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Tribute album to Rush is decent but unnecessary

“New World Man” is a third collection of Rush covers released by Magna Carta. But did we really need another one of these?

Various Artists
New World Man: A Tribute to Rush
Magna Carta Records (MA-9106-2)
Grade: ★★


By Michael Popke

Back in the 1990s, Magna Carta Records was perched atop the North American progressive-rock movement, introducing promising young bands to listeners via a series of classy tribute albums. Most of the genre’s giants were covered, including Genesis, Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Rush. Then, years later, Magna Carta released another Rush tribute album.

Now comes “New World Man” — a third collection of Rush covers featuring cuts from 1996’s “Working Man” and 2005’s “Subdivisions,” plus competent (and almost reverential) new versions of such classics as “New World Man,” “Fly By Night” and “Force Ten” performed by members of Coheed and Cambria, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Korn, The Mars Volta and I, Omega. There’s also a compelling yet almost unrecognizable jazz version of “Tom Sawyer” by the Alex Skolnick Trio, and “The Trees” features the late Shadow Gallery singer Mike Baker.

But did we really need another one of these?

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