When RUSH dropped onto our laps Hold Your Fire in August 1987 I bought this on cassette tape. I never did get it on CD in the late 80s. I didn’t even buy it when the RUSH Remasters came out on disc again in the mid-90s.
Why I have no idea but just a few weeks back a pal of mine was selling some records and…
Whoa… Hold Your Fire was in the mix of a 4 pack of vinyl I picked up that day. Even before Neils death a few months back you never really see RUSH albums in any kind of used bin. Sure you can buy RUSH vinyl on Amazon but it’s a little pricey so when I see used RUSH it’s a quick pay in cash and dash!
Hold Your Fire has the boys hooking up with Peter Collins once again and Collins delivers an album that sounds crisp n clean especially in the guitars of Alex.
Hardcore fans go on about Geddy and his pyramid of keyboards washing out Lifeson’s fretwork on these mid-80s albums but I really don’t buy into that silliness at all. Sure there are synths and keys all over this record but so what as it all fits into place.
Force 10 leads off the album and is a great track and can be heard on many a live RUSH album after 87. It’s a great opener and lyrically and musically its all there for the taking.
Time Stand Still is a great track as well that features Aimme Mann^ on co-lead vocals with Geddy on the chorus and it’s amazing that this song works. Neil is amazing on this tune especially the pre-chorus as he’s all over the place on his drums as he is indeed The Professor.
Prime Mover has to be my fav off of this album and one of my all-time Top 10 RUSH tracks. Geddy’s Bass pops along this track and what a stellar chorus. I really hope when reissue time of the Show of Hands comes they include the live version of Prime Mover as it was included on the VHS copy not the audio portion of the Show of Hands double live album.
Flip over to Side 2 and there’s a pretty cool triple pack of Rush tunes that come right out of the gate. Lock And Key, Mission, and Turn The Page are good rock songs.
I guess for the Hardcore 70’s fans Tai Shan would be the oddball track on here as for sure its a keyboard and percussion-driven tune. Lifeson indeed is buried on this track but I’m sure he is in there somewhere. Tai Shan, I can listen to but let’s be honest folks I don’t see this one being on too many playlists. Still though not enough to make me pick up the needle and skip it. So I guess that’s saying something there right?
Closing track High Water is an interesting song as well. Lots of Geddy and Neil to start with but the guitars of Alex do pick up as the song moves forward. Alex’s solo is pretty damn fine on this song as Geddy pops along underneath Alex. That’s the stuff I like as come time for the guitar solo they can still strip it back to the 3 piece act that they are known for.
Hold Your Fire was a great revisit and I can honestly say I’m glad a got it on vinyl.
When I listen to RUSH stuff from the 80s you can really appreciate how far they had come as RUSH was a different animal back in the 70s yet they kept doing what they do and that is, keep putting out stellar records and touring arenas.
^-Mann said that she got paid $2000 for showing up for an afternoons work in Toronto and got to hang out with Rush for the day.