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Review from Amazon.com.
The 1981 release of "Moving Pictures" was the culmination of Rush's efforts at achieving the perfect blend of hard-edged progressive rock with high concept. The remastered disk presents a highly listenable collection of songs that remain fresh some twenty years later. This disk also sees Geddy Lee's continuing emergence as frontman with brilliant bass guitar, more synths than previous outings, and more restrained vocals.
Focusing primarily shorter songs, between 4 and 6 minutes, this was a leaner and meaner Rush and all the better. The lone epic, "The Camera Eye" at 10:58, was to be their last, and even this song stands well today with its melodic structure, lyrical imagery and well-balanced instrumentation.
1. Tom Sawyer. Opening with some trippy moogs sounds a la "2112", our first glimpse at Neal Peart's continually evolving lyricism brings us a look at a modern boy anti-hero. "Though his mind is not for rent, don't put him down as arrogant..." gives the impression of the struggle against the status quo. Be an individual. Great trading riff on the instrumental between Lifeson and Lee, and some nifty time changes by the band that keep drummers counting. 5 stars.
2. Red Barchetta. A foray into a Orwellian future where cars are banned and one man commits a weekly crime by taking joy rides in the country, or is it just a dream? Nice images. Excellent building from the guitar harmonics at the beginning to the melodic bass during the fadeout. 5 stars.
3. YYZ. It was years before I learned that YYZ was the airport code for Toronto, the band's hometown. How appropriate. This instrumental is much more cohesive than "La Villa Strangiato", with a rock meets funk meets fusion blend. Nice work by all three players and awesome drumming by the Professor. 4 stars.
4. Limelight. An instantly recognizable guitar riff and Peart's lyrics admonition against getting caught up in wanting to be famous. "Living in the limelight, the universal dream, for those who wish to seem, those who wish to be, must put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme." Live your life and don't get caught up with the lives of actors and musicians. 5 stars.
5. The Camera Eye. This longer piece has two parts, one evoking a more modern era in New York, the other an older period in Westminster. Great lyrical imagery with "an angular mass of New Yorkers" and "they seem oblivious, to a soft spring rain, life an English rain, so light, yet endless, from a leaden sky."
Lifeson's guitar work shines here. 4 stars.
6. Witch Hunt (part III of 'Fear'). This piece has a very ominous energy, with the mob sounds and dark-sounding guitar build. Again, excellent imagery of the right-leaning vigilante group and allegories of those who "must rise and save us, from ourselves." Plus, the title indicates a foreshadowing of future additions to form a larger whole. 4 stars.
7. Vital Signs. This song gets a bum rap, but it's also an experiment that foretells some of Rush's experimentation with their next two recordings, "Signals," and "Grace Under Pressure" with the "white reggae" sound similar to the Police. I like the choppy guitar part, finger excercising bassline and especially the drum and snare work by Peart. 4 stars