Hold Your Fire
|Hold Your Fire|
|Studio album by Rush|
|Released||September 8, 1987
June 3, 1997 (Remastered CD)
|Recorded||October 1986 - April 1987
The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire;
Ridge Farm Studio, Surrey;
AIR Studios, Montserrat;
McClear Place, Toronto, Canada
|Genre||Hard rock, progressive rock|
|Producer||Rush, Peter Collins|
|Singles from Hold Your Fire|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Hold Your Fire is the twelfth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, 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. Hold Your Fire was the last Rush studio album released outside Canada by PolyGram/Mercury.
The album was not as commercially successful as much of the band's releases of the 1980s, only peaking at #13 on the Billboard charts, the lowest debut for a Rush album since Hemispheres. However, it did eventually go gold.
Rush continued to explore new songwriting territory in Hold Your Fire. "Tai Shan", for example, is influenced by classical Chinese music, and its title is a reference to Mount Tai in China's Shandong province, which Neil Peart discovered during his bicycle trip in China. 'Til Tuesday bassist and vocalist Aimee Mann contributed vocals to "Open Secrets" and "Time Stand Still", appearing in the Zbigniew Rybczyński-directed video for the latter. In addition, a backward sample of her vocals from another track is also used at the end of "Tai Shan".
Hold Your Fire was initially deemed a commercial disappointment in comparison to other Rush albums. It stalled at #13 in the Billboard 200 album chart, the first time a Rush studio album failed to reach the Top 10 since 1978's Hemispheres. Although Hold Your Fire was certified gold in the US shortly after its release, it failed to reach platinum status according to the RIAA, becoming the first Rush studio album to not do so since 1975's Caress of Steel.
In the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary film, people discuss the keyboards becoming more prominent, and some fans felt that Lee was spending too much time on the keyboards.
Despite the poor commercial performance of the album the band routinely features at least one song from Hold Your Fire in their live shows, with "Force Ten", "Time Stand Still" and "Mission" appearing the most often. To date, the only tour since the album's release to not feature at least one Hold Your Fire song in the set list was the Vapor Trails tour of 2002.
|2.||"Time Stand Still"||5:09|
|6.||"Lock and Key"||5:09|
|8.||"Turn the Page"||4:55|
|10.||"High Water" (contains hidden track of "laser alarm" at 10:33)||12:05|
- Geddy Lee - bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
- Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars
- Neil Peart - drums, percussion
- Aimee Mann - additional vocals
- Andy Richards - additional keyboards, synthesizer programming
- Steven Margoshes - strings arranger and conductor
- The William Faery Engineering Brass Band arranged and conducted by Andrew Jackman
|Canadian Albums (RPM100)||9|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||40|
|German Albums (Media Control)||34|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||21|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||67|
|UK Albums (OCC)||10|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|"Time Stand Still"|
|"Lock and Key"
A remaster was issued in 1997.
- The tray has a picture of three fingerprints, light blue, pink, and lime green (left to right) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left, mirroring the cover art of Retrospective II. All remasters from Moving Pictures through A Show of Hands are like this.
- Includes all the artwork that came with the original album.
Hold Your Fire was remastered again in 2011 by Andy VanDette for the "Sector" box sets, which re-released all of Rush's Mercury-era albums. It is included in the Sector 3 set. For the 2011 remaster, master tapes containing different mixes of Hold Your Fire were inadvertently used, with the result that the mix is noticeably different from previous releases in several places; particularly during "Mission", where string parts that were not present on the original release can be heard.
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