Rush – Test For Echo (1996/2015) [RushDownloads 24-192]

Rush – Test For Echo (1996/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:37 minutes | 2,01 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: | @ Rhino Atlantic

Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. It marks the final Rush work prior to the tragic events in Neil Peart’s life that put the band on hiatus for several years. He recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. The cover displays an inukshuk, native to the band’s home country of Canada.


Rush – Snakes & Arrows (2007/2016) [RushDownloads 24-96]

Rush – Snakes & Arrows (2007/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:48 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: | @ Rhino Atlantic

Snakes & Arrows is the nineteenth studio album, and the eighteenth of all-original material, by the Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded in five weeks between November and December 2006 at Allaire Studios in New York’s Catskill Mountains. It was their first studio outing since 2004’s Feedback, and their last studio album officially with Atlantic Records. The album was named as one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.


Rush – Feedback (2004/2016) [RushDownloads 24-48]

Rush – Feedback (2004/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 27:17 minutes | 343 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: | @ Rhino Atlantic

Feedback is a cover album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 2004. It was their eighteenth studio album. The album features eight covers of songs that were influential for the band members during the 1960s. The album marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush’s debut album.


Rush – Roll the Bones (1991/2015) [RushDownloads 24-48]

Rush – Roll the Bones (1991/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:05 minutes | 606 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: | @ Rhino Atlantic

Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1991. It was recorded at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto, Ontario with Rupert Hine returning as producer. The album won the 1992 Juno Award for best album cover design. Roll the Bones became Rush’s first US Top 5 album since 1981’s Moving Pictures, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200. It also achieved an RIAA certification of platinum, the latest Rush album to date to do so.


Rush – R40 Live (2015) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Rush – R40 Live (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 3:16:10 minutes | 2.3 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ New Rounder Records

Recorded during two sold-out hometown shows at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in June 2015, R40 Live is a career-spanning live retrospective from Rush, celebrating the band’s over 40 years together. The centrepiece is the remarkable setlist, as Rush works backwards from the most recent to the oldest songs in the band’s catalogue.


Rush – Presto (1989/2015) [RushDownloads 24-48]

Rush – Presto (1989/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 51:52 minutes | 645 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: | @ Rhino Atlantic

Presto is Rush’s debut album on Atlantic Records. This 1989 masterpiece features the hit singles “Show Don’t Tell,” “Superconductor” and “The Pass.” “Show Don’t Tell” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Singles and the album reached the Billboard 200. It would be certified Gold in the U.S. and Platinum in Canada.

After being slagged off for the electronic ambience of its predecessor releases such as 1985’s Power Windows and 1984’s Grace Under Pressure, Rush bounced back with their 13th release, Presto. Yet again the prog-rock trio proved that their tight guitar work and lyrical originality was not long lost or overlooked in an attempt to secure the latest technical flash. Rupert Hine’s production work totally brings things to the forefront by molding solid piano breaks instead of the typical adventure-like synthesizers into Alex Lifeson’s spellbinding guitar work. The sound quality is strong and thick, making the sounds of Presto complete. Neil Peart also makes headway with his natural percussion power, and Geddy Lee’s trademark delivery of Peart’s lyrical complexities shine like signature Rush perfectionism. Songs like “Scars” and “Superconductor” are sonically firm, but “Show Don’t Tell” is the album’s infectious standout that’s heightened thanks to Lee’s stunning vocal wizardry. Presto intelligently leads Rush into the ’90s without musical bleakness. They weren’t ones to be blinded by such creative mediocrity anyway.


Rush – Power Windows (1985/2015) [Qobuz 24-48]

Rush – Power Windows (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 44:48 minutes | 654 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Mercury Records

Power Windows is Rush’s 11th studio album originally released in 1985. The record featured hits “The Big Money,” “Manhattan Project,” “Mystic Rhythms” and more.

Released in 1985, Power Windows launched an era of new sonic directions for Rush as the band embraced an extensive use of synthesizers. Neil Peart’s lyrics focus primarily on various manifestations of power: Manhattan Project explores the origins and consequences of the US military’s development of the atomic bomb, while Territories is a statement on nationalism around the world. This is the 2015 remastered version of the album.

Like much of the band’s ’80s output, Power Windows finds Rush juggling their hard-rock heritage with new technology to mixed results. With Alex Lifeson choosing sparse, horn-like guitar bursts over actual crunch, Geddy Lee’s synthesizers running rampant, and Neil Peart’s crisp, clinical percussion and stark lyrical themes (evoking cold urban landscapes), the result just may be the trio’s “coldest” album ever. Still, it does boast its share of important tracks in “Marathon” and “Manhattan Project,” while offering an energetic, tongue-in-cheeck hit single in “The Big Money.” In an album that rewards patience (repeated listens are the key), the most gripping moments are saved for last, with the beautifully eerie textures of “Mystic Rhythms,” a song that was later used as a concert drum solo showcase for Peart.

Mastering Engineer: Sean Magee at Abbey Road Mastering Studios


Rush – Hold Your Fire (1987/2015) [HDTracks 24-48]

Rush – Hold Your Fire (1987/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:35 minutes | 604 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Mercury Records

Hold Your Fire is the twelfth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 8, 1987.

Rush’s 1987 release Hold Your Fire blends the band’s trademark progressive rock with more eclectic musical influences, drawn largely from traditional Chinese music. Although the songs on the album feature nearly as much synthesizer and keyboard as its predecessor, Power Windows, the guitar riffs and solos are considerably more prominent here. The single Time Stand Still, a US number three rock hit, includes guest vocals from Aimee Mann of ‘Til Tuesday, marking Rush’s first collaboration with another singer.

Hold Your Fire is an album in the purest sense; infinitely greater than the sum of its parts, it gradually draws in the listener by slowly revealing its nuances and secrets. While the use of keyboards is still overwhelming at times, Geddy Lee employs lush textures which, when coupled with a greater rhythmic and melodic presence from guitarist Alex Lifeson, results in a far warmer sound than in recent efforts. Of course, drummer Neil Peart is as inventive and exciting as ever, while his lyrics focus on the various elements (earth, air, water, fire) for much of the album. Opener “Force Ten” is the band’s most immediate number in years, and other early favorites such as “Time Stand Still” and “Turn the Page” soon give way to the darker mysteries of “Prime Mover” and “Tai Shan.” The multifaceted “Lock and Key” is quintessential Rush, and sets the stage for the album’s climax with the sheer beauty of “Mission.” As was the case with 1976’s 2112 and 1981’s Moving Pictures, Rush always seem to produce some of their best work at the end of each four-album cycle, and Hold Your Fire is no exception.


Rush – Counterparts (1993/2016) [RushDownloads 24-192]

Rush – Counterparts (1993/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:19 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: RushDownloads | @ Rhino Atlantic

Following the recent R40 tour finale in Los Angeles, Rush announces the rollout of the vinyl versions of six studio albums the band recorded for Atlantic Records between 1989 and 2007. All of the albums will be pressed on audiophile-quality, 200-gram vinyl and each will come with a code to access a high-definition digital download. Records were half-speed mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios.

By 1993, alternative rock had arrived in a big way, and surprisingly, Canadian veterans Rush were game, releasing their most honest and organic rock & roll record in over a decade with Counterparts. Opener “Animate” is straightforward enough, but doesn’t even hint at the guitar ferocity and lyrical angst of “Stick it Out,” a song which undoubtedly polarizes Rush fans to this day. Intellectual melodic rockers like “Cut to the Chase,” “At the Speed of Love,” and “Everyday Glory” are also present (and less shocking), but diversity continues to rule the day with Geddy Lee’s bass taking charge on the amazingly somber “Double Agent” and the giddy instrumental “Leave That Thing Alone.” Pure hard rock resurfaces on “Cold Fire,” but it is the largely acoustic “Nobody’s Hero” which provides the album’s most gripping moment with an impassioned plea for HIV consciousness and understanding.


Rush – A Show Of Hands (1989/2015) [HDTracks 24-48]

Rush – A Show Of Hands (1989/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:14:18 minutes | 977 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Mercury Records

Rush’s 1989 live release features performances from New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, and Birmingham (UK). The album went gold in the US and platinum in Canada, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1989.

Although keyboards dominated Rush’s 1989 double live set A Show of Hands, it’s a definite improvement over its somewhat flat predecessor, 1981 ‘s Exit…Stage Left. The band’s music isn’t as hard rock-based as it previously was, evidenced by the more modern-sounding compositions selected for this third live album (the first Rush album to be produced completely by the band). The only tracks from the pre-1982 period to be featured are “Closer to the Heart,” which is expanded to include a jamming section at the end, and the spooky “Witch Hunt,” originally from 1981’s Moving Pictures. The remainder of the album’s track list is comprised of Rush’s best compositions from 1982-1987, such as “Subdivisions,” “Distant Early Warning,” “Force Ten,” “Time Stand Still,” and “Red Sector A,” as well as several tracks that have been forgotten over time (“Marathon,” “Turn the Page,” “Mission,” etc.). Also featured for the first time on a live Rush album is a completely unaccompanied drum solo by Neil Peart – the intricate “Rhythm Method.” The inspired A Show of Hands is an excellent snapshot of Rush in concert during the mid- to late ’80s.