by TojesDolan USER (33 Reviews)
June 21st, 2005 | 16 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rush is covering bands? Well. It's a good cover album. Some parts hinder, other parts are awesome and Summertime Blues is just too great.

Rush - Feedback


Bass - Geddy Lee
Guitar - Alex Lifeson
Percussion - Neil Peart

Original Release Date: June 29, 2004
Label: Atlantic

Rush. the most famous and powerful Progressive-Rock Trio from Canada, Releases a new album on 2004. But not an LP as many fans would want. Instead, they released an EP, called Feedback which contains a little letter when you open it. It explain the reason for the existence of such album: The band wanted to Tribute in a way the bands that they used to cover back in the days, in their garages, when they weren't the super-known and recognized musicians they are at the moment. This is a conmemoration as well, for the thiry years they've been together, and pay tribute to those who learned and inspired from, all this in their own words. Even the artwork is oldschool, as you may see, with a very 60's-esque design.

So, you guessed. It's a cover album. Before you feel the need of rejecting this album, I ask you to, at least, give it a try, despite being conformed entirely by covers, (except for one original) it's a fun listen, anyhow. Geddy Lee's voice is a great strong point in here, because I'm not a huge fan of Geddy's early days voice, it sounded too... whinny. In this album (and about a while, as well) His voice has improved, making this album even better for me.

The album kicks off with Summertimes Blues, original by Eddie Cochran, But they say the covered the Blue Cheer Version, but there's a real Rush Feeling to this. Completely old-schol in theme, heart and spirit, this song delivers and pretty much prepares the mood for the rest of the album. A definitive winner, and Rush's touch actually shows in the overall feeling of the song.

After this great track, follows Heart full of soul, A cover of The yardbirds song. This song is also amazing, and has a true old-school feeling to it. You almost feel back in the days with this, as corny as that may sound. The action soon jumps to For what it's worth, a slower track, first recorded by Buffalo Springfield, Which is also a nice spinoff of the original, and it's a fun song.

The who's The seeker Also gets a chance in here, and it's also pulled off greatly, Besides, Neil Peart gets a better chance of showing off in this song, as well as being an ultimate favorite of most people. Soon after, Mr. Soul, another track by Buffalo Springfield comes in to the mix, staying in the same mood of the past three tracks, more mellow than the first two. That makes them a little less of my favorites, yet I feel attracted by the solo in this particular song. As always, Geddy and Neil follow up with the album itself, but they aren't as present as they could be, maybe because of the covers themselves, But they are enjoyable songs, amyway. Seven and seven is Is a strange track. It starts off kinda off-beat, but soon gets much better. Both Neil and Geddy finally get a chance to show what they are all about, Except it can be a little too repetitive at times.

Shapes of things, Another Yardbirds cover, brings back the happier mood to the album, and they pull it off greatly. The drum line is amazing, and so is bass. Nonetheless, another favorite.
The cover Crossroads Originally performed by the supergroup Cream Is my favorite track off the whole album, Maybe because I felt that Geddy's voice is much clearer and brighter than the original track, and his bass playing is just top-notch in this one. Great way to finish the album.


+ Good covers: no butchering songs
+ Geddy's voice improved a lot from the early days
+ Overall Feeling of the album is really retro
+ Fun to listen


- A few strange track choices, such as Buffalo Springfield
- Too short
- Not a real album

And there you go. An EP by the progsters from Canada. It's indeed a great album, very fun to listen, as well as it must have been fun to record, yet, it's not what we expect after some years of no Rush. Nonetheless, we are still waiting for the new album, and covers don't really feed the hunger for new material. Classic Rock lovers will love this, bur Rush fans can be alittle dissapointed. don't let this stop you from giving it a shot and see for yourself.

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June 21st 2005


This seems interesting.

Good review also :thumb:

July 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

A cover album by rush didn't come right into my head, but since its my favourite band lets give it a shot. After listening to it, they show that they are the greatest musicians and can play other peoples music better and perfect it. Personal fav. would be Crossroads since creams version was a bit boring,

January 28th 2006


I sang this version of summer time blues in the talent show in my schoole when i was youngerThis Message Edited On 01.28.06

Two-Headed Boy
February 8th 2006


Rush. the most famous and powerful Progressive-Rock Trio from Canada

How many famous and powerful Prog-Rock trios are from Canada, anyway? :D

Anyways a classy review.

September 20th 2006


when i saw this i thought it was from the 70's because of the art work

October 16th 2006


Not too bad.

October 26th 2006


Peartdrummer, you do not think this album is "too bad." You never take the damn thing out of your CD player!

Trust me you guys I know. He is my twin. and he is a fruitcake. ;)

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, yeah I agree that Geddy's voice has improved. I also find that I love the Buffalo Springfield covers. I believe that "Crossroads" was originally done by the blues guitarist Robert Johnson, as opposed to Cream (I believe it mentions Johnson's name in the liner notes -- Johnson's song however was originally called "Cross Road Blues") however...Clapton is so influenced by Robert Johnson, as we can see in most of his work.

March 10th 2007


Album Rating: 2.0

Summertime Blues is pretty good. I would like to hear their version of Mr. Soul.

February 24th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

That was a really great review, Feedback has a few good songs on it (Summertime

Blues, Heart Full Of Soul, The Seeker & Crossroads). But they are the only ones that I

can listen to constantlyThis Message Edited On 03.04.08

August 18th 2011


"...despite being conformed entirely by covers, (except for one original)... " There is no original on this release. If you are referring to "7 and 7 Is", that was written by Arthur Lee, and first appeared on Love's "Da Capo".

October 11th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

damn, i quit reading halfway through

October 11th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

really like their version of heart full of soul on here

October 11th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

i will say, their timing was good, as this was a nice release

March 8th 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

seeker great cover version

October 2nd 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

fun release

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