Throwback Thursday: Rush – Canadian Rock, Progressive Style

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I’m not sure any discussion 70’s music could ignore Rush, a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1968. Although early not he band had some personnel changes, since mid 1974, after the release of their self titled debut album, the current members of Geddy Lee (bass, keyboards, lead vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar and backing vocals) and Neil Peart (drums and percussion) have been performing together ever since.

Although the band released a single in 1973 that was a cover of the Buddy Holly song Not Fade Away, it received little attention or response from record companies. The band formed their own label, Moon Records and a year later their debut album featured a hit Working Man, receiving some local attention. When a DJ at Cleveland rock station WMMS put the song on her playlist its popularity resulted in Mercury Records rereleasing the album. Some have made comparisons of the album’s…

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