Rush: Classic Albums: 2112 & Moving Pictures
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albums from Rush. 2112 was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada
and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. Moving Pictures opened them to a mass audience for
the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum
there while hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the
making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use
of the original multi-track tapes.
Over 50 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.
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2112 was Rush's fourth (third with drummer Neil Peart) album and it was created out of a mixture of defiance, anger, and pure sense of uncompromising. Their album Fly by Night made critics take notice and Caress of Steel made them disregard the band out of hand. 2112 not only make them take notice again, but it caused a frenzy from just word of mouth. This documentary goes into the thought process behind this. Not only the "we are gonna do this album our way" and "if we are going out we are going on our terms" kind of thinking, but also the music theory behind the songs written and the long play format of the titular 2112 suite (consisting of an entire side of a vinyl album.
So you have that breakaway album, and then Rush makes a couple more critically acclaimed concept albums, then two albums that take the band to a more radio-friendly arena. This is where Moving Pictures comes in. As the last of the albums of this genre it marks the band's complete departure from the art-rock/long form suites (The album Permanent Waves still had the multi-themed Natural Science) to single concept, self contained songs ready for airplay.Read more ›
Not that I know anybody like that. Ahem.
So many things that I'm really interested in hearing about were kind of glossed over quickly that I could have really used a BTLS pt 2. This Classic Albums video was about as close as we'll probably get to that. It was obviously shot around the same time that biopic was, but I was happy to see that almost none of the footage was used in both places and in fact if you were to take both of these DVDs and edit them together you would come up with what is probably an excellent and cohesive Rush super-documentary.
Some other reviewers have griped about there being a lot of the same stuff as in the biopic. Obviously much of the same ground is going to be covered because of these albums' place in Rush's history and because it's not like Rush spent ten years making these albums. There's only so much to talk about! That said, there was a lot of stuff in this DVD that really should have made it into the movie. There things that the studio and musician nerds are looking for: many of Alex's solos are discussed specifically and played sans backing music for instance - very interesting stuff. There are bits of band history, such as a lot more specific discussion about Ayn Rand's influence on the band as a whole as well as how Mercury's arm-twisting of Ray Danniels and Terry Brown led those sentiments to heavily influence the writing of 2112 rather than whatever else they were reading at the time.Read more ›
While 2112 was approaching its 35th Anniversary, Moving Pictures was celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout 2010 and 2011. First came the band performing Moving Pictures on its Time Machine Tour. Then came this DVD documentary on how this and 2112 was made in September of 2010. Then Moving Pictures would be re-released on CD and DVD/Blu-Ray in surround sound in April of 2011.
All three members of Rush's classic lineup being co-founder/singer/bass player/songwriter/keyboard player Geddy Lee, guitarist/songwriter Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart are all featured in new and exclusive interviews in this 2010 documentary. Also Geddy, Alex and Neil play songs and demonstrate themes from the the two albums. Alex demonstrated on "2112" how he came up with the music and for the "Discovery" part played whilst he tuned his guitar. Neil's revelation on how The Solar Federation got destroyed at the end to set the record straight on what happens at the end of "2112". The guys paying tribute to Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" and Geddy demonstrating his bass guitar parts for that track. Original producer Terry Brown sifts through the original multi-track tapes isolating some parts of songs to hear some parts isolated either on their own or not ever heard before on both albums.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's all interviews and little pieces of the songs, there are no full songs to just put in and listen, wish I had known...Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fun DVD! Learn something new every time I watch this. I didn't think that was possible since they are one of my favorite bands. Arrived early in Great condition!Published 4 months ago by Z. Ellis
Not a fan of the live performance and unable to select tracks as it's one long recording.Published 6 months ago by Barry Dresser
Awesome! Would love to hear stories about how it was recorded more specifically to the recollection of the band with a funny story or something that was memorable for whatever the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kurt