I’ve been listening to a lot more progressive stuff lately, like Cygnus X-1 Book 1 and 2 by Rush and In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson, so why not cover the best prog album ever: 2112 by Rush (again). This is a must listen for fans of Radiohead, Prog, Experimental Rock or Concept Albums.
This album is the definition of classic. It has an amazing narrative, amazing instrumentation, amazing production and amazing production. In fact, this album is so amazing I actually made a T-Shirt out of the album artwork and the prelude paragraph on the back of the album sleeve. It’s worn off quite a lot but it still looks pretty good:
The first half is a 20 minute epic with a sprawling sci-fi narrative split into five naturally progressing parts. I highly recommend this, It’s probably my favourite song ever and you should definitely check it out for yourselves.
The second half are some great, normal length songs by Rush including Passage to Bangkok, Tears, Lessons and The Twilight Zone. My personal favourite from this part of the album is The Twilight Zone, which is based off the TV show of the same name.
I found this as an original pressing at the second hand record store for £9 in near perfect condition. Not bad, eh? I’d probably pay 20 or even 30 pounds for a first pressing in excellent condition so I was happy to only have to pay 9.
Just on account of how awesome the narrative of this album is, here are the liner notes:
“I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening. My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surviving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons. I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all…”
– Anonymous, 2112