside 70's releases by Queen and Aerosmith et al, this remains one of my all time favourite records.
#2 | jefflynnefan on July 04 2015 19:16:00
I used to play 'Overture-Temples of Syrinx' over and over! And that piece still sounds great to this day! The vocals get me every time. This was the start of the famous 'Man in the Star' logo. Concept was based on Ayn Rand's book 'Anthem'. Her book 'Atlas Shrugged' is considered a classic. I believe this stirred up some controversy among the critics. The guitar riff in 'Overture' always reminded me of the one in 'Fire On High' by ELO. Does anybody have the 2012 CD/DVD remaster version of this? Is it worth getting? I have the 1997 version. And the meek shall inherit the earth....
#3 | sabace on December 05 2016 20:09:53
this was my first experience of Rush in the late 70's - still very enjoyable

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