Rush ‎– Presto

Atlantic ‎– 7567-83736-2, Anthem Records (2) ‎– 7567-83736-2
CD, Album, Remastered, Reissue


1 Show Don't Tell 5:01
2 Chain Lightning 4:33
3 The Pass 4:51
4 War Paint 5:24
5 Scars 4:07
6 Presto 5:45
7 Superconductor 4:47
8 Anagram (For Mongo) 4:00
9 Red Tide 4:29
10 Hand Over Fist 4:11
11 Available Light 5:03

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Pre-production work at Chalet Studio.

Booklet made in the U.S.
"Made In U.S.A." on CD face but IFPi codes indicates that CD is made in Germany.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7567-83736-2 6
  • Matrix / Runout: [Warner logo] 756783736-2 08/04 V01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 05R3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 05P3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 05R4
  • Label Code: LC00121
  • SPARS Code: DDD

Other Versions (5 of 41) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ANL-1059 Rush Presto(LP, Album) Anthem Records (2) ANL-1059 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7 82040-1 Rush Presto(LP, Album) Atlantic, Anthem Records (2) 7 82040-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
7567-82040-2 Rush Presto(CD, Album, RE) Atlantic, Anthem Records (2) 7567-82040-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
R1-83736 Rush Presto(LP, Album, RE, RM, 200) Atlantic, Anthem Records (2) R1-83736 US 2015 Sell This Version
7567-83736-2 Rush Presto(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Atlantic (2), Anthem Records (3) 7567-83736-2 Russia 2004 Sell This Version


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June 7, 2010
edited over 4 years ago

Perhaps Presto is the last of the truly great Rush albums, because at this point in the band's career I had found myself skipping ahead "to see what the next song is like (because this one is boring)". At first glance Presto sounds as though it was produced in a biscuit tin; it's very tinny, that doesn't necessarily detract from Lee, Lifeson & Peart's songwriting, but it's noticeable on early non-remastered versions of the album - apparently the tinniness comes from Rupert Hine's vision of what the Power Trio is all about - I've come to appreciate it though, it gives the music a distinctive sound. The first half of the record is Rush at it's best; only "Chain Lightning" fails to work for me. Touches of brilliance in "The Pass"; (a sequel to 1982's "Subdivisions") - Peart's observations of teenage alienation seen through a pair of wiser, more experienced eyes. Social observations continue through "War Paint", whilst "Scars" doesn't sound like anything the band have done before or since (an instant favourite). These songs, although showcasing the musicians' flair for technical skill, at the same time embody fine 'pop' sensibilities which continue in "Superconductor"; a song which ironically de-constructs the role of the entertainer, sort of like "Limelight" part two. "Anagram (For Mongo)" - as the title might suggest - disguises examples of anagrams in the lyrics ("reasoning is partly insane/image just an eyeless game") whilst the instrumentation is lush and replete with washes of Synthesizers and Acoustic Guitars. The final three tracks lag behind their predecessors; "Red Tide" is a typical environmental commentary, "Hand Over Fist" and "Available Light" are kind of bland, AOR slush, however before we get to this point it's usually time for me to eject the disc, unless I'm stuck painting the ceiling or something..