Roll the Bones
|Roll the Bones|
|Studio album by Rush|
|Released||September 3, 1991
August 31, 2004  (Remastered CD)
|Recorded||Le Studio, Morin-Heights, Quebec and McClear Place, Toronto, Ontario|
|Producer||Rupert Hine, Rush|
|Singles from Roll the Bones|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1991. It was recorded at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto, Ontario with Rupert Hine returning as producer. The album won the 1992 Juno Award for best album cover design. Roll the Bones became Rush's first US Top 5 album since 1981's Moving Pictures, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200. It also achieved an RIAA certification of platinum, the latest Rush album to date to do so. The album was remastered and re-released in 2004 as part of the Atlantic Records "Rush Remasters" series, and in 2011, once again remastered (by Kevin Gray) and re-released by Audio Fidelity as a gold CD. In 2013, it was remastered and re-released yet again this time as part of the box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007.
"Dreamline" and "Roll the Bones" were popular radio staples of the early 90s, with the former reaching #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart, while "Where's My Thing?" became the band's third instrumental and was their second song to be nominated for a Grammy, in 1991, losing to Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover". Coincidentally, Johnson went on to provide support for the Roll the Bones tour in fall of 1991. The musical style of Roll the Bones paved the way for the "alternative" style of 1993’s Counterparts.
In the Roll the Bones tourbook of 1991-92, Neil Peart described both the mindset of the lyrics written for not only the title track, but also the album:
No matter what kind of song you choose to play, you’re betting your life on it, for good or ill, and what you believe is what you are... No one can ever be sure, in this best of all possible random universes.
That's why the essence of these songs is: if there's a chance, you might as well take it. So what if some parts of life are a crap shoot? Get out there and shoot the crap. A random universe doesn't have to be futile; we can change the odds, load the dice, and roll again…. For anyone who hasn't seen Groucho Marx's game show You Bet Your Life, I mean that no one but Groucho knows the secret word, and one guess is as good as another... Anything can happen. That is called fate.
- "Dreamline" – 4:38
- "Bravado" – 4:35
- "Roll the Bones" – 5:30
- "Face Up" – 3:54
- "Where's My Thing? (Part IV, "Gangster of Boats" Trilogy)" – 3:49
- "The Big Wheel" – 5:13
- "Heresy" – 5:26
- "Ghost of a Chance" – 5:19
- "Neurotica" – 4:40
- "You Bet Your Life" – 5:00
- Geddy Lee - synthesizers, bass guitar, lead vocals
- Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Neil Peart - drums
- Joe Berndt - digital effects
- Ben Darlow - assistant engineer, mixing assistant
- Rupert Hine - producer, keyboards, vocals
- Bob Ludwig - mastering
- Adam Ayan - remastering
- Andrew MacNaughtan - photography
- Simon Pressey - assistant engineer
- Everett Ravestein - pre-production, pre-production assistant
- John Scarpati - photography
- Paul Seeley - assistant engineer
- Hugh Syme - art direction, design
- Steven Boehm - engineer
|UK Albums Chart||10|
ROLL THE BONES TOUR Setlist:
- Intro(A Show Of Hands)/Force Ten
- Freewill / Distant Early Warning
- Time Stand Still
- Roll The Bones
- Show Don´t Tell
- The Big Money
- Ghost Of A Chance (added on 12/4/91 onward)
- Subdvisions (abbreviated)(Dropped on 27/5/92 , after replaced by "Vital Signs" on 29/5/92 onward)
- The Pass (Replaced by "The Analog Kid" on 29/5 onward)
- Where´s My Thing
- The Rhythm Method (drum solo)
- Closer To The Heart (With a "Alex´s Speeding Up" rant ,after 27/5/92)
- Xanadu (abbreviated)
- Tom Sawyer
- The Spirit Of Radio
- Old Medley:
2112(Overure) Finding My Way La Villa Strangiato (Abbreviated) Anthem Red Barchetta Spirit Of Radio (Reprise)
- Cygnus X-1 (Teaser added early 12/4/91 onward)
|"Roll the Bones"
|"Ghost of a Chance"
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