Label: Atlantic - 7567-83736-2,Anthem Records - 7567-83736-2 • Series: The Rush Remasters • Format: CD Album, Remastered, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Prog Rock
Presto is the 13th studio album Hand Over Fist - Rush - Presto Canadian rock band Rush. It was released November 21, by Anthem Records and was the band's first album released internationally by Atlantic Records following the group's departure from Mercury.
After the Hold Your Fire tour ended inthe group members reconvened in December to decide their next step and agreed to take six months off before starting on a new album. Presto marked Like Rats - Godflesh - Streetcleaner change in Rush's sound, with guitar taking a more dominant role in the writing and a reduction in synthesizers and a return towards more guitar-driven arrangements.
Presto reached No. Album Rock Tracks chart. Presto reached gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for sellingcopies. In MayRush wrapped up touring the band's previous album, Hold Your Fire which was followed by the band's third live release A Show of Hands in early Work on Presto began with Rush renting a studio in the country to write and rehearse new material.
They adopted their usual method of Lifeson and Lee working on the music while Peart worked alone on the lyrics. Peart wrote: "At the end of the day I might wander into the studio, ice cubes clinking, and listen to what they'd been up to, and if I'd been lucky, show them something new.
Presto marks the beginning of Rush's return to a more guitar-driven sound from what is known to many as Rush's "synthesizer period" of the band's last four releases. When Lifeson and Lee discussed what musical direction to take, they agreed that the core of the band's sound, emotion, and energy had come from the guitar, something that they wanted to return to for Presto. Neil's lyrics to me are a lot more heartfelt [ I was getting sick and tired of working with computers and synthesizers [ In the end, we couldn't resist using them for colour.
In a contrast to previous albums Grace Under PressurePower Windows and Hold Your Firethe album does not contain an overall running lyrical theme, or what Peart described as "heavy" lyrical messages, instead adopting a more loose approach with each track Hand Over Fist - Rush - Presto its own statement. It doesn't matter if you've been Hand Over Fist - Rush - Presto around the world - you may have seen it, but if you haven't felt it, you haven't been Hand Over Fist - Rush - Presto . After several songs had been worked out, the band felt it was the right time to present what they had to a co-producer.
However, their initial choice, Peter Collinswho'd worked on Power Windows and Hold Your Firereluctantly declined the offer to work on Presto as Noddin Ya Head Blues - Charles Mingus - Three Or Four Shades Of Blue wished to produce other bands.
Though Rush felt confident enough to undertake production duties themselves, they still wanted someone they could trust and to provide an objective point of view to their ideas. Peart recalled the time when they presented their ideas to Hine: The Fields Of Love - Various - DJs Party were a little bemused [ We looked at each George Crumb - Music For A Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), eyebrows raised as if to say: "He thinks our songs are funny?
Tayler as the recording and mixing engineer. The sessions with Rush and Hine together were productive; initially, 10 days were assigned for pre-production work with one track for each day, but it was complete after just one-and-a-half days. The album's title was an idea that Rush had considered to use for A Show of Handsbut when Peart had started writing for a song entitled "Presto" it was then used as the title.
Presto was recorded from June to August When the album was complete, Rush sought a new record deal and signed to Atlantic Records after executive Doug Morris had wanted to sign the group for a number of years and made an attractive offer.
The pattern was derived from a tribal Hand Over Fist - Rush - Presto Neil Peart experienced while on a bicycle tour of Africa later chronicled in his first book, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa. He went on to incorporate this pattern into his live drum solos. The song also features the use of a sequencer in place of, and often mistaken for, a bass guitar. Title track "Presto" was not performed live until for the Time Machine Tour.
Lifeson said the song is about "feeling more active in your heart than in your head, not having the answers to problems. That topic also appears in other songs such as "Grand Designs" from the Power Windows album. In "Anagram for Mongo ," every line contains one or more words that are formed by using letters in another word from that same line e. Its title was inspired by the character Mongo from Blazing Saddles.
The album's sleeve was designed by Rush's longtime collaborator Hugh Syme : a black-and-white design depicting a levitating magician's hat on a hill with a rabbit emerging from it. The field in the foreground has many rabbits. Lifeson recalled the moment when they saw the design they went with: "We all started laughing hysterically, 'This is great, it's perfect! Gregory Heaney of AllMusic described the album as 'workmanlike' and removed from the creativity of their earlier works.
However, he asserts that the songs aren't terrible, just a sense that something is not quite clicking, perhaps due to the length of time it had been since the band wrote more-traditional, guitar-based songs. Wilson described the album as one that "intelligently leads Rush into the '90s without musical bleakness". Credits taken from the album's CD liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pop rock  hard rock  progressive rock . Rush Rupert Hine.
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