Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian progressive rock band Rush, released on February 12, 1981 through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Permanent Waves (1980), the band started to write and record new material in August 1980 with co-producer Terry Brown. They continued to write songs with a more radio-friendly sound, featuring tighter and shorter song structures compared with their earlier albums. Moving Pictures received a positive reception from contemporary and retrospective music critics and became an instant commercial success, reaching number one in Canada and number 3 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It remains Rush's highest-selling album in the United States, with 5 million copies sold. "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer" and "Vital Signs" were released as singles across 1981, and the instrumental "YYZ" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Rush supported the album on tour from February to July 1981.Wikipedia
It's fucking Rush. Favorite tracks: "YYZ", "Limelight", "Witch Hunt"
Love Rush -- such amazing musicians, each member. This album preceded 'Signals,' and it was during the Signals tour that I saw them in concert, December 1982. Incredible, high energy, fun show. They opened with Spirit of Radio, played Limelight, Tom Sawyer, and other biggies, and did a YYZ encore. I was 15. Saw the show with my good friend, Drew. It was epic!
“Moving Pictures” by Rush (1981) I’m only slightly familiar with Rush; never heard this album. I had always planned to listen to more Rush, on the recommendation of some respected friends, but I never got around to it until today. I’m glad I did. This is progressive rock, well structured around the concept of turning what is visual into what is musical. The concept is developed lyrically by pairing the scenes, perceptions, and narratives of the lyrics with sounds that connect well (after a couple of hearings and a willingness to step beyond convention). The lyrics of themselves lack depth, but they accomplish the purpose of holding together this basic concept. Nice use of non-standard time signatures (7/8, 5/4, etc.), executed with discipline and precision. No backing vocals (too bad), and the lead vocal is high pitched, lacking natural resonance, but with excellent elocution. However, the primary thing that makes this album so good is the musicianship of the instrumentals. With only three members, this band produces a cornucopia of highly skilled playing—all three of them showcase their virtuosity on almost every track. If you only have a little time, listen to the first three minutes of “YYZ” (with headphones, of course. Loud.) Incredible execution. Close your eyes; visualize. A very good listening experience. 4/5
The prog rock era of the Holy Triumvirate is my favorite. I don't love the hard rock years, and I don't have a lot of use for the Ayn Rand tribute era that preceded this one. The balance of this album is perfect. A couple of rock solid hits, one of the best instrumentals of all time, and a double song track for the math rock nerds, all in 40 minutes. Incredible. Best track: Limelight
This album is a classic and definitely deserves it’s spot on the list.
A glorious album. Starts strong, strong in the middle, ends, ends strong.
Great album front to back
One of the strongest LP Side 1’s of all time! (and S2 is pretty good too). This album was bonding-glue for my friend group when we were coming of musical age at Worthington Sr High. When Rush broadcast a concert from this tour LIVE on MTV, it was an event so big that even my buddy Craig Trapp’s 19 year-old brother fresh out of reform school joined us to catch the show. Love it all - vocals, guitars and drums work. Neal Peet’s drums on Tom Sawyer are phenomenal, Geddy Lee’s bass can set a mood and Alex Liefson is very underrated. Maybe the best Canadian album ever.
A really really good prog record
One of my favorite albums ever and one of the greatest prog rock albums of all time. Pretty much perfect. Honestly, Tom Sawyer is the weakest song on the album and it's still pretty good. 10/10 1. Red Barchetta 2. YYZ 3. Limelight
My views are quite generous for this album, as I've never heard anything like it. And I'm getting surprised by the fidelity of remasters. Overall, this album sounds great; it has a mix that I've never heard before in rock, where the bass is the most prominent element throughout most of the songs. You've got very melodic bass lines (with that vintage 80s distortion that makes the song feel thick even when there's pretty much just drums and bass) that overshadows the electric guitar/s. And you've got a vocalist who jumps in and out but has very little "lead" in the song, as he's lower in the mix. He's a good singer but never pushes himself in these tracks (sticking to a condensed vocal register? Maybe some more long high notes or something would improve it), and he shows off the least out of all members. I'd give this one a 4.5 and will round it up to a 5. I want to leave headroom for something with a bit more variety and that matches my tastes more, but admittedly "YYZ" has some of the best technical rock bass I've ever heard, and I like every song on this album. Not to mention that moment in "Tom Sawyer" where they reference Space Invaders and then switch to a 7/4 synthy Atari melody, and subsequently hearing the bassist nail that melody afterwards really hits my tastes, and encapsulates the combo of sounds that I like about this band. Shout out to "Vital Signs", my second favourite song on here.
Entertaining, iconic and tasteful.
I didn’t realize how much this album had been in my life. I mean obviously Tom Sawyer kicks ass and is the go to Rush song for most people. There are so many other stars on this album though; YYZ, Limelight, and everything else. I love Rush’s obsession with clean and tight lyrics too. Every part of this album has meaning and creates a total vibe. “Neil Peart stands alone.”
Limelight Exposition of Sonus, when instead of Moving Pictures you are actually Keeping Captures. This album made me a fan, so Rushium love starts and you must admit, the rest it's history, it was the first record of them in the list, so my headstart. Cycle, it's like the music never stops or you can't describe which one is better than the other, because they're connected in some way, like when you're looking at paintings and the colours and textures mix all your senses in an image, in that case a sound. Amount off quality, it needed only 7 pictures to fulfill their needs at the time, so it required only a colour to paint the town red. A+
Rush tends to be pretty polarizing for people. I think alot of it centers around how you respond to Geddy Lee's voice. The other thing people tend to have strong opinions on is the prog thing. I have absolutely no qualms with prog whatsoever. As far as Geddy Lee's voice I don't love it but I don't think it's necessarily like fingernails on a chalkboard either. I feel like Rush is one of those bands people want you to love or hate and there's not much in-between, but that's where I stand. I'd love to do a "my one track mind" episode with someone who's a big Rush fan. Maybe Paul Rudd or Jason Segal? The more I listen to this, I have to admit it's growing on me. I think they had fun making this and I think it comes through in the recording.
Great album one of my favourites, some good songs and some great songs. Limelight could not be more relevant today than the day it was written.
Best one yet. A treat.
My favorite Rush album
An absolute classic for sure!
Excellent Album. Very good sound, good rock.
never knew tom sawyer was by rush
One of the greatest
Amazing record, easily 10 years ahead of its time.
A rush masterpiece.
didn't listen to much rush when I was young, but definitely had bursts of interest. Discovered how much I loved their style and influence as i got older and revisted. The first half of this album is all bangers. The second half is more experimental, but it feels real Rush and real cool! Just the deeper cuts. Love this album, Love geddy Lee, love these weird Canadians.
Rush. Moving Pictures. Tom Sawyer, Living in the Limelight, AND YYZ. That's it. That's the tweet.
Gotta love me some prog rock
really good album.
Its great its everything its toasted its wonderful
Prog rock masterpiece
One of my top ten albums!
Neal Peart stands alone. I don’t want to look ahead, so I’m giving this a 5. It deserves it, but this 5 will be lower than 2112 or Permanent Waves. But again, that’s just in relation to those albums, it’s a 5 against any other band
Fun easy album to get through. 40 minutes fly by. I only knew 2 songs going into this album but loved every song. Rush has always been one of those bands that us "Band Geeks" talk about with their very weird time signatures. Definitely recommend.
Tom Sawyer, excellent rock and synth fusion. Classic. Red Barchetta, nice and calm storytelling. Ballsy for the 6 minute runtime. Progressive at a nice pace and the mix is incredible. YYZ, the Archer song in my eyes. That intro bell isn't the most soothing sound but the drums really do make this song explode. Fun instrumental. Limelight is a very radio friendly song. Dipping and emerging from the hook more often, than not throughout. The Camera Eye. 11 minutes. Starts off as a post-credits song, then the vocals come in at almost 4 minutes to defuse the façade and return it to a story format. Not long, before they come back into instrumental world territory though. Calm song for the majority, but 11 minutes of popping up and down on the energy scale...hmmmm. Witch Hunt, a very different track to the rest of the album. Almost like a boss battle anthem, progressive and epic. Ending song also feels like something that Rush would write. Brilliant album overall. Love it.
Heroic drumming - I would have sworn that was Phil Collins if I didn't already know it wasn't. Whoever it is, I bet he was great at maths in school - that's a guy who really knows how to count. On reflection the vocals are also interesting - I have no idea what any of these songs was about because I couldn't decipher any of the lyrics, but they sounded quite earnest. I absolutely loved lots of little individual sections on lots of tracks - in particular on 'Limelight' and 'The Camera Eye' and.. ..come to think of it, pretty much every track - but when you put the whole thing together it's just a mess. It shouldn't be that complicated: just decide what the sodding song is going to be, then play the damn thing! There's no need to try and cram 12 songs into every track. Yes, I know that's the nature of Prog Rock and it's almost 50 years too late to point out the absurdity of it now, but, come on, nobody really likes this, do they? It's mad. Great technicianship (as opposed to musicianship) and all that, but you can't whistle these tunes, can you? Well, there you are then. If you absolutely must listen to Prog then Genesis is the only sensible, musical, intelligent option available - and even so, you're on thin ice. Oh god, after Led Zep II, this is easily the best so far. Streets ahead. I'll take this to a desert island over the White Stripes every time. I loved it. No, really I did, despite neither expecting nor wanting to. Playing it again now. Maybe one day I'll understand some of it... but if I don't, there's still that heroic drumming... utterly brilliant. Please sir, can I have some more?
Rush is awesome
Quintessential Rush album. I am pretty sure every Rush song I own is from this album.
Worth a listen. Popular for a reason
A masterpiece. Prog rock finally delivers an album that pure rock fans can "get on board" with. Their musicianship is undeniable - probably the tightest three piece unit outside of jazz. The lyrics are evocative and deep. Tom Sawyer is the perfect lead-off, gently drawing in a more traditional listener with the rock side of things before the album fully reveals its "prog- ness". Limelight perfectly captures the conundrum of what it means to be a rock star, capping it with the vow to never give up their passion for their craft to placate the masses. YYZ is one of the best rock instrumentals ever, showcasing each of the band members individually, but also exemplifying the aforementioned synchronicity. A couple of the songs might be hard listens for someone not as on board with the prog sound - The Camera Eye and Witch Hunt is a tough back-to-back - but I was surprised that the 10 min of Camera Eye was over before it felt long to me. This album definitely has a spot in my rotation, though some of the individual songs might throw off a shuffle of more general music.
Absolute classic. No bad songs on this album.
Classic album. Tom Sawyer still invokes air drumming. RIP Neil Peart
CLASSIC! Five stars all the way.
Masterpiece? What more needs to be said. Whole thing is killer, including the 2nd half, which contains the less familiar tracks camera eye and witch hunt. Listening to moving pictures has really improved the shitty day I’m having
Not every Rush album is an auto 5 stars from me, but Moving Pictures definitely is. Even on a list of 1001 "must listen" albums, you'd be hard pressed to find many albums with the powerhouse opening line-up of Tom Sawyer->Red Barchetta->YYZ->Limelight. Tom Sawyer is a bit overplayed at this point, especially on "classic rock radio", but JUST LISTEN TO IT. IT IS SO GOOD. Red Barchetta is the most emotional rock and roll sci-fi ballad since Queen's '39. It makes me, ME, care about a car. YYZ is Rush's best instrumental in their entire catalogue. I've never been to Toronto Airport, but I assume that it feels like this. Limelight rounds out the first side and is quite bitching. The rest of the album is not as good, but is still very solid. I think a more objective Jon would drop a star for the indulgent Camera Eye, but the first side is just THAT good.
I mean..it’s Rush..cmon now
Potente. A pesar de no ser fan del rock progresivo me pareció una genialidad.
Absolute classic full of Rush hits. Sure, the lyrics are pretty ridiculous, and Geddy's vocal style are odd, but that's what makes Rush, Rush. Front to back classic good Rush. 5/5
A banger of an album. RIP Neal Peart.
Just a great album. Not particularly prog, lots of tight, accessible rock songs.
What a hot streak this week as been (as soon as I say that, I'm sure I'll curse us to get Tom Waits or some other garbage tomorrow). Rush, and this album in particular, has been in my life for quite some time. Getting into classic rock when I was younger was a blast, and I was very impressed by Rush for the quirky song structure, Geddy Lee's goofy vocals, and the fantastic musical ability on display, especially from the LEGENDARY Neil Peart on drums. But let's not forget Lifeson on guitar and Lee on Bass; both are extremely skilled as well. I know tracks like Tom Sawyer and Limelight like the back of my hand. Other bangers on here too, but I will say that the album does not close as strongly as it opens. The last two tracks lost my attention a bit, but the other five were all tracks I really dig. I love this album dearly. If I were being completely objective, I'd have this just shy of the coveted five-star rating. But we're talking about art here, how can anyone be objective? This is the third five I've given this week, with just one 4.5 in between, so the list has been good to us. Crossing my fingers we don't get trolled with some retaliatory bullshit tomorrow, like a lost live Who album. Favorite tracks: Tom Sawyer, Limelight, YYZ, The Camera Eye, Red Barchetta. Album art: Very punny. Is that a baby on the ground? No, it's actually some lumpy groceries. The art being moved is funny--Joan of Arc, the Rush pentagram logo, and dogs playing poker. The framing and red text is excellent too. Love this one. 5/5
I think this might be the best week have had so far with these albums. Nothing lower than 4 stars all week and two five stars in the bunch, this being one of them. Moving Pictures is one of my favorite rock albums, something I jammed to in the car all the time during high school. From Tom Sawyer and Limelight to lesser known Red Barchetta and Camera Eye. They Even throw in the instrumental YYZ as well. And sitting at 7 songs for the album is very bold of them but also makes it more special. Getty killing it on base and vocals and Pert rocking the hell out of the drums. Rush gives me a Rush and I think Moving Pictures is my favorite album of theirs. I just realized today, though, that the album title is about actually moving pictures and not movies.
Really good! Was only familiar with Tom Sawyer, but that was excellent.
Yeah. I know this one. Red Barchetta is the okayest track, and that’s saying it all.
Didn't think I liked Rush that much!
Classic. Every song is in the perfect interstice of Rush's prog and pop.
Vraiment trop bon, le meilleur album de rush avec 2112 5*
Obviously a 5 star album
Tom Sawyer is a great first song. XYZ is a good jam. Limelight is glorious. Witch hunt is a social commentary still relevant today. Good album: 6.72 out of 10
ROCKBAND. Rush wasn't one of the old rock groups my dad raised me on (Journey, Ozzy, Cheap Trick, etc.), but I knew Tom Sawyer and YYZ from Rockband and love those songs. Honestly the rest of the album was really good as well, imo it was really clear that this album (and Rush in general) definitely influenced rock and other genres of music, really interesting to hear such an iconic album for the first time and hear things (guitar tones, musical sequences and patterns, etc.) that I've 100% heard in other, more recent music.
Nice complexity and great sound!
tom sawyer ftw. rock band sent me.
Finally got to hear this
Best album ever
THE BEST !!!!
Never a fan as a teen, so I'd never heard the entire album. Oddly enough, my favourite song is the lengthy Camera Eye. The album is a solid rocker - didn't need to add, as it's already part of my music collection.
One of the best Rush albums! love every track
Excellent prog rock.
Very easy 5. All 3 of these guys are masters of their craft. Neil Peart is one of the greatest drummers of all time, AND Geddy is one of the very greatest bassists of all time. All the instruments are endlessly interesting to listen to. I really like the songwriting on the album. I think the synthesizers mix quite well with their brand of rock. Geddy's voice is quite interesting; there are songs where I love it, and moments where it kinda irks me lol. YYZ is one of the most badass instrumental tracks I've ever heard. I like Witch Hunt and Limelight a lot. Many of the prog bands I adore from the 70s diminished in the 80s; there are a select few that didn't just fade away, but their popularity even increased in the new decade: most notably Genesis and Rush (and perhaps Yes to a smaller extent). My very favorite Rush albums are from the 70s, but this is an 80s staple.
Loved this album, peaked Rush.
Best album ever. Rush at the pinnacle of their creativity
Progrock is altijd wel wat speciaal. Deze kon ik wel erg goed smaken vanwege de iets 'hardere' sound. Leuke verrassing
Classic coming of age album for me!
All killer, no filler. A prog classic. So much to enjoy.
Dit is één van mijn go-to albums als ik in een prog of 80's vibe zit. Tom Sawyer en limelight zijn masterpieces en dit album is gewoon zo goed. Vocals zijn in mijn ogen uniek en instrumentaal klopt dit album gewoon volledig.
Canadian prog rock
Ахуенно, хочу такого побольше
One of my favourite albums ever so a bit biased here. A really great album to listen to while driving, though Red Barchetta might come with some speeding tickets. Every song is great, though can understand why some might find the vocals or synths a bit annoying as its not for everyone. The guitar solos and riffing is excellent, the bass parts are so beautifully complex, and the drumming stands out so much. An air guitar, bass and drum staple. The lyrics are awesome and meaningful too. Limelight might be my favourite song ever. Rush are practically ignored in Australia as you would never here them at house parties growing up, find their cds in music shops, or hear their songs on rock music stations who cherish their contempories and other hair metal and pub rock bands. Maybe they were not as commercial, or just too nerdy. Either way, I wish this was more exposed here as they would've been very important to me as a misfit in high school.
Brilliant! Fuck yes! Starting my day with Tom Sawyer is exactly what I needed. Rush is awesome, this album is awesome, it is undoubtedly a 5 star record. The musicianship on display here is mind-blowing. Neil Peart rules!!
A long time favorite. Canada's greatest rock band. Favorite song: YYZ
Awesome. Cool prog rock originals, great walking music or just music to put on when you want a good vibe.
Classic. Maybe their most perfect album after 2112.
Mi è piaciuto. Ma credo di averlo già sentito in passato.
Easily one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time. It's tied for my favorite album by my favorite band. Rush is a band where all three members understood the assignment pretty much 100% of the time. I could go on about this album longer than anybody probably cares to listen. I love it so much.
Amazing - one of my top albums of all time. Top 10 album for me!
Such a fantastic and easy album to listen to with two huge hits in "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight". 9/10.
So many good songs on this album. It may be Rush's best, certainly their most accessible. I mean what can you say about this music? It's a perfectly executed album by one of the most talented bands of that era. The band is absolutely at their best here. The arrangements are tight and the musicianship is ridiculously good. This is smart music that also rocks, which is a pretty rare thing. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Vital Signs, Limelight, Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Witch Hunt, The Camera Eye
4.5 - Fought myself for a while on this one. Big fan of Rush and have heard this CD before, so trying to weigh against my existing biases. The Camera Eye s the only one that lags behind the bar, but it's 1/4th of the album! It's still a good song, but Rush sets a high bar. In the end, there's too much good stuff on here.
I don't think I had ever listened to this entire album, just tracks here and there. I wasn't aware that "Tom Sawyer" was the *opening track* to this masterpiece. An absolutely amazing rock album, through and through.
I sure do love this stuff. A fine expression of what music can be. And certainly a singular experience live.
Awesome as the first time I listened to it
My college roomate of three years had YYZ set as his alarm in the morning. It’s really a shame since it’s a great song, but I can’t stand it anymore.
I had a Rush phase early on in high school and this was the prime album of it, although I did listen to most of their older albums at some point. I love this album, but I was perplexed when they started emulated The Police. I love the fact that my grunge band blew away a Rush cover band at a charity gig. Everyone wanted that grrrrrrUHNGe sound at that point.
Loved this album!! Saved!
One of the best rock albums of the 80s, genius!
Perhaps they started as a Led Zeppelin kind of band, but from 1976-1987 Rush released 9 classic albums in a row with their own unique sound (every single album from 2112 to Hold Your Fire). Moving Pictures is a superclassic: one of these albums where it is difficult to pick out the best songs.. well thought-out lyrics, guitars, bass, synths, vocals...everything ties perfectly well together.
Genre: Progressive Rock 5/5 A total Prog Rock titan, Rush's Moving Pictures is one of the best in Rush's catalogue, one of the best rock albums of the 1980s, and one of prog's best and most complete full-album experiences that the genre has to offer. Full of 80s flair and production elements, Rush still sounds like Rush, as the 3 virtuosos play their respective instruments to absolute pieces. Geddy's voice is maturing into its middle register, and his bass sounds chunkier and cleaner than it ever has before. Lifeson's guitar work on this album is some of his best, full of catchy licks and harmonic pinches, featuring some truly compelling solo work throughout. However, the true driving force behind this album is Neil Peart on drums and lyrics. From the cymbal crashes leading off Tom Sawyer to Vital Signs' fadeout, Peart is eloquently banging the fuck out of the drums, and also providing us with some of Rush's most poignant and recognizable lyrics. From the very beginning of Moving Pictures, we're greeted with what is easily Rush's biggest song, Tom Sawyer. While some may find it overplayed, this is a rock song that doesn't quit AT ALL throughout its run time. We're taken on quite the musical journey in just 5 minutes, as hard rock gives way to technical mastery in the form of an off-time musical break, showcasing Rush's jamming at its ultimate best, and providing us with some truly wonderful drum fills from Neil. As we move along to Red Barchetta, a sci-fi tale with a magnificent soundtrack, then to YYZ, Rush's most concise exercise in self-indulgence and a real instrumental treat, then to Limelight, another hard/pop rock gem from the boys featuring themes of introspection and fear of the unknown, we can all realize we're in for quite a treat. And that's just Side 1. Side 2 is just as captivating. Rush's pop-prog epic The Camera Eye is a great track, featuring some of Rush's catchiest guitar riffs around. Witch Hunt and Vital Signs, two deep cuts that would serve well as some other rock group's lead singles, end the album on a high note, with tinges of tribal and disco music making its way into the equation. It's all so, so good, and a real treat to anyone who considers themselves a fan of rock music. One of rock and roll's biggest and best musical statements.
Rush’s prog rock masterpiece
Love this album.
Un classique. Probablement l’album le plus accessible avec Permanent Waves. J’ai personnellement un grand attachement à cet album ayant joué YYZ en secondaire 3 et Limelight en secondaire 5. La voix de Geddy Lee n’est pas toujours trop aiguë et les basses sont superbes. On rentre tranquillement dans les années 80 avec cet album, mais pas trop.
Canada Rocks. Great Album
"Witch Hunt", "YYZ" and "The Camera Eye" are probably my faves. This album just never gets old for me.
Loved it, quintessential.
top 100 album GOAT 9.9/10
A top 100 album
Very important album for me. I discovered it when I was a young teenager and it marked me for life. I still remember the first time I heard Tom Sawyer... That's when I really became aware of the instrument that is the synthesizer. I was also stunned, inevitably, by the creative and insanely skilled Neil Peart. I was equally fascinated by Alex Lifeson's badass guitar and Geddy Lee's unique vocals and versatility. This record opened my mind to music and was an invitation to discover rock in the broadest sense. Damn, let's say it, I love these guys from the bottom of my heart.
One of the best albums on this list. The canadian masters have spoken in a high pitched voice and we, mere mortals, listened with great enthousiasm.
Who doesn’t love RUSH?!
this is awesome
One of the greatest albums ever. The tracks flow well together and are fantastic at creating swells of energy. This album is one that I'd recommend to anyone at all interested in Prog music. Yes > Rush but this project is second only to Close to the Edge.
Vuelve a pasarme que, después de escuchar un disco de Rush, lamento no haberlos empezado a escuchar antes. Conocía Tom Swayer (de hecho de la época del CRTV del ITAM) pero no había explorado más y qué entretenido disco es. Más allá del virtuosismo para ejecutar, este disco no se pone aburrido nunca. De hecho escuché la versión del 40 aniversario, que luego se sigue con un concierto completo, y también lo disfruté mucho.
Love me some Rush. This album has a few classics on it with Tom Sawyer and Limelight. YYZ and the other primarily instrumental tracks are great, and really benefit from playing at a high volume through headphones. I only wish this album was longer!
Great album. Love the musicianship of Rush. And what about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy? 4.5/5
One of the tightest prog albums out there. It isn't my favorite from them, but the catchy shorter songs and excellence on Neil Peart means this wouldn't be anything but a 5.
Slappa da' bass man.
This album has very good vocal, instrumental and making wonderful feels, but today this album can't be compared in progressiveness of sound with recent albums
I liked it but i felt it was uneven.
Tom Sawyer, YYZ, and Limelight are solid tracks
Fuck Tom Sawyer is a good song. Fuck Red Barchetta is a good song. Carried by the first half of the album, although I enjoyed Witch Hunt. I wouldn't say the bottom of the album is bad, but it just starts so fucking strong with Tom Sawyer and Barchetta that it is hard for the rest of the album to match in quality. It's Rush, what can I say. Drums are fucking spectacular and riffs are clean as hell. Lyrics are great as the band comments on fame and societal pressure throughout the album. Favorite song Red Barchetta/Tom Sawyer. Least favorite The Camera Eye, goes on for too long for what it is. Overall 7/8.
Terrific album, particularly the first four tracks. Things fizzle out a bit once we've passed Limelight, but the whole album is still worth repeated listens.
Great album, i would probably put a 4.5 if I could, but I guess it'll be 4 for them today
I always feel like Rush leans a bit too much into cheesiness, and it gets worse on deeper cuts. But the first half is basically a greatest hits. Limelight is such a great song.
I had a writing professor that made us watch a 13-minute video of a Rush song performed live.
Wow, I can't believe I hadn't listened through this yet! So inventive, fun to listen to, and well-produced. Way to go!
Very good use of instrument effects and ambient sounds.
Very good prog rock album however Tom Sawyer is the de facto hit song from it overshadowing everything else.
Some 14 year old version of me lurking in the nether resources of my mind wants to give this 5 stars. All of Rush's typical borderline pomposity and borderline ridiculousness is on display but it all holds together in a near-perfect pre-millenial airbrushed sci-fi lozenge.
i’d say it was enjoyable
Classic, always loved by dad
*air drum solo*
It’s Rush! Not my favorite album by them, but is quite good.
I used to not like this because it wasn't weird enough. We all have regrets sometimes
I distinctly remember not caring for Rush in the past but that was a fun listen. Maybe it's just the vocals I'm not in love with. The instrumentals are damn good.
I’m finding this one okay. I don’t really love it, but I don’t hate it. I can manage to listen through it without wanting to turn it off, but it’s not something I’d really choose on my own.
Good classic rock
Love this record. Back half drops off a little bit.
A revered prog rock album with complex arrangements/performances from each member. 8/10, the lyrics are a bit stinky.
The drums hit hard, love the musicality. Voice doesn't do it for me but they are still so good despite.
if its progressive, me like
Really enjoyed it! Need to listen more tk them 🤘🏻
I thought it was alright.
Classic album and still sounds good today. One of my favorites as a kid!
Can't deny the originality of this band, but never liked Geddy Lee's singing, sounds like Terrence and Philip. I'm pretty sure that's where South Park got the idea...
Pretty good prog. Listenable with some well known hits. 3.75 out 5 rounded up to 4*
отцы, хули. душевно наваливают. в некоторых моментах прямо поп-песни, даже к прогу отнести сложно, но потом начинается дрочилово на пять минут. но вообще годнота, слушается очень легко, в душу западает, вокалист красава вощще. не 10, конечно, но как, грится, стронг 8 ту э лайт 9.
I really should listen to more Rush. Great power trio. Neil Peart was a “fuck you” drummer.
Very interesting sound, didn't really captivate me but Limelight was cool. The Camera Eye was definitely my favorite song from the album. These guys are a Canadian rock band in Toronto formed in the 60s!
YYZ - Na das ist doch ne fette Bassline
The technical work is amazing - these guys are fantastic musicians. There are some really catchy riffs in here. I enjoyed this a lot more than I remembered the last time I listened to this album. Honestly, every song was pretty good. The only downside is that personally, I'm not a huge fan of his vocals.
Feels a bit like dad rock, but I can appreciate the musicianship. Neil Peart was a mad man, and I enjoyed listening to his approach to rhythm.
Idk know if this is technically classic rock, but thats what it is in my head. Very fun
This album is amazing. I'm sure it's not gonna be everyone's jam, but I really dig it. I've always meant to listen to more Rush, because I like prog rock and like what I've heard from them, and their influence on those who came after is immense. "Tom Sawyer" is my least favorite song on the album - by a lot. In fact, that's gonna keep it from being a 5 I think. (The excessive synth from "Tom Sawyer" is confined to that song.) This is the first album from this experiment that I've listened to more than once.
Best Rush album, indicating its one of the best prog rock albums out there. This is also one of the most mainstream prog rock albums out there, with three of the tracks being popular radio staples. These are all very strong tracks, invoking the energy, innovation, and diversity that prog rock ought to represent. Red Barchetta and Witch Hunt best represent how the music should accompany the storytelling. However, I always find prog rock (besides Pink Floyd) to be exhausting at a certain point, and this album is no exception. The last minute was YYZ did not contribute much, The Camera Eye was unneccessarily long, and The Witch Hunt did not have a good payoff to what it was building up. Also, wanted to just note my entire life I always thought the vocalist Geddy Lee was female until about half a year ago.
"Slappin' the bass" - Oh Rush, you crazy Canadians. First off, I thought it was kinda lazy (or crazy) that a 'full length album' only contained 7 songs. Regardless, I was happy to begin with the album, Moving Pictures. I was lucky enough to see Rush at The Forum in '97 during the Test for Echo tour and I remember it being packed and enduring an incredibly long drum solo... like 20 mins., while maintaining a strong contact high. Anyway, the album. There are some great songs on this. Limelight, Red Barchetta and of course Tom Sawyer are timeless, but even the ones that didn't get a lot of radio play are still an easy listen... that is except for XYZ. This song, XYZ isn't fun, doesn't cook and is difficult to get in to. Rush needed it on this album, though. It's the only song that can absolutely labeled as 'prog rock' and allow the album as a whole to maintain some unique classification. XYZ, the last three letters of the alphabet almost seems like a well-calculated afterthought. Without XYZ, this album was intended for everyone. Including it seems like a ploy to gain new fans but keep a home with the old ones. Ironically, that's the only track that I couldn't listen to.
Tom Sawyer speaks for itself. While weird, it's a seminal song of the time. Red Barchetta. Holy crap, can we say near perfect? This song was laid down in one take. YYZ, Limelight, and The Camera Eye round out a good run of Prog Rock. Witch Hunt and Vital Signs are the weaker tracks that finish off the album. 3.75 / 5.
Really enjoyed this album- particularly the drumming. Was a lot more accessible than I thought it was going to be, and some moments of balls to the wall rock as well
Good album, I like the vibe. Feels like hearing the roots of many hard rock bands that came after. Will relisten, won't buy
A treasure of a band.
Limelight is the personal favorite out of the album, the songs have a solid continuous sound with a distinct and memorable singer. 23/30
Tom Sawyer is epic. the best of my youth. Prolly the only song I could immediately identify as a Rush song. I dated a drummer that was obsessed with Rush and I seem to have pushed all of this music and everything from that time of my life out of my brain and listening to this record brought it all back. YYZ and Limewire are good. Familiar. Witch Hunt is good jams. I think there might be an amendment to the constitution that says you must enjoy Rush or you go directly to jail. For that reason, I have to rate Moving Pictures at least a 4. Is it on my 10 albums to bring to a deserted island? Nah. Can I appreciate it for it’s musicality and contribution to American Rock music? Sure. Will I sing along and nod my head in time to these songs the next time I find myself at a suburban backyard BBQ? Hell yes. Geddy’s voice grates tho. Just saying.
Rush joined the wave of prog rock in the 70's and really hit it big with their concept album 2112. Since then, they've been putting out bonafide classics. By 1981, they really hit the big time with Moving Pictures, featuring all their biggest songs like Tom Sawyer, Limelight, and the famous instrumental YYZ. This record rocks. I think a part of it is just awesome prog stuff that is clean and concise. Rush doesn't wank around too much, getting to the point and then moving on. This is their strongest point and probably the thing that sets them apart from their contemporaries. Maybe it's because I'm Canadian, but I've heard Rush on the radio plenty before, but I've never heard King Crimson, Genesis w/ Peter Gabreil , or 70's Yes on the radio. That's not to say commercialized or marketable = good, but that there's a certain widespread accessibility to Rush (aside from Lee's vocals, sorry) that you wouldn't find otherwise in prog rock. That being said, perhaps the 80's were a turning point for prog rock. After their heyday in the 70's it seemed as though things were moving towards a more pop-rock sound (or New Wave, in the case of King Crimson). But Rush would hold their own, continuing to make prog rock into the 80's, for better or for worse. Anyway, album is frontloaded to fuck lmao
Never listened to an entire Rush album before this. I'd only ever heard the "Greatest hits" on radio. YYZ rocked my socks Excellent rock album amd glad it was my first diving into this.
Three top hits by Rush adorn this album (Tom Sawyer, YYZ, and Limelight. The album slogs a little when it hits "The Camera Eye" which is a little over 10 minute long 80's power ballad but it ends with a reggae inspired "Vital Signs" to round out the album. A very solid listen if you know Rush at all.
Probably one of the greatest exponents of Progressive Rock, Rush have created many iconic tracks, melodic and tight, retaining an accessibility that others in this genre often lack. This album is a fantastic example of a band at the heights of their powers. A great recording. Top tracks: Tom Sawyer, Vital Signs
first repeat artist. i'm into it
It was funny that this album popped up as #2 because I was thinking about the movie I Love You Man this week and how they were super into the band Rush and told myself that should explore this band. Could this be fate? 1. Tom Sawyer 4:36 - Unlike Pearl Jam's Ten I was immediately into the first song. Love the whole composition of this song even the interlude with the funky bass line and the high pitch guitar notes thrown over it. 2. Red Barchetta 6:10 - this song has a dissonance to it which I did not like at first, but it is a long song and by the end I was on board with it. 3. YYZ 4:25 - Super impressed with this song. No vocals but it pulls it off great . All the instruments are fire. The bass line is super impressive, drums are on point, and the guitar is great. Adding this to my library without question. 4. Limelight 4:19 - decent but I felt like Tom Sawyer and YYZ were stronger. 5. The Camera Eye 10:56 - Buckle up for an eleven minute song. Surprised me by being engaging throughout. 6. Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear) 4:45 - Appreciate what they are doing artistically here. Liked the spooky vibe. 7. Vital Signs 4:46 - Another solid track, I really liked the transition from Witch Hunt into this song which is something that I would normally miss because I don't usually sit down and listen to albums front to back. Consistently impressed by the compositional choices made in this album. The album's relatively short 40 minute run time surprised me in a good way. They kept it to the point and didn't include any fluff in this thing which is refreshing. The sounds that Rush manage to get out of their instruments impressed me throughout with some especially memorable bass lines. Score: 4/5 I am glad this was my intro to Rush. Their discography is huge making the task of finding where to start kind of intimidating. 1001 made the choice for me though and am thrilled with the result. Great album.
This is the second album I have gotten on this list that I have heard all of the way through before! This is truly a record that needs to be played loud in order to experience it fully (which I vividly remember doing at Naismith during winter break). It's amazing to hear the amount of detail that three guys can put into their instrumentals and vocals, and the production here really allows for everything to stand out. Rush is fantastic, and this is probably their most famous album due to it including their most popular song. I have always enjoyed Tom Sawyer, and I feel it is the perfect opener as it kicks off everything with a bang. I personally think that Limelight is the strongest track on this album (it's been on my Starred list on Spotify for quite sometime), but there are no songs here that I would consider bad. My only knock to this album is that the second half is somewhat weak compared to the first half, but it is still very enjoyable throughout. 4/5. NOTE: It is an odd coincidence that a band I saw this past weekend (Outhouse) jammed YYZ acoustically. It would have been absolutely amazing to hear Rush do that live.
I think I just found out I like Rush! Whoa
Rush. Besser als Gedacht.
4.2 - I'm not big on prog rock but I loved listening to this album. It's got some of Rush's most recognizable hits like \"Tom Sawyer\" and some extended jams like \"The Camera Eye.\"
A masterclass in prog composition and execution. Each track bursts forth with memorable melodies underscored with amazing technical prowess. Even on the more subdued and less notable back half of the LP, Lee, Pert, and Lifeson still deliver outstanding performances that continue to offer hidden intricacies.
creative epic prog-ish rock with some spacey vibes. would listen again
No esperaba que me guste tanto! igual porque tan largas las canciones?
Tom Sawyer - A classic Pretty good but short, prob 4/5..
4/5. There are a couple bangers, but like, Yes is better
Well, I fucking love Rush. The coolest all around band ever. This is a great album but there is so much more to Rush.
Joan of Arc burning on the stake. Dogs playing poker. The back cover of 2112. Integrity. That’s what Rush has, in spades. And chops, man. Chops galore. And all accomplished with just three guys. Those other big trios- Cream, ZZ Top, Grand Funk- all undone by large servings of drugs/alcohol and service to even large egos. But not Rush. It took nothing less than the death of their drummer for Rush to rightly pull the plug. Let’s talk about prog rock for a moment. The early evangelists of punk rock did their best to convince me that I could not be a fan of both prog and punk. The battle line was drawn, they asserted. Choose one or the other. I think the major beef among the punks was that prog was just too hard to play! There were also some philosophical arguments involved about the music industry and censorship and such; but, initially, at least, the punks just felt that prog rock had lost all touch with the early rock n’ roll of, say, Chuck Berry. Hey, I can play ‘Johnnie B. Goode,’ and I could teach it to you pretty quickly, too. And our new little band would sound good enough to raise the garage door and play for the neighbors and passerby. Try doing the same with ELP’s ‘Toccata,’ off the 'Brain Salad Surgery' LP! You can’t. I can’t. But I still love ‘em both. I dig the fast tempo, three chord blitzkrieg of the Ramones, I really do. But I also never stopped loving the prog rock of King Crimson or Jethro Tull. It was my little secret. Another thing: music is math. It’s lot of other things, too, of course. But at a very fundamental level, it is math. And prog rock is music for math nerds. Like me. The ever changing time signatures so characteristic of prog give me a boner. I love figuring them out and then air-playing along with the band. Sometimes, though, prog ventures a little too far towards the math- Yes, being a great example- and too far away from the rock. Rush always got the balance right. They never let the prog overwhelm the rock. And that’s one of the reasons why they’re my favorite prog rock band. Geddy Lee can shred a bass like nobody’s business. And I don’t want to hear all that shit about how awful his shrieking vocals are. I happen to find his voice quite beautiful and melodic. (Listen to a little Motorhead if you want to hear a truly awful lead vocalist.) Alex Lifeson- why is he not mentioned in the same reverent company of guitarists like Hendrix and Clapton? And with the possible exception of John Bonham (THE greatest rock drummer of all time), who’s better, cleaner, faster, more creative than Neil Peart? Who even has as many drums on his kit? (Actually, I googled it and the answer is: Terry Bozzio, who played with Frank Zappa in the late-70s to early-80s. But Neil still has a lot of drums, too.) And then there are those thoughtful lyrics that Peart also wrote. Sure, he gets a little too preachy, at times, like on ‘With Hunt,’ cautioning against the dangerous effects caused by mob mentality. But mostly, his lyrics a tremendous sensitivity: ‘I feel the sense of possibilities. I feel the wrench of hard realities. The focus is sharp in the city (‘The Camera Eye’).’ Or the famous lyric from one of this LP’s big hits, ‘Limelight’: ‘Living in the limelight, the universal dream. For those who wish to see, those who wish to be, must put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme.’ You can’t get that kind of wisdom from the other top acts of 1981- Hall and Oates, or Pat Benatar, or REO Speedwagon. And finally, the bonus: Rush always look like they were having a ball; and, not at your expense, either, or anyone’s else’s. Certainly not the music industry’s nor the critics, who have yet to confess that they were just wrong, and you and I, the fans, were right. At this point in their career, even following the success of the LP prior to this one, 'Permanent Waves,' their label still wouldn’t cover the expense of 'Moving Pictures' intriguing cover, and Rush made up the difference from their own pockets! Good people, Rush- a band I would have loved to have been a part of, as small a part as mine would have been to play; that is, if I could only learn to play the castanets in 10/8.
I actually quite enjoyed it. Who doesn't love some funky time signatures?
The drums in this album are incredible, they really drive each song. It's a great progressive-rock record, very well put together. Favourite song: Tom Sawyer.
On the one hand, one of the great all-time opening tracks (“Tom Sawyer”), great side 2 opening tracks (“Limelight”), epic drumming and intense opera singing -- net-net: three all-time songs out of seven total. On the other, some all-time prog-rock excesses -- including epic drumming and intense opera singing and attempts at otherworldly composition -- all pretty easily caricatured Spinal Tappishly). Another way of putting this: this band’s (and record’s) greatest strengths and weaknesses are hopelessly intertwined. So, my mesmerized sixth-grade self was right in that the good stuff holds up extremely well. But the concept (if there was/is one) I missed then collapses by the end of the record now. I always feel like Rush wanted its audience to pay more attention to the stuff people were inclined to skip (and not just on this record). Still, three out of seven -- and because “Vital Signs” is much better than I recall (major Police influence) -- let’s make it 3.5 out of 7 and 4.5 out of potential five stars.
An enjoyable album one I would listen to again
I can't imagine how weird this must have seemed back then...and I love it.
great set of tunes
Really good stuff. The musical talent is off the charts and the lyrics are interesting and inventive. I think I have to be in the right mood to listen to this but when I am it's a great listen.
Drumming is great
What can be said about Rush that hasn't already been said about the light bulb or the printing press? Giving light and a voice for those awkward white kids who needed their air guitar to be superior to the more popular awkward white kids doing air guitar to Journey.
outrageously complicated music, and played in a good spirit of dedication and a smidge of humour
I'm not a huge Rush fan but this may be my favourite of theirs
Tom Sawyer: The best opening song on an album - ever! What a way to start. Side 1 of the album is classic and I know it well and love it. Side 2, isn't nearly as "popular" as side 1, but it is still a great listen. Every time I fly through the Toronto Airport (YYZ) I think of this album and that classic instrumental. Standouts: Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Vital Signs 4.5/5
Solid, no complaints. Every song on this album rocks.
Good album, some guitar solo at one moment. It's a good-for-driving album for sure. Thank you
The best of Canadian Prog Rock
There are moments of greatness here, but it's not perfect. In my opinion it's the last good album Rush made. All in all, It's a classic record that deserves all the praise it gets.
Fav Song: Tom Sawyer
Good album, but like earlier work better, real 80s sound ofc. And yes, u have to like the singing hehe
Iconic prog with some absolutely incredible instrumental work, with Geddy's vocals sounding as powerful as ever. The first side is exceptional but I did feel the album tailed off slightly in the second half
I liked it
Ah mitkä upeat kasarisaundit! Vaikka progepuolella ei kaikista teknisintä tiluttelua, kuitenkin riittävän kiinnostavaa ja ylipäätään todella hyvä levy.
Ihan hyvää progea, etenkin ottaen huomioon että se on kasarilta. Kuuntelisin uudestaan.
Tää on about ainoo levy johon oon Rushin kohdalla oikeesti tutustunut ennalta. Ei tätä turhaan pidetä raskaamman taiderokin klassikkoka. Hienoa on se että instrumenttaali voi olla niin kova korvamato kuin YYZ on 4/5
I like the music, some songs are really really good.
This was great!
Þetta er svo geggjuð plata. Elska þetta. Ef eitthvert ykkar vill splæsa á mig góðri fimmtugsafmælisgjöf í haust, þá væri Rush safnið á vinyl mjög vinsælt.
Bit fast but soon caught up whizzed by..
Good music. I like a short album
Nav ko teikt
There are several songs that are really well known. Tom Sawyer is their best song. I did not wear any New Balances while listening to it. I would listen to it again.
Rush pack the stuff that makes them fun into a slimmer case; Thankfully don't shy away from the more ridiculous facets.
This is a more commercial rush and therefore there are some catchy songs in here but it lacks rushes formula and is not their best work
I love Rush. I rarely see a band live more than once but these guys, I've seen them 3 times and I regret not seeing them more often. It's really easy to see why this is this album is one of their biggest hit, if not the biggest. It has an arguably perfect A side filled with immortal classics. I'm not as enthusiastic about the B side to be honest, but it's still very good. Just not as legendary as the first one. Rush forever.
One of the classic rock bands, that I really like. I used to listen to Moving Pictures a lot back in high school. This was a very important part on my 'discover the music' journey. And although 'Working Man' is my favourite Rush song, this album still delivers a lot of positive emotions. The trio from Canada strike a nice balance between number of catchy riffs, monumental guitar solos and great drum work. At the beginning I couldn't buy Geddy's Lee vocal, but it grews on you with time. "Tom Sawyer' is that quintessential Rush song, that has everything to offer. I was ready to give this album five stars, but after another listening session, I realized that there is not much interesting songs after the great instrumental 'YYZ'. None of the songs on side b got stuck in my memory and the drop off in quality is visible. But it is still a very stron four.
Estos señores son garantía. Además de la conocida Tom Sawyer, el resto de las canciones son buenas y el disco tiene mucha energía de pies a cabeza. Witch Hung es la que más me gusto sin contar Tom.
It's really extraordinary how this trio managed to make such a huge sound for themselves with Moving Pictures. The ability and precisions that each of these artists brings to their performances is on another level of greatness, most notably on the tracks 'YYZ' and 'The Camera Eye'. And yet the album still feels totally accessible and easy to connect with, which is quite the achievement for a prog-rock album.
Undeniably musical geniuses... although, I still find Geddy's voice irritating. While I enjoy listening to this album, I will probably never play it with a purpose. Slapping the bass!
Rush - not my favourite album of theirs - that would be A Farewell to Kings - but highly representative of the band's exceptional talent. Starts strongly with Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta and YYZ, but after that there is nothing that particularly stands out.
The thing that stands out is how short this is for a prog album. And tightly packed with some of their most iconic works. And again I did really enjoy it, maybe just a hair below the line for a 5.
Progressive rock, 1981. The most successful and critically acclaimed record by Rush, which also contains the biggest hit by this iconic trio: "Tom Sawyer". It is definitely one of the best projects of this band, but my favourite one is "Permanent Waves".
Already know Tom Sawyer and YYZ but not familiar with the other songs here. Love Rush though! Didn't even realize that those 2 songs weren't on my Spotify already. Added witch hunt and limelight, limelight especially struck my fancy with the synth chords and chorus.
I downloaded Tom Sawyer and YYZ in like 1998 because someone had renamed them on Napster to Dream Theater. So I've known those songs a long time but I only heard the full album maybe 2 or 3 years ago. It's not bad overall, but I struggle with the vocals. It's like a really shit Robert Plant impression. They have other albums where he sounds far more bearable, thankfully. But the drumming really is fantastic here. Prog rock drums usually are, and this is no exception. Songwriting is usual proggy jam stuff, and I like a good bit of tasty wank. All in all a solid 4/5 - would be a 5 with a better singer.
very angsty, journey-sounding
tom sawyer is great but the rest is just a little bit to standard from what id like
Meget 80er rock, på den ikke helt så fede måde.
Self indulgent prog rock but they are very good musicians
I have to admit to a certain technical proficiency in Rush's music. Tom Sawyer comes out of the gate strong, but they're not all bangers.
Musicianship is outstanding, def a 'musicians band'. Alot of 80s feel with the synths used but it's still rock at it's core. The song YYZ was a big showmanship of all 3 of the musicians, all top of their game. I'm not a huge fan of Geddy's voice so can't see myself digging into the band too much besides the hits.
Admittingly not a huge fan of Prog Rock, but Tom Sawyer and YYZ are good songs. If the rest of the album had the same strength it would be a 4, but the others are quite cheesy to me. The guitar work and synths are good though, but the vocals can either be great or... very hammy.
Not bad. Classic 80s progressive rock
Like Rush. But decent
instrumentals were far more enjoyable than vocals 🎨
Technically impressive stuff, but the vocals are a barrier for me in enjoying the music.
There wasn't much in this album that truly gripped me. The most enjoyable part of Rush is the interesting mix of synths and guitar, which are unfortunately let down by the monotonous voice of the vocalist. The first half of the album is the most interesting, thanks to the apparent favourite opener "Tom Sawyer" and it's follow up "Red Barchetta", these are probably all you need to hear to get a gist of what Rush is all about. The next song "YYZ" stood out to me because the instruments took the limelight (ayy) in this song due to no vocals. The best part of the second half is "The Camera Eye", but arguably went on a tad too long. It could have stopped 7 minutes in and it would be still as good. I feel the vocalist could potentially have been saved by some better mixing, as his voice melts in to the background and doesn't really get an opportunity to punch through the overshadowing instrumentals. I admit that I enjoyed this album a bit more on the second play through, which historically has been how some of my favourite albums have started out, so maybe i'll be a Rush stan soon. For now though, I found this album mostly "meh". 2/5 on first play through, a light 3/5 on the second round (with rice)
Rush is great, this album has a few of their best songs. Other songs showcase their compositional/technical chops. Highlights: -Tom Sawyer -YYZ -Limelight
I don't always want to listen to Rush, but when I do I have a really good time.
I knew the song Tom Sawyer but didn't know it was Rush. I appreciate the instrumentation but don't especially enjoy it. Not keen on the vocals, but found myself enjoying some of the jammy parts.
Listened to at least a little of each song. Standard 1980s rock. Not making my list for a re-listen.
Incredibly mid 2.8
Gutes Easy Rock Album Der Schlagzeuger ist super, wohl Platz vier der besten lool hab ich raus gehört
RUSH - one of the best US rockbands but this album is not one of her best. For me it's ok.
Tom Sawyer is a classic but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to so much Rush in one setting. It all became... one note after awhile.
Not great, not bad
Rock progresivo. Una canción conocida.
Eh. It's fine.
Okay, not amazing but decent I guess light rock? I know some people love Rush and I don't get that from this but it's compotent.
Technically impressive, but something is still not great for me. I feel like I would have a better appreciation for the album if I had more musical knowledge
Onverwacht best leuk.
Best ok nog. Ik had veel meer cliché 80's hard rock verwacht, maar het was een mix van vanalles. Best nog wat poppy en toegankelijke dingen zaten erin.
Ik vrees dat ik een van de weinigen zal zijn die dit echt goed vond. Maar ik heb dan ook een zwak voor progressieve rock. Stem trek ik iets minder goed, dus daarom geen vierde ster.
Personally I'm not a heavy metal fan but appreciate the talent and loved the drums and guitar in this album. I'd be unlikely to choose it again over other albums but glad I'm aware of it. Definitely some tracks I really enjoyed.
I love a good period drama so Witch Craft was my favourite song
Not bad, but not a Rush fan
3.5/5. Some decent prog rock, nothing special. Drags a bit towards the end
A caballo entre el progresivo y el hard rock. Largas piezas con virtuosismo en cada instrumento. Muy escuchable.
I should like this, yet my Zappa-lovin ass will call this "too angular and chaotic."
Enjoyed listening to this in the sun today. Vital Signs with its distinctly reggae flavour is a song I will be revisiting. Best track: Vital Signs.
The Witch Hunt and Vital Signs closed out the album in some style. I preferred the more synth focused tracks with some of the others drowning in drum solos.
Уже второй альбом, который покоится на винчестере! И снова из ряда тех, что не жалую. Дискографию Rush скачал из-за великолепного альбома "1488", который нас ещё ждёт впоследствии. А всё остальное, на удивление, зашло не "чуть менее", а "намного менее". Вероятно, их творчество просто требует больше внимания и времени, которое выделять я не стал. Но как "ранний слушатель" я наблюдаю тенденцию перехода от прог-рока, что мне нравится, к прог-року, что мне не нравится. То есть не по качеству, а по концепции и эстетике, так скажем. По сути, первое - это то, что мы с месье Лютером величаем "арт-рок", хотя, вероятно, прав на это недостаточно. А прогрессив - это про дрочево. Что становится понятно, если запустить трек из альбома YYZ. Тут очень странная ситуация: музыканты умеют играть, вокалист умеет меть, все умеют писать охуенные треки, но вместо мелодичного и завораживающего... они играют это, но солидно разбавляя раздражающей какофонией. Ты одновременно влюблён в эту музыку, и одновременно она ебёт тебе мозг. Скорее не одновременно, а поочерёдно. То есть как в типичных традиционных отношениях с тян. Но я не приемлю для себя традиционные отношения. Но понимаю, что на них пока покоится генофонд. Поэтому пусть будут. И альбом пусть будет. Но лишний раз обращаться к нему ныне вообще желания нет.
Good but not my cuppa tea
cool album. will probably check out more rush.
One of the better OK albums
The first song on the album makes me feel like I stepped into a sci-fi movie/show. 10/10 for the instrumentals, but the vocals are a bit too much for me at times. Tom Sawyer, Limelight and YYZ weren't bad, but the rest were eh. Overall, I'll give it a 3/5 stars. Not probably going to go out of my way to listen to it again.
It was a good listen, but not for me
Just OK. Not bad, but not a favorite either.
Solid rock album with a couple bangers
Knew a couple of songs, Tom Sawyer and limelight. Giving a three could be four if it had one more standout song. Enjoyed it
I remember putting together my iTunes library as a youth when that was still a hot new thing. When it came to Moving Pictures, I enthusiastically added Tom Sawyer, ambivalently added Limelight, and passed on the rest. A decade and a half later that is still pretty much the takeaway. "The Camera Eye" and "Witch Hunt" were actually kinda fun too, but nothing I fell in love with.
some of the songs I like the best, but it's still a Rush album...
Catchy, certainly need more than one play through
I consider myself a fan of prog rock. I count Yes, ELP, Genesis, and Procol Harum among my all-time favorite bands. So while listening to this I was trying to figure out why I've never really connected with Rush. There's no doubt they are extremely talented and proficient on their instruments. I think it's that they lack any sort of emotional connection. Their music is super precise, but it sounds as if it's being played by a computer. It's lacking any type of human feel to it (for me at least). It's a good album but I can't get past that aspect. 3 stars.
Great prog/new wave sound. However vocal delivery leaves it feeling outdated
кто я такой чтобы слушать канадский хэви метал??? послушал, не понимаю хотя YYZ прикольно
I enjoyed this group esp. Tom Sawyer
I don't know - would have to listen again. It's both quite good, quite catchy, but also quite annoying. 'Limelight' is very good.
This one was completely new to me. Not usually a fan of prog-rock, but this was OK I think partly due to their stripped down sound as a 3 piece
Preferred the more prog rock tracks.
very good i enjoyed 20/30 anythign above a 25/30 i will add to topster or listen daily
crazy to only have 7 songs on an album
The first four songs are all absolutely great, but the project really starts to meander after limelight and vital signs sucks...
Fanade… inte lika hårt som jag mindes
Not a Rush fan, but I do enjoy Tom Sawyer & Limelight
Even as as non musician, the time signature changes are wild.
Tom Sawyer is always rockin. Camera Eye a rager that was new to me. Still, album seems a bit one-note at times, but maybe that's just Rush to me. Interesting that there's only ever a lead singer - no backup vocals, etc.
Thought there were some notes of early primus and even som guitar that sounded a bit like phish. Overall I was impressed with a few of the songs (xyz especially) and thought that the 40 minute run Time went by crazy fast. Agree with Pat that I’ve never been a big fan of rush. Listening to the whole album gave me a better sense of their sound and earned a higher rating from me.
I’ve heard a few Rush songs in the past, it’s the genre of music that could pass me by. Of their time, not bad by any means but it hasn’t held the test of time very well.
Heftig maar wel vet
Vital signs was goed, voor de rest vond ik het gewoon oké
Rush was part of my adolescence. 2112, A Farewell to Kings, and Hemispheres, were never far from my turntable. Unfortunately once Moving Puctures arrived, Rush was part of my past. I had moved on to punk, new wave and alternative though those three mentioned still have a place in my heart if not on my turntable. So how dod I like Moving Pictures? Not very much. The songs I knew; Tom sawyer and Limelight suffered from over exposure and among the other songs nothing really didn't grab me....perhaps with a few more listens....but I somehow doubt it. 3 🌟
This is very 80s. Wow they can have a track that's 10 mins long. No wonder Coheed and Cambria were inspired by this.
This album's cover is fun. Apart from that, I found myself to dislike 1980s music from the US. Meh.
This was cooler than I was expecting. Good, actually. Not sure what I expected
Never quite managed to get into this, I wanted it to either get rockier or proggier, but it just seemed to sit somewhere down the middle.
not something that i would listen to, but not bad ig
Solid Hard Rock Album. (6/10) FT: YYZ, Limelight
Je comprends pas quel est le big deal avec Rush, cet album est assez moyen Prefs: Tom Sawyer, The Camera Eye, Vital Signs Moins pref: Witch Hunt
I'm never really sure what to make of Rush. I don't love it but it's definitely interesting.
Never knew that the sound of '80s rock could be turned into a progrock journey. Rush particularly did this well in their famous "Tom Sawyer". The idea of using synths to amplify a spacey atmosphere is not that new (probably, this was 1981 after all), but I never heard anyone did it as well as Rush. "YYZ" is also a notable mention. This instrumental track reminds the listeners that they're still a progrock band, with top-tier instrumental prowess. It's rhythm is apparently inspired by the morse code of "YYZ". dah-dit-dah-dah dah-dit-dah-dah dah-dah-dit-dit. Can you hear it? The rest of the album is okay. It got some occasional WOW moments. But overall, the album sounds like a complex version of '80s mainstream rock. It's just okay. I dunno, maybe it's Lee's voice.
Rush was part of my adolescence. 2112, A Farewell to Kings, and Hemispheres, were never far from my turntable. Unfortunately once Moving Puctures arrived, Rush was part of my past. I had moved on to punk, new wave and alternative though those three mentioned still have a place in my heart if not on my turntable. So how dod I like Moving Pictures? Not very much. The songs I knew; Tom sawyer and Limelight suffered from over exposure and among the other songs nothing really grabbed me....perhaps with a few more listens....but I somehow doubt it. 3 🌟
Its basically rush. A little bit epic. A little bit naff
I didn't think I liked rush but this was enjoyable. Some decent songs well played
Rush. Bubbles favourite...
Pelkäsin etten siedä yhtään, mutta olihan tää hyvä.
Well, Tom Sawyer was unexpectedly short and tight. When it went into 7/8 time I was thinking, here goes 12 minutes of my life! Limelight was also very good. Everything else was a bit dull for me. Incredible musicianship, not much in the way of tunes. But it'll do.
Did I just play Guitar Hero or Rock Band? It's really hard to listen to this album and not pretend to press buttons on a plastic guitar. It's also near impossible to see this album outside this frame.
Le côté A est solide. Le côté B est plus faible. J’ai beaucoup écouté ça jadis. Ça me plait beaucoup moins aujourd’hui... mais la nostalgie fait son oeuvre.
"It's a Saturday night, I have no date, but a two litre bottle of Shasta, and my all Rush Mix-Tape. Let's Rock" *Space Invaders shooting sound plays* - Fry, Futurama This is my one and only intro to Rush, and was mildly disappointed that the record didn't really come with a Space Invaders overlay. But in all seriousness many songs in Moving Pictures would work well in any playlist (or mix-tape - let's keep that theme going), for a huge gaming sesh or even a workout sesh. For a band's eighth studio album that ain't bad at all in my books. Best: YYZ Worst: Witch Hunt
I can see what fans are into, it’s just not for me. Drums sound separate from the rest of the music, somehow.
No es mi estilo pero estuvo bien
Not my cup of tea but I respect it. They have a unique sound.
This was my dope smoking long haired roommate's favorite band. It aged well.
some great songs, some just too long prog rock
Loved it in my younger days.
Connor: it's okay. the sound is a little dated, some of the guitar work is decent
yoooo this intro is funkyyyyyy, songs are long as fock
Rush has never really been my cup of tea but this has the hits. It's fine if that's your thing.
Not for me
Turned it off
Duidelijk een plaatje waar je jezelf doorheen moet ‘rushen’.
Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 7/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 4/20 =30 Sorry Ror
If you have to include a Rush album in a list like this, Moving Pictures is a bit of an odd choice--it marks the exact moment that Rush started to curdle, both lyrically and musically. Lyricist/drummer Neil Peart had been an Ayn Rand enthusiast since at least Hemispheres, but at least the objectivism on The Trees from that album was couched in a clever and picturesque fable. On Moving Pictures, we get couplets like "His mind is not for rent to any God or government" and "Everybody got mixed feelings about the function and the form; everybody got to deviate from the norm." It's bald speechifying, and hasn't worn well after 40 years of neoliberalism. Musically speaking, back on Permanent Waves, synths were used for flavor, and added a welcome futuristic sheen to the music. On Moving Pictures, they fight for dominance with Alex Lifeson's guitars, which is bad news since Geddy Lee is a bassist, not a keyboard player, unlike John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. After Moving Pictures, Rush went over to the dark side, becoming for all intents and purposes a keyboard based rock band. But, as I've alluded to, Moving Pictures is a transitional album, and since Rush's previous album was the masterful Permanent Waves, they were still capable of great music. The clear highlight of Moving Pictures is Limelight, a paean to stardom and its appeal. Everything comes together on this track. Geddy Lee does full justice to Neil Peart's evocative lyrics. Yes, I know he sounds like a guinea pig on speed, but he isn't afraid of the emotions in this song--it's a very generous performance. Alex Lifeson gives a guitar solo for the ages here, creative and passionate. I can't listen to it without getting a lump in my throat. And Neil Peart plays the hell out of his kit with his patented thundering and technically immaculate fills. But the rest of the album? Meh. YYZ is just okay compositionally, and the solos are nothing to get fired up about either, although Alex Lifeson's spot ain't bad. Tom Sawyer is vastly overrated, with awkward and bludgeoning lyrics and music to match. Red Barchetta is juvenile and boring. Even the epic The Camera Eye is dull, with themes that fail to engage on either an emotional or intellectual level. Witch Hunt is an outright disaster, a micky mouse attempt at social commentary. Actually, going into this review, I had mixed feelings about Moving Pictures, probably colored by how much I love the song Limelight. Revisiting Moving Pictures, I find that it's not very good at all. Disappointing.
Deece. Not my type of music, but good to have on in the background.
I've tried getting into Rush a few times before but Geddy Lee's voice is just far too annoying to tolerate. Best track: YYZ
Didn't hit that hard for me. Maybe isn't was because I had low expectations going in or because of my mood, but it's doesn't have the musicality that Pink Floyd does. Maybe I'll come back late. Favorite song: Red Barchetta
I'll admit, when I listened to this it was on bike and I couldn't hear it all that well. But it was pretty much as I'd expect: classic rock. It has a time and a place but I just can't get excited about anything in particular about it.
Nope. Life’s too short to listen to this. Big drums, big keyboards, big hair. I guess it would be ok in a stadium on a summers night but doesn’t hold my interest.
Good playing, but not something I would listen to again.
I was really excited to listen to this album because I’ve never really listened to Rush and I’ve always thought there were a band I would like. The openings to Tom Sawyer and Vitals Songs are the most musically interesting features on this album to me. I do not like Geddy Lee’s voice. The album is not bad, but there are not any songs I would seek to play on their own.
I like the instrumental but am not at all a fan of their vocals.
not really my style
I liked YYZ's instrumentals. Don't love Lee's voice.
Great opening 5 seconds - a big synth swoosh with huge drumming. The next 5 seconds are an 80s sci-fi We Will Rock You. Really sets the album up, and it keeps the energy up throughout. However, by the end it had become a little bit samey and lost me somewhat. Generally an enjoyable listen overall, with some of cool moments. 2.5/5.
Hmmm, tricky. Not my kinda thing at all, power rock, no playlist of mine that I could see this being a part of. But still appreciated bits, the guitar riff on one bit was very Thundercat. Wanna say 3 but really prob just a 2.
Some of it i really like (Tom Sawyer, limelight).. much more than I expected: don't think i've listened to much prog rock before.. some is much too much (YYZ, the camera eye, witch hunt), I think its the more rocky ones I like better.
I don't like rush
Not sure if I’ve heard any Rush before - but I thought I had. Weird.
Didn't do much for me at all - too clean production, didn't enjoy the lyrics or delivery, guitar solo on Tom sawyer good though
Not for me. I tried
Still not a Rush fan, but I see the appeal.
I guess Rush just isn't for me. They seem like talented musicians, but I'm not sure if what they're doing is always in service to the song. And I just can't get past the singing.
meh, entirely meh
49. Moving Pictures - Rush 7 tracks. The drums, guitars & vocals seemed almost in competition with eachother rather than complimenting. It's the "prog" part of prog rock that I have always had a problem with. Progressive how exactly? It's not awful. Just muddled. 2/5
*Makes myself unpopular* With prog rock I just have this overwhelming sense the musos are trying to be clever, and the fans have a smug belief in their own cleverness, and yet I just don't enjoy it, not even 'Tom Sawyer'. Insert new synthesiser sound here.
This just does not appeal to me. Rush feels kitschy, old-hat, and out of date with very little substance behind it. Aside from a few good solos, I was not into it at all.
What punk should have destroyed
No conocía la banda. Me gustaron algunos temas.
I’m never going to like Rush. World stop trying to guilt me into it. I hope that is the last time I have to suffer through F’ing Tom Sawyer. I’m giving it a 2 only because I don’t want to water down me giving a 1 start for when I inevitably get stuck listening to U2.
30 albums in and not finding I’m not a fan of prog rock. Tom Sewyer and Limelight we recognizable and fine, but not something I can ever see listening to on my own.
I just found this very tiresome after a while. Didn't really give me a Rush.
Too clean and well produced. Sounds like it's shiny almost. Too studio for me
I expected to be able to give this 4 stars, but when listening to it again, I quickly got irritated by the music, not to mention the high-pitched vocals. I think I might actually prefer the earlier albums.
Not my type of music
It seems appropriate to play this while playing video games. I’m playing Lego Avengers with Guardians of the Galaxy. It ties to well with them. I’m not into jam rock really.
I want to like Rush, and this is the album I _would_ like if I liked Rush. But I just don't.
p483. 1981. 1970s Canadian-American prog-rockers, and that in itself should be enough warning. I can't stand Geddy Lee's vocals, he sounds like his testicles have only just dropped. You could put him in a room with Jon Anderson and Roger Hodgson and have your own boys choir. And as with all things prog-rock, there is excessive musical wankage. Not my thing at all.
It’s got Tom Sawyer
I had never listened to Rush before this. I now know that I don't like Rush.
Sehr deutlich überhaupt nix für mich.
Tak zwodnicznego wokalu dawno nie slyszalem, po pierwszym traku przekonany, ze to jakas pani na wokalu gugluje bande, a tam kanadyjskie trio, ktore tworzy muzyke okolo rokowa, dlaczego okolo rokowa, bo niby jeden drumi drugi cos basikuje, gitarkuje, no i bardzo zensko wokaluje, ale cos czym wyroznia stylistyke tego zepspolu sa syntezatory oraz to ze pochodza z kanady, bo jestem przekonany, ze to wlasnie akcent sprawia, ze ten wokal wydaje sie byc damskim, no ale wracajac do muzyki to syntezatory jak przystalo na lata 80, wiec wibujace przez cale traki, zastosowane wszelakie filtry jakie mozna wrzucic na wokal, w skorocie takie zeppeliny remizowe po zastosowaniu efekciarskich syntezatorow, traki ktore sa jeszcze dosc oszczedne co do ich uzycia sa calkiem znosne, ale gdzie te klawiszowanie sntowe jak w vital signs buduje trzon kawalka jest meczace, na plejke wrzuce openingowy trak tom sawyer
gefreubel, ik was er al bang voor
I don’t understand why this album is on the list. Not for me at all.
Not my thing but I appreciate the effort.
What a load of contrived nonsense. If you'd have told me it was someone trying to be funny, I'd have believed you, except it wasn't even very funny. Lots of crowbared in tempo changes and weird key signatures. Lyrics like a GCSE level spooky story.
listening to this was like watching an episode of the Mighty Boosh. I kept expecting Vince to pop out from behind me and do a little provocative prog rock dance for me. Some of the lyrics were so lame but funny and I'm not entirely sure they were meant to be.
first album in my 1001 albums to avoid before you die
Tom Sawyer was a super cool electronic creation in its day. This album 💿 sounds like back ground music for movies, plays and presentation. Talented but not something that I would listen to for entertainment.
Didn't liked it much. Not my kinda genre
I just can't get into rush.
don't like this album.
just not in the mood for rush, really i mean wtf
Wat een lekker album blijft dit. Jammer dat MJ zo'n creep was.