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2112 [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

RushAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. '2112': I: Overture/II: The Temples Of Syrinx/III: Discovery/IV: Presentation/V: Oracle: The Dream/VI. Soliloquy/VII. Grand Finale
2. A Passage To Bangkok
3. The Twilight Zone
4. Lessons
5. Tears
6. Something For Nothing

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Only Rush could have pulled this off, and only in the '70s. 2112--the title suite of the band's 1976 breakthrough album--is a comically pretentious, futuristic rock opera written by a nerdy drummer and sung by a whiny-voiced geek. It also happens to be a great piece of rock & roll that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures from genteel acoustic ("Oracle") to thrilling metal ("The Temples of Syrinx"). Perhaps realizing that they had taken conceptualism about as far as it could go, even these guys backed off on the epic hero stuff for later releases. 2112 still stands as one of the great signposts of the prog-rock era. --Michael Ruby

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Futuristic sci-fi imagery, virtuoso technique, absolutely killer rock riffs it all came together on Rush's 1976 concept album 2112 . The title opus joins A Passage to Bangkok; Something for Nothing; Tears; Lessons , and more!

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184 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Listen to my music and hear what it can do . . .' August 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is the one that brought me to the Rush party. It's still one of the finest rock albums there is.

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.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymn to the Spirit of Man August 31, 1998
Format:Audio CD
If you're not interested in 20 minute long songs, hard drving guitar and rhythm sections, sci-fi inspired lyrics, long instrumentals, a high pitched voice singing the lyrics, then 2112 is not for you. This is Rush's fourth album, their breakthrough which legitimately set them to become one of the most lyrically profound and musically astute power trios in the entire world. 2112 (pronounced "twenty one, twelve") is the main song on the album. It tells of a society ruled by the communist priests of the Temples of Syrinx who believe in crushing the human spirit so every one lives according to a lifeless conformity. The hero dares to defy them and leads the revolution through music. How does it end? Listen to the album. Also present are five lesslengthy songs like A Passage to Bangkok, which sounds like a shopping list for drugs, Something for Nothing, a song that defines reality itself, the acoustic show-stopper Tears, the Twilight Zone and Lessons. The lyrics of most songs are done by drummer Neil Peart, who sounds like a college professor. Alex Lifeson contributes hard-rocking guitar lines which soar and frighten. And bassist, vocalist, keyboardist Geddy Lee sounds like a Medieval minstrel. At times you almost start to think that he is the hero of the story. A classic album and a must have for any serious lover of heavy metal and lyrical profundity.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Moving Pictures you ask? Well sort of.

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something that was missed... January 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most of the above reviews are outstanding(even 1 or 2 of the negative ones), however something else needs to be said about this landmark album and band. Rush PRACTICES WHAT THEY PREACH! THAT, my friends, is what separates the great artists from those who experiance just "15 minutes of fame".
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.
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My FAVORITE album of all time! If the is true can now die happy!!
Thanks for the heads up,Working Man!
Nov 6, 2012 by F. Hearley |  See all 2 posts
Seriously, 2112 not available as download?
It's only 5 dollars on amazon prime (free shipping!) for the real CD! They do have it to download here on amazon for 6 dollars. Why the hell would you download it?
Dec 24, 2012 by oldtree |  See all 2 posts
Rand and Serling, two peas from different pods
Neal Peart and Rush never were objectivists, why do people keep putting Rush and Ayn Rand together?
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