Texas King, on 12 January 2018 - 02:01 PM, said:
Forget the time when PeW has been recorded or when it has been released.
Musically speaking, does the material on this album sound to you like the 70's or the 80's?
I say: 80's all the way!
I think the only song on it that definitely sounds like an 80s song is TSOR.
Parts of Natural Science sound 80s-ish, but at the same time, Tide Pools, with the acoustic guitar and lines like "Each microcosmic planet a complete society" might easily be presumed by one unfamiliar with Rush to have been recorded in the late 60s.
It definitely does not sound as "70s-ish" as AFTK or Hemispheres.
I think its sound reflects the time it was recorded and released; the turn of a decade.
Music changes over time for many reasons (musicians' interests, influences, and abilities change, the technology associated with album production changes, etc). But they don't change on a dime at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve on the last day of the last year of a decade.
However "the sound of music" changes slowly enough that it tends to be similar enough overall over the span of a decade that in retrospect we can associate a particular sound roughly with a particular decade.
Take the 60s for example. When most people think of what 60s music sounds like, they think of things like acoustic guitar, organs, and psychedelic sonics. But what we think of as "the sound of the 60s" is really the sound of the mid 60s to early 70s.
The sound of any given decade tends to begin incrementally in the latter years of one decade and become clearly identifiable -in retrospect at least - by around the mid point of the following decade.
Some elements of "the 80s sound" were already firmly in place in the late 70s, and elements of "the 70s sound" lingered on into the early 80s.
PeW was recorded in the late fall of 1979 and released on January 14 of 1980 and it sounds pretty much what you would expect of an album recorded in late '79.
Music knows no calendar; "the 80s", so far as the "sound of the 80s" is concerned, came into being by degrees in the late 70s even as "the sound of the 70s" didn't die at midnight of December 31, 1979, but died by degrees as the new decade progressed.
PeW is very much a "turn of the decade" affair.
I don't think the 80s were in full bloom for Rush until Signals.
Edited by rftag, 12 January 2018 - 07:02 PM.