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Happy 30th anniversary Power Windows!

Thu, Oct 29, 2015@9:40AM | comments

Thirty years ago today on October 29th, 1985 Rush released their 11th studio album - Power Windows. The album marked the band's first collaboration with producer Peter Collins and was recorded at The Manor in England, Air Studios in Montserrat and Sarm East in London in the spring and summer of 1985. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 18, 1985 and Platinum on January 27, 1986, and peaked at #10 on the Billboard album charts. The first single off the album was The Big Money which charted at #45 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. You can read a transcription of the album's tourbook including Neil Peart's Looking Through Power Windows writeup at this link. The album featured more synthesizers than any other previous Rush album, and veteran keyboardist Andy Richards was brought in to provide extra keyboard programming and performances. Richards was the guest on the latest edition of the RushCast podcast and spoke at length about his involvement with the album and on the subsequent Hold Your Fire album. You can listen to that interview online at this location, and check out a photo of Richards with the synthesizers used on the album. Power Windows will be reissued on vinyl on December 4th and can be pre-ordered here. Rush's Exit ... Stage Left and Hemispheres were also released on this date - Exit ... Stage Left in 1981 (34 years ago) and Hemispheres back in 1978 (37 years ago). Here's the music video for The Big Money: