Feedback

June 2004 . 18th Studio Recording

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About Feedback

Celebrating a career of filling arenas, selling tens of millions of albums and playing songs with which a generation of rock fans came of age, the boys decided to have a little fun with the music they grew up with. Feedback is an EP of cover tunes, released in 2004. It features covers of songs by The Who, The Yardbirds, Love, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and more.

The album marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush’s debut album.

  • Credits
  • Liner Notes
  • Awards/Chart Positions

Credits

Produced by

David Leonard and Rush

Recorded by

David Leonard

Mixed and Engineered by

David Leonard

Phase One Pro Tools recording

Michael Jack
Assistant · Jeff Muir

Management

Ray Danniels
SRO Management Inc.
Toronto

Executive Production

Anthem Entertainment
Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi

Equipment Care and Feeding

Lorne Wheaton and Rick Britton

Art Direction, Illustration and Design

Hugh Syme

Photography

Andrew MacNaughtan

Liner Notes

Geddy Lee – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Alex Lifeson – Guitars (electric, acoustic, mandola)
Neil Peart – Drums and Cymbals

Recorded at Phase One Studios
Toronto
March-April, 2004

Mixed and Engineered at Phase One Studios
Toronto
May 2004

Thanks to everyone at Phase One Studios · Barry, Donny, Mike, and Jeff and everyone at SRO · Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Shelia Posner, Shelley Nott, Anna LeCoche, Cynthia Barry, Rayanne Lepieszo, Andy Curran, Bob Farmer, and Randy Rolfe.

As always, we thank our families for their patience, support, tolerance, and love.

Extra Special Thanks to Jason Sniderman, for planting the seed, research, and endless encouragement.
For technical help & contributions, our thanks to Saved By Technology · Jim Burgess & Ted Onyszczak; DW DrumSabian Cymbals, & Promark drumsticks.


The room in suburban Toronto was dimly lit with bead lights, lava lamps, and candles. Patterned rugs, guitars, amplifiers, and drums were scattered about the floor. The guitarist, bass player, and drummer locked into a fast blues jam, a relaxed acoustic number, a traditional rock anthemAs the music spiraled out, the air filled with the sounds of feedback, backwards guitar, electric twelve-string, and electric sitar. The lava lamps vibrated on the straining amplifiers. Everything was … very … beautiful …

It was April of 2004, but Geddy, Alex, and I were channeling back to 1966 and 1967, when we were thirteen- and fourteen -year-old beginners. We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our thirty years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by. We thought we might record some of the songs we used to listen to, the ones we painstakingly learned the chords, notes, and drum parts for, and even played in our earliest bands.

Ironically, I first many of these songs as “cover tunes,” played by the local bands around St. Catharines, Ontario, in the mid-sixties. The Who and the Yardbirds were both introduced to me that way. A couple of years later, my own first band, called Momblin’ Sumpthin’ (from a “L’il Abner” comic, I shall forever have to explain), played Cream’s “Crossroads” and the Blue Cheer version of “Summertime Blues.”

At the same time, across the lake in the suburbs of Toronto, Alex played “For What it’s Worth” in his first band, The Projection, and later, with Geddy, they also played “Mr. Soul,” “Shapes of Things,” and “Crossroads,” in early versions of Rush, and other bands with names like Dusty Coconuts, Waterlogged Gorilla Fingers, the Wild Woodpecker Revue, and the Aquiline Dimension of the Mind (depending on the day).

The other tracks on this collection are songs we liked from the era that we thought we could “cover” effectively (meaning not too many backing vocals), and have some fun with. The music celebrates a good time in our lives, and we had a good time celebrating it.

Neil Peart


© 2004 Atlantic Records © 2004 Anthem Entertainment

Awards

The Billboard 200
#19

Summertime Blues

[Eddie Cochran]

Well, I’m gonna raise a fuss,
Yes I’m a gonna raise a holler
About working all summer
Just to try to earn a dollar
Well I went to the boss man
And tried to get a break…
(“He said, “No, dice, bud
You gotta work late”)

Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do
Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

Well my mom and poppa told me
“Son you gotta earn some money,
If you want to use the car
To go ridin’ next Sunday.”
Well I wouldn’t go to work
Told the boss I was sick…
(They said, “Now you can’t use the car
Cause you didn’t work a lick”)

Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do
Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

I’m gonna take two weeks
I’m gonna have a fine vacation
Gonna take my problems
To the United Nations
Well I went to my congressman
And he said, quote…
(“I’d love to help you, son
But you’re too young to vote”)

Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do
Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues