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Signals (Remastered) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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RUSH Signals CD

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • 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 (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
**Edited review - after several listening sessions past my initial response, I have unfortunately confirmed my position that this is a terrible re-release of "Signals" (on Blu-Ray Audio). I am actually less impressed in the BRA release than I was in my initial 'reactionary' review (putting aside the language better fitting a more honest, but much more raw response to this piece of skit) now that I have taken the time to listen to several iterations of this release on several formats. I've inserted updated content, so this updated and edited review jumps around. I've inserted " ** " to show where I've inserted updated or edited content to preserve as much of my initial response. **

Let me start by stating that I have been a Rush fan since puberty (and I'm no spring chicken), and this is one of my favorite albums - from any artist. I have the original "Signals" album in vinyl, purchased in 1983. I do not award a 1 or 5 star rating without merit - but this blue-ray release has earned every bit of the single star I awarded it.

**Update - My initial review was admittedly reactionary (I was pissed… angry - but not drunk). However, after listening to several versions of the "Signals" album on 4 different formats - my initial 1-star review was well justified. I wavered and gave it 2 stars for a day after a brief discussion with a friend who found my review a little harsh. As this friend is another dedicated Rush fan (and an accomplished musician) I gave him the chance to hear what I was hearing to make sure I wasn't off base. After listening to the BRA along side several other versions of this release - his opinion was as passionate as mine. Back to the rest of my original and unedited review - because it hits the nail on the head.
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Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
I've been a Rush fan since 1981, and have attended every tour since 1984 -- a veteran of 25 live shows of the band -- leading up to the R40 tour last month. I just listened to the Blu-ray that landed in the mail yesterday, on 8/22/2015. That said, this recording deserves a fair and honest review.

I listened to it on a mid-range 5.1 system, and as a 5.1 recording it sounds decent. But the vinyl and original CD versions of this recording had heart, and much of that was found in Ged's vocal performance on the recording. With this Blu-ray release, I'm saddened that there are different vocal performances on "Subdivisions" & "The Analog Kid," and maybe one other track, but the revised first two tracks are what stand out. With these new vocal performances, the emotional edge from Ged's performance in the first two tracks (which set the tone for the entire recording) seems to be missing, which is heartbreaking for someone like myself who grew up with this recording and listened to Signals 1000 times like it was a religious experience.

I believe the Rush fans, who have lived and sworn by this recording for over 30 years, deserve an explanation for this change in vocal....why was it necessary to insert a new vocal performance into this release? Why would you change out the original performances like that? Why was that necessary? Was someone asleep at the switch? Did they think fans wouldn't notice? I can't help but feel a combination of a kick to the groin, an insult on my intelligence, and that my wallet has been hijacked $30.

What else....I'm not a fan of the astronaut voices being mixed out either....and some of the synths have been toned down, most notable in Subdivisions, Kid & Countdown. I'm undecided as to whether that was totally necessary either....
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