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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

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Moving Pictures: a life-changing album

Tue, Nov 27, 2007@4:11PM | comments

Robert of the Radish is a prominent music fanatic and historian with a degree in music business who runs a series of music-related blogs. Robert was recently challenged by a fellow blogger to create a list of 10 albums that changed his life; not necessarily his all time favorites, but those that have had the biggest impact on him. At the very top of his list is Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures. Here's what he said about it.

The first album on my list is probably the most critically divisive selection. However, I still stand by itís brilliance. But it makes my list not so much for the music it contains, but because this is the album that got me hooked on rock and roll. Before this time I had heard my parents Frankie Valli, Carpenters and Elvis records, and I enjoyed them, but when a friend gave me his Sony Walkman on a walk to school in 1981 with Rushís Moving Pictures inside, it was an epiphany. I was stunned by the music pouring into my brain. This record is the one that kicked off a lifelong obsession with music, and will always hold a special place in my heart, no matter how cheesy Neil Peartís lyrics sound to me now. From here I discovered Queen, Van Halen, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, other classic rock legends and heavy metal.

I can definitely identify with him, although for me it was 2112.