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Grace Under Pressure


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With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the ... Read more in Amazon's Rush Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anthem
  • ASIN: B00005CCJY
  • 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: 655,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Distant Early Warning
2. Afterimage
3. Red Sector A
4. The Enemy Within
5. The Body Electric
6. Kid Gloves
7. Red Lenses
8. Between The Wheels

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr Frazer Anderson on 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 By M. J. Haigh on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Livitt on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hatton on 2 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
The first Rush album I got was Moving Pictures, because it had been recommended to me by loads of people. And yeah, it was good, but it never really... hooked me.. I never got into it. I'd almost given up Rush (and indeed, all prog rock) as a lost cause. But then someone else recommended Grace Under Pressure to me, and, after looking at its incredible cover art, I decided to give Rush one last try.
I'm glad to say this album rocketed Rush up to being one of my favourite bands, and I now own every pre-1990s album by them.
This album is full of great moments, but my absolute favourite remains to be Red Sector A. "I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gates! Are the liberators here? Do I hope or do I fear?" Incredible. Then the choruses of The Enemy Within and Distant Early Warning are both bloody incredible too. Well, every song on here is incredible! It's full of life and passion, something not every band has.

If you want a catchy album, full of great lyrics, vocal lines and guitar melodies, then get this (or Images and Words by Dream Theater). If you are new to Rush's sound, and want an album to get you into them, no better album to start than here. Or if you already have some of Rush's music and want more, well, get this next!

The only question you need to ask yourself before you buy this album is this:
Do you own it already?
If the answer is no, you are the perfect person to buy this album.
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