Working Man: A Tribute to Rush

Working Man: A Tribute to Rush


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As far as tribute albums go, this homage to seminal Canadian rockers Rush is hard to beat. For one thing, Magna Carta has made an inspired decision to have each song recorded by an all-star lineup rather than letting one band handle all the chores (with one exception -- Fates Warning get sole credit for "Closer to the Heart"). Often projects of this magnitude are doomed to failure from the start as a result of inadequate rehearsing, a shoestring budget, and sometimes a lack of talent capable of handling the songs with the respect they deserve. Working Man is a rare instance of everything going right. Terry Brown has done an incredible mixing job considering nearly all of the songs were recorded in different studios. The musicianship rivals the original versions -- occasionally besting them, particularly where the vocals are concerned. That, combined with the fact that many of these songs will be unfamiliar to casual Rush fans (hint: there's no "Tom Sawyer"), would lead one to believe that the musicians involved were already quite familiar with the material. Complaints are few (singers such as Jack Russell of Great White and Mark Slaughter don't really belong here), but commendations are nearly overwhelming: instrumental tour de force "La Villa Strangiato" is given an amazing rendition by Steve Morse and James Murphy; Sebastian Bach and James LaBrie turn in the most inspired singing of their careers; and mention should be made of Jake E. Lee's amazing leads as well as the solid drumming skills of Mike Portnoy and Deen Castronovo. Arguably the best tribute album ever made, Working Man will make a Rush fan out of many who may have written the band off based on their spotty '80s output.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/1996
Label: Magna Carta
UPC: 0026245901025
catalogNumber: 59010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stuart Hamm   Bass
Steve Morse   Guitar,Classical Guitar
Eric Martin   Vocals
Billy Sheehan   Bass
George Lynch   Guitar
Joey Vera   Bass
Robert Berry   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Deen Castronovo   Drums
Richard Chycki   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James LaBrie   Vocals
Jake E. Lee   Guitar
James Murphy   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Overdubs
Mike Panella   Keyboards
John Petrucci   Guitar
Mike Portnoy   Drums
Sean Reinert   Drums
Michael Romeo   Guitar
Jack Russell   Vocals
Sebastian Bach   Vocals
Dave Townson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ray Alder   Vocals
Mark Slaughter   Vocals
Jim Matheos   Guitar
Brad Kaiser   Drums
Devin Townsend   Vocals
Mark Zonder   Drums
Brendt Allman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Brockman   Drums
Carl Cadden-James   Bass
Trent Gardner   Keyboards
Gary Wehrkamp   Keyboards
Chris Ingles   Piano
Matt Guillory   Keyboards
Sean Malone   Bass
Mike Baker   Vocals
Marcel Coenen   Guitar
Greg Linhares   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Robert Berry   Engineer
Richard Chycki   Engineer
Steve Fontano   Engineer
Joe Franco   Engineer
Mike Portnoy   Creative Consultant
Micajah Ryan   Engineer
Mike Varney   Executive Producer
Larry Brewer   Engineer
Jeff Brockman   Engineer
Stewart J. Gilray   Liner Notes
Peter Morticelli   Executive Producer
Greg Cathcart   Engineer
Tim Gennert   Contributor

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