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Poll: What do you think is the best song from this album? (1059 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you think is the best song from this album?

  1. Show Don't Tell (146 votes [13.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.77%

  2. Chain Lightning (66 votes [6.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.23%

  3. The Pass (390 votes [36.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.79%

  4. War Paint (33 votes [3.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.11%

  5. Scars (44 votes [4.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.15%

  6. Presto (101 votes [9.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.53%

  7. Superconductor (51 votes [4.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.81%

  8. Anagram (For Mongo) (26 votes [2.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.45%

  9. Red Tide (44 votes [4.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.15%

  10. Hand Over Fist (27 votes [2.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.55%

  11. Available Light (132 votes [12.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.45%

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#61 physics23

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 11:27 AM

"Available Light."
Such a beautiful, ethereal, and evocative song.
It transports, inspires, soothes and heartens.
A song to close your eyes and surrender to, let it penetrate and heal.
The world is so beautiful, and life so intense.
Someone once wrote about Leonardo DaVinci's writings something like,
"What becomes apparent in reading these texts is DaVinci's realization of the impossibility of the task of capturing the intensity of life in words."
"Available Light" is an enjoinment to go outside and sense the world.
To feel life. Pure, unmediated, overwhelming life.

Run with wind and weather
To the music of the sea
All four winds together
Can't bring the world to me...


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Posted 22 April 2005 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE (RushRevisited @ Aug 23 2004, 10:48 PM)
What do you think is the best song from this album?

[FONT=Geneva][SIZE=7][COLOR=red] scared.gif This song hit me in a reality sort of way.. while the Pass in an emotional song second for me here the tides intro and groove hit me the first time I heard it.. hit me hard.. one of me fave geddy keyboard licks!

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 05:01 PM

The Pass.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 06:41 PM

It was only a couple of years ago when, upon listening to "Anagram," it suddenly dawned on me what Peart was doing with the words in that song. It was like discovering a new dimension, like solving an ancient riddle. I wonder if it was only I that caught on so late.
There's just one issue I have not been able to resolve. In that verse,

He and she are in the house
But there's only me at home


there seems to be a mistake. Is that not so?

Edited by physics23, 27 April 2005 - 06:43 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2005 - 12:55 AM

Show Don't Tell

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 01:56 AM

I was able to find the exact quote about Da Vinci. It's by Mary Zimmerman, and Google keeps a cached copy of the page here.

What becomes apparent after some time with these texts is that Leonardo himself was aware of the impossibility of his task: experience and nature are infinitely more rich and varied than the descriptive abilities of both the scientist and the artist; in the end, there remains only the impenetrable mystery of the spirit of life itself.

Edited by physics23, 28 April 2005 - 01:56 AM.


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Posted 05 May 2005 - 05:11 PM

Scars.  Presto is not one of my fave Rush cds.  It took me forever to be able to groove to it.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 10:54 PM

The Pass is not only an awesome song but an experience......Very moving....it gets me emotional...geesh!

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 11:29 AM

I just love the groove of Superconductor

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Posted 21 May 2005 - 02:59 PM

I like war paint off this album. After that, available light is interesting.

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Posted 21 May 2005 - 07:26 PM

That's a tough one, I like them all but I would have to go with Presto!!! There is just something about it especially the ending of the song it is so emotional, very moving.

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 03:44 PM

i would have to say that no song on this album deserves the best song award.  for me this album was always very catchy, but marked a serious downward turn lyrics-wise for rush.  a very listenable album, but nothing on it really stands out for me, and it was by far the weakest album they'd ever made up until that point for me... little did i know that test for echo and vapor trails would come along and make presto seem like a shining achievement by comparsion...

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 11:58 PM

I am suprised that Scars wasnt higher in the votes. I relate to that song very much since I had some scars in my past. I relate to the quote "each emotional injury really leaves behind its mark, sometimes they come tumbling out like shadows in the dark". Not to mention how awesome the African beat is. It's very different, yet appropriate.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 05:28 AM

Never really like this album mad.gif
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but it is smile.gif  

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 10:25 PM


Without a doubt, their best record since MP.  "Show Don't Tell".  Next...

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 07:32 PM

I picked "The Pass" but really love "Scars" for a variety of reasons, mostly from the guitarist in me. Some may not may not realize it, but there are NO keyboards in that song (except for the songs bass line riff played using a Wal bass sample on a sequencer). It's all Alex being his "atmospheric" and textural" best. Gives me goosebumps hearing certain notes he plays on that song.

one observation:

l absolutely loved the album up to and including the song "Presto." After that, the album seemed to take on a very different vibe, like it's a different group playing but with the same instruments. I believe that may have come from the  direction of Rubert Hine, their then producer.  I still appreciate the message in the songs that follow, but it was weird backin '89-90 hearing the album all the way through in one sitting the 1st few times....anyone else notice that? unsure.gif

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (physics23 @ Apr 27 2005, 06:41 PM)
It was only a couple of years ago when, upon listening to "Anagram," it suddenly dawned on me what Peart was doing with the words in that song. It was like discovering a new dimension, like solving an ancient riddle. I wonder if it was only I that caught on so late.
There's just one issue I have not been able to resolve. In that verse,

He and she are in the house
But there's only me at home


there seems to be a mistake. Is that not so?


He and she are in the house
But there's only me at home

"He" and "She" are both in the word "house",

"Me" is in the word "home."

The "double anagram" is the fact that Neil uses the topic of homes and houses the extract yet a deeper meaning on unrelated topics. He does extensively in this song, re-read and try to NOTICE  the "double anagram" as each line relates to what really doesnt seem to be related at first...It's an amazingly well written song full of great verbal gymanastics. biggrin.gif

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:37 PM

Honestly, the best song from Presto is more than likely The Pass, but there are some other pretty good ones... Available Light is pretty good, my mom likes that one.  comp26.gif internet's been off for ages!!!

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 07:07 PM

I just got this album. I think it replaces HYF as my second favorite. As for my favorite song, I went with The Pass, as it is very moving.

"All of us get lost in the darkness
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars
All of us do time in the gutter
Dreamers turn to look at the cars"


I love those lines. There are plenty of other great tracks on this album as well.

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Posted 12 July 2005 - 12:11 AM

I chose The Pass, but my heart tugged at War Paint and Chain Lightning.  In the end, The Pass is just the best.  



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