Archives


Linernotes

Geddy Lee - Vocals & Bass
Alex Lifeson - Guitars & Vocals
Neil Peart - Drums & Percussion

Additional Musicians:
John Rutsey - Drums (on RUSH)

Produced by RUSH and Terry Brown
Graphics by Hugh Syme
Liner Photography by Gerad Gentil
Album design by Hugh Syme and Bob King

Mercury, April 1978
© 1978 Mercury Records © 1978 Anthem Entertainment

Miscellaneous

  • Highest Billboard Chart Position: 121 - Certified Gold & Platinum by RIAA: February 3, 1995
  • Analagous to today's "boxed sets," this compilation is a simple repackaging of Rush's first three studio albums. Out of print, this bundled reissue was released shortly after A Farewell To Kings on vinyl and cassette.
  • On this release, the chimes at the end of "By-Tor and the Snowdog" play for 28 seconds longer than the cd version. This was likely a partial recreation of the original Fly By Night vinyl album, where the chimes at the end of "By-Tor" were printed into the fadeout groove of side 1, so that on older turntables, they would loop forever until the stylus was physically lifted from the vinyl.
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In Their Own Words

"Caress of Steel was a big experiment for us and we were very much in love with it when we finished up. But again, the forces that be, the people who promote our music, didn't believe in that album. They sold it short and I think the inclusion of that album in Archives is the strongest reason for this collection to be released. We want to give Caress another chance...Archives is nothing but the music. There are no Rush army stickers; you're not joining anything. It's just a chance for more people to hear what Rush was doing in the days before 2112 and A Farewell To Kings but who can't afford three individual records." - Geddy Lee, Circus, May 1978

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