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Presto Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 31 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002NRQTS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

1. Show Don't Tell
2. Chain Lightning
3. The Pass
4. War Paint
5. Scars
6. Presto
7. Superconductor
8. Anagram
9. Red Tide
10. Hand Over Fist
11. Available Light

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wil on Oct. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
After spending much of the '80's exploring synthesizers as a main instrument, Rush took a brief hiatus after their 1987 album Hold Your Fire to reassess the direction the band was heading. Thankfully for fans, that new direction was away from the dominance of the synths. And that new direction starts with a unique album in the Rush catalog, Presto.
As already mentioned, the relegation of the keyboards out of the spotlight and into the background is one noticeable feature of this album, but they aren't gone all together, and still figure quite prominently in a few selections (old habits die hard).
This change allows Geddy Lee's bass playing to shine once again. With the drums and bass more integrated and freer, a certain feel and groove can be sensed in many songs, something for which Rush was not really known.
However, guitarist Alex Lifeson's guitar work remains the same as on recent albums: thin, atmospheric and toned down. This, along with the slick, almost polite production of Rupert Hine (his first production work on a Rush disc), make Presto sound about as adult contemporary as ever and closer to a Steely Dan album sonically speaking than a Rush album.
Another feature fans will notice is the prominence of backing vocals, which had begun cropping up sparingly on previous discs, but here they become a main part of the songs. It adds to the sound of the band, and songs such as Show, Don't Tell and Superconductor are the catchiest and arguably the most radio friendly tracks ever laid down by the band.
Drummer Neil Peart had also created some of his best, most mature and accessible lyrics ever here as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buck Upton on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew West on April 18 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Short on June 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Rush fan I hate to say negative about the band. However to give this a five star rating and talk about how wonderful it is would be a major fib. Except for The Pass, which is a wonderful song, Presto is a collection of forgettable tunes by a talented band. Like all albums before and since, Presto does display impressive musicianship on behalf of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. The problem here is the songwriting and compostions. The album starts off interesting enough with Neil tapping and then a bombastic intro to Show Don't Tell. Then Geddy starts singing. The problem is what he is singing about. A song about cynicsm. If you want cynism check out any of the works by Pink Floyd or Roger Waters. Superconductor is a nice rocker but it's chorus is hideous. The major problem is the sound. This album sounds to polished. It's at the opposite end of the spectrum from Vapor Trails, which sounds too raw. The band sounds best when it finds a nice balance with producers such as Terry Brown or Peter Collins. Rush is capable of much more than this.
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