Progressive Music Essays

“A Farewell to Rush (Almost!)” – How 2112 saved Rush’s Career!

It’s 1975 and Rush are in trouble. There was an initial feeling of pride permeating within the trio when they first listened back to their ambitious third studio album Caress of Steel. It was certainly a development from the straightforward rock imbued Fly By Night, as the band began experimenting with longer song forms, complex arrangements and darker themes – ‘The Fountain of Lamneth’ is a prime example. Unfortunately, such drastic changes in sound alienated their fan base, who struggled to understand what Rush were trying to communicate both musically and lyrically. The album ultimately flopped, the tour that followed was nicknamed the ‘Down The Tube’ tour and the Mercury record company were losing faith in the band. With one more album left on the contract before they could be dropped from the label, it was a make or break situation – thank god it wasn’t the latter….


“A Farewell to Rush (Almost!)” – How 2112 saved Rush’s Career!

It’s 1975 and Rush are in trouble. There was an initial feeling of pride permeating within the trio when they first listened back to their ambitious third studio album Caress of Steel. It was certainly a development from the straightforward rock imbued Fly By Night, as the band began experimenting with longer song forms, complexContinue reading ““A Farewell to Rush (Almost!)” – How 2112 saved Rush’s Career!”

Moving Pictures: Moving Rush into the ‘Limelight’?

Moving Pictures’ was the eighth studio album released by Rush in 1981, a band that had thus far in their career created definitive prog epics such as ‘2112’ and ‘Hemispheres’. However, this is a vital record in the respect that it acted as a musical keystone; it fused their past silk kimono wearing, prog epic days with a new approach inspired by the ever changing musical context they were living in.

A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’

As an album this was brave in many ways; new line-up, new instruments and ambitious experiments with sound that certainly differs from the sound of earlier albums such as ‘Red’ and ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’. Therefore, it is fair to call this a true example of ‘prog’ rock due to Fripp’s determinationContinue reading “A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’”

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