Caress of Steel

Label
ISLAND MERCURY
Release date
22 Sep 2009
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
44:54

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bastille Day 4:38 73,083
2 I Think I'm Going Bald 3:38 34,165
3 Lakeside Park 4:08 53,986
4 The Necromancer 12:30 26,451
5 The Fountain of Lamneth 20:00 23,675

About this album

Caress of Steel is the third studio album by Rush, released in 1975. The album shows more of Rush’s adherence to the standards of progressive rock. Long pieces, pieces broken up into parts, and solo passages of speed and agility are all included. The album is often considered notable for the inclusion of the band’s first epic piece, “The Fountain Of Lamneth”, which runs to nearly 20 minutes and comprised the whole of side two of the original vinyl release. Intended to be Rush’s breakthrough album, it sold fewer copies than their previous record and was considered a disappointment by their record company, with the tour becoming known as the “Down The Tubes Tour”.

Despite its relatively poor sales, the album charted higher in the US than Rush’s previous release Fly by Night (as stated in the liner notes to Rush’s The Spirit of Radio Greatest Hits 1974-87 album). The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1993. The next year’s follow-up album, 2112 would pave the way for Rush’s commercial success with its own 21-minute epic.

Originally, the album cover was supposed to be in silver hue to give it a “steel” appearance. A printing error resulted in a copper color for the album cover.[1]

Some cassette printings of this album had “Didacts and Narpets” and “I Think I’m Going Bald” switch places (possibly due to cassette tape length and to balance out both sides), and all of the movements of “The Fountain of Lamneth” were listed as separate songs.

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  • jessieyyz2112

    For me this is the best album of all time...

    5 Jan 7:21am Reply
  • niQboy

    Fucking terrible album cover, I'm sure it didn't help the sales. Necromancer is one of their best tracks though.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Alx_Drummer_

    The fountain of lamneth=-O

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nonexistent123

    Great album, very underrated.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Alx_Drummer_

    i really like this album!!! and i think the necromancer is one of the best RUSH songs!

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • adamis_fr

    The Necromancer....what a song!!!

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SouthOfHeaven97

    Fountain is a rush calssic

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • yush90112

    I used Audacity to break the Fountain of Lamneth into its individual songs as separate mp3 files. I also use it to link songs together that have unnatural/abrupt breaks between songs, or to edit songs that have track breaks in the wrong place (many songs on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway for instance)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Harfang

    2112 > Fountain > Necromancer [3]

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    2112 > Fountain > Necromancer [2]

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Letitpoof

    very kick ass album

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    is it still underrated if everybody says it is?

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Very underrated - 2112 (the song) surely blows it away but everything else on 2112 is < COS. Want to see Necromancer played on next tour :)

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JMFG2112

    2112 > Fountain > Necromancer

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Fountain > 2112 > The Necromancer

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    COS > 2112 [3] but 2112-song slays any single song on COS.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    COS > 2112 [2]

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • AliasJohnQ

    Caress of Steel...listen to this cd with the headphones on..and when you come to Fountain of Lamneth...you will understand Rush.

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    One word: UNDERRATED !![12] The Necromancer and The Fountain of Lamneth are masterpieces and among Rush best 10 or 20 songs.

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • Zeldadaft96

    One word: UNDERRATED !![11] But I will say, I Think I'm Going Bald is not my favorite song....

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
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