“And the meek shall inherit the earth…” the first prophetic words of Rush’s breakthrough 1976 album 2112 little did they know that those Neil Peart written lyrics would almost come true and Rush would be sitting third after the Beatles and Rolling Stones with the most gold and platinum albums to their name. With over 40 million record sales to their name the Canadian trio of Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart have dominated this planet with their superb musicianship and clever lyrics mainly from the pen of their talented drummer Neil Peart.
To coincide with the actual date 2112 Rush have released the DELUXE EDITIONS of their 1976 platinum-selling, landmark album 2112 in three different configurations: 2112: DELUXE EDITION (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-Ray) and a special SUPER DELUXE EDITION (CD/Blu-Ray/Hardbound book case).
2112: DELUXE EDITIONS (DVD Version and Blu-Ray Version):
2 DISC: CD + DVD AUDIO/VIDEO
2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY
Expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos by original album designer Hugh Syme. Brand new liner notes by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.
CD – Digitally remastered plus 3 unreleased bonus live tracks:
– Overture (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB – June 25, 1981)
– The Temples of Syrinx (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB – June 25, 1981)
– A Passage To Bangkok (Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England – June 17, 1980)
DVD AUDIO/VIDEO AND BLU-RAY CONTAIN:
– Digital Comic Book – experience the comic book formatted for widescreen televisions during playback of the album.
– Photo Gallery – unreleased photos and handwritten lyrics by Neil Peart
-DVD AUDIO/VIDEO SPECS:
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in PCM (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital (DVD-Video players)
– 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital Stereo (DVD-Video players)
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio
– 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo
2112: SUPER DELUXE EDITION
2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY version contained in hardbound book case
Housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars “The Clone Wars,” The Simpson’s “Treehouse of Horrors #17”) and a 24 page book with expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos. New liner notes written by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.
I grew up with this album first hearing it as an LP (remember those?) played to me by a good school friend back in the late 70’s where it had a profound impact on my newly born love of rock music in all it’s many different forms. I won’t go into a track by track breakdown of the original album tracks as they are all here except to say that the remastering is superb bringing a new clarity to all the music contained in this new version much better than some of my other allegedly remastered albums. The bonus tracks are all live cuts Overture/The Temples of Syrinx from Northland Coliseum, Edmonton June 25, 1981 and A Passage To Bangkok from Manchester Apollo, England, June 17, 1980 both of which are great live cuts which show that Rush can perform all their complex material live and are not just a studio band thanks to their great individual musicianship of their chosen instruments.
In summary if you don’t have a copy this is clearly the one to buy because of the much improved clarity that the remastering gives it and I know the Rush die hard’s will be after the Super Deluxe Edition with the 24 page with new liner notes, lyrics and artwork. The new edition is released on the 17th December so that it will be available to buy on the 21st/12 if you really want to.
Geddy Lee Bass, Vocals
Alex Lifeson Guitar
Neil Peart Drums
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