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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 6, 1997
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"The first record," Alex Lifeson says about 2112, "where we sounded like Rush."
"2112 is, more than anything, a record about being Rush: loving music, moving it forward and taking it to the world, whatever the price. And it is perfect." David Fricke
In time for 21/12 celebrations, the DELUXE EDITIONS of Rush's 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).
The deluxe editions contain a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-Ray material including the remastered 2112 CD with 3 live bonus tracks and a DVD or Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 surround sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos. The super deluxe contains the CD/Blu-Ray and is meticulously assembled in a hardbound bookcase packed with a 40-page comic book representing every song on 2112.
Originally released in 1976, Rush s epic, landmark release 2112 was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the band's most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike. With lyrics written by Neil Peart, and influenced by author Ayn Rand, 2112 kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite title track (side one), set in a futuristic world run by the "Priests of the Temples of Syrinx" who regulate "every single facet of every life," which includes books, music, work and play. "2112" conveys the story of humanity's instinctual, inner need for one's free will.
After the mythological journey through "2112," side two brings you back to the present and continues with five stand-alone tracks. From hard-rocking tracks such as "A Passage to Bangkok," "Lessons," and a trip to into the fourth dimension with "The Twilight Zone," to the album's soaring conclusion, "Something For Nothing," 2112 is the album that ushered in the next stage in their continuing evolution as artists.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Before 1976, Rush had released a competent but undistinguished Self-Titled Debut, with bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib), guitarist Alex Lifeson (Alex Zivojinovich, of which 'life-son' is a literal translation), and drummer John Rutsey doing a passable imitation of Led Zeppelin. Following Rutsey's amicable departure, Lee and Lifeson were joined by mad percussionist and thoughtful lyricist Neil Peart, whose influence was evident over the next two LPs (_Fly By Night_ and _Caress of Steel_). But although there was lots of good music on them, the band hadn't quite found its voice yet.
Then came _2112_ -- without which quite a few of us would never have _heard_ of their first three albums. This one got lots of people's attention, including mine; I was introduced to it by a junior-high buddy who was as blown away by it as I was. As of this release, Rush had _arrived_.
The title piece, as you surely know, is a twenty-minute science fiction 'rock opera' inspired largely by Ayn Rand's _Anthem_. Don't let that put you off; you don't have to have a high opinion of Rand's work in order to appreciate _2112_. (I don't think much of her as a philosopher myself, although I've enjoyed some of her non-ATLAS SHRUGGED fiction.) Peart is nobody's follower, and when it comes to Rand he knew which bits to keep and which to reject.
Here (as in his other Rand-inspired material) he seizes on the right stuff: individualism, iconoclasm, reason, intellectual self-reliance, respect for human competence and achievement, and a deep commitment to political and social liberty.Read more ›
I must admit, that I have no prior/other copy of 2112 on CD so I won't be able to comment on the differences or improvements with this newer version. Actually, I haven't even listened to the included CD, since I bought this CD/BD combo primarily for the HD 5.1 surround experience and I can honestly say it does not disappoint!
I understand that everyone's audio system (and ears for that matter) will yield differing opinions, but I've never been a fan of compressed files, don't much listen to music via earbuds, and still enjoy the "sweet spot" musical listening experience with my Martin Logan speaker set-up in my living room.
From the opening notes, the Blu-ray audio experience is enveloping but in a very "natural" way with Geddy's vocals primarily emanating from the center. While the surrounds are certainly used, they are not independently prominent, so don't expect wacky "circulating" effects or isolated instruments coming from behind you. Only occasionally may you hear ambient sounds, rainfall perhaps. (This is Rush, not Pink Floyd) What you can expect however, is an immersive sonic experience which should completely fill your room with a noticable clarity from each instrument just as it was recorded. Alex's guitars have an uncluttered tone, raw and ballsy at times, light and delicate at others. And of course Neil Peart's drummming is as always an earful of ungodly talent. Very well done.
In addition to the audio treat, you also get a visual one. Moving pictures in the form of a comic-book type of animation that provides the lyrics, but also supplies a bit of story-telling to reveal some of the context in which perhaps the song's ideas were derived.Read more ›
With their 1975 release "Caress Of Steel", Rush attempted the make of a great storylined concept album, however, it didn't quite cut it. Maybe the epic track on the second half of the album "The Fountain Of Lamneth" didn't have a strong enough story and/or message to it - who knows? The point is, their record company shunned the idea of a concept album preferring more conventional straight-forward rock albums like those we've heard from Bad Company or Foghat, but Rush was out to distinguish themselves. Instead of being deterred from the lack of success of "Caress" or discouraged from writing 18+ minute long epic tracks by the record company. Neil, Geddy and Alex write, record and release an even better and longer epic track for their 1976 album - "2112"! Three very talented musicians from the suburbs of Toronto simply knew what they wanted and through blood, sweat and "Tears" stood their ground. Of course, the record execs were furious at Rush's blatant disregard for their request, but surely were silenced by the fact that "2112" became the band's first platinum selling success!
It's one thing to write a body of work, whether it's a novel or rock album or whatever, and talk a lot of pilosophy. It's another to put ACTION behind those words and produce positive results. Rush practices what they preach and "2112" is there testament.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What's not to like about 2112. Had this longer ago than I care to say on "8 track". Being able to grab it as a $5 album is very cool.Published 7 days ago by Ficticious
This really IS the ultimate 2112 listening experience!
Not only that but on the DVD you get a comic book styled story line to follow along with while the music is... Read more