Rush Presto on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Audio Fidelity
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Rush were never a band known to play the same sort of music for any extended period. They often pushed musical boundaries and their formidable catalog helped bring prog-rock to a much 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 Neal Peart are in fine form, but Alex Lifeson is the real star here. He can be heard in full force throughout and even pulls out the acoustic guitar. Lifeson’s leads on “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 #16 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the process. Rush made a stab at greatness with Presto and Rupert Hine's deft production work had much to do with its success.
This numbered limited edition Hybrid SACD version of Rush's Presto from Audio Fidelity has been mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and is compatible with both CD and SACD players.
Rush Presto Track Listing:
1. Show Don't Tell
2. Chain Lightning
3. The Pass
4. War Paint
8. Anagram (for Mongo)
9. Red Tide
10. Hand Over Fist
11. Available Light