Moving Pictures

Universal Music (Pty) Ltd.
Release date
7 Jul 1997
Running length
7 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tom Sawyer 4:35 391,331
2 Red Barchetta 6:09 178,251
3 YYZ 4:26 233,676
4 Limelight 4:19 242,849
5 The Camera Eye 11:01 106,578
6 Witch Hunt 4:45 104,794
7 Vital Signs 4:46 104,478

About this album

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1981. The album was recorded and mixed at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec.

A classic rock album, Moving Pictures became the band’s biggest selling album in the U.S., hitting #3, and remains the band’s most popular studio recording to date (certified quadruple-platinum with four million copies sold on January 27, 1995).

Following the formula of their previous album, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures follows a more radio-friendly format and includes the hit single “Tom Sawyer”, as well as radio standards “Red Barchetta” and “Limelight”.

Moving Pictures was the second Rush album listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Work on the album began in August 1980 at Stony Lake, Ontario. “The Camera Eye” was the first to be written, followed by “Tom Sawyer,” “Red Barchetta,” “YYZ”, and “Limelight.” “Tom Sawyer” grew from a melody that Lee had been using to set up his synthesizers at sound checks.

At Phase One studios with producer Terry Brown, they began recording demos. “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight” were polished in October by playing them live on a warm-up tour (although both songs had slightly different arrangements on the album than were played on the tour), and then they started the main recording at Le Studio in Quebec. “Red Barchetta” was recorded in one take, while others took many. There were problems with equipment failures and they finished three days behind schedule.


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  • dr_bun

    what a load of nonsense that Sharp-Ton guy said

    9 Mar 5:24pm Reply
  • niQboy

    I remember when my friend got me into listening this and hyped it like it was the God's gift to men sent down from heavens by Zeus himself. I start listening thinking there must be at least one bad song. Nope. 11 / 10

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    10 / 10

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    My favorite rush record.

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Nonexistent123

    All the songs are perfect. Brilliant album. Masterpiece.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    I could not have said it better. Seriously, one of the best albums ever. If you believe in Rogers Waters, and the alien anthropolists that will discover us after we amuse ourselves to death, they might find this album after our sad demise. Damn, what an awesome bunch of tunes.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tomcbh

    this is seriously one of the best albums ever

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • aLeX_DrUmMErr

    BEST oF the BEST

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "the boom that make Rush lift off" No that was 2112. This was their culmination of popularity though.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    As "The Wall" and "Master of Puppets", this isn't the greatest but the boom that make Rush lift off.

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    Their best album. Rush at their finest! This album is absolutely perfect.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    Lucky me saw them play this record live in its entireity...TWICE...and it was lifechanging...btw I'm 14...

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • hungry_mouth

    This album is truly perfect, all songs equally brilliant. So varied and still so consistent. A real piece of art. A timeless masterpiece. Classic. [3] I just started listening to this band but dammit where have they been all my life? This album is just amazing

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    I prefer side 2.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • okieeagle

    "Moving Pictures" was the second album I remember hearing from RUSH, the first being 2112. I had been listening to more mainstream artists like Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Bob Seger prior to my introduction to this amazing trio. I heard Tom Sawyer on the Radio, and instantly recognized it as a RUSH song. I raced to the record store and scooped it up as quickly as possible. I think I wore through the grooves I played it so much!! At the time a seminal work in progressive rock and still stands to this day as one of the greatest rock albums created!

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    The best side 1, for those who remember LPs, in the history of prog rock.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • headgear56

    Moving Pictures, Power trio at its finest <3

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • velonek

    YYZ !!!

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Soundservant

    This album is truly perfect, all songs equally brilliant. So varied and still so consistent. A real piece of art. A timeless masterpiece. Classic. [2]

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TheLe0

    This is the best albun in the world, in my opinion of course. Everything about this albun is perfect.

    22 May 2012 Reply
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