Audio Fidelity has once again released an exceptional sounding SACD from the legendary band RUSH.
The band’s 1989 Atlantic records label debut “Presto” is a high water mark for this Canadian trio. After recording 12 albums with Mercury Records RUSH had to prove that changing record labels doesn’t mean you stop rocking.
On “Presto” the band picked Rupert Hine (The Fixx, Howard Jones, Tina Turner) as their Co-Producer. From his resume he might not seem like the obvious choice to produce a Prog-Rock power trio but Hine’s input worked with stellar results.
“Presto” includes some amazing tracks such as “Show Don’t Tell,” “Superconductor,” “Anagram (For Mongo)” and “The Pass” with lyrics that address youth suicide. The album went on to achieve Gold status in the U.S. and Platinum status in Canada. Not too bad for a band that recorded 13 studio albums in their first 15 years and with many more to follow!
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album’s original release, Audio Fidelity has given it the remastered make-over it deserves. Under the care and guidance of renowned mastering engineer Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio this version of “Presto” stands as the definitive release that any diehard RUSH fan would want to own. The SACD version comes housed in a slip case as “Limited & Numbered Edition.”
Drumroll please… 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
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