Grace Under Pressure

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Grace Under Pressure was the first Rush album since 1975's Fly by Night to not be produced by Terry Brown, who was replaced by Peter Henderson Supertramp, Paul McCartney. The change resulted in a slightly more accessible sound than its predecessor, Signals, and marked the beginning of a period where many Rush fans feel that synths and electronics were used too prominently -- in effect pushing guitarist Alex Lifeson into the background. The songwriting and lyrics were still strong however, as evidenced by the video/single "Distant Early Warning" a tale about nuclear war and the often-overlooked highlight "Kid Gloves," one of the album's few songs to feature Lifeson upfront. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Grace Under Pressure was the first Rush album since 1975's Fly by Night to not be produced by Terry Brown, who was replaced by Peter Henderson Supertramp, Paul McCartney. The change resulted in a slightly more accessible sound than its predecessor, Signals, and marked the beginning of a period where many Rush fans feel that synths and electronics were used too prominently -- in effect pushing guitarist Alex Lifeson into the background. The songwriting and lyrics were still strong however, as evidenced by the video/single "Distant Early Warning" a tale about nuclear war and the often-overlooked highlight "Kid Gloves," one of the album's few songs to feature Lifeson upfront. Other standouts include a tribute to a friend of the band who had recently passed away, "Afterimage," the disturbing "Red Sector A" which details a concentration camp, and one of Rush's first funk-based songs, "The Enemy Within." Whereas most other rock bands formed in the 1970s put out unfocused and uninspired work in the 1980s which sounds very dated, Rush's Grace Under Pressure remains an exception.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453463424
  • Catalog Number: 534634
  • Sales rank: 7,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Distant Early Warning (4:56)
  2. 2 Afterimage (5:03)
  3. 3 Red Sector A (5:09)
  4. 4 The Enemy Within (4:34)
  5. 5 The Body Electric (4:59)
  6. 6 Kid Gloves (4:18)
  7. 7 Red Lenses (4:43)
  8. 8 Between the Wheels (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rush Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jim Burgess Synthesizer
Geddy Lee Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Alex Lifeson Synthesizer, Guitar
Paul Northfield Synthesizer
Neil Peart Percussion, Drums, electronic percussion
Technical Credits
Rush Producer
Jim Burgess Programming
Peter Henderson Producer, Engineer
Geddy Lee Producer
Alex Lifeson Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul Northfield Programming
Neil Peart Producer
Hugh Syme Art Direction, Paintings
Jon Erickson Contributor, Pre-production Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Fabulous Rush Album

    Rush really seemed to know what they were doing on Grace Under Pressure.I'm only 12,but Rush is my favorite band.The album shows Geddy Lee can really work well with a synthesizer.Also,Alex Lifeson's guitar solos are more complex than they used to be.There was also a first for Rush on this album.Neil Peart's usage of electronic percussion.I noticed while listening to this album there are electronic drums on every track.Grace Under Pressure just shows that Rush has moved on.I also wrote a review onPresto if anyone wants to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing music from the legendary band

    This album changed my life when I was a teenager. Being a lifelong Led Zep fan I was looking for something new to listen and my friend took me to a Rush concert in Madison Square Garden a few years later. I had never seen anything like that show. Then I bought Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows and never looked back again. This album has some hard rocking titles, like 'The Enemy Within' and 'Red Sector A' - plus it also has one of the most beautiful rock songs ever, 'Afterimage' which touches me a lot everytime I hear it. These guys are the ultimate rock performers in the world and this album represents their 80's era very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another strong effort

    This is essentially the darker counterpart to Signals. It's in the same vein - progressive synth-rock with the Rush touch. It always puzzles me that this one is often badly reviewed or overlooked altogether, since it hasn't a bad song on it. There are a lot of synthesizers, but in spite of this, 'Distant Early Warning', 'The Enemy Within' and 'Kid Gloves' rock as hard as anything the band ever did. Recommended for anyone who enjoyed Signals.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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