Rush
Moving Pictures


4.5
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Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
August 20th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic and profitable album amongst a multitude of Rush recordings

1981’s Moving Pictures followed an established formula (see previous outing Permanent Waves) that allowed the band to break into the mainstream and receive a decent level of radio-play. This success would come to a climax on Moving Pictures, as it would be come Rush’s best selling album in the United States, moving on to become their overall most popular recording. The disc spawned several radio favourites, with “Tom Sawyer” leading the pack, and “Red Barchetta” and “Limelight” following. Like many of the band’s other recordings in the time-period (virtually releasing an album a year), the album is only forty minutes in length and totals seven tracks.


Moving Pictures’ lead-off track, the fan-favourite “Tom Sawyer” would be Rush’s most popular single, and has come to be a staple for Rush live shows as well as continuing to receive heavy airplay over 25 years after its release. The track itself – composed by the band with lyrics by Neil Peart – tells the tale of a freethinker.

A song inspired by a Ferrari, “Red Barchetta” shares the honour of being a staple in live performances, as well as receiving impressive levels of airplay.

“YYZ” would also become a major part of Rush’s live performance, and along with being a Grammy-nominated instrumental it has become a heavy fan-favourite as well. The title is based off Toronto Pearson Airport’s identification code, and features those letters in Morse code in the song’s opening sequence.

A semi-autobiographical look at the uglier side of being in the spotlight from a performer’s perspective, “Limelight”, like the majority of the tracks on Moving Pictures would be entered into many of the band’s live set-lists. This track also still benefits from radio-play and has become another fan-favourite.
“The Camera Eye” follows suit with feelings of personal isolation on a broader level, while clocking in as the album’s longest track at just under eleven minutes; this makes the track one of Rush’s longest compositions.

“Witch Hunt” is the third part of the ‘Fear’ sequence of songs by Rush. The band released the parts in reverse order with the exception of the fourth, making this the first written and recorded part (though the tracks share no vivid concept, but rather topics associated with the emotion of fear).

Perhaps their first true flirtation with reggae music (a formula repeated on their next album) “Vital Signs” combines this with heavy synthesizer effects; this would be the final single released from the record.


As a whole, the album is a great place for new fans to start, and a favourite place to stop and reminisce for old ones. The accessibility of the record is what led to half of its track-listing to becoming radio hits and fan favourites, working the majority of Moving Pictures permanently into the overall core of Rush.



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PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


I feel bad for you because I see that no one has commented on this yet and it is your first review. What you need to do is leave out some of the points you make about certain songs having a lot of airplay and whatnot. Talk a bit more about how the songs sound so that if someone was listening to this for the first time they would know what you mean. No one really cares about what order songs were written in. The number one thing to keep in mind about a review is to try and make the reader want to buy the album (or not want to buy it).

Altmer
August 20th 2008


5652 Comments

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What you need to do is leave out some of the points you make about certain songs having a lot of airplay and whatnot.


what about the people who have only heard the singles

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


Then talk about the ones that aren't singles and how they differ from the ones that are singles.

Altmer
August 20th 2008


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what if the album's songs pretty much follow the same prog rock formula like on this record except one song is pretty long and one's a wicked instrumentalThis Message Edited On 08.20.08

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


I'm sorry Altmer I don't listen to Rush lol. I'm just trying to help this guy out a bit.

Altmer
August 20th 2008


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what if you learned to give good advice

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


Review needs more Altmer!

Altmer
August 20th 2008


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what if I already wrote a soundoff

what if you would just stop being a shitty user

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


Thank you Altmer. Thank you very much

Crudo
August 20th 2008


31 Comments


yeah seriously paynetiger you're a faggot and need to stop giving faggoty advice so get the fuck out thx

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


You people have some serious problems. Do you really think I care what you think about me?

Altmer
August 20th 2008


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do you really think we care what you write

the only thing we care about is that whatever it is you write, stop doing it

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


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Oh I see, so you are one of THOSE types of users.

Crudo
August 20th 2008


31 Comments


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Crudo
August 20th 2008


31 Comments


kill urself plz

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


Learn to grow up please.

Altmer
August 20th 2008


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no u

learn to grow up

and become strong and tall like us

Crudo
August 20th 2008


31 Comments


im fuckin jolly green giant tall u best learn to learn 2 respect DICKWAD

PayneTiger777
August 20th 2008


4392 Comments


Yeah and judging by your profile you have absolutely nothing on it which means that you shouldn't have a say in anything.

Altmer
August 20th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

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