Moving Pictures – Rush (1981)
Moving Pictures is Rush’s most popular and commercially successful album to date. It best represents a period of the band and it may even be their best album. It sold over four million copies and hit #3 in the U.S.
The band was at the top of their game. It uses the formula of the previous release, Permanent Waves, of radio friendly music but still retaining a progressive edge. This balance worked well and the songs became highly listenable and accessible. I always recommend this album for those that are not big fans of progressive rock. In fact, the music on this album is borderline progressive and crosses over mainstream sometimes.
Like all releases from Rush, the music here is intelligent and entertaining. The first four songs are the radio standards and also more immediate: Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ and Limelight. The other three songs are the kind that get better and better every time I listen to them. That happens a lot to me when listening to progressive rock music.
A little trivia, the beginning melody on the song YYZ spells its title in Morse code.
Rush’s old catalog has been remastered in 1997 so it’s the way to go. The original cd pressing is missing the first beat of Tom Sawyer by mistake. Always go for the remasters!
The band just recently announced that they will play this album in its entirety on their next tour. This is truly a great album. If you have the slightest interest in the band you can’t miss this one!
5 out of 5 stars.