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Moving Pictures [Remastered]
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 3, 1997
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RUSH Moving Pictures CD
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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 5 x 0.39 inches; 3.32 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Mercury
- Item model number : 2139138
- Original Release Date : 1997
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : April 30, 2006
- Label : Mercury
- ASIN : B000001ESP
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,268 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I would definitely recommend this to anybody,
Enclosed picture shows the waveforms of the 1997 CD and this 2015 Vinyl Needle Drop of the "Tom Sawyer" track. There are audible differences!
Then came the CD. All the wonderful classic recordings I loved were compressed in to a garbage digital format. One might as well listen on one of those boom boxes that we saw carried in shoulders down the street. I guess it didn't matter. That stupid railroad ruined my hearing anyway. I admit, digital has improved greatly, and the convenience of an Apple Music subscription is more than handy. But I couldn't help but wonder if buying a turntable again and reinvesting in a few of my favorite releases on vinyl might be worthwhile. I did, and it was. I bought a few of the usual suspects, then decided to add Moving Pictures. I don't have the system I used to. But my Onkyo Integra amp and Klipsch Heresy speakers are pretty good. Even with the degraded hearing I suffer from, (mainly due to my own stupidity) Moving Pictures came back to life for me like it hadn't in years. Little intricacies like the glass scattering across the floor after it shattered and Geddy's fingers sliding from one fret to another in certain parts of Red Barchetta are back! Of all the albums I've reinvested in, this one and Dark Side sound the best, IMO. Very worthwhile.
First, the actual album itself comes plastic wrapped with a perforated clear envelope. This tore off nice and clean. I pulled the record sleeve out along with a separate liner and lyric sheet. It was a delight to pull the record out of its anti-static sleeve. You can actual feel how physically dense the record is, all 200 grams of it (take that, Apple!). Placing the needle on side 1, I was a bit surprised how much lead time is given before that iconic start of Tom Sawyer starts. But once it starts, it feels like a grand building that had sandblasting and the subtle architecture really glows. Also glad to hear the quality holds up all the way to the last revolution (some records get worse as the grooves get tighter and the sound gets thin).
For comparison, I did an A/B test with the last US commercial release of Moving Pictures on CD. which I believe was 1997. The vinyl is certainly brighter and more balanced. Getty's bass as well as Neil's drums sound less muddy on the 2015 record. The snares and toms really come through as well as the acoustic guitars. There are times that the drums feel like you're surrounded by them but not overwhelmed. Vocally, the two recordings sound about the same. I think the showcase where it all comes together is The Camera Eye. From the traffic sounds introducing the synths, the drums, and then everything else fills the room and swirls around. It's quite a moment in music when that happens.
With the album, you also get a code for a download of the remaster which worked without any problems. Again, I compared the vinyl with the CD but this time a burned version of the 320 kbs downloaded 2015 version. This time, the differences were much harder to detect. To be honest, with the only exception of having to adjust the volume between my CD player with the stronger output signal over my turntable, I couldn't find anything noticeably different from the two sources. Both sounded excellent and less muddy from the the prior CD master.
So back to the original question of should you get this version. If you've never bought this album, of course you should. If you have a copy and wonder if you should replace it, I guess it depends. Personally I don't think the difference between the 1997 and 2015 are so enormous that you'll find it life changing from the first time you heard it. For serious music people, I think the upgrade to the 2015 version will be enough to replace your older versions.
PS: I was thinking there might be a cool hologram on the vinyl as featured on the 2112 album, no such luck. You'll just to buy it for the music.
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The whole album is classic and well worth a listen
I know it's old but it's still good and there's a lot any musician can learn from it.
No-one can doubt the musicianship of Rush and it is never more evident than in `Moving Pictures'. Neil Peart's drumming is, as always, tight and complex, Alex Lifeson's virtuoso electric guitar positively soars, and Geddy Lee proves why he has long been regarded as one of the most proficient bassists in rock music, and all this while making fairly extensive use of progressive electronic technology adding an extra dimension to the music.
The album is one of the most `complete' I have ever heard. The first four tracks; `Tom Sawyer', `Red Barchetta', the instrumental `XYZ' and `Limelight' are all Rush classics, each one an anthem, though all the tracks are good ones; Rush have a skill of creating a rich musical sound that feels almost orchestral. There are only 7 tracks on the album in total, but it doesn't matter, because the album feels perfectly weighted, the songs perfectly ordered, and the length seems spot-on. It is difficult to describe, but this is an album that demands to be listened from beginning to end, and leaves the listener totally satisfied.
Rush's magnum opus and one of the very best rock albums of all time, no question.
so with that in mind Tom Sawyer it self is near as damn it masterpiece, Camera eye is a longer semi epic song which I really like.
YYZ is an amzing instrumental and I believe it won an award which I would have voted for it to win too so thats awesome.
Red barchetta is a really good song that starts of kind of rocky then settle in to a nice little vocal melody and then blasts in to the rest of the song with a really cool riff
Limelight is a really clever song with some very clever instrumental work that makes it a slight challenge to listen to and more interesting , Again Rush kept it tastful in length overall and this album is no much over the 40 minute mark
interestingly I don't remember witch hunt and vital signs for some reason but then I normally don't get round to the last two songs cos I get hooked on the others ( possible flaw perhaps?)
anyway its an excellent album and it also show the first album with any MAJOR MAJOR use of keyboards that were creeping in since 2112 it is perhaps the beginning of the eclectic experimental synth era