Tuesday, January 1, 2013

CD Review: Happy New Year & Welcome To The Year "2112"

Rush's 1976 album, "2112" went against everything that was happening in music at that time. Nobody was successful anymore dedicating an entire album side to one complete musical piece, but Rush fans couldn't get enough of it. The complexity of the "2112 Overture" and just the musicianship within the band was some of the best that the music world had to offer. Many of today's hard rock and heavy metal bands use this album as inspiration to create music outside of the normal pieces.
This newly released deluxe edition features a remastered sound along with three live bonus tracks from the 1980-81 tour. The booklet contains new expanded artwork, the original liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos and also features newly written liner notes from David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine. The deluxe edition comes in three configurations, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray or the super deluxe edition which comes with the CD, Blu-ray and a hardbound book housing the 40 page comic book story by artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars, The Simpsons). The DVD and Blu-ray contain the same material, the comic book in digital form, a photo gallery and the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound. The bonus tracks are the "2112: Overture" and "The Temple Of Syrinx" recorded at the Northland Coliseum in Edmonton, AB on June 25, 1981. The other bonus song is "A Passage To Bangkok" from the Manchester Apollo in England concert on June 17, 1980. Instead of only a few bonus tracks, an entire concert would have been more appropriate, but beggars can't be choosers. While I don't have the best speakers, the newly remastered version of the album sounds amazing, very clean and clear with just enough punch.
The new deluxe edition of "2112" was released in December and is available now. For more information, please visit rush.com.

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