2004-07-08 05:13:53 ET
Why, thank you!
Are you kidding? Store as in music store? Well, you'll instantly love any album that was released before Power Windows, this includes (in order):
-> RUSH (Trying to be like Led Zepplin here)
-> Fly By Night (Several steps evolved, includes a couple of their live classics)
-> Caress Of Steel (Underated album. Listen for the last two tracks if not the whole album, just awesome)
-> 2112 (The first track, that's about it.)
-> A Farewell To Kings (The first one I've heard in it's entirity. One of the first Rush songs I've heard besides what the radio played was Xanadu. I hate choosing favorites but this one is totally right up there!)
-> Hemispheres (Great sequel to the previous. The first track kicks a bit more ass than the title track on 2112. The Trees are on this one too)
-> Permanent Waves (More pop-like than the previous albums but very tight! Jacob's Ladder has this trademark 70's sound to it. Great last track.
-> Moving Pictures (Their top 40 hit is the first track. The rest of the songs are very far out!)
-> Signals (I think I like this better than Moving Pictures. It really stands on it's own compared to their earlier stuff. It has a nice 80s synth-pop sound. "The Analog Kid" and "Losing It" border on tear jerking.)
-> Grace Under Pressure (I fucking love this album! More of that 80s synth-pop feel but the guitarist spreads his wings here. Many of the songs lyrics are pretty dark and will take you to far out places. 1984 was a fucked up year for the band by their own accounts.
-> Power Windows (My first Rush music video was off this album, "The Big Money" The album if great like all the rest.
-> Hold Your Fire (The albums tends to drag during certain songs. Listening to some tracks is like watching a shitty Star Trek TNG episode. It's worth a listen for 4 or 5 good tracks. Open Secrets, Prime Mover, Turn The Page, Mission maybe Lock and Key. I think they got complacent here and stuck with the 80's pop scene for too long.
Albums after this aren't ALL bad but I haven't heard many. These days and since their last release (Two years ago) they sound a bit like Blink 182. Did I mention that I'm compulsive after minimal sleep?