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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Hollow and Lifeless
Fellow musicians may admire their radiant technical abilities but, to most of us, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson, better known as Rush, make a pretty hideous combination. Not only are Mr. Lee's high-pitched vocals capable of startling every canine within a five mile-radiance of his revolting shriek, but his lyrics are some of the most pretentious, ridiculous and...
Published on March 22 2002 by P. Nicholas Keppler
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's arguable finest hour,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album just got better!,
This review is from: Moving Pictures (Deluxe CD + Blu-Ray) (Audio CD)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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's best work,
5.0 out of 5 stars moving pictures,
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest hour arguably for Rush,
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Confident their ways are best',
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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Hollow and Lifeless,
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made for 5.1,
This review is from: Moving Pictures (Deluxe CD + Blu-Ray) (Audio CD)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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody got to evelate from the norm,
This review is from: Moving Pictures (Deluxe CD + Blu-Ray) (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. 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Pictures(4.5),
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. The song then moves into a dissonant section before transitioning into its main melody. The extremely cathcy bass lines are really superb in this song. They pretty much dominate the much of song before the guitar solo. There are many mini bass and drum solos throughout the songs as well. Extremely catchy. Another favorite and Rush classic. 10/10
4. Limelight: Another amazing song. The lyrics are about fame. The opening guitar riff is superb and is extremely catchy. Probably the best on the album. I like the vocal melodies a lot too. ANother one of the big hits from this album. 10/10
5. The Camera Eye: This song is the first not so good song on the album. It is about 11 minutes long. I definitely did not give this song much of a chance and I should listen to it again. I just don't care for really long epics so much unless i find them really interesting. I think some of the guitar parts were catchy. The lyrics are about New York and London possibly. 7/10
6.Witch Hunt: Pretty good song. There is a sample of some sort of mob. Next is a nice synthesizer part that I think they got a guest to do. The music is dark as are the lyrics. The song is part of the "Fear" trilogy. Neil Peart said in an interview that it was about how fear leads to mob mentality. The lyrics are quite cautionary. It is semi political and seems left leaning. Not one of the best songs but still pretty good. Good lyrics. 8/10
Vital Signs: I didn't like this one. Sounds a bit reggaeish. I didn't really appreciate this one. It's OK. 5/10
Overall, I reccomend this album. The first half is really top notch but the last three songs were a bit less compelling. I give this five stars more or less because the first 4 songs were so good.
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