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"Moving Pictures"

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November 18 - 24, 2018

Year of Release: 1981
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Red Barchetta
  • YYZ
  • Limelight
  • The Camera Eye
  • Witch Hunt
  • Vital Signs

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    Rush returns this week, and it is just a coincendence, that back in 2001, this very week, Rush's Caress Of Steel was chosen as our Album Pick of the Week. Their 1981 release, Moving Pictures, was the follow-up to Permanent Waves, released a year earlier. I had played Permanent Waves heavily. Rush was one of many popular bands during my high school years. Others were Rush, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon. Rush's music was different, they were unique, they were talented. And, they were from Canada. Their music was heavily played on FM stations, like the Loop, in Chicago. Six albums were already released by them before Permanent Waves. "Fly By Night" was heavily played on the radio, and their 2112 album was also popular, as it was more like a Rock Opera. Songs from that album were also played on FM radio.

    Moving Pictures was a great follow-up to another great album, that being Permanent Waves. Both "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" were huge hits, played regularly on FM radio. The other songs are just as equally good, as the band still showed us how theatrical and progressive in musical styles. From this album, another song that I remembered that was also getting radio airplay, was "Red Barchetta."

    As for theatrical and progressive sounding, this pretty much sums up the remaining songs from the album, as Rush kept continuing their "rock opera" sound. "YYZ" is powerful, theatrical and progressive rock. And, it is an instrumental. The same for "The Camera Eye," being theatrical, and being 11 minutes in length, a common duration of many progressive rock songs.

    "Witch Hunt" sounds more like a track from a movie soundtrack, and theatrical throughout. The same for "Vital Signs," as both of these songs blend well together.

    Moving Pictures is a classic album. A Classic Rock album. Rush proved with their albums, being a band that was different than others. And they proved this throughout their career. They released far more albums after 1981 with Moving Pictures, yet songs from these later albums were not as many as their songs from Fly By Night, 2112, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. 11 albums were released after 1981, their latest studio album in 2012. All together, they've released a total of 19. They also released a total of 11 live albums. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 2013. as they should be inducted. Rush is a great band, with great albums. They showed us how different, unique, and talented they are. Fly By Night, 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures are probably the band's most remembered albums. Yet their other albums are also equally gifted. With tracks that expand more than your common songs from albums, their 10-minute (or longer) tracks have been the standouts. Their most popular long duration track would be the 20-minute "2112." (How could anyone not forget the space sounding "OVerture" from that?)

    Neil Peart had recently retired from the band, and it's doubtful that Rush can replace him as their drummer. Peart has always been known as one of Rock's greatest drummers. It's hard to replace him with another drummer, and continue on as Rush. Peart being Rush's primary drummer throughout their 40+ year history. Their albums are worth listening to, whether they be from their peak years or afterwards. If you haven't discovered Rush, rush out and do so. They are talented. They are gifted. They are... RUSH...

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