RUSH Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition [CD + Blu-ray]
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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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Deluxe 30th Anniversary two disc (CD + Blu-Ray) edition of this classic album. includes a bonus Blu-Ray disc. Alongside a remastered version of the album, the Blu-Ray features the album and three music videos in both a stunning 5.1 surround sound mix supervised by the band's Alex Lifeson using the original multi-tracks and in newly remastered stereo from the original analog master tapes. The Blu-ray format will boast the 5.1 surround sound and stereo audio in 96kHz124-bit high-resolution audiophile playback which offers 256 times more resolution than CD audio, providing the listener with the closest experience you can have to what the artists hear in the studio. The Moving Pictures experience has never sounded better or been more moving. Also included in the package is an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by renowned music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme.
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Lots of times, when musicians' musicians get together to record an album of 'prog rock', the results are interesting to their fellow musicians but leave the average listener in the dust.
The three members of Rush (Geddy Lee, vocals and bass; Alex Lifeson, guitars; Neil Peart, percussion and lyrics) don't work that way. They _are_ musicians' musicians (and they don't achieve their appeal by dumbing anything down), but they never retreat into technodazzle and flashy obscurantism; their music is just (or almost) as intelligible and enjoyable to a listener who wouldn't know 7/4 time if it bit him on the behind. (Even Geddy Lee's solo release _My Favorite Headache_, which you might expect to be filled with all sorts of at-last-a-chance-to-show-off bass theatrics, is on the contrary a fine collection of really good _songs_.)
Likewise, Peart's lyrics are intelligent and thoughtful, but they never talk down to us listeners or hide from us in a private, hipper-than-thou symbolic language. They're well-lit, with the clarity of sharp lights and shadows -- 'deep' without being hard to follow.
_Moving Pictures_ gets my vote as the CD to start with if you want to introduce yourself to this great band. Mind you, that's not because I share the common opinion that they jumped the shark in the mid-1980s; I may be alone in the world in thinking that these guys have never released a bad album, but that is in fact what I think.
No, the reason I name this album as the place to begin is that its quality is stratospheric even for Rush. This stuff is, lyrically, some of Peart's tightest writing, and the music (mostly by Lee and Lifeson with occasional contributions from Peart) is from start to finish as streamlined and clean-cut as a rocket.
Everybody has heard 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Limelight', so I won't comment on those. As for the rest: the futuristic road-warrior SF of 'Red Barchetta' is like a miniature _2112_; the magisterial and menacing 'Witch Hunt' is every bit as timely today as it was in 1981; 'YYZ' (the airport designation for Toronto -- tap it out in Morse code) is one of their finest instrumentals (and their last until a decade later); 'The Camera Eye' manages to turn two short 'snapshot' verses (about New York and London) into a sprawling eleven-minute epic that doesn't feel anywhere near that long; and the Police _wish_ they could have written and recorded the impossibly infectious 'Vital Signs'. The music is brilliant throughout, and Peart's incisive lyrics carry on his healthy celebration of individualism, liberty, and self-reliance without burying us in Ayn Rand references.
The bottom line is that if you're going to like Rush, you'll like this CD, and if not, not. Oh, you could do almost as well by starting with _Permanent Waves_. But most of their catalogue has _something_ on it that a Rush newbie might not appreciate (even _2112_).
This one is a gem, released when these guys had just broken through to the mainstream and were absolutely at the top of their game. If you have even a casual interest in Rush, don't miss it.
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.