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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Caress of Steel – Rush

Recently, a friend of mine was tagged when one of his friends asked a few to name 1970’s albums that are good for a full listen, end-to-end.

I was a child in the 1970’s, but in the 1980’s I was exposed to much of the previous decade’s music. Many of those bands, of course, still were making music well into the 1980’s, and beyond.

After reading through several comments suggesting Led Zeppelin, Yes, ELO, Pink Floyd, and others, I realized there was no Rush in there yet. Back in 1988 or so, I was made aware of Rush’s Caress of Steel. I listened to the cassette in my car and at home. That particular medium made it difficult to skip from one song to the next, but this particular album didn’t contain very many tracks, due to the length of the final two, a theme containing sections fast, slow, wild, and controlled.

It’s beautiful. It rocks. It’s original.

The music is the result of the hard work and artistry of musicians who spent countless hours becoming good at playing their instruments. They didn’t take shortcuts nor sample someone else’s work. Every note, every lyric on the album is theirs.

Instead of being remembered by the masses for work like Caress of Steel, Rush will be the band who recorded the hit “Tom Sawyer.” That song is great, for what it is. I’m not trying to detract from the effort, talent, and skill it took to make that and the rest of Moving Pictures.

Sitting here listening to Caress of Steel, not on a cassette this time, but from a high-quality YouTube version of it, I just felt inspired to put in my plug for this album. It’s truly an accomplishment.

Link I used (no guarantee it still works):

0 Responses to Caress of Steel – Rush

  1. Thanks for the excellent article Mark. There are many of us who have had the same experience with Caress of Steel. I discovered RUSH in the early 1980’s and I owned every album available up to that point. I never at that time considered Caress of Steel to be my favorite…or even an outstanding album from their catalog…yet, I always listened to it. I got away from RUSH for a few decades, but I too stumbled upon a Youtube video of the song “No One At The Bridge”. It got me listening (and thinking) again. Only now, in my late 40’s, did I realize that this was then (and is now) one of my favorite RUSH albums of all time!!!

  2. I don’t know that you will see this, but I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog. It’s barely breathing these days. Glad to see another Rush fan enjoying this old album.

  3. I saw it:)