Posted by s woods on March 5, 2013
A by no means comprehensive or conclusive survey of a Canadian power trio who once upon a time (much less so now) got under the skins of more rock critics than any other rock or pop artist going.
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- Creem, June 1981
“For the record, those three are drummer Neil Peart, who writes all the band’s lyrics and takes fewer solos than might be expected; guitarist Alex Lifeson, whose mile-a-minute buzzing is more numbing than exciting; and bassist, keyboardist and singer Geddy Lee, whose amazingly high-pitched wailing often sounds like Mr. Bill singing heavy metal. If only Mr. Sluggo had been on hand to give these guys a couple good whacks…”
- Steve Pond, review of Rush live in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone, 1980
Geddy Lee’s high-register vocal style has always been a signature of the band – and sometimes a focal point for criticism, especially during the early years of Rush’s career when Lee’s vocals were high-pitched, with a strong likeness to other singers like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. A review in the New York Times opined that Lee’s voice ‘suggests a munchkin giving a sermon.’ Although his voice has softened over the years, it is often described as a ‘wail.’ His instrumental abilities, on the other hand, are rarely criticized.
- Wikipedia entry on Rush
- Mark Coleman and Ernesto Lechner, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, 2004
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Posted by s woods on June 17, 2011
The endlessly invaluable UbuWeb has just launched an “Electronic Music Resources” section.
“This new section of Ubuweb is devoted to technical resources concerning the practice of electronic and experimental sound. This is a place for information about actual methods and techniques, with little writing on aesthetics alone. It takes the form of technical/historical articles, interviews, books, small-press magazines and patents.”
I can’t imagine reading much of what’s here, but in the very least it’s worth a look just to peruse the wonderful ads in the issues they’ve posted of Electronic Music Review, circa ’67-’68.
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Posted by s woods on June 15, 2011
Bit of an eyestrain, but here’s a scan of Dave Marsh’s Rolling Stone obituary for Gloria Stavers, from May 1983 (featured on a site entirely dedicated to Stavers).
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Posted by s woods on June 8, 2011
Someone scanned Simon Frith’s obit for Lester Bangs (from New York Rocker).
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