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Signals [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

RushAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EST
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rush had already begun using electronics and synth in their music by the time Signals was released in 1982, so the synth-heavy opener, "Subdivisions" (a song that proves that high-school separatism is older than last year), wasn't that great a departure from their previous material. Signals also contains the single "New World Man," which still gets heavy radio airplay almost 20 years later, as well as groove-heavy, tech-savvy songs like "The Analog Kid" and "Digital Man"--prescient comments on the forthcoming information technology revolution if ever there were any. This was Rush's first studio album following Moving Pictures, which arguably remains their strongest and most well-known effort, after 2112. That's a tough act to follow, and Rush did it in the best possible way--by maintaining their distinctive sound while updating it with 1980s touches. Signals indicates that it was a good move. -- Genevieve Williams

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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily my favourite Rush album August 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For a band that has encompassed a huge collection of albums, spawning 3 decades, and seen several musical trends and revolutions, Signals is still the album I find myself going back to again and again. I'd also like to say, that for purchasers of this disc the Re-master (In comparison of the disc that is not), makes Niel's drums sound a little more crisp, and the album is a bit louder and has erased some of the softness of the recording. That being said on with the review....

I won't go around echoing the same comments that I have heard here from time to time. The departure from the radio friendly greatness of the last 2 albums, the flat keyboards and poor mixing of Alexs guitar, the absence of 7-10 minute opuses/concepts, the dropping of Terry Brown. All this has been talked about and leaves all those hard core Rush fans (many who seem to borderline be obsessed on the level of Star Trek geeks), too much to fight over.

What I will say is that to me this is an album that distinctly captures a mood and an era that doesn't exist anymore. The snythns have this demonic dark underpinning, and for the first time there were many songs on the album (for Rush) that had a distinct dark brooding theme to them. Subdivsions doesn't just hint at the drudgery and disspair of teenage pressure, it's litteraly hammered home in Geddy's verse of "conform or be cast out", as if he had to spell it out for the listeners.

The Weapon, while being a great moody piece for Niel to shine hammers home the possible apocalypse, and Loosing It easily needs no introduction with it's self-titled moniker, and Ben Minks violin solo. It isn't so much that Ben's violin sings as much as it literraly weeps and cries.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Really, this is Rush's third-best album of the eighties, not far behind _Moving Pictures_ (#1) and _Permanent Waves_ (#2). Musically, Lee, Lifeson, and Peart are at the top of their game here. Geddy's basso continuo churns your guts and your cerebellum all at once, Lifeson has some of his most cutting guitar solos ever, and Peart shows that he's a human rhythm processor, throwing every offbeat in wherever you least expect it (he's especially facile with Caribbean rhythms here, mixing them in with his hyperkinetic metal style, a process he started with "Spirit of Radio" and perfected over the years).

Like many other reviewers note, this one gets buried under its ominous predecessor _Moving Pictures_, but that's not really fair. This one is definitely an accomplishment in its own right. It shows Rush with more focus than they've ever really had. Each song is somewhere around the five-six minute mark, with the exception of the single "New World Man." It's almost as if they sat down together and said, "Okay, we can't have any songs that take up half the album side on this one. Let's see what comes of this." And, you know what? There is not a weak song on here. If you asked me to pick a highlight, I would say all of it. There is nothing that releases as many endorphins as, say, "Red Barchetta," but many of these songs are more philosophical (though of the kind that aims at adolescent boys) than songs about cars and space invaders. But, never fear, this album is still an endorphin festival of its own devices.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is �Subdivisions�? March 13, 2004
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When I was in 7th grade, I didn't know a thing about popular music. I mean absolutely nothing. My pop music-loving buddies, David and Chris B., would debate the relative merits of Culture Club and Men At Work while my classic rock purist friends, Steve and Chris S., would argue over the relative merits of Van Halen II and Led Zeppelin III. Me, I'd just nod and smile as though I had the vaguest notion what they were talking about.
Things reached their nadir one day in the lunch room where a gaggle of cool 8th graders, including Teddy Christie and John Cook, were sitting hunched over a Walkman at a nearby table. Well, to be honest, at the time, I didn't know what a Walkman was, so all I could really determine was that they were hunched over a small box that they kept passing around.
"Dude, check out some Subdivisions!" shouted Teddy, a savagely tanned little fellow with a mop of black hair perched atop a head that was several orders of magnitude too large for his body. As usual, Teddy was impeccably decked out in a Surf Wax t-shirt, Bermuda shorts, and tan canvas Vans.
"Neil Peart rules!" bellowed John, a savagely tanned tall fellow with wavy brown hair and a nose with just enough of a hook in it to let you know he came from money. Boy, did John ever look resplendent that day in his Izod polo shirt (collar carefully turned up), chinos, and loafers sans socks.
Just as Teddy and John were about to reach that stage of rocked-out euphoric bliss that only an Alex Lifeson guitar solo can evoke, Walter Stryker appeared out of nowhere and thwacked Teddy on the back, "Dude, what are you guys doing? Are we still gonna fire it up after school? I got the buds!"
"Hey, Walter! We're checking out some Subdivisions. You heard it yet?
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5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH BACK
BLAST from the past, and still love it
Published 17 days ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that came out AFTER Moving Pictures
The genius really continues from that landmark album. And some of the songs on Signals still feel a little like Moving Pictures follow-up both in philisophical tone and musically. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush at their best!
I know each one of these songs and have my own memory of what was going on in my teen years when I hear these songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy A. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 2 months ago by EVA BARKALOW
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh Let Me See
This Compact Disc suffered a casualty while being played a vehicle disc player. This was unsalvageable and I was surely hurt from this because this a great album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I waited so long to get this one...
I already had several of the live albums and other compilations that included several songs from "Signals". Read more
Published 5 months ago by sawbones25
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up!
Signals now by the Hall of Fame progressive band Rush, is a great album in its own, not comparing it to their previous album Moving
Pictures. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David S. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the remaster
Sounds a lot clearer now. I can hear Alex's pieces perfectly. I thought there a good balance between the three.
Published 6 months ago by M. Fave
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush!
I love Rush! finally in the rock and roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations! I look forward to their new music all the time.
Published 6 months ago by S. Kezios
5.0 out of 5 stars A great old album
I am a Rush fan from way back and am really starting to appreciate some of there 80s albums as I get older. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SirStraw
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