Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It was recorded and mixed from October to November 1980 at Le Studio located in Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, and released on February 12, 1981.
Moving Pictures became the band’s biggest selling album in the US rising to #3 on the Billboard charts and remains the band’s most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. The album was one of the first to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA upon establishment of the certification in October 1984, and eventually went quadruple platinum.
Following the formula of their previous album, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures follows a more radio-friendly format and includes several of the band’s signature tracks, including the hits “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight”, the FM rock radio standard, “Red Barchetta”, and the band’s highly praised instrumental, “YYZ”.
Moving Pictures is one of two Rush albums listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2112 is the other). Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #43 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”. In 2012, Moving Pictures was listed as the #10 ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time’ by Rolling Stone.
The album cover art is a visual pun of movers physically carrying paintings, while several songs from the album are connected to motion pictures, with “moving pictures” meaning movies. This second meaning is explicitly shown on the back of the album, where a movie crew is seen filming the scene from the front cover. A third meaning is taken from bystanders who are watching the movers and are visibly emotionally moved by the paintings, making them “moving pictures”.
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” is a song by the English progressive rock band Yes. It is the first track and single from their eleventh studio album 90125, released in 1983. Written primarily by guitarist Trevor Rabin, contributions were made to the final version by lead singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and producer Trevor Horn.
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” was released on 5 November 1983, as the album’s first single. It was a commercial success in the United States, becoming the band’s first and only single to reach number one on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song went to #62 on November 5, 1983 and went down to the top 10 within 7 weeks. In 1984, the song made #8 on the year-end charts.
The song has been sampled by various artists including Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and Max Graham, whose 2005 single reached the top 10 in the UK chart. The single was reissued various times throughout the 1980s and 1990s with different remix versions and B-sides.
The first version was a four track version Rabin recorded at his home studio in London in 1980. Rabin played all instruments on the demo as well as singing.
The song was first recognized as a potential hit when Rabin played the demo to Ron Fair who was then a junior A&R man at RCA records. Rabin was to record the song along with many others as an album for RCA. (The majority of these songs become the majority of the songs on YES’s 90125 album.)
Rabin ultimately declined the solo deal with RCA and joined up with Chris Squire, Alan White and Tony Kaye to form a band called Cinema. Later changing the name to YES.
“Release Me” is a pop song recorded by Swedish singer Agnes Carlsson taken from her third album Dance Love Pop. The track was written by Agnes Carlsson, Anders Hansson and Sharon Vaughn. It was released as the album’s second single in Sweden, and as Agnes’ debut single internationally. The song has been critically appreciated for its swooping harmonies and Agnes’ vocal talents. “Release Me” was another top ten hit for Agnes in Sweden and has also been charting in Belgium,Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Worldwide, the single has sold over 900 000 copies making it Agnes’ biggest hit to date and a worldwide commercial success.
In July 2009 “Release Me” was released outside of Europe for the first time, in Australia, on Warner Music. The song was also released in the United States on August 18, 2009 where it hit number one on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.