RUSH’s “Presto” to be Re-Released as Limited Edition Hybrid SACD

Rush - Presto

Audio Fidelity will reissue Rush‘s “Presto” album on limited numbered-edition Hybrid SACD.

Rush was never a band known to play the same sort of thing for any extended period; they often pushed the boundaries of rock and their formidable list of albums helped to bring prog to a wider audience. By 1989, a change was inevitable and with their 13th studio album, Presto, it was a change for the good. Presto marked the beginning of a transition period, moving away from a sound dominated by synthesizers and toward more traditional rock instrumentation. The synths were toned back while the guitars were brought up to a reasonable level allowing the emphasis to return to the rhythm instruments, resurrecting the groove that Rush maintains so very well.

Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are in good form, but Alex Lifeson is the real story; he can be heard in grand force and even pulls out the acoustic guitar. Lifeson‘s leads in Superconductor are brilliant, Geddy Lee does great solo work on Show Don’t Tell and Peart‘s percussion on Scars features a complex tribal rhythm drum pattern in which both acoustic and electronic drums are utilized — a synthesis of the two that’s accessible without compromising. Each of these tracks, along with The Pass, reached the top of the Album Rock Tracks charts with Show Don’t Tell hitting #1. Presto climbed to No. 16 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

Rush made a stab at greatness with Presto and Rupert Hine‘s deft production had much to do with its success.

Track listing:

01. Show Don’t Tell
02. Chain Lightning
03. The Pass
04. War Paint
05. Scars
06. Presto
07. Superconductor
08. Anagram (For Mongo)
09. Red Tide
10. Hand Over Fist
11. Available Light

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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