Rush – Moving Pictures (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe) (1981/2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Rush – Moving Pictures (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe) (1981/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:39:18 minutes | 1,86 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury Records

Rush’s 1981 album Moving Pictures is being reissued for its (belated) 40th anniversary in April.

The album was recorded in Quebec’s Le Studio and saw the band continue down the route of shorter, more radio friendly songs. Longtime producer Terry Brown was back for what was the band’s eighth studio album.

Moving Pictures features the singles ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Limelight’ and ‘Vital Signs’, although they weren’t all issued in all territories. As with the previous reissue, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures 40 boasts revised front cover artwork on the front of the various packages (although the vinyl albums in the box sets retain the original).

1981’s Moving Pictures is widely regarded as Rush’s best album and lauded as one of the greatest prog/hard rock outings ever. The trio honed the new wave-meets-hard rock approach from 1980’s Permanent Waves to perfection. Of its seven tracks, four remain in regular rotation on classic rock radio. While other legacy acts of the era experimented with various styles in vain attempts to remain relevant, Moving Pictures peaked at number three on both the U.S. and U.K. album charts. Their most renowned song, “Tom Sawyer,” was co-written by the band with Max Webster lyricist Pye Dubois. It’s followed by the futurist auto racing rebellion allegory “Red Barchetta,” inspired by a short story written by Richard Foster and published in a 1973 edition of Road & Track magazine. It gives way to the sprawling prog instrumental “YYZ.” “Limelight” borrows its intro from “Fly by Night,” while the verse structure echoes “Free Will” in examining the hazards of fame. The 11-minute “The Camera Eye” begins with a layered synth-driven segment before transforming itself into a labyrinthian prog epic, marking the band’s last recorded ten-plus-minutes studio song. “Witch Hunt” and “Vital Signs” remain two of the trio’s more underrated rock compositions. The former is a moody collage of shouted voices, blasting guitar riffs, and dynamic crunch with sinister vocals, while the latter offers syncopated synths skillfully melding new wave and polished reggae with prog. Moving Pictures proved Rush still had vast, uncharted musical territory to explore.
– Greg Prato

Tracklist:
1-1. Rush – Tom Sawyer (04:36)
1-2. Rush – Red Barchetta (06:11)
1-3. Rush – YYZ (04:26)
1-4. Rush – Limelight (04:19)
1-5. Rush – The Camera Eye (10:58)
1-6. Rush – Witch Hunt (04:45)
1-7. Rush – Vital Signs (04:45)
2-8. Rush – 2112 – Overture (Live In YYZ 1981) (04:26)
2-9. Rush – 2112 – The Temples of Syrinx (Live In YYZ 1981) (02:17)
2-10. Rush – Freewill (Live In YYZ 1981) (05:51)
2-11. Rush – Limelight (Live In YYZ 1981) (04:46)
2-12. Rush – Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Prelude (Live In YYZ 1981) (04:22)
2-13. Rush – Beneath, Between & Behind (Live In YYZ 1981) (02:51)
2-14. Rush – The Camera Eye (Live In YYZ 1981) (11:01)
2-15. Rush – YYZ (Live In YYZ 1981) (07:55)
2-16. Rush – Broon’s Bane (Live In YYZ 1981) (00:50)
2-17. Rush – The Trees (Live In YYZ 1981) (04:20)
2-18. Rush – Xanadu (Live In YYZ 1981) (13:00)
2-19. Rush – The Spirit Of Radio (Live In YYZ 1981) (05:23)
2-20. Rush – Red Barchetta (Live In YYZ 1981) (06:55)
2-21. Rush – Closer To The Heart (Live In YYZ 1981) (03:41)
2-22. Rush – Tom Sawyer (Live In YYZ 1981) (04:59)
2-23. Rush – Vital Signs (Live In YYZ 1981) (05:22)
2-24. Rush – Natural Science (Live In YYZ 1981) (08:29)
2-25. Rush – Working Man / Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Armageddon: The Battle Of Heart And Mind / By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In The End / In The Mood / 2112 – Grand Finale (Live In YYZ 1981) (12:31)
2-26. Rush – La Villa Strangiato (Live In YYZ 1981) (10:09)

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