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Hold Your Fire (Remastered) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To a certain degree, Rush has always personified the battle between passion and reason. The theme even illustrated the cover of their 1978 opus, "Hemispheres." Led by bassist-singer's Geddy Lee's love it or hate it falsetto vocal style, "Hold Your Fire" is a fitting bookmark to what was perhaps the most productive and musically-rich chapter in the band's history. Drummer Neil Peart's pensive lyrics provide the plot for what turns out to be the end of the musical journey begun with 1980's "Permanent Waves." As the title suggests, the theme of the album is the human struggle to temper instinct and passion with intellect and restraint.
The songs explore several variations of the theme: honoring the sacrifices we sometimes must make to hold true to our dreams ("Mission"); warning us of the dangers of giving in ("Lock and Key"); or exploring the side effects of progress ("Second Nature"). Peart's lyrics have always been among the most literate and thought-provoking in rock and, when all is said and done, it's hard to disagree with them. The reason for this is that, rather than beat you over the head with his point of view, he chooses to explore the many shades of gray that illustrate one of the core struggles at the heart of human understanding.
The irony is that, while the lyrics provide a well-balanced view of the passion vs. reason struggle, the music falls squarely on the side of reason. In choosing to push the power trio format to the limit, Rush chose to play heavily with the use of sequencers which, in turn, makes one feel that, with everything that is going on musically, the band never really cuts loose.
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...isn't it? From reading the reviews of several Rush albums, it's apparent that people decide that Rush is at their peak at the time they first hear the band on the radio or MTV.
"Hold Your Fire" was the first time I'd paid attention to the band, and to this day it defines, for me, the greatness of the trio, despite being a fan of most of their work.
The lyrics on "Hold Your Fire" are the most powerful, most beautiful of all their recordings. How many albums can spark a sense of wonder of the universe (Time Stand Still, High Water), stir outrage against the powers that be (Lock and Key, Open Letter), or remind us of the beauty of human potential and accomplishment (Prime Mover, Mission)?
This wide range of themes on a single album wouldn't work in the hands of lesser musicians, but Lee, Lifeson and Peart are the masters of their instruments, and it is by the strength of their sound that we can seamlessly shift from wonderment to outrage to wonderment again.
Some fans complain of the preponderance of keyboards on the album -- these are generally fans of the older, guitar-heavy Rush style (which I like, by the way). But as Lee belts out on the album, Permanent Waves: "All this machinery/ making modern music/ can still be open hearted/ not so coldly charted/ it's really just a question/ of your honesty." The keyboards enhance the lyrics and the music, providing a depth that guitars alone could not.
Not many bands have remained as honest to themselves and to their fans as Rush -- whatever their fortunes and whatever the critics say, there's little doubt that Lee, Lifeson and Peart gives everything they have to their music.
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I like to write reviews about albums that have meant something for me personally and Hold Your Fire is definitely one of those. It went from a record that didn't appeal to me on any particular level to one of my absolute favourite records from one of my favourite bands.

As a fan of almost everything that Rush has created musically during the years, including the records of the seventies as well as the nineties, it has always been the eighties era of the bands music that has appealed to my musical taste the most. With Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows they created music on a higher emotional level than before, leaving the science fiction lyrics and long rock epics for more human based themes and a music that was more of an intellectual art form, more developed and matured. My favourite album during this time was Power Windows with its symphonic keyboard sound and melodic and powerful melodies, mixing the guitar, bass and keyboard on a balanced level. Hold Your Fire had something that I just couldn't get into the same way; it seemed more complicated and more experimental for a seventeen old lad like me, touching themes that I couldn't understand in the same easy way as the themes of Power Windows.

But as the months went by I and I listened more frequently to the record something happened that made me want to listen more to it. Songs that hadn't touched me before; Prime Mover, Second Nature, Lock And Key, suddenly had something about them that made me remember why Rush is one of my favourite bands; their ability to go beyond the music fashion of the time, borrowing ingredients of what characterize this ongoing trend and turning this into something more intellectual, complex, emotional and original than most other artists manage or ever would dear to do.
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