Hold Your Fire
 
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Hold Your Fire

15 Sep 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 6 May 1997
  • Release Date: 6 May 1997
  • Label: Mercury Records Limited
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group Inc.
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  • Total Length: 50:24
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  • ASIN: B001KEJOUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Young on 29 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Hold Your Fire (or 'The Red Album' as I have fondly come to think of it over the years) is a rich, exciting record that, to a certain extent at least, finalised the experimental synthesizer period of Rush's career, in that the keyboards were used as a multi-layered textural device that was now a huge part of the Rush sound, although they had been using synthesizers as early as their classic 2112 album. Whilst it may not be as well produced as the exquisite Power Windows, this album holds some of their finest work - Time Stand Still, Prime Mover, Open Secrets and Mission. And yet, it is worth mentioning that there is not a single bad track to be found on Hold Your Fire, it is a very complete sounding piece of work. Some of it is uniquely experimental, the gentle sophistication of Tai Shan for instance, whilst the closing track sounds vast, exotic, almost overwhelming, the ancient yearnings of deep memory that reside in our primeval instinct to be found within the oceanic, High Water.

There is some room for improvement within the sharp and 'thin' production treatment given, unlike the huge and full bodied sound of Power Windows (a personal favourite of mine) however, there is no denying the quality of the songs. It is probably best listened to on vinyl, for a richer, warmer, more 'red' sound, although the remaster can sound quite pristine on a decent sound system, add a touch of extra bass for punch if you have tone controls on your amplifier.

Neil Peart displays a somewhat more open and personal approach to the lyrics than usual (at least at this point in his writing career...) on songs that deal primarily with emotion, power and also with the passage of time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Morgan on 26 Nov 2012
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I have been a major fan of this band since I can remember. My cousin brought 2112 home when I was like 10 years old or something and I was hooked. Unlike many bands they embraced the whole MIDI/synthesis/sequencing vibe of the 80s and made it an integral part of the RUSH vibe. They are the masters of taking styles, genres and technologies and making them RUSH - perhaps they are BORG after all and if that's the case then fine, assimilate me guys!

This album... is one of my favourites if not indeed my favourite. It certainly includes several of my favourite RUSH songs of which MISSION is a work of pure and unadulterated genius.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Burness on 28 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love mid-eighties period Rush! I have returned to this album again and again since its release in 1987 and it still sets my soul on fire. The music and lyrics are intelligent, passionate and full of enthusiasm and wonder for life. Every track oozes with the quality musicianship that this band has been associated with at all stages of their career. Fantastically inspirational.

Three stunning musicians with open minds, open hearts, a ton of awareness, expressing dynamic creativity of the highest order. Great songs, great eighties production with just the right sprinkling of accomplished guitar solos and atmospheric keyboards. The lyrics are deeply personal, socially aware, and often highly emotional. And they were obviously enjoying themselves!

By this album Rush had taken a more melodic approach and added keyboards to their earlier Zeppelinesque metal sound, apparently losing many fans in the process. For me "Hold Your Fire" is the best of their excellent eighties albums that have stood the test of time. "Power Windows" is also superb, but "Hold Your Fire" is a bit sharper.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrews Voice on 24 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that got me into Rush. When I first heard it as a newbie drummer and musician it blew me away. This is the epitome of the bass and drums working together in the most groovy and funky way that any rush album has ever had before or since. Time stands still being my favorite song lyrically, especially having just turned 30 it has special meaning. This is easily the most user friendly Rush album but musically and technically astounding at the same time. This rates as one of my favorite albums of all time. A true masterpiece!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
Apart from the first three tracks this is possibly the most unremarkable Rush album,even Alex Lifeson rates it poorly.This is an album driven by a band trapped in their 80's phase,each album now becoming interchangeable with the one before,identity lost,previous albums stood on their own,again marvel at the musicianship,pine for the lost soul of the band

Opening with 'Force Ten' the album starts well,a great track that would show up well in the live arena,followed by the albums best track namely 'Time Stand Still' with gorgeous vocals from Aimee Mann,wish they had utilised her more,her vocals would have suited most of this material,Track 3 'Open Secrets' is superb and the only track that could have been a throwback to Moving Pictures/Signals.

The rest perfectly executed(as you would expect),however for me many were now interchangeable and could easily have come off Power Windows or Grace Under Pressure,tracks such as 'Prime Mover' and 'Lock and Key' too lightweight while 'Tai Shan' just loses me.

Its interesting that despite many hailing this era and disc in particular as the bands best,this was actually the first disc not go platignum (halting the consecutive run of platignum discs from 2112 thru to Power windows).Its all relative,we all love different thing,for me,its an ok album, for others possibly their favourite we wont always agree,i'll respect their view,while sticking with mine. 3 stars
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