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“This solo is so cool because of the carnival atmosphere, and that’s all Al. He made those sounds and did all that brilliant guitar work – he had such vision and so many ideas. It was pretty inspiring seeing him follow it all through.
“Geddy sang the song, and after he finished, it was time to come up with the soundscapes. We have three guitar tracks – one on the left, one on the right and one in the middle – and they all have different clean amps with tremolo, panning effects and phasers, Leslie speakers and filtered little sounds.
“Alex doesn’t really discuss what he’s thinking before he does it. He’ll lay his parts down, and then he’ll call me into the room. I’ll either say, ‘That’s fucking amazing!’ or ‘It can be better’ or ‘It’s done, it’s perfect.’ Nine times out of 10, I’ll say, ‘It’s perfect.’”