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Moving Pictures

Rush

1981

Moving Pictures

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.63

Votes

5473

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

It's fucking Rush. Favorite tracks: "YYZ", "Limelight", "Witch Hunt"

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

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!

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

“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

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Sat Nov 28 2020
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

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

This album is a classic and definitely deserves it’s spot on the list.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

A glorious album. Starts strong, strong in the middle, ends, ends strong.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Great album front to back

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Thu May 13 2021
5

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.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

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.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

A really really good prog record

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

RIP

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Legends

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

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.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Entertaining, iconic and tasteful.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

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.”

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

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+

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Best one yet. A treat.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

sim

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Stone classic.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

My favorite Rush album

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Bass solos

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

An absolute classic for sure!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Excellent Album. Very good sound, good rock.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

never knew tom sawyer was by rush

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

One of the greatest

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

🤘🏻

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

love

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Amazing record, easily 10 years ahead of its time.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

A rush masterpiece.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

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.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Rush. Moving Pictures. Tom Sawyer, Living in the Limelight, AND YYZ. That's it. That's the tweet.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Gotta love me some prog rock

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

really good album.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Its great its everything its toasted its wonderful

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Prog rock masterpiece

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Sat May 15 2021
5

One of my top ten albums!

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

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.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

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.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

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?

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Rush is awesome

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

A classic

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Quintessential Rush album. I am pretty sure every Rush song I own is from this album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Worth a listen. Popular for a reason

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Mon May 17 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Absolute classic. No bad songs on this album.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Classic album. Tom Sawyer still invokes air drumming. RIP Neil Peart

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

CLASSIC! Five stars all the way.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Legendary

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

I mean..it’s Rush..cmon now

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Potente. A pesar de no ser fan del rock progresivo me pareció una genialidad.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

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

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

A banger of an album. RIP Neal Peart.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Just a great album. Not particularly prog, lots of tight, accessible rock songs.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

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

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Fri Sep 17 2021
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.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Really good! Was only familiar with Tom Sawyer, but that was excellent.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Yeah. I know this one. Red Barchetta is the okayest track, and that’s saying it all.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Didn't think I liked Rush that much!

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Classic. Every song is in the perfect interstice of Rush's prog and pop.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Vraiment trop bon, le meilleur album de rush avec 2112 5*

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Excellent

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Obviously a 5 star album

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

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

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

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.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Nice complexity and great sound!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

tom sawyer ftw. rock band sent me.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Finally got to hear this

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Best album ever

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

THE BEST !!!!

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Cool

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

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.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

One of the best Rush albums! love every track

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Badass

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Excellent prog rock.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

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.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Loved this album, peaked Rush.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Best album ever. Rush at the pinnacle of their creativity

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Progrock is altijd wel wat speciaal. Deze kon ik wel erg goed smaken vanwege de iets 'hardere' sound. Leuke verrassing

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Classic coming of age album for me!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

All killer, no filler. A prog classic. So much to enjoy.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

*****

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Love it!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

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.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Canadian prog rock

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Ахуенно, хочу такого побольше

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

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!!

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

A long time favorite. Canada's greatest rock band. Favorite song: YYZ

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Awesome. Cool prog rock originals, great walking music or just music to put on when you want a good vibe.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Classic. Maybe their most perfect album after 2112.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Mi è piaciuto. Ma credo di averlo già sentito in passato.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

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.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Amazing - one of my top albums of all time. Top 10 album for me!

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Such a fantastic and easy album to listen to with two huge hits in "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight". 9/10.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Wonderful album

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

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

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Great

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

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.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

I sure do love this stuff. A fine expression of what music can be. And certainly a singular experience live.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Awesome as the first time I listened to it

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

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.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

IYKYK

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Sun May 01 2022
5

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.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Absolutely classic!

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Loved this album!! Saved!

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Sat May 21 2022
5

One of the best rock albums of the 80s, genius!

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Sun May 22 2022
5

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.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Gold

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

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. 

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Rush’s prog rock masterpiece

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Love this album.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Canada Rocks. Great Album

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

"Witch Hunt", "YYZ" and "The Camera Eye" are probably my faves. This album just never gets old for me.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Loved it, quintessential.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

top 100 album GOAT 9.9/10

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

A top 100 album

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

I'm a prog fan, so...easily a 5 stars. Awesome vocals, arrangements, musicians at their best.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Perfect

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Who doesn’t love RUSH?!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

this is awesome

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

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.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

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.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

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!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

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

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Absolute classic.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
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.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

I’m a simple man I hear prog-rock, I give five stars

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Rush is undoubtedly one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time and this might be their best album. The musicianship on this album is insane. While Neil Peart is known as one of the greatest drummers of all time, Alex Lifeson’s idiosyncratic guitar lines and Geddy Lee’s piercing voice and acrobatic bass lines complete the package. Rush carved out a very distinct sound and this album proclaims that from the opening of Tom Sawyer to the very end.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

One of my favourite bands of all time, with one of the best Rock records of the 80s. Side A is the perfect album side in my opinion.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

The holy triumvirate can do no wrong

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Here we go galaxy here we go! 👏👏 Slappa da bass, man

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

One of the best albums ever

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

One the classic Rush albums. 7 superb tracks.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

A previous favourite of mine - an absolute classic of the prog genre. Recommend Limelight in particular to anyone

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Out of all the progressive rock giants of the 70s, Rush had perhaps the smoothest and most creatively fruitful transition to the 80s. They may have a slightly more polished sound on Moving Pictures, but they still retain their musical proficiency and intricate lyrics exploring themes like alienation and technology.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

RIP NEIL

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Nothing to say here. Masterpiece.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

This one was killer!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Excellent!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Very unique sound and some bangers on this album

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Great record. I loved it.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

10/10

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

My favorite Rush album. So many great songs. Neil Peart is ridiculous. So many awesome rhythms on this album. One of my favorite of all time.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I Love You Man

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

5 baybee

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

8/10

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Slappa da' bass man.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

SENSACIONAL

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Fri Dec 25 2020
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I liked it but i felt it was uneven.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Tom Sawyer, YYZ, and Limelight are solid tracks

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Great album, i would probably put a 4.5 if I could, but I guess it'll be 4 for them today

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

I had a writing professor that made us watch a 13-minute video of a Rush song performed live.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Wow, I can't believe I hadn't listened through this yet! So inventive, fun to listen to, and well-produced. Way to go!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Very good use of instrument effects and ambient sounds.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Very good prog rock album however Tom Sawyer is the de facto hit song from it overshadowing everything else.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

i’d say it was enjoyable

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Classic, always loved by dad

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

*air drum solo*

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

It’s Rush! Not my favorite album by them, but is quite good.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I used to not like this because it wasn't weird enough. We all have regrets sometimes

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Good classic rock

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Love this record. Back half drops off a little bit.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

A revered prog rock album with complex arrangements/performances from each member. 8/10, the lyrics are a bit stinky.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

The drums hit hard, love the musicality. Voice doesn't do it for me but they are still so good despite.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

if its progressive, me like

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Really enjoyed it! Need to listen more tk them 🤘🏻

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

I thought it was alright.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Not bad

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Classic album and still sounds good today. One of my favorites as a kid!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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...

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Pretty good prog. Listenable with some well known hits. 3.75 out 5 rounded up to 4*

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Wed Mar 31 2021
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.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

I really should listen to more Rush. Great power trio. Neil Peart was a “fuck you” drummer.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

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!

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Tue May 11 2021
4

YYZ - Na das ist doch ne fette Bassline

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Idk know if this is technically classic rock, but thats what it is in my head. Very fun

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Mon May 17 2021
4

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.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

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.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

"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.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Stabil

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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.

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