Lifeson’s ability to play dual roles as both a melodic rhythm guitarist and a violent soloist earned him a reputation similar to that of his bandmates. All three share the distinction of being among the most influential virtuosos in their professions. Alex has a passion for studio production and is the only Rush member to compose and produce a television theme (Andromeda (2000)). But his live performances are where his spontaneous side really shows.
They started out as one more band that came out in the wake of great English hard rock acts like Led Zeppelin or Cream, although their taste for varied structures in their compositions was already visible. It also has to do with the fact that John Rutsey was still the drummer, and although he showed a great punch, he did not reach what Neil Peart would achieve after him.
Fly by Night
In this album, progressive elements are already beginning to be handled, although this song is the single most bearable on the album, thanks to Alex Lifeson.
After the misunderstood “Caress of Steel”, in which they were fully carried away by the progressive, with complex pieces of extremely long duration, their record company categorically forbade them to continue along that line and asked them for 3-minute singles that would have immediate success. So they responded with an album whose first face is a very complex work of more than 20 minutes, which is also one of Alex’s top works.
His introduction is a joy to throw in your ears, and the later is not short.
La Villa Strangiatto
Even though we are passionate about YYZ, it is fair to put as an example of the exclusively instrumental Rush the first work they composed in this style.
The Spirit of Radio
A more radiable sound deliberately sought, which brings them closer to the time they were entering, the 80s. Although many progressive bands did not adapt well to these sounds, it was not the case of Rush, who understood that the moment required them another sound and, above all, take advantage of those new tones. Also, the guitar riffs are wonderful.
The definitive theme we associate this Canadian trio with, along with the next one on the list. On this album, they found the perfect balance between their hard rock beginnings, their progressive heart, and the evolution towards the era of synthesizers.
This peachy peach talks about Neil Peart (drummer and main lyricist) struggling to deal with everything that brings fame. Ironically, the subject led them to become even better known, with Alex Lifeson smiling.
Time Stand Still
the song is still a pop-rock nugget that could well have been signed by A-Ha, Roxette, or a group of the time. And even so, it is perceived that behind the guitar there is an out of series. Lord, if you’re there, thank you for Rush.
In the 90s and early 2000s, Rush continued to release records, although the rhythm fell more and more (to see who was able to match the record’s rhythm per year of the 70s). Problems in the band and personal of its members have led them to lower their activity until they disappear, although they have left with some very worthy last notes. From their final album, we can rescue this little gem, perfectly accompanied live by a string section.