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Posted on July 5, 2012

Mick Middles
from The Quietus spoke to RUSH bassist and singer Geddy Lee about his favourite albums of all times…and we think you’ll be surprised by a few of his choices. Geddy picked everything from Genesis to Bjork and you can see some extracts from that article below:

The Who – Who’s Next?
Who’s Next was one of those albums that never left my turntable for years. For me it is the album that shows four great musicians touching their creative peak. It transcends any notion of genre. It just is what it is, which is the best thing you can say about and band, any album.

Pink Floyd – Meddle
That was probably the last Pink Floyd album before they went into their run of classics – before their really big records. But… again… again…it was their show in Toronto that captivated me and fired the imagination. They opened that show with the whole of Meddle and immediately I could sense the possibilities were immense for this band. It was really exciting because you could tell that something unique was happening.

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
I remember when it was released. Yes, THAT far back. I had never heard anything like this before or, indeed, since. There have been many imitators but nothing gets close, does it? Again it was displaying the possibilities and power of a three-piece band, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that a three-piece can be really powerful and expansive. In many ways, it’s more adaptable and focus than a larger rock band. What is this? Rock? Blues, Jazz. Absolutely moving all over the place and a lesson for any musician on the planet. You hear new things – even now. It still manages to surprise.

Bjork – Post
This is probably the most surprising album on this list and, I know, it is hard to see any connection between Rush and Bjork. Maybe there isn’t one. But I don’t think she gets the credit that she deserves. Journalists tend to focus on the things she says and does and, of course, what she is wearing. She is a very visual artist so perhaps that is understandable. But people tend to forget just what a fantastic and truly original artist she really is. She is not afraid to try new things, either. In fact she thrives on it…Just great music powered by an immense imagination.

Radiohead – OK Computer
To me, Radiohead carried on the tradition of bands like Yes. They are always adventurous and challenging and yet they have remained ahead of the game, really. I love the way they blend old and new…including contemporary beats and instrumentation. But again, and like Yes and Genesis, they still have great songs at the heart of it. Especially on OK Computer, which completely fired me up and gave me hope for the future. Great music in every sense of the word.

He picked a ton of great albums and speaks about each individually – it’s a great read, which you can check out by clicking here.

The Roadrunner Records version of RUSH’s new album ‘Clockwork Angels’ is out next Monday (9th July) and you can pre-order it by clicking here.


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