RUSH Presto (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM | Music | Rock

RUSH Presto (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

RUSH Presto (2004) (RMST) (ATLANTIC RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM mp3-album-00708
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Presto is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It was released on November 21, 1989 by Anthem Records and is their first album released internationally by Atlantic Records following the group's departure from Mercury.

Presto reached No. 7 in Canada and No. 16 in the US. Rush put out "Show Don't Tell", "The Pass", and "Superconductor" as singles from Presto; the former charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Album Rock Tracks chart. Rush supported the album with the Presto Tour from February to June 1990. Presto reached gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies. The album was remastered in 2004.

Background

In May 1988, Rush wrapped up touring their previous album, Hold Your Fire (1987), which was followed by their third live release A Show of Hands (1989) four months later. The group then decided not to renew their contracts with their international distributor Mercury Records; Lifeson said they departed because the relationship had become stale by this point. Peart later wrote that with the band, now "free of deadlines and obligations" for the first time in fifteen years, chose to take advantage of it by taking a six-month break. In December 1988, the group gathered at Peart's house to discuss their next step and agreed to start a new studio album after the break.

Writing

Work on Presto began with Rush renting a studio in the country to write and rehearse new material. They adopted their usual method of Lifeson and Lee working on the music while Peart works alone on the lyrics. Peart wrote: "At the end of the day I might wander into the studio, ice cubes clinking, and listen to what they'd been up to, and if I'd been lucky, show them something new." Rush worked at the studio during the week and returned home on the weekends.

Presto marks the beginning of Rush's transition from a sound dominated by synthesizers and toward more guitar-driven arrangements. When Lifeson and Lee discussed what musical direction to take, they agreed that the core of the band's sound, emotion, and energy had come from the guitar, something that they wanted to return to for Presto.

After several songs had been worked out, the band felt it was the right time to present what they had to a co-producer. However, their initial choice, Peter Collins, who had worked on Power Windows (1985) and Hold Your Fire, reluctantly declined the offer to work on Presto as he wished to produce other bands. Though Rush felt confident enough to undertake production duties themselves, they still wanted someone they could trust and to provide an objective point of view to their ideas. Among the various candidates was English producer, songwriter, and keyboardist Rupert Hine, whose experience with a variety of artists attracted the group. The sessions with Rush and Hine together were productive; initially, ten days were assigned for pre-production work with one track for each day, but it was complete after just one-and-a-half days.

The album's title was an idea that Rush had considered to use for A Show of Hands, but when Peart had started writing for a song entitled "Presto" it was then used as the title.

Recording

Presto was recorded from June to August 1989. As part of their deal with Hine, the band agreed to record parts of Presto in London. They Presto was finished around four weeks ahead of schedule. When the album was complete, Rush sought after a new record deal and signed to Atlantic Records after executive Doug Morris had wanted to sign the group for a number of years and made an attractive offer.

Track Listing:

1. Show Don't Tell - 5:01
2. Chain Lightning - 4:33
3. The Pass - 4:52
4. War Paint - 5:24
5. Scars - 4:07
6. Presto - 5:45
7. Superconductor - 4:47
8. Anagram (For Mongo) - 4:00
9. Red Tide - 4:29
10. Hand Over Fist - 4:11
11. Available Light - 5:03

Rush:

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

Additional personnel:

Rupert Hine – additional keyboards and backing vocals
Jason Sniderman – additional keyboards

Certifications:

U.S. RIAA Gold (500,000)

Presto is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It was released on November 21, 1989 by Anthem Records and is their first album released internationally by Atlantic Records following the group's departure from Mercury. Presto reach
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