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Rush Song Of The Day: Marathon

Rush, who recently released the R40 box set, grace the cover of the latest issue of Prog and in that issue we called upon 40 famous Rush fans to reveal their favourite Rush songs.

Well, we’re almost at the end of our month-long celebration of Rush songs, chosen by other musicians to celebrate the release of R40. In fact, today ids the penultimate choice, and it comes from Magenta mainstay and solo artist in his own right, Rob Reed. Rob’s opted for Marathon from 1985’s Power Windows album. “A huge keyboard part drops in after a brilliant solo, and it’s spine tingling….” he says.

(Credit: Stuart Wood)

Power Windows is my favourite Rush album by far,” says Reed. “The production is amazing and the use of keyboards is really tasty. The songs are so melodic; Marathon has all the best examples of this. It’s a great song and the middle section solo just blows me away. A huge keyboard part drops in after a brilliant solo, and it’s spine tingling. The drumming is amazing. Rush peaked with Power Windows.”

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Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.