Moving Pictures [Remastered]
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Moving Pictures (2011 Remaster)
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 3, 1997
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With Moving Pictures, Rush's complex songwriting and musical virtuosity reached new heights. It's that rarest of creatures, a highly listenable progressive-rock album; even the all-instrumental "YYZ" is of interest to listeners besides musicians. The highlight of the album is "Limelight"; like many progressive-rock bands, Rush writes songs about the experience of being on-stage. The result is impressive, with almost orchestral arrangements that never overwhelm the actual music. "Tom Sawyer," another classic, is on this album, as well as the science-fiction-meets-road-movie "Red Barchetta," the epic "The Camera Eye," the cautionary "Witch Hunt," and "Vital Signs," which takes advantage of the budding digital sound technology available at the time the album was recorded. This is probably Rush's best album; it's definitely their most accessible. --Genevieve Williams
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As for the music, well, what can you say about this record, it is perfect, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Camera Eye, Vital Signs, I mean, for me is one of their top three albums.
If you collect LPs and aren't sure about the quality of this vinyl reissue, don't hesitate it's a must have.
Probably the most important progressive rock record of all time, these songs are beyond essential. The only way to improve on the perfection of the stereo and DVD surround digital versions released in 2011? Audiophile heavyweight vinyl. I have been collecting this series since December, largely to replace my original vinyl versions that are essentially destroyed, and while I am no audiophile purist, this record sounds amazing (as do most of the DMM reissues). After years of listening to this recording in digital only, its great to have it back in vinyl. The dynamic range, the lack of distortion at high volume, the subtle pops between songs ... and most importantly the way Lee's bass and Peart's toms come jumping to life out of the speakers is pretty breathtaking. One surprise with this particular record is that on both Side A and B the lead-in (silent outer edge) is much longer than on any of the other Rush DMM reissues up to this point. Interesting to see if they will all be like this going forward or if it is unique to Moving Pictures.
Once again, as with the others in the series so far, the packaging takes back seat - but lets face it, you are buying this for the audio recording. Still, I wish they had used a heavier cardboard sheath if for nothing else but the sake of protection. As to the thin paper lyric insert (Permanent Waves suffered the same treatment) I could take it or leave it. Clearly, the earlier double gatefold reissues of Hemispheres and Farewell to Kings (which have the lyrics printed on the inside of the cover) have this one beat in that department.
Pretty simple, if you are a fan of Rush and you love the way vinyl tickles your ears, get this.
Gratefully, the album's second side continues meeting the strong benchmark established by the first half. The Camera Eye is the "monster" of the album, clocking in at 11 minutes of Rush goodness. Witch Hunt is a solid tune, and part of the phenomenal Fear series of songs, and ending the album is Vital Signs which features a great intro to the finale song (the rest of the song is great as well, it has a solid funky groove to it)
All in all, probably one of Rush's most cohesive albums, great from start to finish. This is a must buy for Rush fans, new Rush inductees, and music collectors in general.