RUSH Roll The Bones (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (10 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM | Music | Rock

RUSH Roll The Bones (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (10 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

RUSH Roll The Bones (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (10 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM mp3-album-00705
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Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 5, 1991 on Anthem Records in Canada and on Atlantic Records elsewhere. After touring their previous album Presto, the band took a break before they started work on a follow-up in early 1991.

Roll the Bones was a return to commercial success for the band, reaching No. 3 in the US, No. 10 in the UK, and No. 11 in Canada. Between 1991 and 1992, six songs from the album were released as singles. The album won a Juno Award for Best Album Design at the 1992 awards. In August 2001, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies in the US.

Background and writing

In June 1990, Rush finished touring their previous album, Presto (1989). They purposely kept the tour short, which Lee said was due to the group feeling overcautious about touring the album. However, it became an enjoyable and positive experience for them, and by the time it finished "we were so charged up we wanted to keep on playing". This renewed energy in the band carried through to the writing and recording sessions for Roll the Bones. They then took a break, but decided to cut it short in order to start work on new material for a follow-up record.

As with Presto, Rush started work by retreating to Chalet Studios, a remote studio in Claremont, Ontario. They stayed for two-and-a-half months, with Lee and Lifeson working on the music while Peart wrote lyrics. The three would reconvene in the evening where Peart would hear what the other two had come up with during the day. Lee had developed an interest in birdwatching, and ensured some broken birdfeeders by the studio window were repaired and filled with feed, which he enjoyed to observe while writing. The album's liner notes include a thanks to birds.

The demos were recorded using an 8-track Tascam 388 recorder and an integrated mixer hooked up to a sequencer running C-Lab Notator software. Lee set up simple drum patterns on the computer for Lifeson and himself to work from. It took between nine and ten weeks to write and rehearse for the album, and eight weeks to record it. The album displays a change in the group's sound which had started on Presto, with a reduction in keyboards and a return to guitar-driven songs. Lee said the change was "a backlash against the more computer-style of writing" which had dominated their sound through the 1980s, and instead used synthesisers and sequencers as an "orchestration device" rather than a key component in the songwriting. The writing sessions for Presto had involved just bass, guitar, and vocals which contributed to the style shift, and the group continued with this approach for Roll the Bones. Another aspect that carried over from Presto was Lee's intention to come up with strong vocal melodies at the beginning and base the rest of the tune around it. Lifeson had wanted to try playing funk rhythms and attempted it Presto and wished to explore it further on Roll the Bones. The majority of the arrangements worked out at the writing stage remained unchanged which allowed the group to use the demos as a guide for recording, done by transferring the completed demos to 24-track and re-recording the parts.

The album contains a running lyrical theme concerning the element of chance in different aspects of life, which Peart had devised while experimenting with lyrics. The first lyric that he wrote for the album is used on "Face Up", specifically: "Turn it up – or turn that wild card down". He recalled sitting on his cottage floor "with a pile of papers around me" of notes from the previous two years, mostly consisting of phrases written on tour or during "that dreamlike moment before sleep". He started to experiment with the phrases "turn it up" and "turn it down" which led to the idea of turning a card down and a wild card, and applied them to events that a person may face.

Track Listing:

1. Dreamline - 4:37
2. Bravado - 4:36
3. Roll the Bones - 5:30
4. Face Up - 3:54
5. Where's My Thing? (Part IV, "Gangster of Boats" Trilogy)" - 3:50
6. The Big Wheel - 5:13
7. Heresy - 5:25
8. Ghost of a Chance - 5:19
9. Neurotica - 4:40
10. You Bet Your Life - 5:01

Rush:

Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Neil Peart – drums, cymbals
Geddy Lee – bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers

Certifications:

United States (RIAA) Platinum 1,000,000

Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 5, 1991 on Anthem Records in Canada and on Atlantic Records elsewhere. After touring their previous album Presto, the band took a break before they starte
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