Eddie Trunk Gets a Rush Fact Wrong

I took a random dip into Eddie Trunk’s forthcoming book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and immediately came across a passage in which he confuses Rush’s Chronicles compilation with the band’s Archives three-album set:

“I didn’t know that Rush had released a bunch of records before Permanent Waves because the band never had hit singles or got any kind of major radio play or media coverage. With epic concept songs, progressive instrumental arrangements, and interesting time changes, they were anything but commercial. To get caught up on their catalog, I bought Chronicles, their first three albums packaged together. I quickly learned how dynamic this band was.”—from page 176

Trunk’s book looks like a terrific read and his encyclopedic knowledge of hard rock and heavy metal is second to none, but it’s pretty clear he meant to say Archives rather than Chronicles, because it’s Archives that packages together Rush’s first three albums: Rush, Fly by Night, and Caress of Steel. What’s more, the Chronicles compilation simply doesn’t include the “epic concept songs” he refers to. It includes the “Overture” and the “Temples of Syrinx” of 2112, but it doesn’t include the “Necromancer” or the “Fountain of Lamneth” on Caress of Steel or “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” on Fly by Night, which are the progressive rock explorations on the band’s first three albums.

In fact, Archives came out in 1978 precisely to do what Trunk says he bought the album for: to provide a taste of the band’s early work for those who came to them later, after 2112 or All the World’s a Stage (or, in Trunk’s case, after Permanent Waves).

It’s never a good sign when you discover what appears to be a pretty basic error after dipping into a book for no more than a minute. But on the other hand, you don’t look to a book like Trunk’s for the facts; you look to it for his observations, and unfortunate editing errors shouldn’t be allowed to get in the way of that.

–Rob Freedman

Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal
Abrams Image (April 1, 2011)
By Eddie Trunk (Andrea Bussell, editor)
$10.49 (on Amazon)

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~ by rvkeeper on March 17, 2011.

2 Responses to “Eddie Trunk Gets a Rush Fact Wrong”

  1. I consider myself to be as knowledgeable about AC/DC as you are with Rush. I found a few mistakes in their section. Pictures labeled with the wrong dates and tours mostly. Basic stuff though.

    • Thanks for mentioning the mistakes in the AC/DC section of the Eddie Trunk book. What we’re the main ones? That would be interesting to know. If we both found mistakes, it’s likely there are others in other chapters. Appreciate the head’s up!

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