Rush opens the vaults to reveal never-before-seen footage of their Animated images cover shoot. Photographer Deborah Samuel captured the iconic image of the album cover as well as the covers of Permanent waves, Exitâ¦ to the left of the stage and Signals. The releases are now available to the public for the first time with the release of the Deborah Samuel collection.
The collection includes three alternative covers and three alternative back covers for Animated images, plus 12 interior album art photographs by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Proceeds from the collection will go to Grapes for Humanity, which has partnered with Definitive Authentic to support the Genius 100 Foundation’s Gift of Sight campaign and the Himalayan Cataract project. The funds will help organizations perform eye restoration surgeries in underfunded areas where HCP operates.
“I vividly remember the day Deborah put up this blanket and especially the interior series of the Animated images photographs, “Lifeson said in a statement.” I was jumping in the dark with a blinking light flash, which was disorienting to say the least, but the results fit the concept of the album so well, and I loved the photos finals it produces. I am delighted to revisit them and make the covers and these interior photos available to support Grapes For Humanity. “
Lee added, “I am very grateful to Deborah for generously making these rare photographs available to our fans, the proceeds of which will help restore sight to the blind.”
You can view the collection or make a purchase at Animated Pictures 40 website.
Released February 12, 1981, Animated images became Rush’s most commercially successful album in the United States, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and selling over 5 million copies. The band continued their shift from full prog to simple rock ‘n’ roll that began in the 1980s. Permanent waves. In the process, they racked up AOR radio hits with the skinny and anthem “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight”, while “Red Barchetta” and the searing instrumental “YYZ” also became some of their best-known songs.
Since the death of drummer Neil Peart in January 2020, Lee and Lifeson have taken care of a handful of other projects, musical and otherwise. In August, former band members launched Rush Canadian Golden Ale in collaboration with Henderson Brewing of Toronto.
In June, Lifeson released two instrumental tracks titled âKabul Bluesâ and âSpy House,â his first new music in nearly a decade. Bassist Andy Curran told UCR the two tracks were part of Lifeson’s side project called Envy of None, for which he wrote 10 songs. The guitarist was also recently a guest on Tom Morello’s “I Have Seen the Way” with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
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