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Presto [Original recording remastered, Import]

Rush Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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A Rush album based on groove? Strangely enough yes, and what's even more astonishing is how well it works. Rush have always been known more for technical flash than for straight-ahead rock but Presto achieves a synthesis of the two that's accessible without compromising. It's strong lyrically, without the heavy-handed symbolism that makes, for instance, "Trees" so difficult to listen to, and the band often gets into a rhythmic groove that's positively infectious; check out "Scars" or "Superconductor". Presto is also the first Rush album where the incorporation of electronics and synthesizers truly works, instead of sounding like an additional layer artificially added to existing music. This album marked something of a creative rebirth; Rush has turned out consistently strong efforts ever since. --Genevieve Williams

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic! Dec 20 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm a lifelong Rush fan and as this album came out when I was 16 it was one of four 'cassettes' that I learned to drive to (along with Pump, Appetite for Destruction & Dr. Feelgood). With no cassette player anymore, having not listened to this album in so long I recently upgraded to the CD. One of my top 3 favorite Rush songs is on this album - The Pass. Love it! Solid from track 1 through 11, this is a very balanced and even album with great hooks that's easy to get into. Just be careful not to do too much air drumming when you're behind the wheel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely underrated April 18 2009
By Matthew West TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
New producer Rupert Hine brought a sonic clarity to `Presto' at the expense of dynamic range. Electric piano is used in place of synths. On bass, Geddy focuses on the mid-range of the instrument at the expense of the bottom end. Alex is pushed ever higher as the bass and piano, and Peart's drums, intrude on his space.

To me, this is a great album for the car stereo. Many of the audio limitations are not as apparent on a standard car stereo as they are on a decent home stereo. Also, I really got into this album driving back and forth to work back when I lived in London and commuted to St. Thomas, so it always reminds me of the road.

Some general comments about the sound of this album, particularly in the original, non-remastered release: The drums have no kick and they sound kind of wet or, at times, clattery. The guitar sound is very wiry. The bass pedals purr instead of roar. All the instruments seem to have a limited dynamic range.

I have done back to back comparisons between the original release and the remastered versions that appear on `Retrospective III', and they are distinctly better, but by no means perfect.

I like the intro to "Show Don't Tell". The tribal drum bit, then what sounds to me like the musical equivalent of someone falling down the stairs. Alex teases a lot of different, but wiry, sounds out of his Signature guitar. This song features some outstanding playing. I think the reason that it never became popular with Rush fans or with the general public is that the lyrics seem a bit too obvious.

The snare drum on "Chain Lightning sounds great! I love the minor key of this song, and I love the way that the drums and guitar seem to flash like lightning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rush fan from Calgary, Alberta Aug. 23 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not one of Rush's better albums, nor not one of my favorites by them; but this album does have one of Rush's better 80's songs which in my opinion is track 2, Chain Lightning. This is a beautiful track and for me, is very Canadian as it wasn't an international hit.
I have been researching for years why this album was not included in the Rush remasters series and still have yet to find any concrete evidence. I have the original of course and although as mentioned, not my favorite album by them, I would buy the remastered version for Chain Lightning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My personal pick for best Rush album June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
After the quartet of albums that featured heavy emphasis on synths during the 80's, Rush finally seemed to rediscover the balance of synths and guitar that they did on Moving Pictures. The synth work on here is very good, but they are simply a way to add atmosphere to the song, instead of being a main element. Alex's guitar finally starts to return here, which is a good thing. The lyrics are some of the best Peart has written, especially on songs like The Pass, which is about suicide, and my personal favorite, Anagram (For Mongo). This is also much more groove to the songs than in the past, mostly evident in the songs Scars and Superconductor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start of new phase for Rush on new label June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Rush's 16th album Presto was released in November of 1989. The album was the start of the band's fourth phase and the first for Atlantic in the US, although it's technically on the band's own label Anthem which was distributed by Atlantic in the US. The album kicks off with the great Show Don't Tell which was a huge song for the band. My favorite on this album is the anti-suicide anthem The Pass which tells us in the face of all bad, suicide is not a way to go. Other favorites on this album IMHO are the title cut which got loads of airplay on rock radio, the rocking Superconductor, the environmental Red Tide and the optimistic closing track Available Light. The album is sadly overlooked by fans whom hated this album and was the worst seller peaking at #16 and stalling at Gold despite the fact that this is one of the first Rush albums I ever owned in August of 1990 when my old friend Jason Keith who now lives in Tennessee turned me on to Rush. Jason, if you read this, contact me. This album is highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great beginning to phase four of Rush May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Rush's 16th album Presto was released in November of 1989. The album was the start of the band's fourth phase and the first for Atlantic in the US, although it's technically on the band's own label Anthem alongside Atlantic in the US. The album kicks off with the great Show Don't Tell which was a huge song for the band. My favorite on this album is the anti-suicide anthem The Pass which tells us in the face of all bad, suicide is not a way to go. Other favorites on this album IMHO are the title cut which got loads of airplay on rock radio, the rocking Superconductor, the environmental Red Tide and the optimistic closing track Available Light. The album is sadly overlooked by fans whom hated this album and was the worst seller peaking at #16 and stalling at Gold despite the fact that this is one of the first Rush albums I ever owned in August of 1990 when my old friend Jason Keith who now lives in Tennessee turned me on to Rush. Jason, if you read this, contact me. This album is highly recommended!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Desapointing one
This album has been a big desapointment for me, in regards to all the great previous ones like "Moving Picture", "Signals" or "Power Window". Not really recommanded.
Published on March 31 2008 by H. MARCHAL
1.0 out of 5 stars very unpopular shtuff
TRu prog is old. peeps, this stuff is fairly good compared to other prog but it still is old and will never be seen on TRL with the likes of more popular shtuff dat da informed... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by tupac wayne gacy
5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical masterpiece? Yes, it's true...
Lyricism or overarching beauty has rarely been amongst Rush's creative goals and their oeuvre reflects this. But this album abandons that stricture almost completely. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Part Deux: Fools 'Rush' In
Inquiring re: 'Slaughter on 5th Avenue' and 'Wipeout' the clerk took me to the $1.99 bargin bin and pointed to 'Presto' and said "this should do". Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by a music fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Presto...
it's canadian popcorn. I'll take the advice of cut three and 'pass' on this hot-buttered scrum. 1 star.
Published on April 21 2004 by a music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars One awesome album....
This album was my first taste of the band RUSH. I discovered this wonderful disc in 1991...and haven't looked back since. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by irnmtn25
5.0 out of 5 stars That's nice
Presto is without a doubt the most underrated album in the Rush canon. It's also the most heartachingly beautiful music the band has ever created. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Evil Lincoln
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