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5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's arguable finest hour
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,...
Published on July 7 2004 by Terrence J Reardon

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Followup to Permanent Waves
I know this is Rush's biggest selling album and most popular. So what! At the time of its release, I just thought it was a good followup to Waves. 22 years later, my opinion hasn't changed. All the Rush heads I knew at the time felt the same way. PERMANENT WAVES BLEW US AWAY!! It took a good 2 years to digest Waves and about that time, Signals was released, so I guess I...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's arguable finest hour, July 7 2004
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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moving Pictures (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. That track was used as the focal point for Neil's drum solo in concert off and on for the next nine years after this track came out. The first half ends with Limelight, which was more of Neil's song about his problems dealing with fame and was more sensitive than Alex or Geddy were in dealing with autograph hounds and stalkers and was a Top 100 hit in 1981. The second half kicks off with the 11 minute epic The Camera Eye, which was the last 10 plus minute suite Rush ever recorded and is a classic and is split in two parts. First, we're in modern day New York and then we go back to ancient times London and featured excellent guitar work by Alex and synth and bass work by Geddy. Next is Witch Hunt, which was the third part of a four-part saga called Fear and is about dealing with prejudices and injustices in the world. Interesting fact, the mob rants at the start of the track was actually multi-tracked rants and raves of the three Rush members whom were acting hyper after drinking bottles of Scotch outside of the studio(Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada) and it was cold outside(below freezing) and the band were drinking and bellowing to create that rant effect. Plus, the song had album Rush album cover guru Hugh Syme on synthesizers and two drum tracks by Neil to create a synth drum sound years ahead of its time. The album concludes with Vital Signs, which would not have sounded out of place on a Police album and is a great track. Moving Pictures was an instant smash peaking at #3 on the Billboard album charts and selling over 4 million copies in the US alone making it Rush's biggest seller. Today, this album still sounds fresh and hasn't aged at all. This album belongs up there with The Dark Side of the Moon, Who's Next, Hotel California, Back in Black, Appetite For Destruction, A Night at the Opera and Sgt. Pepper. A classic!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man is this gooooood, Feb. 13 2014
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The sound will blow you away. If you are a fan don't hesitate just buy this you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great memories..., Dec 24 2013
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i very love this bluray/cd pkg... great sound ! lots of great memories
the price was great too...
i recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album just got better!, April 5 2013
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It's just like your it the studio with Rush! the clarity of the sound is amazing! I Love this album on BD audio I just wish the record companies would embrace the BD audio format and put everything out in this format! BD audio blows away the audio cd, mp3, flac files, every format that came before it. It's a shame that the record companies won't embrace this incredible format because some like myself still like to buy music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's best work, Dec 19 2012
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Tune after tune on this album rock. Liner notes show the band's fun side and Canadian nature (really? Thanking the Montreal Canadiens and Steve Shutt?). Simply awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving pictures, May 21 2004
This review is from: Moving Pictures (Audio CD)
This is a great album from start to finish. Although I find myself listening to "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" less since they are placed ad infinitum on my local classic rock station. But the good thing is I can get more into the less popular tracks. All the songs on this album have been performed live. The Camera Eye is the only one not to be released live. Hopefully now with RUSH IN RIO and Rush breaking their tradition of a live album after every four studion album they'll be releasing some performances from the vaults. Anyway, before I read someone else's review I was not aware that Camera Eye was over ten minutes long, it didn't feel that long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest hour arguably for Rush, May 13 2004
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Terrence J. Reardon (South Carolina and Mass., USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Moving Pictures (Audio CD)
Canadian power trio Rush's ninth(and eighth studio) album Moving Pictures was released in February of 1981 to fans whom were anticipating a strong follow-up to the previous year's Permanent Waves, which was Rush's first Top 5 album in the States thanks to songs like "Freewill" and "The Spirit of Radio". When fans first went to the stores to buy MP, the cover must have caught some eyes. The title of the disc Moving Pictures had monumental 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 the remaster, his photo was restored). Also, Bob Ludwig(whom originally mastered the album), did a superb job on the remastering of this remaster. 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. That track was used as the focal point for Neil's drum solo in concert off and on for the next nine years after this track came out. The first side concludes with Limelight, which was more of Neil's song about his problems dealing with fame and was more sensitive than Alex or Geddy were in dealing with autograph hounds and stalkers. Side two kicked off with the 11 minute epic The Camera Eye, which was the last 10 plus minute suite Rush ever did and is a classic and is set first in modern day New York then goes back to ancient times London and featured excellent guitar work by Alex and synth and bass work by Geddy. Next is Witch Hunt, which was the third part of a four-part saga called Fear and is about dealing with prejudices and injustices in the world. Interesting fact, the mob rants at the start of the track was actually multi-tracked rants and raves of the three Rush members whom were acting hyper after drinking bottles of Scotch outside of the studio and it was cold outside and the band were drinking and bellowing to create that rant effect. Plus, the song had album cover guru Hugh Syme on synthesizers and two drum tracks by Neil. The album concludes with Vital Signs, which would not have sounded out of place on a Police album and is a great track. Moving Pictures was an instant smash peaking at #3 on the Billboard album charts and selling over 4 million copies in the US alone. Today, this album still sounds fresh and hasn't aged at all. This album belongs up there with The Dark Side of the Moon, Who's Next, Hotel California, A Night at the Opera and Sgt. Pepper. A classic!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Confident their ways are best', March 19 2004
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N. P. Stathoulopoulos "nick9155" (Brooklyn, NY) - See all my reviews
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This rightfully deserves its reputation as a top Rush album, if not the best effort in a sizeable catalogue.
Moving Pictures falls square in between the hard, progressive rock of their 70s concept albums and their later alternative sound with its embrace of synthesizers. There are synths, but they're worked in to accent the music here. With Signals, the 1982 followup, Rush would take on a more layered, synth-heavy sound where Alex Lifeson's guitar would serve more as color work, or even disappear into the mix later in the decade.
This album is concise, and the vinyl was programmed perfectly. With only seven tracks, there is no weakness here, and the first side features one famed piece after another. Side one opens with perhaps the band's most famous single, Tom Sawyer. The synth sound accents the hard riffs in this cynical ode to rebellion and individualism. Red Barchetta is a total fan favorite and live staple about a young man's weekly tradition of racing his uncle's old hot rod. YYZ is a funky instrumental that is also a live staple and instantly recognizable with its ride cymbal opening. Then Limelight brings it home with its deep, fat riffs in a song about the concept of fame (hence the title.)
The old second side is more cerebral, I think. Camera Eye is an 10+ minute epic, the last of its kind for the band. The music is phenomenol--this doesn't feel as long as it really is. Part of that is due to the structure of the song--it's split into two considerations of 'the city'. First it's New York, then London, talking about the hustle and bustle and the lives people have in these crowded spaces. The track is contemplative rock, highlighted by warm synths and excellent riffing. Then comes Witch Hunt, a superb track. It opens dark and menacing, the sounds of a colonial witch hunt (locals ranting and raving with imagery of pitchforks and torches) over an eerie synth. The song is monstrous--it opens up with Geddy's wailing and more synths, and Neil Peart's ridiculous fills. The whole album comes to a close with the tense but controlled Vital Signs, featuring more effective synth work, more contemplative lyrics.
Rush has always been a thinking man's rock group, going beyond the call of duty of rock to provide something of substance in a mass market field. They don't churn out tired love songs or whining odes to the misery of life. And how many groups can get away with lines like 'faces are twisted and grotesque'? Rush never makes the top of the charts, they don't make many videos, they don't live like decadent rock stars (though the guitarist had a particularly rock-star New Year's Eve incident turn ugly), they don't create controversy to mask a lack of talent, they don't resort to tricks or gimmicks.
The Rush remasters are very welcome, though the more valuable releases are the earlier ones that were recorded in analog. (Rush actually started going to digital recording pretty early.) It's interesting to listen to the new and then the old, and compare how the mix has changed. The traditionally crisp sound of the band is enhanced with the remasters and is clearer than ever. You can usually find them a bit cheaper than most new retail discs, though you may want to pick and choose your favorite Rush albums to upgrade.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made for 5.1, April 5 2011
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Stephen Bieth (Mississauga/ Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody got to evelate from the norm, April 5 2011
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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. It's definitely a great listen on a good system, I liked what Chycki did. Again, listen to "Vital Signs". What he did there just creates this amazing field of sound. There's a great separation of instruments. Rush were a great band to mix in 5.1, you can really hear the individual playing.

The music videos are old and don't look so hot, but here they are. I have always loved watching the "Tom Sawyer" video, Neil bashing his kit in Le Studio with that big glass window behind him in the dead of winter. The "Vital Signs" video is unreleased.

Liner notes are by David Fricke and are quite different from previous deluxe editions. They don't go into great detail regarding the making of the album nor the 5.1 mix, as previous deluxe editions did. However, it's David Fricke, and therefore a good read.

5 stars.
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