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Great album, even if it took me some time to warm up to it. For years, I maintained that the greatest change in Rush's music was the transition from Moving Pictures to Signals, and Signals suffered in comparison. But today, "The Weapon," "Analog Kid," "Losing It," and "New World Man" -- even "Countdown"! -- are among my favorite tracks.

 

As for the 40th anniversary release, I'm still on record as believing it will remain a fan's fever dream, despite the release of some expensive sweatshirts!

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Ah go on.... you know you want to! ...... a 40th Anniversary edition.... complete with a full show from the tour .... Ah go on go on go on go on go on!!

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They can stop doing 40th Anniversary releases with full live shows after Grace Under Pressure.  If they want to keep going, fine.  But I only really want Signals and GUP.

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54 minutes ago, Nova Carmina said:

Great album, even if it took me some time to warm up to it. For years, I maintained that the greatest change in Rush's music was the transition from Moving Pictures to Signals, and Signals suffered in comparison. But today, "The Weapon," "Analog Kid," "Losing It," and "New World Man" -- even "Countdown"! -- are among my favorite tracks.

 

As for the 40th anniversary release, I'm still on record as believing it will remain a fan's fever dream, despite the release of some expensive sweatshirts!

I have similar feelings.  It was the beginning of a 5 album slide, but it is still very good and I’ve grown to love most of it.  

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I went many years without listening to Rush.

When I came back to the fold, it was most of Signals that stood out. Especially "The Weapon", with that amazing guitar solo from space, but other tunes too. (I'd never forgotten about Subdivisions.)

I love love love the sound of this record. I know Alex argued about the mix, but I think the integration of keys with guitar is superb. And Neil's patterns are unrivaled -- he plays better here than he does on MP,. 

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Signals is one of the top 2 Rush albums for me. It's excellent.

 

By the way, I'd like to see a Dalmatian emoji on TRF.

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1 hour ago, Turbine Freight said:

Their last great album, it's the cut off point for me. Superb record.

 

I'd go one album further and say Grace Under Pressure.  There is an amazing cohesion to that album.

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12 hours ago, zepphead said:

Ah go on.... you know you want to! ...... a 40th Anniversary edition.... complete with a full show from the tour .... Ah go on go on go on go on go on!!

Go On Father Ted GIF - Go On Father Ted Mrs Doyle - Discover & Share GIFs

I would be ECSTATIC if this happened. Given that a full show from one night has yet to appear on any of these releases, I won't hold my breath.

 

A soundboard from this tour from a date that doesn't circulate would be the best. I will believe it when I see it.

 

I DO wonder if they have something from the La Crosse date, since the touring history book references banter from the show.

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I love this record now but yeah, on the heels of MP, it was a let down. Me and some friends listened to the radio special CHUM would do with a new Rush release. Geddy in the studio, playing the new album track by track and giving us a little background on the recording and each song. After the hour was over, we all were just a little quiet almost like coming back from a Leaf game where we just lost and played like crap. Felt a bit the same way when I went to see the tour - I mean a truncated La Villa/Xanadu medley  and messin' with The Temple of Syrinx lyrics "Plumbers? Pipes? WTF?!? Didn't buy any t-shirts or programs - I was bummed. 

I chuckle at my teenage self now but back then - serious business. Didn't realize it then but they clued us into of what was to come. Vital Signs was the perfect segue into Signals, That song would fit perfectly on that record.

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9 hours ago, 78jazz said:

I would be ECSTATIC if this happened. Given that a full show from one night has yet to appear on any of these releases, I won't hold my breath.

 

A soundboard from this tour from a date that doesn't circulate would be the best. I will believe it when I see it.

 

I DO wonder if they have something from the La Crosse date, since the touring history book references banter from the show.

We have to dream big!

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6 hours ago, taurus said:

I love this record now but yeah, on the heels of MP, it was a let down. Me and some friends listened to the radio special CHUM would do with a new Rush release. Geddy in the studio, playing the new album track by track and giving us a little background on the recording and each song. After the hour was over, we all were just a little quiet almost like coming back from a Leaf game where we just lost and played like crap. Felt a bit the same way when I went to see the tour - I mean a truncated La Villa/Xanadu medley  and messin' with The Temple of Syrinx lyrics "Plumbers? Pipes? WTF?!? Didn't buy any t-shirts or programs - I was bummed. 

I chuckle at my teenage self now but back then - serious business. Didn't realize it then but they clued us into of what was to come. Vital Signs was the perfect segue into Signals, That song would fit perfectly on that record.

I feel the same exact way about Vital Signs.  It could have appeared on Signals and been right at home alongside New World Man and Digital Man.

 

Whether it was intentional or not, it was the perfect segue from Moving Pictures to Signals, and even Grace Under Pressure.

 

It had the heaviness of Moving Pictures.

 

It had the Reggae/Police feel  of Signals.

 

It was dark and ominous like Grace Under Pressure.

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19 hours ago, Maverick said:

 

I'd go one album further and say Grace Under Pressure.  There is an amazing cohesion to that album.

For me , it’s plus one again LOL … as I really rate ️ Power Windows

( ‘76-85 being Peak Rush for me )

 

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23 minutes ago, Alex’s Amazing Arpeggios said:

For me , it’s plus one again LOL … as I really rate ️ Power Windows

( ‘76-85 being Peak Rush for me )

 

'76 - '84 for me.

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