Presto Original recording remastered, Import
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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With nearly 25 years of hindsight ... Simply the best album of RUSH. Read more
Has a lot of great music on it. I love Rush! My favorite is The Pass. The 80's was their best decade!Published on May 30 2014 by Ellen
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
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... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Seth Nelson
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... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
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 morePublished on June 3 2004 by tupac wayne gacy
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