Moving Pictures - sync listen in 5 minutes

Started by Slim, January 10, 2004, 06:23:37 am

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January 10, 2004, 06:47:42 am #15 Last Edit: January 12, 2004, 18:52:00 pm by Slim
Now then, Limelight - another out-and-out classic.  I hate the sentiment of the lyrics, quite honestly - can't blame him for the underlying sentiment, but getting your fans to pay to hear how you prefer to keep them at arms' length - pretty low.

Analog RH


I think of Limelight as a BIG song, perhaps the BIGGEST. For me - the soul and spirit and character of Rush is here. Very Peart-esque lyrics, sublime guitar work, magical bass, physical drumming and Ged's baritone - all combine in 4:19 of sheer perfection.

This song has it all. I can't get enough of it.


January 10, 2004, 06:51:33 am #17 Last Edit: January 10, 2004, 06:51:59 am by Slim
Four classics, followed by one of the highlights of their career - The Camera Eye.

No wonder this was a breakthrough album.  

It doesn't get much better than The Camera Eye - so cinematic, panoramic, atmospheric - you can almost smell the English rain.  Fabulous, and listen to that guitar - awesome.


the drums kick in, the guitar riff kicks in .. we have take-off.  Breathtaking song.


Those clipped guitar chords, casually tossed out over Ged's growling bass.  Suits you!

Analog RH

The Camera Eye.

I'll tell you what I love about this - and its only a small thing - the sound of Neil's ride cymbal being hit as he builds on the snare during the intro. Beautiful.

And then of course that wall of noise - like a 100 guitars and keyboards merged together.

I love all 11 minutes of this. The imagery - "an English rain, so light, yet endless from a leaden sky" (that's Manchester for ya!).

The big re-entry at 5.55.  :D

The last great great song on MP.


Analog RH

Witch Hunt.

Great song, but I prefer the big ASOH "Production" version.

The MP version starts great - love the sound of the crowd and Alex's riff is hard and dry. Ged's bass is nice ad "stringy".

But those keyboards have not dated well.


January 10, 2004, 07:03:09 am #23 Last Edit: January 10, 2004, 19:26:46 pm by Slim
Witch Hunt - a real leaden plodder I'm afraid.  Crap, frankly.  I'm sure the metalheads enjoy the guitar riff at the beginning, but there's so much more to Rush than this.

What a contrast after The Camera Eye - two absolute opposites, from the sublime to the piss-poor.


Just noticed that there's a hint of the Madrigal vibrato in Ged's voice on this one.  I normally skip Witch Hunt, it's pants.

Analog RH

And toward the end Ged's vocals are a bit Ozzy.....  :-X


Vital Signs - another career highlight and a bona-fide Rush classic.  A musical work of towering stature.  Beautifully performed, especially on the skanky guitar, and a wonderful production - check out the spacy atmospherics on the reverby vocals.  

Phenomenal song.

Analog RH

Vital Signs.

I usually press "stop" after Witch Hunt.

I just don't get this one. Smart-arse lyrics, Police-impersonating music.

Being positive - its well produced - the tone / sound is great.

I just think the song is pants. And the ending just goes on and on and on.

Sad they ended such a monumental LP with such a lame song.


January 10, 2004, 07:08:34 am #28 Last Edit: January 10, 2004, 19:27:49 pm by Slim
That trailing guitar chord on 'drag the dream into existence ..' gets me every time.  Goosebumps.  Stairway-To-Heaven-tastic.