Archives is a compilation album by Rush, released in April 1978. The compilation was a complete repackaging of the band's first three albums (Rush, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel). Originally released with a faded grey cover, it was later repackaged with a darker, black cover. The minimalist cover art recycles the image of the "Man in the Star" from the 2112 album.
On the original, vinyl Fly By Night album, the chimes at the end of "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" were printed into the fadeout groove of side one. This meant that on older turntables the chimes would play on forever, until the stylus was physically lifted from the vinyl. On the Archives version, "By-Tor" is 28 seconds longer as these additional chimes were included.
Although Archives has never officially been released on CD, it managed simultaneous gold and platinum certification in the U.S. in 1995.
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first U.S. tour.
Since the release of the band's self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as addressing humanitarian, social, emotional, and environmental concerns.
Musically, Rush's style has changed over the years, beginning in the vein of blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers. They have been cited as an influence by various musical artists, including Metallica, Primus, and The Smashing Pumpkins as well as progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater, and Symphony X.
Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers' polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. Rush's sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush's total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units.
The band is currently touring North America on the Time Machine Tour. Upon completion of the tour, the band is scheduled to continue writing and recording their next studio album, Clockwork Angels, for release in early 2011.
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