P2-10002 Signals
Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Released on September 9, 1982
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K ronomyth 11.0: HOSERS IN THE MACHINE. A certain chill had crept into the band since Moving Pictures. Signals was their most subdued and analytical album to date, though still superlative in execution and imagination. At the time, the changes seemed well suited to the album’s theme of alienation in a cold, technological world, though in hindsight it was the harbinger of a deep winter that would settle over the rest of the decade (Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire). The album includes a handful of classic Rush songs, including “Subdivisions,” “New World Man,” “Digital Man” and the closing “Countdown.” Of interest, Signals is the last Rush record written primarily from the perspective of youth at the edge of adulthood, so maybe this really was the end of an era. Looking at the album track by track, “Subdivisions” sets the stage with a young adult who feels the pull of the city from the suburbs, “the timeless old attraction.” The hero is allowed a final rest in the unhurried world of youth and nature (“The Analog Kid”) before love beckons (“Chemistry”) and places our hero in the crosshairs of adulthood (“Digital Man”). At first, the young hero looks to be a cog in the big machine (“The Weapon”), but youth is also revealed as the breeding ground for change (“New World Man”). “Losing It” addresses the failed dreams of youth, but Signals ends on a high note, with “Countdown” showing how technology can be used for good. In many ways, Rush’s teenage heroes (from “2112” through to “Tom Sawyer”) reach maturity on Signals. On a more mundane note, the music of Rush was moving steadily toward the mature studio rock of The Police, from Alex Lifeson’s atmospheric guitar to their increasingly compact songcraft. With mo more epic battles between By-Tor and the Snow Dog in the offing, some prog fans began to tune out with Signals, but (as with Tull’s Stormwatch) I find myself returning often to scale the snowy peaks of Signals and admire the journey behind me once more.

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  1. SUBDIVISIONS    5:33
  2. THE ANALOG KID    4:46
  3. CHEMISTRY    (lyrics by Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    4:56
  4. DIGITAL MAN    6:20
  5. THE WEAPON    6:22
  6. NEW WORLD MAN    3:41
  7. LOSING IT    4:51
  8. COUNTDOWN    5:49

    Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, lyrics by Neil Peart unless noted. Arrangements by Rush and Terry Brown.


GEDDY LEE -- bass guitars, synthesizers, vocals
ALEX LIFESON -- electric and acoustic guitars, Taurus pedals
NEIL PEART -- drums and percussion
Ben Mink -- electric violins (7)
Paul Northfield -- engineer
Hugh Syme -- art direction, graphics, and cover concept
Deborah Samuel -- photography

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CAN 1982 Anthem LP/CS ANR1/ANC 1038  
US September 9, 1982 Mercury LP/CS/8T SRM/MCR-4/MC-8-1-4063 lyric sleeve
UK/BRA September 1982 Mercury LP/CS 6337/7141 243 lyric sleeve
ARG 1982 Mercury LP 6089  
COL 1982 Philips LP 6337 243  
JPN 1982 Epic LP 25-3P-378 booklet
MEX 1982 Mercury LP LPR-19060  
CAN   Anthem CD VANK 1038  
GER 1989 Mercury CD 810 002  
US   Mercury CD P2-10002 issued by CRC
US   Mercury CD 822 550  
US 1994 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-614 gold disc remaster
WW June 3, 1997 Mercury CD 534 633 digital remaster
JPN 2009 Warner CD WPCR-13480 SHMCD remaster


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