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#1 Lorraine

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

Does anyone here remember their first reaction to the album when it came out?

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:35 PM

I think Geddy sounds great on the album.

And I like that synth-y sound.

Edited by Lorraine, 22 November 2017 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:36 PM

Bad, thin-sounding production with drums that sound like tin cans and tupperware.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:37 PM

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

I do. I was in the 11th grade and it was my first Rush album because it had just come out. I had a friend at school who got me into the band and he made me a mix tape (remember those?) that focused mostly on their hits and their 74-82 period. So when I got Presto I was shocked. Sounded nothing like what I expected. I thought, Wow! These guys mellowed way out! I liked Show Don't Tell, The Pass, Presto and Superconductor, but it took me a loooong time to begin the process of appreciating the album more. I think it took really listening to them in chronological order - which happened shortly thereafter when Chronicles made a timely appearance - and then I started to get it. BUT ... I still thought, Their better days are behind them... They are old and soft now. Then RtB came out and my heart sank more. But then CP appeared and it was like, Hey! They rediscovered their balls! :laughing guy:

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:41 PM

From another thread:

I remember buying it the day it came out. Ran to my dorm room. Put it in the cd and rocked out approvingly to Show Don’t Tell...and then sat there speechless as the crap started to ooze out of the CD player. Mostly awful songs. Awful production. Awful album. It still stings a little how much this album disappoints me.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:43 PM

View Posttheredtamasrule, on 22 November 2017 - 04:41 PM, said:

From another thread:

I remember buying it the day it came out. Ran to my dorm room. Put it in the cd and rocked out approvingly to Show Don’t Tell...and then sat there speechless as the crap started to ooze out of the CD player. Mostly awful songs. Awful production. Awful album. It still stings a little how much this album disappoints me.
Haven't you come to appreciate any of it after all this time?

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:49 PM

I think it was supposed to be the "guitar comeback" album after the synth era albums. Alex did reintroduce prominent acoustic guitar parts so that was an interesting aspect.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:50 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 04:49 PM, said:

I think it was supposed to be the "guitar comeback" album after the synth era albums. Alex did reintroduce prominent acoustic guitar parts so that was an interesting aspect.
Alex's guitar on The Pass is some of his most emotional.

It's really not that bad of an album.  I even like War Paint now and I didn't before.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:51 PM

View PostLorraine, on 22 November 2017 - 04:50 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 04:49 PM, said:

I think it was supposed to be the "guitar comeback" album after the synth era albums. Alex did reintroduce prominent acoustic guitar parts so that was an interesting aspect.
Alex's guitar on The Pass is some of his most emotional.

It's really not that bad of an album.  I even like War Paint now and I didn't before.
There's some good songs but some real stinkers as well.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:57 PM

My first reaction upon hearing the album:   Skipping through the songs after the first 30 seconds of waiting for something interesting

My first reaction after hearing the first 30 seconds of each song?    I'm never buying another Rush album ever.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:08 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

My first reaction upon hearing the album:   Skipping through the songs after the first 30 seconds of waiting for something interesting

My first reaction after hearing the first 30 seconds of each song? I'm never buying another Rush album ever.
Did you buy another one after that?

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:13 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 05:08 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

My first reaction upon hearing the album:   Skipping through the songs after the first 30 seconds of waiting for something interesting

My first reaction after hearing the first 30 seconds of each song? I'm never buying another Rush album ever.
Did you buy another one after that?
I think CA was the first studio album I bought after Presto.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:14 PM

View PostLorraine, on 22 November 2017 - 04:34 PM, said:

Does anyone here remember their first reaction to the album when it came out?
Not really. I just remember really dig it. GUP was jarring to me, nothing I expected after PeW, MP, and Signals. Power Windows smoothed things out, I dug the sound. Then the HYF follow up. So Presto is just what I wanted, I had matured becoming a man. No longer living off the meat of Heavy Metal.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:18 PM

View PostJohnRogers, on 22 November 2017 - 05:14 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 22 November 2017 - 04:34 PM, said:

Does anyone here remember their first reaction to the album when it came out?
Not really. I just remember really dig it. GUP was jarring to me, nothing I expected after PeW, MP, and Signals. Power Windows smoothed things out, I dug the sound. Then the HYF follow up. So Presto is just what I wanted, I had matured becoming a man. No longer living off the meat of Heavy Metal.
Are you serious or are you pulling my leg?  It's hard to tell with you.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:19 PM

View PostLorraine, on 22 November 2017 - 05:18 PM, said:

View PostJohnRogers, on 22 November 2017 - 05:14 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 22 November 2017 - 04:34 PM, said:

Does anyone here remember their first reaction to the album when it came out?
Not really. I just remember really dig it. GUP was jarring to me, nothing I expected after PeW, MP, and Signals. Power Windows smoothed things out, I dug the sound. Then the HYF follow up. So Presto is just what I wanted, I had matured becoming a man. No longer living off the meat of Heavy Metal.
Are you serious or are you pulling my leg?  It's hard to tell with you.
Totes literally serious.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:29 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 05:08 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

My first reaction upon hearing the album:   Skipping through the songs after the first 30 seconds of waiting for something interesting

My first reaction after hearing the first 30 seconds of each song? I'm never buying another Rush album ever.
Did you buy another one after that?
I think CA was the first studio album I bought after Presto.
Don't you think you're missing out on not hearing Roll the Bones and Snakes & Arrows? :16ton:

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

I bought Presto when it first came out and I distinctly remember saying out loud during the first listen...

"What the f#%@ happened to my favourite band?"

I remember thinking, it's ok, but not digging it and thinking it was time for them to throw in the towel.

I'm happy they didn't, of course.

Over the years, the album has grown on me a bit.

I quite like the Audio Fidelity & SHM versions.

It just goes to show, a weak album by Rush is still better than a strong album by most bands.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:39 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 05:29 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 22 November 2017 - 05:08 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 22 November 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

My first reaction upon hearing the album:   Skipping through the songs after the first 30 seconds of waiting for something interesting

My first reaction after hearing the first 30 seconds of each song? I'm never buying another Rush album ever.
Did you buy another one after that?
I think CA was the first studio album I bought after Presto.
Don't you think you're missing out on not hearing Roll the Bones and Snakes & Arrows? :16ton:
Oh yeah, I did buy RTB after I heard Dreamline on the radio.    After that, it was CA.

I was also disappointed in RTB and learned my lesson there (though Dreamline is a great song, IMO).

S&A is as bad as Presto; even though Far Cry is better than anything on Presto, the dirgelike nature and preachy lyrics on S&A drags it down to Presto levels.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:42 PM

I was a bit underwhelmed tbh. It seemed to lack the usual Rush ooomph factor, even compared to HYF which I was heavily into at the time.  I grew to love a few of its songs in time but it's still in the bottom half for me...





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