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Earlier this year Neil Peart, the legendary lyricist, and drummer in Canadian prog-rock overlords Rush, sadly passed away. With a career that spans over 4 decades as well as 19 studio albums, when Peart was asked by CBC Music to comment on 10 of the greatest Rush songs of all time, he had more choice than most. Yet, he manages to add some needed context with the same expertise he used for his mammoth drum solos. You can find the full interview here.
Compounding the problem is that Rush, unlike some of their prog contemporaries we won't name names , managed to stay relevant — and musically compelling — as they aged. Sure, there have been embarrassing moments, and we're fully prepared to make fun of each one, but even Rush's worst LPs like Roll the Bones and Test for Echo have their redeeming qualities. The Canadian trio could have bowed out of the limelight several times after the prog boom fizzled in the late '70s, during the grunge movement of the early '90s , crumbling to commercial pressure or cultural shifts.