Geddy Lee and Rush mixer and engineer Stephen W. Tayler was recently interviewed by Innerviews to discuss various topics. Here, Tayler talks about how Lee had to sing in a different vocal range for the group’s beloved album – Presto. Geddy Lee hiring big name new Rush drummer leaks.
Tayler said: “Rupert likes to have a lot to do with productions, usually at a musical level. He’s very big on working on the songwriting aspect of things. He comes at projects from a songwriter and musician perspective, rather than as an engineer or session player. My job is more about presentation. I think Rush was looking for a new kind of input into what they do.”
Tayler continued: “But Presto was rather strange in that Rupert didn’t contribute that much to the recording sessions. That’s why the album says “Produced by Rupert Hine and Rush.” He wanted it that way. He felt he wasn’t contributing a ton to it. He was there as quality control. I think he was more involved during the preparation and songwriting stage of the album.”
He concluded: “One thing he really wanted to encourage Geddy to do was sing in a lower register and to bring the keys of the pieces down. I think he wanted something different from the high registers Geddy was famous for.” Rush singer Geddy Lee ‘replacement’ revealed.
In other news regarding Geddy Lee and Rush, fans recently took to social media to reflect upon the aforementioned album – ‘Presto’. One fan said: “Presto is the beginning of yet another turning point for Rush. This review is for the vinyl pressing and not necessarily the music, although I really love this album. This is their first LP issued under the Atlantic label. It is 200-gram vinyl and is done well. Very quiet and clean sounding. It has, though, a somewhat flat sound like the CD, though a bit warmer due to being analog. You really cannot miss with Rush on vinyl.”
While another fan put: “A good candidate for my favorite Rush album would be 1987’s ‘Hold Your Fire’ containing the excellent “Time Stand Still”.1989’s ‘Presto’ has the same basic feel only pushes the rock edge further upfront again-leaving this album a tad more edgy in places. But those edges are smoothed out across “Show Don’t Tell”, “Chain Lightning” and “War Paint”.The most impressive cuts are the more atmospheric title song and “Red Tide”.The catchiest tune on ‘Presto’ is “Anagram (For Mongo)”, one of the poppiest items in Rush’s catalog. The most telling cut here is “Scars”, looking strongly towards the instrumental jamming funk groove of the next album, although again with more fusion leanings. With ‘Presto’ Rush continues their 80’s winning streak and ended their golden decade with yet another golden egg. And thankfully even better things were to come.” Read the full interview at Innerviews.