The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987

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The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987
Spirit of Radio Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Rush
Released February 11, 2003
Recorded 1973–1987
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 79:47
Label Mercury (outside Canada and Japan)
Anthem
Atlantic (Japan)
Producer Rush, Terry Brown (tracks 2-12), Peter Henderson (track 13), Peter Collins (tracks 14-16)
Rush chronology
Retrospective II
(1997)
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987
(2003)
Gold
(2006)

The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987 is a compilation album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on February 11, 2003. It includes many of the band's most popular songs from their Mercury Records era. A special edition of the album included a DVD containing music videos for several songs, including "Mystic Rhythms" (which does not appear on the album itself).

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Working Man", from Rush (1974) – 7:11
  2. "Fly by Night", from Fly by Night (1975) – 3:22
  3. "2112 Overture / The Temples of Syrinx", from 2112 (1976) – 6:45
  4. "Closer to the Heart", from A Farewell to Kings (1977) – 2:53
  5. "The Trees", from Hemispheres (1978) – 4:42
  6. "The Spirit of Radio", from Permanent Waves (1980) – 4:57
  7. "Freewill", from Permanent Waves – 5:23
  8. "Limelight", from Moving Pictures (1981) – 4:20
  9. "Tom Sawyer", from Moving Pictures – 4:33
  10. "Red Barchetta", from Moving Pictures – 6:10
  11. "New World Man", from Signals (1982) – 3:43
  12. "Subdivisions", from Signals – 5:34
  13. "Distant Early Warning", from Grace Under Pressure (1984) – 4:58
  14. "The Big Money", from Power Windows (1985) – 5:35
  15. "Force Ten", from Hold Your Fire (1987) – 4:32
  16. "Time Stand Still", from Hold Your Fire – 5:09

DVD titles[edit]

  1. "Closer to the Heart"
  2. "Tom Sawyer"
  3. "Subdivisions"
  4. "The Big Money"
  5. "Mystic Rhythms"

Personnel[edit]

  • Geddy Lee – bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
  • Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers, vocals
  • Neil Peart – drums, percussion, lyricist
  • John Rutsey – drums and percussion on "Working Man"
  • Aimee Mann – additional vocals on "Time Stand Still" and "Force Ten"

Reception[edit]

"This 16-track Best Of skips over the early years…" noted Paul Elliott in Q. "The '80s brought shorter songs, better tunes and even a Top 20 UK hit with 'The Spirit of Radio', one of the great rock singles and perhaps the only song ever to feature a Simon & Garfunkel reference, a reggae breakdown and the word 'unobtrusive'."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Q, May 2003
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ "Rush - The Spirit Of Radio". Uncut: 113. May 2003. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ Q, May 2003