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Art director Hugh Syme's vision for the band's eighth LP crystalized as soon as he heard the title. Continue reading…

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"I look back on it as being pretty formative, pretty primitive," says art director Hugh Syme. "But I realize that I somehow intuitively tapped into my conversations with [Neil Peart] about the arc of his story." Continue reading…

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Art director Hugh Syme talks to UCR about the prog-rock trio's playful cover to the 1989 LP. Continue reading…

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The cover of Rush's ninth LP was so uncharacteristically simple and dry, the band's manager was puzzled to the point of anger. Continue reading…

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"That cover was an effort at bringing some palpable reality to the otherwise more fantasial illustrative style that preceded," says art director Hugh Syme. Continue reading…

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Art director Hugh Syme recalls how potential legal issues stopped them from referencing cartoon character. Continue reading…

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Art director Hugh Syme recalls how a Geddy Lee recommendation added "another layer of presence and meaning." Continue reading…

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"There was a lot of discussion about Dionysus and Apollo and the left-brain, right-brain [theory]," art director Hugh Syme says of artwork for 1978 LP. Continue reading…

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Hugh Syme's design was almost punk in its shocking minimalism. Continue reading…

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"I was inspired by composite work by [Hipgnosis] and endeavored to bring some of that to play in that album," art director Hugh Syme says of cover for 1977 LP. Continue reading…

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