never could get into it.
And I feel Hold Your Fire is criminally underrated in Rush fandom circles.
Grace Under Pressure was a polarizing release as well. I remember all the older school Rush fans praying for a return to Moving Pictures or before that....and bam Grace Under Pressure comes out and that wonderful Bar-Mitzvah photo on the back of the album jacket with Geddy's mullet in all it's glory hit the shelves. Afterimage was released as a single as well. Old school Rush fans were headed for the exits, while I basked in this albums brilliance. I love the cold feel of this album. It just has a cold war 80's dread to it's vibe.
I really love this record more and more as I grow older.
here's a secret. HYF is my fav Rush album. i love it.
Such a great album. A soaring production achievement. To think they could sound like this just 6 short years after Moving Pictures and 10 years after Hemispheres. As a musician I was astounded by the production on this record. And while I know Alex was getting a little frustrated that the guitars were being melded with the Geddy's keyboards, some of his most brilliant guitar work came on this album. Force 10, Open Secrets, Mission, Turn The Page.....damn. Such great texture and some snapping solo's. Alex sure made his misery during this phase of the band sound amazing. They took the keyboard/synth thing as far as they could and this album was a wonderful culmination and end of an era for the band.
This is why Rush is so interesting. Their "Different Stages" of the band is just so great to listen to over and over and over. That is the definition of progressive rock and why they are the true Godfathers of progressive rock. Their entire catalog epitomizes what a progressive band is supposed to do. Stretch their sonic landscapes and push through walls.
You know what really upsets me?
they only played Prime Mover once. And that was on the HYF tour.
that song smoked live. wish that have pulled it out at least once more.