Rush – Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures became the band’s biggest selling album in the U.S., rising to #3 on the Billboard charts. It remains Rush’s most popular and commercially successful studio recording. Rush’s complex songwriting and musical virtuosity reached new heights on this album.
Recorded and mixed from October to November 1980 at Le Studio, Moving Pictures followed a more radio-friendly format and includes several signature tracks, including “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” “Red Barchetta,” and the band’s highly praised instrumental, “YYZ,” which is the IATA airport identification code of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The album cover is a monument to triple entendre. Movers are physically moving pictures, people are crying because the pictures passing by are emotionally “moving,” and the back cover depicts a film crew making a “moving picture” of the whole scene.
Not only is 1981’s Moving Pictures Rush’s best album, it is undeniably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. The new wave meets hard rock approach of Permanent Waves is honed to perfection — all seven of the tracks are classics. While other hard rock bands at the time experimented unsuccessfully with other musical styles, Rush were one of the few to successfully cross over…Rush proved with Moving Pictures that there was still uncharted territory to explore within the hard rock format, and were rewarded with their most enduring and popular album. –Greg Prato
Rush – Moving Pictures Tracklist
1. “Tom Sawyer” 0:0
2. “Red Barchetta” 04:34
3. “YYZ” 10:44
4. “Limelight” 15:10
5. “The Camera Eye” 19:30
6. “Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear)” 30:29
7. “Vital Signs” 35:14
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