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Rush – Rush

by TW on January 20, 2014

Rush – Rush As mentioned in a previous column, I’ve planned to fill some glaring holes in my collection in 2014, focusing on some undoubted classics.  One such album is the debut from Canadian legends Rush.  I’d somehow navigated through my high school, college and early adult life without owning this prize, largely because I’ve […]


13 Great Canadian Guitarists

by TW on July 5, 2011

Canada, the country that puts the “north” in North America, is proud parent to some of the most influential and innovative guitarists in the history of music. From Nova Scotia to Quebec, Ontario to Manitoba and beyond, here are a baker’s dozen of homegrown guitar greats from the Great White North, and tunes you should […]


Framepictures – Remember It

by TW on March 23, 2011

So what happened to all the prog rock reviews, Mark?  Patience, my children!  Both Classic Rock Music Blog publisher, Todd, and I are huge prog rock fans, so you’ll see more mention of releases by artists both old and new in that genre in the weeks and months to come. Getting back to the varying […]


What does my lovely and long-suffering girlfriend buy me for Christmas?  Me, with my dissonant rants about the “genius” of various prog rock guitar legends; she with her love of the music from a time, decades past, when popular music was embracing new and exciting experiments brought to teenagers through the wonders of early MTV; […]


White Willow-Signal To Noise

by TW on June 2, 2010

Norwegian art-rock group White Willow takes its name from the tree whose bark contains salicin, from which may be derived the chemical salicylic acid, or aspirin.  While White Willow may not produce the perfect cure for a headache, they are responsible for some of the most original, progressive music that I’ve recently encountered.  My discovery […]


The debut release from Geneva, Switzerland’s, This Misery Garden on Progrock Records, Another Great Day On Earth pushes further into the dark side of prog as presented by bands such as Tool and A Perfect Circle.  Like those groups, TMG have a harder edge to their guitars and also use multi-tracked vocal layers courtesy of […]

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10 Best Rush songs

by TW on February 19, 2009

It is my assertion that Rush hit their stride with 1980’s Permanent Waves, and rode that heady curl through the two following flawless albums Moving Pictures and Signals. After waiting and listening for more than 25 years for something akin to these classic albums, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart emerged from the murky […]


Rush – “Snakes & Arrows Live” DVD

by TW on February 5, 2009

Snakes & Arrows Live is an exciting and important document of Rush on tour in Amsterdam, during the fall of 2007. The three-DVD set is notable not just for the music (27 songs in all) but for the fantastic high-definition footage. We get up-close shots of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart as they […]


Rush – “Xanadu” video

by TW on December 9, 2008

This video of Rush performing “Xanadu” from A Farewell To Kings is a great look back at a time when Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were tapping into some amazingly creative powers. The atmosphere of this song is incredible – the chimes, wind, bird noises and all. I love Alex and Geddy on […]

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