Rush Go Track By Track For Moving Pictures

05/10/2011
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(Gibson) Perhaps the most celebrated album of Rush's long, illustrious career is 1981's Moving Pictures. Featuring two of the band's top singles, "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight," along with other favorites, such as "Red Barchetta" and the instrumental "YYZ," the album helped cement the group's status as an upper echelon arena act. The group have spotlighted the album on their Time Machine tour, playing it in its entirety to houses packed with multiple generations of Rush fans. And with a newly issued special edition Blu-ray/DVD+CD package, it seems like the perfect time to check in with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to look back on the set.

"We knew they were good songs," Lifeson told MusicRadar.com, who asked the Gibson signature guitarist to reflect on the record track-by-track (highlights below). "Did we think that they'd ever be considered 'standards'? Not at all. All we tried to do was please ourselves."

"Tom Sawyer": "We don't like to think about the album sequence until we're done recording everything, but I think 'Tom' was always going to be the opener. Just the way it starts it had to open the record."

"Red Barchetta": "I remember that we really loved this song, and so the writing of it was very quick. It was born from a jam, which is how a lot of the stuff on Moving Pictures came about. We'd go into the studio in the morning, jam on an idea, and then huddle around a little cassette player to see if we had something." The rest of the songs

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