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Presto (1989) [VINYL]

Rush Vinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000091L7U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

RUSH Presto (1989 UK 11-track vinyl LP featuring the thirteenth studio album by the Canadian rock band including Show Dont Tell The Pass and Superconductor superb Rabbit picture sleeve with picture/lyric inner. The sleeve shows some signs of wear on the edges however the vinyl appears in near as new condition with very little signs of play. A really nice copy of this increasingly harder to find vinyl album by the trio! WX327)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back to basics - and no bad thing 6 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
After the electronic adventures of the eighties, Rush went for a more stripped-down style on "presto", jettisoning the orchestras, choirs and sequencers in favour of a straightforward set of punchy songs with mainly power-trio arrangements. It really works - a more mature version of "Moving Pictures", to my ears. I hadn't listened to this for about 10 years until recently, but it's been on my car stereo almost constantly for 2 weeks now. Some of it's a bit "Rush by numbers", but no track is less then good. I can even sit through the slightly tedious whiteboy funk of "Scars", knowing that the title track "Presto" is up next - if there is any song that will make me crash and burn, this is the one, it's Rush at their leaping-around-the-room-playing-air-guitar best. "The Pass", a scorching anthem for doomed youth, is reputed to be a favourite of the band, and I will always associate it with a long dead friend of mine. Overall, a celebration of life in all its exhilirating, tragic absurdity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked Rush album gem 3 Mar 2005
By gingerguru VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums you put on because you've not listened to it for months or maybe years. When you do, you are re-introduced to a great Rush album that brings a smile to the face and one which is often criticised by old-school Rush fans who didn't appreciate the band's shift in yet another direction.
I totally endorse the Amazon reviewer's comments. It seems the band really concentrated on good song-writing with catchy choruses and hooks. Dare I say it, Rush may even have wanted to produce a more "commercial" sound. As far as I'm concerned, they succeeded totally. These are songs that would be very strong even if played in a stripped-down version by a band without Rush's musical ability.
My particular favourites are Chain Lightning - fantastic chorus, The Pass - a beautifully crafted song, Presto - lovely shimmering guitar work and vocal harmonies in the chorus, Hand Over Fist - nice funky feel to the chorus and the final song, Available Light - another beautifully arranged and heartfelt number.
If you are one of those who has been warned off this era of Rush music, you will be missing out on some classic songs which still sound fresh today.
I like the overall production on this album - the guitars have a lush sound and Geddy's playing in nice and clear. Whatever the production, you can never stifle Peart's drumming which is as crisp-sounding and inventive as ever.
This isn't the easiest of Rush albums to get your hands on so take any opportunity you can to purchase it - it may be your only chance and you won't regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Presto has been one of my top three Rush albums from the moment I first heard it - it's a brilliant combination of the melody of their late 80's synth period and the heaviness of the more guitar-based albums that were to follow, and it features some of Neil Peart's finest lyrics, particularly on "The Pass" and the title track.

This album has just been remastered and released on SACD, and buying the new version didn't require a moment's thought. However, in retrospect, I should really have paused and considered it for a second or two...

"Presto" was recorded at the tail end of the 80's, in the early days of CD. What's more, it was a DDD album - digitally recorded, mixed and mastered, using the relatively primitive technology of the day. This tended to give a slight harshness to the sound and a noticeable thinness in the bass, and "Presto" certainly suffered in this respect. Unfortunately, the SACD still has the same problems, but on thinking about it, this is hardly surprising.

The DSD encoding used on SACDs is designed to avoid the distortions caused by traditional PCM digital recording - but to get the benefit, you have to record using DSD, mix using DSD and then master onto an SACD disc. If at any point the signal is converted to PCM, the advantage of DSD is lost forever. Well, as above - this was a PCM digital recording, so the damage was done back in 1989 in a fashion that can't subsequently be fixed. I suspect the only point at which DSD is used on this disc is the final mastering to SACD, at which point it is far too late to hope to gain any sonic advantage.

Every Rush fan should own "Presto" - it's excellent. But save your money and buy the standard CD - it doesn't matter how good your system is; the SACD isn't worth the extra money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back those guitars! 19 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While Hold Your Fire was a good album, it seemed too much like a Power Windows 2 - clinically produced stadium rock. Presto takes this formula and re-jigs it with a welcome return to stripped-down music. Gone are the huge swathes of synthesizers and bass pedals to be replaced by well placed guitars (both electric and acoustic - bring back the 70's!), funky bass riffs and pounding drumming. Great songs breathe nicely with the music and are never drowned in the production. Peart's lyrics are thoughtful and add so much to the feel of the tracks. The title track is my favourite - a superb match of searing guitars, great acoustic strums, excellent drumming and great bass playing, along with lyrics that perhaps only 1989 could produce. Nicely varied, this album is simply excellent. Why many Rush fans overlook this album is a mystery.
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I loved it the purchase price was great the delivery was good and fast the music is great to listen to and brings back good times.j
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am a Rush Fan
I bought this as I usually enjoy the music of Rush, and wanted to catch up with their music from this period of their history
Published 16 months ago by Satyanathin
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well played well produced and a consistent delighted I am looking forward to buying more from this great band in the future
Published 16 months ago by thomas lester
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
Presto is such an underrated album. I must admit when I first heard it on release I was a little disappointed as the album did not seem to blend and for me it was totally different... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lord of the Rings reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzz Zzz Zzz Zzz
No that's not the sound of me snoring after falling asleep after listening to this filth.
It's the sound of my trusty electric drill with its new polishing attachment - a CD... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics
I love this one, after the synth histrionics of the previous 3 albums the stripped back approach on this offering reveals how adept Neil is at writing for the moment and the band... Read more
Published 20 months ago by John Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars ..."And The Oceans Flow In My Veins..."
What was so refreshing about this album upon release was the lack of synthesizers, this is not a complaint however; Signals through to Hold Your Fire is one of the most exciting... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by G. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of guitar driven music
show don't tell the first song starts of sounding like it will be another synth album until the blast of guitar and bass then you realise this is going to be an excellent album and... Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by Cubby Kovu
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