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, synthrock|
|Producer||Peter Collins and Rush|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Hold Your Fire is the twelfth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in the summer of 1987 (see 1987 in music). The album was recorded at The Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, Air Studios in Montserrat and at McClear Place in Toronto. Hold Your Fire was the last Rush studio album released outside Canada by PolyGram/Mercury.
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 lyricist 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, Mann's laugh is heard at the beginning of "Force Ten", and a backward sample of her vocals from another track is also used at the end of "Tai Shan".
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, the album did eventually go gold.
Hold Your Fire marked the first time that Geddy Lee used the Roland D-50 keyboard.
Hold Your Fire was initially deemed a commercial disappointment in comparison to other Rush albums (though it went platinum in the 90s). It stalled at No. 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 United States shortly after its release, it failed to reach platinum status according to the RIAA, becoming the first Rush studio album to do so since 1975's Caress of Steel.
|2.||"Time Stand Still"||5:09|
|6.||"Lock and Key"||5:09|
|8.||"Turn the Page"||4:55|
- Geddy Lee – bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
- Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars
- Neil Peart – drums, percussion
- Aimee Mann – additional vocals
- Andy Richards – additional keyboards, synthesizers programming
- Steven Margoshes – strings arranger and conductor
- The William Faery Engineering Brass Band arranged and conducted by Andrew Jackman
|Billboard 200 (North America)||13|
|RPM100 Albums (Canada)||9|
|UK Album Chart ||10|
|German Album Chart||34|
|Swedish Album Chart||21|
|GfK Dutch Album Chart||40|
|"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. Hold Your Fire 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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