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Moving Pictures Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (June 3 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
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1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
3. YYZ
4. Limelight
5. The Camera Eye
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs

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With Moving Pictures, Rush's complex songwriting and musical virtuosity reached new heights. It's that rarest of creatures, a highly listenable progressive-rock album; even the all-instrumental "YYZ" is of interest to listeners besides musicians. The highlight of the album is "Limelight"; like many progressive-rock bands, Rush writes songs about the experience of being on-stage. The result is impressive, with almost orchestral arrangements that never overwhelm the actual music. "Tom Sawyer," another classic, is on this album, as well as the science-fiction-meets-road-movie "Red Barchetta," the epic "The Camera Eye," the cautionary "Witch Hunt," and "Vital Signs," which takes advantage of the budding digital sound technology available at the time the album was recorded. This is probably Rush's best album; it's definitely their most accessible. --Genevieve Williams

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on July 7 2004
Format: Audio CD
Canadian power trio Rush's ninth(and eighth studio overall) album entitled Moving Pictures was released in February of 1981 to fans whom were heavily anticipating a strong follow-up to the previous year's Permanent Waves, which was Rush's first Top 5 album here in the US thanks to songs like Freewill and The Spirit of Radio. When fans first went to the stores to buy MP, the artwork must have caught some eyes. The title of the disc Moving Pictures had monumental multiple meanings. First, there is workers actually "moving pictures". Then, there are people crying because the pictures are so moving. Finally, there was a film crew making a moving picture of the whole scene on the back cover. Plus, actual moving pictures of the band at their respective instruments(on the original CD, drummer Neil Peart's photo was missing, luckily on this remaster, his photo was restored). Also, Bob Ludwig(whom originally mastered the album), did a superb job on the remastering of this remastered version. All of the songs on Moving Pictures were written by all three Rush members except*(with Pye Dubois) and +(by Geddy Lee/Peart). The album starts at full throttle with Tom Sawyer*, which was talking about modern-day heroes and using one of Mark Twain's character as a metaphor and featured rapid playing by Peart, guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Lee, whom was singing more and more in a lower octave on this album than previous albums. The song Red Barchetta follows, and is about a person who goes to his uncle's farm and discovers a car. The music picks you up then accelerates as the song goes on and then ends as it began by dropping you off at the next location. Next is YYZ+, an instrumental named after the luggage tag code at Toronto airport.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 5 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You can't go wrong here. If your a rush fan you know how great the cd is. I like Rush but I don't love Rush. In fact most of their 80's output i would be happy to never hear again. But when Rush is good they are Great. And this (along with 2112. Wow could you imagine 2112 in 5.1. talk about a record made for the format) is Rush at their best. This CD is solid from start ti finish. The 5.1 mix on the Blu Ray is great. Clearest you have ever heard rush. I really hope that this is the begining of a re-issue program which would be amazing. Snakes and Arrows came in 5.1 and it wqs great. Now we get the amazing Moving Pictures. Keep the 5.1 coming!! It really is like a whole new way of listening to music and with 5.1 or 7.1 systems getting so cheap you don't have a reason not to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark F on July 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is seen as one of, if not RUsh's best album and also as the transition between their first few CDs (which were more hard/prog rockish) and their more experimental future albums. Much of the praise that this album gets is well deserved as many of Rush's classics come from this album.
Since this is a Rush album, the excellent musicianship is obviously present. Neil Peart's drumming is amazing on this album as he creates complex rhythms and navigates the band's irregular time signatures with ease. Peart's lyrics are also interesting and thought provoking in some cases. Alex Lifeson's guitar playing is also top notch. He lays down some great solos and some classic riffs like the one in "Limelight". The final member of the group, Geddy Lee is also amazing on bass. He creates many great basslines (as usual) like the one in the instrumental "YYZ". He lays out some nice synthesizer parts too. His high pitched acquired taste vocals could take away from the album for some but I think they fit the music fine. They are more tolerable than those on some previoius albums which were even more high pitched.
1. Tom Sawyer: This is the most popular song off this album. It deals with independence and individuality. I really like the bass parts and the drums in this song. The song is quite catchy. Definitely one of my favorites off this album. Classic Rush. 10/10
2. Red Barchetta: This 6 minute song is also one of my favorites. The lyrics are about a future society/govt. that bans the use of cars. The character in the story is going joy riding in his Uncle's hidden car. The music is very good as are the lyrics. I like the vocal melodies as well. Great song 9.5/10
3. YYZ: This instrumental starts out with Peart tapping out morse code on his cymbal.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 5 2011
Format: Audio CD
The great musical academic Tom Morwood once called this the greatest album of the 80's. I think he's right. Aside from "Tom Sawyer" (fer Christ's sake even Barenaked Ladies did a tribute to this song) you get such classics as "Red Barchetta", "YYZ", "Limelight", and of course "Vital Signs". This is back in the day when 7 or 8 songs made an album, and Moving Pictures' 7 songs are a hell of a collection.

Although the Rush catalogue was remastered back in '97 (or there 'bouts) this is the first Rush deluxe edition to hit the shelves. Unlike most deluxe editions, this one contains no bonus tracks. Disc one is Moving Pictures, remastered, and disc two is the entire album in hi-def 5.1 plus three music videos. Disc 1 has been remastered (yet again!), but don't fret -- unless you're an audiophile, you don't need to worry about that. The 1997 CD edition sounded fine, as does this. You're buying this for the 5.1, and if you can't play 5.1 just stick with the original CD which sounds pretty much the same to the average Joe Listener.

If you don't own this album yet, what are you waiting for? Any rocker with a sense of integrity owns at least one Rush album, and it may as well be this one. Although Geddy had brought the keyboards out, this album still represents the perfect mix of Alex's guitar and Ged's keys -- not fighting for space in the mix, but sharing it equally and powerfully.

The 5.1 mix, done by Toronto's own Richard Chycki (he's been doing Rush and Triumph remixes for years now) is pretty damn good. It's different. Listen to "Vital Signs" for example. It's different, the balance of instruments and vocals. Considering the origial stereo mix was perfect, and you can't fairly compare to perfection, I will just say the mix is different.
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