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Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987)

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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.
© Aaron Latham /TiVo

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1
Working Man (Album Version)
00:07:09

Terry Brown, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Fly By Night (Album Version)
00:03:21

Terry Brown, Producer, Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Woloschuk, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
2112 Overture / The Temples Of Syrinx (Chronicles Version)
00:06:43

Terry Brown, Producer, Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Closer To The Heart (Album Version)
00:02:52

Terry Brown, Producer, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - TALBOT, ComposerLyricist - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - KEN THOMAS, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, MainArtist - Declan O'Dougherty, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: PolydorIslandGroup - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
The Trees (Album Version)
00:04:42

Terry Brown, Producer, Mix Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Declan O'Doherty, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Brand, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
The Spirit Of Radio (Album Version)
00:04:56

Terry Brown, Producer, Mix Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Freewill (Album Version)
00:05:21

Terry Brown, Producer, Mix Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Limelight (Album Version)
00:04:19

Terry Brown, Producer - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, MainArtist - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Tom Sawyer (Album Version)
00:04:32

Terry Brown, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Pye Dubois, ComposerLyricist - Alex Lifeson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Red Barchetta (Album Version)
00:06:08

Terry Brown, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
New World Man (Album Version)
00:03:42

Terry Brown, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Subdivisions (Album Version)
00:05:33

Terry Brown, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Paul Northfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Whelan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Distant Early Warning (Album Version)
00:04:57

Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Opolko, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, MainArtist - Robert DiGioia, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
The Big Money (Album Version)
00:05:33

Alex Lifeson, Composer - Geddy Lee, Composer - PETER COLLINS, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James "Jimbo" Barton, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Force Ten (Album Version)
00:04:31

Pye Dubois, ComposerLyricist - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - PETER COLLINS, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James "Jimbo" Barton, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Cusset, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1987 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Time Stand Still (Album Version)
00:05:08

Aimee Mann, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Lifeson, ComposerLyricist - Geddy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Neil Peart, ComposerLyricist - PETER COLLINS, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James "Jimbo" Barton, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rush, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Cusset, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1987 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Album Description

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.
© Aaron Latham /TiVo

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