Rush – The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 (2003/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:19:30 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Mercury Records
The Spirit Of Radio is a must-have greatest hits collection featuring Rush’ historic Mercury catalog. This definitive album spans Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart’s classic studio outputs, starting at the beginning with their first official radio staple, “Working Man.” It chronologically moves from classic to classic, including “Fly By Night,” “Closer To The Heart,” “The Trees,” the title-track and so on. Spanning thirteen years, both old and new fans will hear many favorites including their biggest hits, “Tom Sawyer” and “New World Man”.
Although an actual description does not exist as to what songs can comprise a greatest-hits collection, it is generally assumed that the disc will contain the biggest and best-charting singles that have been issued by an artist. So it may seem odd for Rush to release a greatest-hits collection when the group has had just one Top 40 pop singles’ hit in their long career; but if you factor in the amount of rock radio airplay given to these songs, then The Spirit of Radio contains, in essence, the greatest hits of Rush. Spanning their 13-year association with the Mercury label, The Spirit of Radio contains 16 of Rush’s best-known songs that have been floating around the rock radio airwaves for years. Arranged chronologically from 1974’s Zeppelin-esque “Working Man,” to 1987’s majestic “Time Stand Still,” this concise, single-disc collection represents Rush during their most productive period. Previous attempts by Mercury to summarize Rush’s career have resulted in a pair of sprawling double-disc collections (1991’s Chronicles, and 1997’s two-volume Retrospective) that provided too much material for the casual fan. The Spirit of Radio trims the excess fat and presents a lean set of songs that showcase all the best elements of Rush: guitar-driven rock (“Fly by Night”), arena rock anthems (“The Spirit of Radio”), social commentaries (“The Trees”), epic sci-fi excursions (“2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx”), and bold synth experiments (“Subdivisions”). Along with what is arguably their most enduring classic track, “Tom Sawyer,” and their biggest pop hit, “New World Man,” the songs on this compilation have become radio staples that continue to garner airplay decades after their initial release. In that regard, The Spirit of Radio more than qualifies as a greatest-hits package, and provides an excellent overview of one of rock’s most successful and innovative bands.
01 – Working Man
02 – Fly By Night
03 – 2112 Overture_The Temples Of Syrinx [Chronicles Version]
04 – Closer To The Heart
05 – The Trees
06 – The Spirit Of Radio
07 – Freewill
08 – Limelight
09 – Tom Sawyer
10 – Red Barchetta
11 – New World Man
12 – Subdivisions
13 – Distant Early Warning
14 – The Big Money
15 – Force Ten
16 – Time Stand Still [feat. Aimee Mann]
Mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz.