YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: #61
SINGLES: The Twilight Zone, A Passage to Bangkok, The Temples of Syrnix (part of 2112)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 2112 (of course), Something for Nothing
LINEUP: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neal Peart. Hugh Syme plays keyboards on the opening of 2112 and on another track.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Rush goes for it, and creates a side-long suite that locks in their fan base, and adds new converts. The second side is spotty.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When older Rush fans think of Rush, they probably think of “2112”, the epic suite that sounds just as great live as on record (even if Geddy Lee can’t reach the high notes anymore). While that side-long epic has some down parts (especially some slow guitar wanderings), most of it is a great example of prog-rock done right.
Side two? Well, it starts off with the fantastic “Passage to Bangkok”, and a couple of other tracks are decent. The middle tracks, the songs Neal Peart didn’t write lyrics for, let the side down. I exiled one, even.
I have to downgrade it for side two, but seriously, if you like Rush or prog and you don’t have this record there’s something amiss.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It may be coincidence, but probably isn’t. The ending has two lines: The first seven words are repeated three times (21) and the last four are repeated three times as well (12).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, live cuts, and a bonus disc from the 40th anniversary.
GRADE: B+: I just can’t look past side two, or the droopy parts of the suite. But, man, when it’s great, it’s fantastically great.