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Sector 2 [Original recording remastered, Box set, CD+DVD]

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set, CD+DVD
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Mercury
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited six disc (five CDs + DVD) box set from the Canadian Rock trio. Contains the albums A Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Exit...Stage Left plus the DVD-Audio mix of A Farewell To Kings. Each Sector contains five of their 15 Mercury albums in chronological order, all transferred to high resolution 96kHz/24-bit and digitally premastered for optimal quality. In addition, each volume includes an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, and features one album specifically remixed on DVD in high resolution 96 kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround sound and stereo, compatible with both DVD Audio players and DVD-Video players. Each album is packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release with all 3 sets forming a Rush CD road case.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Notes on Mastering (Sectors 2 and 3) May 19, 2013
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Format:Audio CD
This review is intended for folks who already have other versions of these discs and are wondering if the new Andy Vandette masterings are worthwhile. Short answer for box 2 is that these are very good in some ways, but not better than all other versions. My take is that the 97 remasters are actually better than these for Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres because of graphic equalization choices, while Moving Pictures is equivalent to the 2011 disc and Perm Waves is better than the 97 edition (I've never heard the Mercury, and the MFSL is slightly better). Box 3 is included here, too, which fares a bit worse. I can't comment on the 5.1 mixes, since my setups are all stereo.

My notes continue the review I started for Sector 1, where I also briefly compare the hi-res 24/96 downloads of Sector 1 and conclude that there's no apparent benefit to the higher resolution versions over the CDs, at least from a headphone-listening perspective.

keep in mind that all the albums from Moving Pictures forward in this series were originally 16-bit digital recordings. So the main sonic differences between the Sector boxes and other available versions will be things like treble boost and loudness, along with whatever mastering gizmos the engineer felt like plugging in. Sometimes they run the digital master through good analog equipment and recapture back to digital, which can sound good (somehow), and I think MP was actually mixed in analog after being recorded digitally, oddly enough; but there's a limit to how much "better" any recordings from this era can sound from their original incarnations. I found Hold Your Fire shrill on the Sector box, for instance.

Hemispheres from Sector 2 is very close in most respects to the 1997 remaster, I think (and the SHM).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's "Hidden" Albums Now Available in"Sector" Boxes December 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
What you might call "Hidden" albums can be found in all three Sector box sets AND in the "Moving Pictures" DVD-Audio disc. If you have a portable DVD-Audio player or have the ability to hear the "Surround" versions of the music only decoded in "Stereo" through your system you will discover fun and interesting versions of some of our favourite Rush albums. The Sector box sets are worth the price for these versions alone. Particularly interesting are: "By-Tor & The Snow Dog", "Xanadu", "Cygnus X-1" and "YYZ". Most fascinating of all are the versions of "Witch Hunt" (minus the crowd), "The Camera Eye" (incredibly clear dialogue!) and especially "Countdown", with ALL the NASA dialogue removed. The latter can be a strange and disconcerting experience but is unforgettable. If you are a musician or are just fascinated with hearing all the notes played or each drumskin hit and roll you won't be disappointed. Geddy's bass and Neil's drums are showcased distinctively in these versions. A welcome and invaluable addition to the best work in the RUSH catalog. I can only hope that when the rest of these Mercury albums are soon released as high resolution downloads they will also be released as physical DVD-Audio discs as well. Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As a longtime Rush fan, audio production engineer and high resolution/surround music fan, I'm compelled to review the second time remastering of the Rush Mercury catalog. The albums in this "Sector 2" box represent one of my favorite Rush eras. The first remaster (and original mastering) was done by Bob Ludwig, and these "Sector" remasters were performed by Andy Vandette, who also mastered Rush "Retrospective III".

First, the DVD-Audio disc "A Farewell To Kings". It does not provide nearly the three dimensional effect as surround mixes by Elliot Scheiner or Steven Wilson. I would say it's more like an ambient stereo mix as opposed to a true 5.1 surround mix. However, there is added detail to this mix that isn't in the original stereo mix so it's still an upgrade of sorts.

The CDs sound better on about half of the songs on all of the albums and virtually identical to the Bob Ludwig '97 remasters on the remainder. For example, the song "Circumstances" sounds clearer and fuller on the new remaster but "The Trees" sounds virtually identical to the '97 remaster, so not every single song sounds different, but at least half do. Don't get me wrong, they are still worth owning as the '97 remasters sounded pretty good too and were MUCH improved over the original release CDs which were soft and muddy. This is the case because Andy VanDette amassed together the best sounding audio for individual songs from both his own tape transfers of the original masters and high resolution digital files from transfers of the master tapes done 7 or 8 years ago, when those tapes were younger and less degraded. The songs he was able to improve upon do sound a little fuller and clearer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Canadian progressive rock titans Rush's 15 albums that they recorded for Mercury Records were re-released in November of 2011 as the three 5-CD/1-DVD box sets Rush Sectors.
When I first got wind that Rush would be (like Pink Floyd and Queen each did throughout 2011) were updating their Mercury Records catalog, I didn't go out right away fearing that the remasters would not be as good as what Bob Ludwig did in 1997 and also was busy with upgrading the Pink Floyd catalog and put off buying the Rush Sector box sets until I moved back to Massachusetts in March of 2012. The second day I was back in Massachusetts, I went and bought Sector 2 first as they were the key Rush albums in the band's catalog and was blown away at how much better they sounded to the previous remasters, each album was improved upon in some way or another.
Then in April of 2012, I would acquire Sectors 1 and 3. This review is for the second Sector box set.
The albums in this second of three Rush box sets are the band's five classic albums (the 1977 Gold selling A Farewell to Kings, 1978's Hemispheres, 1980's Top 5 charting Permanent Waves, the early 1981 classic Moving Pictures and the late 1981 double live Exit...Stage Left). What's cool about this boxed set is that all of the albums are packaged in miniature vinyl sleeves so it's just like buying the original vinyl albums all over again.
I don't need to rehash the reviews of these five albums again (if you want my opinion read the reviews of each one) but what I can say is that the sonic quality on these box sets are incredible. I did somehow get a defected Sector 2 box with the defaulted stereo mix on the DVD-A of A Farewell to Kings (same with dropout induced Fly By Night CD on Sector 1).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music and awesome price!!!
Published 7 days ago by Don Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this
Must have for the RUSH fan. Sound quality is excellent and now I have completed my library of every song they have ever made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael T. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush phase 2
Sector 2 is a 5 disc set that covers A Farewell To Kings to Exit...Stage Left. A Farewell to Kings also is mastered in DVD surround, though I do not have the ability to listen to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars See Sector 3 ...
My opinion stated about the "Sector 3" boxed set is identical to my feelings on this one.

Read it and get it ... Highly recommended!!
Published 5 months ago by PMFPS
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I owned all the rush CD's already but these were a real treat and did clear up Geddy's voice and Neals drums. I did not hear any errors like other's mentioned. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RockOperaRat
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD-A
I bought this mainly for the DVD-A of A Farewell to Kings. It sounds pretty good in my Acura TL, especially Cygnus X-1.
Published 8 months ago by Cygnus X-1
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
Love the sound and the artwork, a great collection, if your're a Rush Fan, you can't miss it, very enjoyable
Published 8 months ago by Mau
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice box but not perfect
Nice box, with nice packaging but I would prefer to have individual booklets and inner sleeves in the individual discs.
Published 8 months ago by Luis Vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome #2
Read there are issues with audio quality, but I have none with mine. Enjoying the RUSH I have not heard for a while and air drumming!
Published 8 months ago by Mevbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Signals Get Crossed by Internal Incoherence
Assignment: Evaluate the sound quality of the Rush Sector 2 CD Box Set. Start Date: 12/11/13 End Date: 12/16/13. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Lion
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Will they release each CD individually?
I doubt it, It seems thats why there doing this in individual box set of three, but it wouldn't suprise me if they did. I am not crazy about the mini LP editons. Record Companys seems to be reissuing them alot now, Japenese editions like SH-M and othe replica editons. My guess is since vinyl... Read More
Nov 20, 2011 by Michael J. Sippie |  See all 2 posts
RUSH remasters sound excellent!!!
I agree. I was looking forward to buying all three sets until I read of all the issues with Fly By Night, A Farewell To Kings, a possible remix issue on Hold Your Fire, and now a poster (only one, granted) is having difficulties with All The World's A Stage. From all the other postings, the... Read More
Dec 4, 2011 by PJM |  See all 10 posts
All Hi-Res but just one DVD?
From what I read elsewhere - the other CD's were downconverted from the masters. I am not sure how much difference yet there will be from these and the remaster series. I am hoping there is a sonic upgrade, but not sure. It really is too bad they did not at least release the other 4 albums on DVD... Read More
Nov 2, 2011 by Drumguy |  See all 12 posts
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