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Rush: Moving Pictures(1981)
Tom Sawyer (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Red Barchetta (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
YYZ (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Limelight (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
The Camera Eye (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Witch Hunt (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Vital Signs (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Tom Sawyer (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Limelight (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Vital Signs (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo – Previously Unreleased)
For more about Rush: Moving Pictures and the Rush: Moving Pictures Blu-ray release, see Rush: Moving Pictures Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on April 28, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.
Rush: Moving Pictures Blu-ray Review
Say 'Yes' to Rush on Blu-ray.
Reviewed by Jeffrey Kauffman, April 28, 2011
1981 was a very interesting transitional year in the music industry. The era of the long playing vinyl album was already seeing its epitaph written on the virtual wall, though compact discs were still a couple of years off, at least from a mass market consumer standpoint. Music itself was changing, too, with the once ubiquitous punk rock genre fading into the background. The early 1980s were the era of "hair bands" and big arena rock, but 1981 started on a somber note as the music world was still reeling from the December 1980 assassination of John Lennon. A number of huge albums appeared that year, shaking off the doldrums from this horrible event, and a number of major bands also decided to call it quits that year as well. Though they later regrouped (repeatedly), Yes announced their dissolution in April of 1981. Probably completely unrelated, though kind of interesting from a hindsight perspective, was the arrival of what is arguably Rush's most "Yes"-like album, Moving Pictures, in February of 1981. Though Rush has had an enormous impact in rock, managing to chalk up an astounding number of platinum albums which make the group (as incredible as it may seem) third in the amount of consecutive Gold or Platinum studio rock albums (behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones), the band has never really seemed to get their due from the public at large. Part of this might be attributable to the patently bizarre vocal stylings of Geddy Lee, who has been dismissed as a sort of "Jon Anderson-lite" figure, albeit one more prone to a declamatory vocal style than Anderson's more plangent approach. It may simply also be due to the fact that in Rush's heyday, virtuoso progressive rock bands were a dime a dozen, and this Canadian trio, for all their chart and touring successes, somehow got lost in the shuffle. The good news is that with this stellar re-release of what became Rush's most impressive American success, listeners get a chance to reevaluate what had made Rush one of Canada's crowning achievements in rock, and what continues to make the band a compelling presence now some 30 years (wow!) after Moving Pictures' initial release.
Moving Pictures has attained an iconic status in the history of 80s rock and remains what is arguably Rush's most defining achievement, at least in terms of its prog-rock proclivities. The album is full of brilliant flourishes and maintains a nice balance between proto-classical showiness and hard rock riff driven sensibilities. While perhaps not as hyperbolic as some of Yes' florid albums, Moving Pictures segues as effortlessly between idioms as any of Yes' albums, and Moving Pictures also stands as one of Rush's last explorations in extended song forms ("The Camera Eye" runs just one second shy of eleven minutes). But the album is a brilliantly diverse assortment of both songs and instrumentals, and it includes several of Rush's best known anthems, including "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and "Red Barchetta."
Geddy Lee's voice is one of those incredible instruments that simply needs to be experienced to be believed, and his supersonic tenor is in full flower on this album. Though his early work was often compared to Robert Plant, it's just as redolent of Yes' Jon Anderson on this album, though Lee is prone to squeals and shouts as he marauds his way through Neil Peart's lyrics (Pye Dubois co-wrote the lyric for "Tom Sawyer"). Soaring over dense clouds of synth washes and the pounding bass of Lee himself as well as the incredibly forceful drums of Peart, Lee's voice is magical and at times a little frightening in a sort of bizarre way. Is it possible any normal human is able to sing this high? Lee's amazing tenor is one of the most distinctive sounds in modern rock, and Moving Pictures probably is one of his finest hours as a vocalist.
The band is in incredibly fine form throughout this outing and perhaps proves its formidable chops as much if not more in the instrumental offerings than as accompanists for the vocal tunes. The Grammy nominated "YYZ" is a sterling example of just how smart these players are. The title of this song refers to the airport code for Toronto's Pearson International Airport, and that "stuttering" riff which starts the tune off in such a memorable manner is actually Morse Code for the title. But over and over Rush proves what masters they are of modern rock "orchestration," subtly blending guitars and synthesizers in wonderfully varied ways to create an amazing assortment of sonic colors and moods.
One of Rush's signal achievements in Moving Pictures is the band's confident entry into confessional singer-songwriter territory without becoming maudlin or self-absorbed. Tunes like "Red Barchetta" and "Limelight" offer a peek inside Peart's state of mind at this moment in the band's incipient superstardom, and there's a certain nostalgic melancholy that wafts through several of the songs. But alongside these more introspective moments are balls-out hard driving rock extravaganzas that prove Rush can head-bang with the best of them. In fact probably the greatest achievement of Moving Pictures is just how diverse the album as a whole really is.
Moving Pictures has been a mainstay of rock radio virtually since the moment it was released, and it's invigorating to realize that the album has lost none of its punch or even its relevance some 30 years after its release. Having a classic rock album like this debut on Blu-ray will be a treat for longtime fans, but a top selling release like this may be just the shot in the arm that the fledgling Blu-ray audio format needs to really become a consumer favorite. The complete contents of the original album are included on this Blu-ray:
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