Rush – Caress Of Steel (1975)
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- Bastille Day
- I Think I'm Going Bald
- Lakeside Park
- The Necromancer
- The Fountain Of Lamneth
Caress of Steel is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1975. The album shows more of Rush’s adherence to hard progressive rock, as opposed to the blues-based hard rock style of the band’s first album.
Although Rush’s previous album, Fly by Night, dabbled in longer conceptual pieces such as “By-Tor & the Snow Dog,” such works were the central focus of Caress of Steel. Long pieces broken up into various sections and long solo passages are prominent elements of the album. It includes the band’s first two epic pieces, “The Necromancer”, and “The Fountain of Lamneth”, which were also blamed for the commercial failure of the album itself; the latter runs 20 minutes total and comprises the entire second side of the original vinyl release.
The album cover for Caress of Steel was intended to be printed in a silver colour to give it a “steel” appearance. A printing error resulted in giving the album cover a copper colour. The error was not corrected on subsequent printings of the album. The cover artwork for Caress of Steel was designed by Hugh Syme, the first Rush album to feature his work. Syme has designed the cover artwork for every Rush album since.
Geddy Lee admitted in the 2010 documentary film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage that he thought bandmates Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and he were “pretty high” during the making of Caress of Steel.
Some cassette printings of the album altered its intended track listing, specifically switching the “Didacts and Narpets” movement of “The Fountain of Lamneth” with “I Think I’m Going Bald” (possibly because of cassette tape length and to balance out both sides). In addition, the other movements of “The Fountain of Lamneth” are listed as separate songs.
Rush was a Canadian rock band composed of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars) and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Forming in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its longest and most more...