126 Songs, 12 Hours 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s really no better way to commemorate Rush’s 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than with The Complete Mercury Years. Boasting a voluminous 141 songs, it sequentially compiles the 12 studio albums that the Canadian prog pioneers recorded for Mercury. The pristine remastering here is immediately noticeable from the opening “Finding My Way,” the lead track of the band’s 1974 eponymous debut album. Back when drummer John Rutsey predated prodigy Neil Peart, Rush played hard rock similar to early Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. But the album’s originally murky fidelity made it hard to home in on the nuances of the band in its early stage. Now the riffs here and in the hard-grooving “Working Man” can be heard in all their intended glory. Of course this fidelity extends into more notable moments later in Rush’s career. The title track of 1975’s Fly by Night now sounds more stereophonically panoramic, and Geddy Lee’s prowess as a bassist really pops out of the mix. Even the originally stellar production of “Tom Sawyer” sounds acutely enhanced.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s really no better way to commemorate Rush’s 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than with The Complete Mercury Years. Boasting a voluminous 141 songs, it sequentially compiles the 12 studio albums that the Canadian prog pioneers recorded for Mercury. The pristine remastering here is immediately noticeable from the opening “Finding My Way,” the lead track of the band’s 1974 eponymous debut album. Back when drummer John Rutsey predated prodigy Neil Peart, Rush played hard rock similar to early Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. But the album’s originally murky fidelity made it hard to home in on the nuances of the band in its early stage. Now the riffs here and in the hard-grooving “Working Man” can be heard in all their intended glory. Of course this fidelity extends into more notable moments later in Rush’s career. The title track of 1975’s Fly by Night now sounds more stereophonically panoramic, and Geddy Lee’s prowess as a bassist really pops out of the mix. Even the originally stellar production of “Tom Sawyer” sounds acutely enhanced.

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