I bought Fly By Night on vinyl on a whim and I'll probably end up buying all of them through Hold Your Fire because I'm stupid like that: 2112 is on its way and I'll probably get All the World's a Stage next. I don't even like '70s Rush that much.
Well that's all to say that Caress of Steel came today and I gave it the once-over. What do you see in it that much? I really like the first side (other than the goofy narration, what's not to like about "The Necromancer"? Good guitar, good little prog suite.)
But the second side pretty much blows. "The Fountain of Lamneth" actually doesn't appear in the track listing on the back cover at all; its constituent parts are listed instead. Understandable move given that it's one of those strings-of-more-or-less-independent-songs prog epics, complete with fadeouts. For the most part those independent parts suck tho. The band get cooking in only a few places, and the music upon reaching the summit is anticlimactic. You dig this record over other a lot of other Rush: what do you hear in it?