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Moving Pictures - A triple-meaning wordplay

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 17 mar. 2013 15:33 por Daniel Prados   [ actualizado el 8 oct. 2018 10:20 ]
Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures
is the 1981 studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush and
, according to the Rolling Stone music magazine, one of the best progressive rock albums of all time.

The album cover art is a visual pun of movers physically carrying paintings - i.e. they are literally moving pictures, while several songs from the album are connected to motion pictures, moving pictures being the origin of the clipping 'movies'. This second meaning is explicitly shown on the back of the album, where a movie crew is seen filming the scene from the front cover. A third meaning is taken from some bystanders who are watching the movers and are visibly emotionally moved by the paintings, making them moving pictures.

The first track of the album is Tom Sawyer. Watch Rush play it live and pay attention to the intricate interplay of the middle section (based on a 7/8 time signature) and the astonishing complexity of their musicianship:



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