818 476-2 Grace Under Pressure
Produced by Rush and Peter Henderson
Released on April 1984
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #10 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (6/26/84)
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A s cheerless a record as they’ve made, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some have cited internal strife as the catalyst, others the choice of new producer Peter Henderson, but regardless of the underlying reason for the change, Grace Under Pressure marked the end of the teenage fantasy and the beginning of a darker (and more mature) world view. Neil Peart emerges as a sullen sceneshifter, the weight of the world upon him (addressed in the opening “Distant Early Warning”), who finds his darkest voice in the concentration camp setting of “Red Sector A.” The arrangements are less exuberant than past efforts, though still crafted with care and precision. The knock on Grace Under Pressure is a lack of standout songs; “The Body Electric” (which recalls The Who’s “905”) and “Kid Gloves” are a fair match for anything on Signals, but beyond them only “Distant Early Warning” and “The Enemy Within” invite the comparison to vintage Rush. The rest of the record bristles with a dry energy, restless and resentful music that offers no solution to the problems it poses. Oddly, some have found their own dark sentiments echoed in this wasteland, hearing in Grace Under Pressure an elevated musical dialogue. Superimposing the problems of the past on a bleak future strikes too close to the bone, which is probably why I never liked 1984 so much as Brave New World. Perhaps seceding along similar lines, Rush fans are divided over whether Grace Under Pressure is a step forward or a step back.

818 476-2 booklet back cover
818 476-2 booklet back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. DISTANT EARLY WARNING    4:59
  2. AFTERIMAGE    5:04
  3. RED SECTOR A    5:10
  4. THE ENEMY WITHIN (Part One of Fear)    4:34
  5. THE BODY ELECTRIC    5:00
  6. KID GLOVES    4:18
  7. RED LENSES    4:42
  8. BETWEEN THE WHEELS    5:44

    Music by Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson, Lyrics by Neil Peart

CREDITS

GEDDY LEE -- bass guitars, synthesizers, vocals
ALEX LIFESON -- guitars and synthesizers
NEIL PEART -- drums, percussion, and electronic percussion
Peter Henderson -- engineer
Jim Burgess -- PPG Synthesizer programming assistance
Paul Northfield -- PPG Synthesizer programming assistance
Hugh Syme -- cover painting

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
CAN 1984 Anthem LP/CS 4AN-1-1045 lyric sleeve
WW April 1984 Mercury LP/CD/CS 818 476 lyric sleeve
UK April 1984 Vertigo LP/CD/CS VERH/VERHC-12 lyric sleeve
JPN 1984 Epic LP 25-3P-505 lyric insert
MEX 1984 Mercury LP LPR19097  
US June 3, 1997 Mercury CD/CS 534 634 original master recording

 

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