RUSH Hold Your Fire 1987-88 (UK 32-page 12″ x 12″ full-colour glossy tour programme featuring ‘Fireworks – The Making Of Hold Your Fire’ by Neal Peart, tour personnel, pictorial biography and lots of great photographs).
Rush Hold Your Fire Tracklist:
A1 Force Ten
A2 Time Stand Still
A3 Open Secrets
A4 Second Nature
A5 Prime Mover
B1 Lock And Key
B3 Turn The Page
B4 Tai Shan
B5 High Water
Bass, Synthesizer, Bass [Pedals], Vocals, Producer Geddy Lee
Conductor [Brass Band] Andrew Jackman*
Conductor [Strings], Arranged By [Strings] Steven Margoshes
Drums, Percussion [Acoustic & Electric], Producer Neil Peart
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Producer Alex Lifeson
Synthesizer [Programming Assistant] Jim Burgess
Synthesizer [Programming Assistant], Keyboards [Additional] Andy Richards
Vocals [Additional] Aimee Mann
Recorded at (between January and April 1987):
The Manor, Oxforshire
Ridge Farm Studio, Surrey
Air Studios, Montserrat
McClear Place, Toronto
Strings recorded at McClear Place.
Aimee Mann appears courtesy of Epic Records
Brass Band recorded at Mirage Studio, Oldham, England
Production work at Elora Sound.
Mastered at Masterdisk, NYC
Hold Your Fire is the 12th studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in the fall of 1987. 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.
In terms of songwriting, Rush continued to explore new territory with Hold Your Fire. The song Tai Shan, for example, has significant Eastern influences, and is a reference to Mount Tai, in the Shandong province. ‘Til Tuesday bassist and vocalist Aimee Mann contributed the first vocals from an artist outside of Rush to “Time Stand Still” (she also appears in the Zbigniew Rybczynski-directed video for the song).
Hold Your Fire stalled at #13 (the first time a Rush studio album failed to reach the Top 10 since 1978s Hemispheres) and sold a million copies according to the bands then-international label Mercury Records (this is the bands last studio album for PolyGram before moving to Atlantic outside Canada). However, the American RIAA has the album listed at Gold.
“Force Ten” is a song written, produced and performed by Canadian rock band Rush, released as a promotional single It was the last song written for the album. The song has been critically positively received, and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Force Ten” was written in three hours on December 14, 1986, the last day of pre-production for Hold Your Fire. With nine songs already written, producer Peter Collins felt it was important to have one more song for the album. Pye Dubois, who previously worked with Rush on their song “Tom Sawyer“, had sent Neil Peart some lyrics for the song, and Peart would add more verses to it. Lyrically, the song describes the “storms of life,” making a reference to a very high level of the Beaufort scale (“force ten” is defined as a ‘storm’, being near the scale’s maximum of 12) as an analogy, according to the book Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United.
Musically, “Force Ten” is composed in A minor, with changes into A major scale occurring in the song. The song is set in common time at a fast rock tempo. Peart has said that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were “trying to explore some musical areas that we hadn’t covered yet,” when writing the music for the song. The opening is very atmospheric before the bass guitar starts playing, which Sputnikmusic said that it “picks up the pace.” Lee performed bass chords in the song, inspired to do so by his friend Jeff Berlin. The song was described by The Cavalier Daily as “intense”