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GRACE UNDER PRESSURE LP (VINYL) UK VERTIGO 1984

Rush Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: VERTIGO
  • ASIN: B0045ZG14A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, moving and exhilarating record 23 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
After the success of "Permanent Waves", Rush were on a roll. "Moving Pictures" consolidated their hold. And then came "Signals". Although - like every Rush album - there are some whose favourite it was, for me it represented a loss of form, a loss of momentum, a loss of... Rushness. Too much synthesiser, too much lyrical vagueness, not enough bite. They went away and thought about things for a while. Rumour has it that Lifeson almost left because he felt his guitar contribution was becoming marginal - just like The Edge almost left U2 circa "Pop". Then, just as U2 came back with "All That You Can't Leave Behind", Rush returned to guitar-driven rock music with this album - and what a blinder they played!
This record is awash with great rock songs - Distant Early Warning, Kid Gloves, The Body Electric - but its core is two songs in a row on side 1. One, Red Sector A, is a futuristic song about a death camp, the closest Rush have ever come to discussing what happened to some of Lee and Lifeson's family in Nazi Germany. The other, The Enemy Within, is a defiant call-to-arms: each individual must make their own destiny, not "give in to security under pressure". Consecutively, these songs tell each and every one of us to live for now and make the future - not to forget the past, but not to let it cripple us either. This is where Rush achieve their clearest statement of a philosophy which has been their core message all along.
On one perfectly valid level, this is "just" a great rock album. On another, this is a rich and valid statement of how to live your life, whatever happens.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece with many meanings 20 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out, the doomy, portentous tracks "Distant Early Warning" and "Between the Wheels" chimed with my adolescent angst about nuclear war, the decline of western civilisation, my inability to get laid, etc. etc., but as Bart Simpson once said, "making teens depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel." On re-listening 20+ years later, the stand-out tracks for me now are the playful, ironic "Red lenses" (satirizing cold war paranoia) and "The body electric" (using an hilarious story about an escaped robot to explore the dehumanizing effects of technology.) There's an attractive sense of self-perspective at work here - very, very clever stuff. This is definitely not just another heavy rock holocaust record. It's not even heavy rock, not by modern standards. The remastered sound is crystal clear - I don't remember my vinyl copy sounding this good, it really showcases Rush at their peak as individual musicians. Although I'm personally a fan of the dense, layered, grungey sound of their more recent output, if you're new to Rush there's no better place to start than here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return to form 19 Nov 2005
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Format:Audio CD
After the synth-wash that was Signals, this is a breath of fresh air. Nicely guitar-driven, this album has many good songs and shows influences from U2, The Police and Tears for Fears. Great musicianship all round - check out the funky fills at the end of "I See Red". Great stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I used to hate this album - now I love it 4 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to this album, I was appalled. I was (and of course still am) a massive Rush fan and after being blown away by their prog 70s work and the superb imagination shown in their early 80s work thus far, this felt like a huge let down.

It all sounded so samey - no variety, imagination. Just not Rush.

But over the years it has grown on me and I now really love it.

Grace Under Pressure shows why (unlike so many other bands of their ilk) they have been able to thrive during this period.

They were prepared to adapt and innovate and be original. But unlike other bands which tried to copy a style without understanding it, Rush adapted it to suit their own. The result - they have rarely put a foot wrong in 35 years.

This was a true ground breaker. Distant Early Warning, Red Sector A, The Enemy Within, Kid Gloves, Between the Wheels.

All are superb efforts. Matching lyrics with tunes so well.

And as on their best albums, there is a sense of mood created to suit the music.

Here it is the grim, dooomladen and somewhat stark reality of life in the Cold War world of the early to mid 80s.

As so often, I found I had got it wrong. This was a superb album. I have now caught up and recognise it as such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rush album I've heard....so far 24 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm so glad I've finally discovered this album - only 27 years after its release. I was familar with much of Rush's 70s prog output - liked it, but didn't love it. Same goes for Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. But I've bought nothing since (other than the In Rio DVD, which I only watched once). Looks like I've been missing out big time if this album is anything to go by. GoP contains 8 tracks of a uniformly high standard and sounds incredibly fresh and not at all dated. For me there are 4 stand-out tracks. Distant Early Warning, Red Sector A and Afterimage are truly excellent....and then there's Between the Wheels, which is something rather special. The sense of release and joy when the chorus kicks in is totally overwhelming. What to buy next? Signals, Power Windows? Perhaps I should just just Roll the Bones. Looking forward to my Rush voyage of discovery over the coming months.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rush - Grace Under Pressure
Listening to this CD the first few times, I liked it but did not find anything too interesting. However, paying more attention you can discover the best quality and featured songs... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Josť Henrique
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Under Pressure
Arrived 2 days early!! Remasted, Well pleased with disc. Although I have many Live DVD and CD's of Rush this is missing from my collection. Excellent!!
Published 2 months ago by Paul Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars what was expected
What was expected. Prompt delivery. Anyone who likes to listen to this kind of music will love it. Chose rating because its what I expected
Published 3 months ago by Viki B
4.0 out of 5 stars Rush still on form
Another great Rush album although, for me, not as strong as 'Signals'. 'Distant Early Warning', 'Afterimage' and 'Red Sector A' are 3 great examples of Rush at their powerful... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it great buy
Loved it great buy music good brought back good times five star would recommend it to a friend liked the album
Published 11 months ago by George Inch
3.0 out of 5 stars Goes Flat
Do you like Grace?
Do you like Pressure?
Do you like Under Inflated?

Hmmmmmmmmm p/g.
What to make of this? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
It took a long time to get around to replacing my vinyl copy but it was worth it. Looking forward to concert in May!
Published 15 months ago by Philip Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds as good as ever!
Many fans of Rush don't like this era of the band, yes its very keyboard biased, but I love the way the guys take influences from the world of music and mould them into the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ponytails are us!
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh you little beauty!
Another of what I like to think of as wandering albums from Rush, no real theme or core just cracking songs throughout. Read more
Published 24 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Graceful
I think Graceful is a good way to describe this album its got a sort of glossy sound to the album and I like it the emphasise seems to have been altered to focus on the guitar more... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Cubby Kovu
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