February 13, 2022

Canadian rock legends commemorate the classic album’s 40th anniversary with expanded reissues on April 15th

On April 15th, UMe/Mercury and Anthem Records label groups continue the extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with new, expanded editions of the band’s groundbreaking 1981 release, Moving Pictures, embodying its well-deserved classic album status. Moving Pictures-40th Anniversary will be available to fans in six distinct configurations, including the (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) three-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) five-LP Deluxe Edition, (4) one-LP Edition, (5), Digital Deluxe Edition, and (6) Dolby Atmos Digital Edition.

Moving Pictures, Rush’s eighth studio album, was originally released on February 12, 1981, and its adventurous yet accessible music catapulted the forward-thinking Canadian band to even newer heights as it began navigating the demands of a new decade. The album’s seven songs expertly blended Rush’s intrinsic prowess for channelling its progressive roots into radio-friendly arrangements, a template the band had mastered to a T all throughout its previous album, 1980’s deservedly lauded Permanent WavesMoving Pictures was also the second of many Rush recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was ultimately nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio. 
 
The album’s lead-off track, Tom Sawyer, became one of Rush’s most cherished FM favourites in addition to taking its rightful place as a perpetual concert staple for decades to come. Next, the band shifts into the multi-generational dreamscape of Red Barchetta, which chronicles the thrills and chills of a high-stakes backroads car race. The instrumental barnburner YYZ, lovingly named after the airport identification code for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, runs the gamut of the band’s forever impressive progressive chops in under four minutes flat. Side A closes out with the observational luminescence of Limelight, a timeless, if not prescient look at how introverted artists grapple with public demands while trying to maintain a personal level of earned privacy.
 
Side B commences with the expansive palette of The Camera Eye, a multi-layered, ten-minute-long travelogue that takes a bird’s eye view of the inherent hustle and bustle of New York City counterbalanced with the intense energy and deep-rooted history of London. Witch Hunt (subtitled as being “Part III of Fear”) offers a grim view of prejudice and mob mentality, while the album wraps up with the angular, cutting-edge Vital Signs, a propulsive track that clearly foreshadows a number of the more adventurous musical directions Rush would undertake as the ever shifting 1980s continued to unfold.



The Super Deluxe Edition includes three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc, and five high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with two discs of previously unreleased and newly restored bonus live content newly mixed from the original analogue live multi-tracks by Rush’s original producer, Terry Brown, featuring the band’s complete, unreleased Toronto concert from Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, on March 25, 1981 (designated here as “Live In YYZ 1981”).The fourth bonus disc is a Blu-ray Audio disc with the core album newly mixed from the original multi-tracks in Dolby Atmos (a Rush catalogue first!), Dolby TrueHD 5.1, and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound as done by noted producer/engineer Richard Chycki, alongside the previously available PCM Stereo mix. Also included on the Blu-ray are four bonus videos: a brand-new video for YYZ plus three remastered vintage promo videos for Tom Sawyer, Limelight, and Vital Signs. Additionally, all of the vinyl in the Super Deluxe Edition has been cut via half-speed Direct to Metal Mastering (DMM) (another Rush catalogue first!) on five 180-gram audiophile LPs. 
 
The Super Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures-40th Anniversary will also include several exclusive items, including a 44-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, along with new illustrations for each song; extensive liner notes by Kim Thayil (guitarist, Soundgarden), Les Claypool (bassist/vocalist, Primus), Taylor Hawkins (drummer, Foo Fighters), Bill Kelliher (guitarist, Mastodon), and Neil Sanderson (drummer, Three Days Grace); a Red Barchetta model car mounted on a black perch with an MP40 nameplate; two Neil Peart signature MP40 branded drumsticks; two metal-embossed guitar picks, one each with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson’s respective signatures engraved on them; a replica of the Moving Pictures 1981 official tour program; an MP40 logo enamel pin; a 3D lenticular “Moving Pictures in motion” lithograph; an 18×24-inch Toronto 1981 concert poster; a replica concert ticket from the 1981 Maple Leaf Gardens show; a 12×36-inch Rush Through The Years 1973-1981 poster; a YYZ luggage tag; and a All Access World Tour ’81 insert. All contents are housed in a premium lift-top box, which features movingly reimagined cover artwork by Hugh Syme.
 
The second configuration of Moving Pictures-40th Anniversary will be released in a three-CD Deluxe Edition digipak that includes the newly remastered original album on CD 1 and the entire, unreleased 1981 Toronto concert on CDs 2 and 3. Extras include a 24-page booklet with unreleased photos and reimagined artwork by Syme, along with the aforementioned liner notes by Kim Thayil, Les Claypool, Taylor Hawkins, Bill Kelliher, and Neil Sanderson. 
 
The third Moving Pictures configuration will be offered as a five-LP Deluxe Edition, all of it housed in a slipcase including a single-pocket jacket for the remastered original Moving Pictures on LP 1, and two gatefold jackets for LPs 2-5 that comprise all 19 tracks from the complete, unreleased Live In YYZ 1981concert. As noted above, all vinyl has been cut for the first time ever via half-speed Direct to Metal Mastering (DMM) on 180-gram black audiophile vinyl. Extras include a 24-page booklet with unreleased photos, Syme’s reimagined artwork and new illustrations, and the complete liner notes.
 
The fourth configuration is a one-LP eCommerce exclusive edition, featuring the first-ever half-speed DMM vinyl pressing. It comes newly wrapped in a limited-edition premium tip-on style gatefold jacket with printed sleeve, and each pressing comes with one of six randomly inserted Neil Peart hand-drawn lyrics sheets.
 
The fifth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition,features the original album and all 19 bonus live performances from Toronto, and is the digital equivalent to the three-CD Deluxe Edition. 
 
Finally, the sixth configuration, the Dolby Atmos Digital Edition, is the digital equivalent of Richard Chycki’s masterful Atmos mix of all seven tracks from the original album. 

Rush — bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist/vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart — maintains a large and uniquely passionate worldwide fanbase that acknowledges and respects the band’s singular, bold, and perpetually exploratory songcraft that combines sterling musicianship, complex compositions, and distinctive lyrical flair. Rush has sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. alone, with worldwide sales estimated at 45 million (and counting), and has been awarded 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, and three Multi-Platinum album distinctions. Rush has received seven Grammy nominations, and the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.


 
‘MOVING PICTURES’ – 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS: TRACK LISTINGS


SUPER DELUXE EDITION
 
CD 1
MOVING PICTURES/ Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown / 2015 remaster on CD for the first time
 

  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Red Barchetta
  3. YYZ
  4. Limelight
  5. The Camera Eye
  6. Witch Hunt
  7. Vital Signs

 
CD 2
LIVE IN YYZ 1981
/ previously unreleased
 

  1. 2112 – Overture
  2. 2112 – The Temples Of Syrinx
  3. Freewill
  4. Limelight
  5. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Prelude
  6. Beneath, Between & Behind
  7. The Camera Eye
  8. YYZ
  9. Broon’s Bane
  10. The Trees
  11. Xanadu

 
CD 3
LIVE IN YYZ 1981
/ previously unreleased
 

  1. The Spirit Of Radio
  2. Red Barchetta
  3. Closer To The Heart
  4. Tom Sawyer
  5. Vital Signs
  6. Natural Science
  7. Working Man / Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Armageddon: The Battle Of Heart And Mind / By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In The End / In The Mood / 2112 – Grand Finale
  8. La Villa Strangiato
     

BLU-RAY AUDIO –DISC 4
Dolby Atmos* / Dolby TrueHD 5.1* / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1* / PCM Stereo
* Denotes previously unreleased mixes
 

  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Red Barchetta
  3. YYZ
  4. Limelight
  5. The Camera Eye
  6. Witch Hunt
  7. Vital Signs

 
Bonus Promo Videos
 
Dolby TrueHD 5.1* / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1* / PCM Stereo
* Denotes previously unreleased mixes
** Denotes previously unreleased video
 

  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Limelight
  3. Vital Signs
  4. YYZ**

LP 1 – MOVING PICTURES
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown


LP 2 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / previously unreleased


LP 3 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering /previously unreleased


LP 4 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering /previously unreleased


LP 5 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering /previously unreleased




3CD DELUXE EDITION


CD1 – MOVING PICTURES
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
3. YYZ
4. Limelight
5. The Camera Eye
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs

CD 2 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981 /previously unreleased

1. 2112 – Overture
2. 2112 – The Temples Of Syrinx
3. Freewill
4. Limelight
5. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Prelude
6. Beneath, Between & Behind
7. The Camera Eye
8. YYZ
9. Broon’s Bane
10. The Trees
11. Xanadu

CD 3 –LIVE IN YYZ 1981 / previously unreleased

1. The Spirit Of Radio
2. Red Barchetta
3. Closer To The Heart
4. Tom Sawyer
5. Vital Signs
6. Natural Science
7. Working Man / Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Armageddon: The Battle Of Heart And Mind /
     By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In The End / In The Mood / 2112 – Grand Finale
8. La Villa Strangiato

5LP DELUXE EDITION


LP 1 – MOVING PICTURES
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

LP 2 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / previously unreleased

LP 3 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / previously unreleased

LP 4 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / previously unreleased

LP 5 – LIVE IN YYZ 1981
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / previously unreleased


1LP LIMITED ECOMMERCE EDITION

MOVING PICTURES 
DMM Half-Speed Mastering / Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Premium Gatefold Tip-on Jacket / Printed Sleeve / 1 of 6 Randomly Insert Neil Peart Hand-drawn Lyric Sheets


DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION

MOVING PICTURES
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
3. YYZ
4. Limelight
5. The Camera Eye
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs

LIVE IN YYZ 1981 / previously unreleased

1. 2112 – Overture
2. 2112 – The Temples Of Syrinx
3. Freewill
4. Limelight
5. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Prelude
6. Beneath, Between & Behind
7. The Camera Eye
8. YYZ
9. Broon’s Bane
10. The Trees
11. Xanadu
12. The Spirit Of Radio
13. Red Barchetta
14. Closer To The Heart
15. Tom Sawyer
16. Vital Signs
17. Natural Science
18. Working Man / Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – Armageddon: The Battle Of Heart And Mind / By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In The End / In The Mood / 2112 – Grand Finale
19. La Villa Strangiato

DOLBY ATMOS DIGITAL EDITION/ previously unreleased

MOVING PICTURES

1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
3. YYZ
4. Limelight
5. The Camera Eye
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs