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Throughout the years 2014 and 2015, Rush celebrate their 40th anniversary with vinyl reissues of albums from their Mercury era.
Hold Your Fire is Rushs 12th studio album, released on September 8, 1987. It was recorded at The Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, AIR Studios in Montserrat and McClear Place in Toronto, with sessions spread out over a relatively long period of time. Although Hold Your Fire features nearly as much synth/keyboards as its predecessor, Power Windows, Hold Your Fires guitar riffs and solos are considerably more prominent on several songs.
During the writing stages for the album, with nine songs written, producer Peter Collins also suggested the band make a tenth track for the album. The song Force Ten was written on the last day of pre-production, December 14, 1986. Another track on the album, Time Stand Still, was the first track Neil wrote. Aimee Mann briefly sings in each chorus of the song, marking Rushs first collaboration with another singer.
"...gradually draws in the listener by slowly revealing its nuances and secrets...Geddy Lee employs lush textures which, when coupled with a greater rhythmic and melodic presence from guitarist Alex Lifeson, results in a far warmer sound than in recent efforts...drummer Neil Peart is as inventive and exciting as ever...Rush always seem to produce some of their best work at the end of each four-album cycle, and Hold Your Fire is no exception." -Eduardo Rivadavia, allmusic.com
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Geddy Lee, bass, synthesizers, bass pedals, vocals
Alex Lifeson, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Neil Peart, drums, percussion, electronic percussion
1. Force Ten
2. Time Stand Still
3. Open Secrets
4. Second Nature
5. Prime Mover
6. Lock and Key
8. Turn the Page
9. Tai Shan
10. High Water