7 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Rush’s eighth studio album, 1981’s Moving Pictures, hoisted the trio out from its progressive rock trappings and exposed it to the radio-listening world at large with such groundbreaking hits as “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight.” The former song sets the stage for the album, showing a cool fusion of new wave synths sprawled across a hard rock soundscape as drummer Neil Peart takes his otherworldly drumming flourishes to previously uncharted levels. Geddy Lee’s lyrics (cowritten with Pye Dubois) reimagined Mark Twain's character of Tom Sawyer as a modern, free-spirited rebel whose defense mechanisms mirror those of society. Where “Tom Sawyer” mused on the discontent of an imagined character, “Limelight” reflects the vexation of Peart, who was becoming uneasy with Rush’s snowballing success and the burdens of fame. The song boasts an incredible guitar solo that Alex Lifeson has claimed is his favorite to play live. The eerie “Witch Hunt” is the third part of Rush’s “Fear Series”: four songs focusing on aspects of life ruled by fear. “Vital Signs” closes, ambitiously braiding prog rock with reggae.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Rush’s eighth studio album, 1981’s Moving Pictures, hoisted the trio out from its progressive rock trappings and exposed it to the radio-listening world at large with such groundbreaking hits as “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight.” The former song sets the stage for the album, showing a cool fusion of new wave synths sprawled across a hard rock soundscape as drummer Neil Peart takes his otherworldly drumming flourishes to previously uncharted levels. Geddy Lee’s lyrics (cowritten with Pye Dubois) reimagined Mark Twain's character of Tom Sawyer as a modern, free-spirited rebel whose defense mechanisms mirror those of society. Where “Tom Sawyer” mused on the discontent of an imagined character, “Limelight” reflects the vexation of Peart, who was becoming uneasy with Rush’s snowballing success and the burdens of fame. The song boasts an incredible guitar solo that Alex Lifeson has claimed is his favorite to play live. The eerie “Witch Hunt” is the third part of Rush’s “Fear Series”: four songs focusing on aspects of life ruled by fear. “Vital Signs” closes, ambitiously braiding prog rock with reggae.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Sumojoe76 ,

Sumojoe76

Musical geniuses. They helped my teenage life go by great! Now they’re helping me in my senior years. The very definition of classic!

La Vita Bella ,

Fantastic Journey...

The Best: To me, lot’s of fun and great atimes while listening! Great album/cd whatever you prefer to call it. I can’t believe there are only 3 REVIEWS?!!
WTH? RUSH FANS get on here and support them-all the thousands/hundreds of thousands of concert goers just can’t be bothered?! Come on!! This album with Geddy at his best, crisp clear vocals and plays the bass which is never heard of at the time! Also, the extremely talented and (almost hate to beat a dead horse) but one of the best, smartest and toughest to copy Peart esp. on Tom Sawyer, blew my teenage mind! I’m a girl who wanted to play the drums (ha ha) but it just wasn’t done much then. I’m glad it didn’t, I’d rather be a fan. Peart’s lyrics spoke to me and I still feel the same every single time I listen to them. Alex Lifeson I love on the electric guitar, so I didn’t want a lot of the synths drowning him out but all in all my favorite Rush album. Hard to see a lot of my favorite bands getting older because I’d love to see all my favorite bands, play live more! Enjoy and show some love by taking the time to post! Thanks guys! 💙

Bills Wild West ,

Billswildwest

The turning point for all "Live" shows Rush was to perform. The production and lighting added dimesion and depth to the songs. Rush will always be one of the greatest bands in music. The muscianship of theese 3 men? They forged a bond with other espiring musicians and fans. Neil Peart was the "most" under rated poet of this generation. The lyrics read, life a life story to us all. He is also considered one of the hardest working drummer/pecussionist in the busiuness. The title "greatest?" I guess it depends on who you ask. You can say without question? He was one of the "best" ever. Geddy mastered foot peddals, synthesiser,bass and voclas. "extremely" hard too do. Plus, not get lost in trying to keep time and track of where you are in the song. Alex? He was a guitar god during the early years of the Rush fanatics. The years passed and Alex was willing to put his playing within the music and not in front of it. A true Professional. If you never where a die hard fan? I guess you will never be? A fans perspective of the trio? They were life it self! The band and the fans have a special bond, like "few", in music today. Moving Pictures, was the rocket the propelled them into mortality. 2112 was where it started. We will never again, see a band like Rush again. RIP Neil... Our hearts are broke, but we will stay with your band till the end......jam

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