Hemispheres....The "Daddy"

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Hemispheres....The "Daddy"

Post by Fridge » Mon May 24, 2004 3:55 pm

What can I say?

This album (IMO :wink: ) is their Magnum Opus, a work of sheer splendour.

I cannot heap enough superlatives on this recording, but make no mistake, it is very special indeed...

The utter majesty of all three members' playing, coupled with Geddys best ever vocal performance combine to create a panoramic, almost opera-like symphony of sound...

Even the lyrics, which are NOT about mythical Greek gods, but an allegorical treatise on the need for a balance between the rational and emotional are top notch...

Side 2 (as an old sod like me still insists on calling it) is almost as good, with the incredible La Villa.. a worthy second to the title track.

Without parallel, I believe that this is the best album by ANY band, not just Rush
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Post by Sir Myghin » Mon May 24, 2004 5:33 pm

how can one speak of hemispehres without the trees? Easily geddy's smoothest bassline , very melodious and grand. it is greater than the basslines from hemispheres because of the way it flows when played.

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Post by Fridge » Mon May 24, 2004 6:19 pm

Sir Myghin wrote:how can one speak of hemispehres without the trees? Easily geddy's smoothest bassline , very melodious and grand. it is greater than the basslines from hemispheres because of the way it flows when played.
The Trees, although a very fine bassline is definitely overshadowed IMO by "Prelude". It is almost like a second guitar in the way that it interweaves in a lattice -like pattern with Lifesons riffing. Also, his lines in Apollo/Dionysus are just divine...
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Post by Sir Myghin » Mon May 24, 2004 7:11 pm

aah, i found, although the bass lines are very fun, they were not as full as the lines from the trees. it also seems bouncier, despite its realatively legato. While the lines from prelude and various other recurring themes during hemipsheres, do not hold the same energy as par the trees

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Post by Slaine mac Roth » Tue May 25, 2004 12:06 pm

I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with you here Fridge (didn't see that coming, did you? :lol: )

First of all I will say that I admire Hemispheres tremendously. I will agree that it is a very good album and worthy of a place of honour in anyone's collection.

However, to call it their best work I think is a trifle escessive (that honour can only be given to Moving Pictures in my opinion.)

What is wrong with Hemispheres?

Difficult to say. Once again, I think the production lets them down a little. Without being a poor job, it seems a little flat to my ears and doesn't posess the crispness of their best works. I think the problems they had getting the sound together shows and an easier mixing for the album would have lifted it higher.

Like many conceptual pieces, I find it slips a little too far on the side of pomposity. While, in moderation, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, I think Hemispheres goes a little too far.

However, my main criticism is a purely subjective one. I can't say why exactly, but the album doesn't seem to flow in the way that MP or 2112 does. For all that the tracks lead directly into each other, the joins are not seamless and do seem a trifle forced - almost as if they were trying too hard. A number of my friends, also Rush fans, have commented similarly in the past.

That said, side two is a work of genius. Both Circumstances and The Trees are excellent rock songs and La Villa Strangiato is pure virtuosity.

All in all, great stuff but could have been better.
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Post by Sir Myghin » Tue May 25, 2004 4:33 pm

I'll stand by fridge ( this may not happen too often so lets hold our breathe :lol: ) because i think this is muchb etter than moving pictures. I find its all the same antics on moving pictures, nothing too different across the album, 1 set sound, played to the bone yard, thiat may infact be one of my lesser played albums. Hemipsheres is crisp, and the basslines are amazing ( i'm abit bias o well) from the little solo bit in la villa, to even circumstances ahs all out bass, nothing was held back for this album

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Post by Mr. Bill » Tue May 25, 2004 10:32 pm

I love Hemispheres. Always will. The album means a lot to me personally as it was likely the most impressionable part of my life. Musically this album cost me. I almost ignored all other music for a long time that winter. I then saw the show and everything came together. After the show I began to slowly take it down off it's pedestal.

Later on I noticed two things about Hemispheres. It's a short album in time. Secondly, the range of sound and style is actually very narrow. It doesn't impress me the way it did when I was a kid.

But that first lead solo in the title track may be one of my favorite Alex moments.

The other thing about Hemispheres that will always amaze me is the "buzz factor". What am I talking about you say? Some albums can actually make me "high" - Hemispheres is one them. Animals by Pink Floyd is another in a very similar vein.

And to me that's the thing about Hemispheres that makes it different. 2112 drove you up against the wall in total consciousness. The Fountain is pure fantasy. Hemispheres made me high - a completely different feeling.

Neil during the recording of Hemispheres: "Listen to all these new and cool patterns I can play on the high hats".

I know damn well he said that! :lol:
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Post by Slaine mac Roth » Wed May 26, 2004 10:35 am

Each to their own, isn't it?

Ant comment on music is going to be highly subjective and, much as I love Hemispheres, it just doesn't work for me the same as other albums. But, there you go. We're all individuals and have individual tastes and that's how it should be.
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Post by *Lifesonite » Wed May 26, 2004 10:58 am

We are not individuals!

Ok, maybe... :P Their albums are so different from one to the next it's hard to pick an actual 'best' of all their works.
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Post by Soup4Rush » Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:02 pm

You guys are deep... My wife thinks I am wierd for having a CD with a naked dude on it. I try to explain the concept but she still thinks Rush is gay. Although I wear the PW shirt with the swirling skirt a la underwear clad mon pubis or whatever, to counter her theory. In my humble opinion I like Hemispheres as much as I like the rest, but I am just poor white trash from the country... so what do I know anyway... I think the PW woman is hot but that is for a whole nother thread...
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Post by PerfektWorkingMandrakeoft » Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:01 am

tell hubby about sense-o-clock, This album is the best, by far, test. Which are speaking of now?

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Post by awip2062 » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:56 am

I expect this will be continued in another thread?

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