Rush Compilations: Nothing Exceeds Like Excess

“Fly by Night” and “Closer to the Heart” have the distinction—perhaps dubious distinction—of being the most compiled songs in the Rush track list, at eight each. I say dubious because among Rush listeners the proliferation of compilation albums, particularly since around 2003, has become a running joke. No fewer than six compilations have been released since 2003, and in many cases, the same songs—starting with “Fly by Night” and “Closer to the Heart”—are included. So, you have to ask, “What gives?” Of course, we know what gives: the labels want to milk the band’s more radio-friendly songs for as much money as they can. Understandable—it’s a tough music market today, with free mp3 downloads wreaking havoc on the companies’ bottom lines. But it’s a risky strategy, too, because it alienates the band’s regular listeners and generates cynicism. In the list below, you’ll find a ranking of Rush tracks that have been included in compilations, along with images of the albums in which they’re included. The images don’t link to anything, so there’s no reason to click them. NOTE: since this list was made, four more compilations have come out, but they’re not reflected here. Those additional compilations are Icon 2, the Rush “Sector” series, The Complete Mercury Years, and The Studio Albums, 1987-2007.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

8 inclusions

Fly by Night, 1975 (1978), (1978), (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010), (2010)

Closer to the Heart, 1977 (1978), (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010), (2010)

7 inclusions

Freewill, 1980 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010), (2010)

Limelight, 1981 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010), (2010)

6 inclusions

Working Man, 1974 (1978), (1990), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010)

2112: Overture/Temples of Syrinx, 1976 (1978), (1990), (1997), (2003),  (2006), (2009)

The Spirit of Radio, 1980 (1990),  (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010)

Tom Sawyer, 1981
 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009), (2010)

5 inclusions

Finding My Way, 1974 (1978), (1990), (1997), (2006), (2010)

Anthem, 1975 (1978), (1978), (1990), (1997), (2006)

Bastille Day, 1975 (1978), (1978), (1990), (1997), (2006)

The Trees, 1978 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010)

Subdivisions, 1982
 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2009)

Distant Early Warning, 1984 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010)

The Big Money, 1985 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010)

Force Ten, 1987 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010)

Time Stand Still, 1987 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006), (2010)

4 inclusions

By-Tor and the Snow Dog, 1975 (1978), (1997), (2006), (2010)

Red Barchetta, 1981 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006)

New World Man, 1982 (1990), (1997), (2003), (2006)

Red Sector A, 1984 (1990), (1997), (2006), (2010)

3 inclusions

La Villa Strangiato, 1978 (1990),  (1997),  (2006)
Mystic Rhythms, 1985 (1990), (1997), (2006)

The Analog Kid, 1982 (1997), (2006), (2010)
Marathon, 1985 (1997), (2006), (2010)

2 inclusions

What You’re Doing, 1974 (1978), (1990)
Best I Can, 1975 (1978), (1978)
Making Memories, 1975 (1978), (1978)
In the End, 1975 (1978), (1978)
Lakeside Park, 1975
 (1978), (1990)
The Necromancer, 1975 (1978),  (2010)
Something for Nothing, 1976 (1978), (1997)
The Twilight Zone, 1976 (1978),  (2010)
A Passage to Bangkok, 1976 (1990), (2010)
Xanadu, 1977 (1997), (2006)
The Body Electric, 1984
 (1997), (2006)
Mission, 1987 (1997), (2006)
One Little Victory, 2002 (2008), (2009)
Dreamline, 1991 (2008), (2009)
Far Cry, 2007 (2008), (2009)

1 inclusion

Need Some Love, 1974
   (1978)
Take a Friend, 1974
 (1978)
Here Again, 1974 (1978)
In the Mood, 1974 (1978)
Before and After, 1974 (1978)
Beneath, Between and Behind, 1975 (1978)
Rivendell, 1975 (1978)
I Think I’m Going Bald, 1975 (1978)
The Fountain of Lamneth, 1975 (1978)
Cinderella Man, 1977
 (1978)
A Farewell to Kings, 1977 (1990)
Manhattan Project, 1985 (1990)
Show Don’t Tell, 1989 (1990)
Workin’ Them Angels, 2006 (2008)
Presto, 1989 (2008)
Bravado, 1991 (2008)
Driven, 1996
 (2008)
The Pass, 1989 (2008)
Animate, 1993 (2008)
Roll the Bones, 1991 (2008)
Ghost of a Chance, 1991 (2008)
Nobody’s Hero, 1993 (2008)
Leave that Thing Alone, 1993 (2008)
Earthshine, 2002 (2008)
YYZ, 1981 (2009)
Circumstances, 1978 (2010)

Album image key:

 Archives (1978)
 Rush Through Time (1978)
 Chronicles (1990)
 Retrospective I (1997)
 Retrospective II (1997)
 The Spirit of Radio (2003)
 Gold (2006)
 Retrospective III (2008)
 Working Men (2009)
 Time Stand Still (2010)
 Icon (2010)

 Click here for a look at the frequency with which Rush songs are compiled, recorded live, and recorded for tribute albums.

~ by rvkeeper on May 26, 2011.

 
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