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Geddy Lee Recalls the Making of Rush’s Debut Album

Russell Hall
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04.30.2014
Rush

Forty years have passed since the release of Rush’s self-titled debut album. Yesterday (April 29), the disc was reissued in an extravagant new box set titled Rush ReDISCovered. As reported by Bravewords.com, frontman Geddy Lee says the making of the original album was exceptionally challenging. “It’s sort of a miracle that it came into being at all,” recalls Lee. “We originally recorded most of the songs in a studio in downtown Toronto, between the hours of 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. after we had finished playing five sets a night at a local rock club. We managed to record an album's worth of material in a matter of days and the engineer who worked with us then mixed the entire record in one evening.”

Lee says those original mixes failed to capture the band’s true sound. “We were crushed with disappointment …” he reveals. “The next day we ran to our manager for help and we were directed to an ex-pat British engineer and producer named Terry Brown. We met with Terry and instantly felt we were on better footing. After he had come to hear us play live, he suggested that we come to his studio, Toronto Sound, and re-record many of the overdubs and record a few of the ‘newer’ songs that we had written and then re-mix the rest. Terry saved the album … no question about that. It began a very happy collaboration that endured until 1981.” Rush ReDISCovered was remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean McGee, who also oversaw the recent Beatles vinyl remasters.

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