Classic Albums: Rush – 2112/Moving Pictures (Eagle Blu-ray)
Picture: B- Sound: C+ Extras: B Documentary: B
they are not always thought of as such, Rush may very well be the last great
band from the original Progressive Rock movement. Like Pink Floyd, their music extended into the
1980s and they (like Pearl Jam after grunge was over) remained very popular to
the point that they are not as associated with the movement as contemporaries
like Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
The new Classic Albums
episode with them has decided (in a rare move) to feature two great albums of
theirs back to back: 2112 and Moving Pictures.
their classic covers, which may not have featured them, but definitely did not
contain mere safe corporate rock, but had Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy
Lee pushing Rock Music, the concept album and ideas of what a narrative could
be in new directions. They did not
always get the respect they deserved, but they were for real about their work
and the albums have endured more than their critics could have ever
expected. The fans, of course, knew
especially glad to see that despite covering two albums, both get the best
possible, thorough treatment that this program is famous for at its best and
the respect for the band is long overdue.
They are still together and sound great here and otherwise, so this
installment could not arrive at a better time.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is a little soft in parts, with motion
blur at times in the new HD shot interviews and flaws in older film and analog
video clips, but this is as good looking as any of the programs have been to
date, including as the third Classic Albums title to make it to Blu-ray. The PCM 2.0 Stereo is also not bad, but audiophile
fans of the albums used to the better vinyl album copies or the out-of-print
Mobile Fidelity CDs (et al) of the albums might be a tad disappointed. However, there is also new music material
here and that sounds good too. Extras
include 54 more minutes of interviews.