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Vapor Trails (Remixed)

Rush Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00E9P959O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013's celebration of Rush includes the highly anticipated release of a remixed version of the band 2002's album Vapor Trails. In 2009, two tracks from Vapor Trails ("One Little Victory" and "Earthshine") were remixed for the Retrospective III collection, setting fans into a frenzy in anticipation of a possible remixed version of the entire album being released one day. Four years later, that day approached.

"Vapor Trails was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances - sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again - and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill's remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work," says Geddy Lee.

"Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of "One Little Victory," "Secret Touch," and "Ceiling Unlimited" to the melodic musicality of "Sweet Miracle" and "How It Is"… these songs have been redeemed. Thank you David!"

The remixed version of Vapor Trails is also be included in the 7-disc boxed set The Studio Albums 1989-2007, which features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records.

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare case of tinkering that's a justifiable improvement September 30, 2013
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Full disclosure: I am largely opposed to post-release tinkering of any work, be it movie, book or music. I think that if an artist is going to tinker with a previous work, they had better have extremely good reasons, and the tinkering had better be a clear improvement that leaves the integrity of the original work intact. The best cases are the ones that have corrected clear mistakes or compensated for unwelcome tinkering done to the original work in the first place - "Blade Runner" is the poster-boy example of this. But most tinkerings fail badly by either bloating the work with unnecessary filler or introducing elements that simply don't belong. Think the "Star Wars" so-called Special Editions, or just about any Director's Cut that adds deleted footage back in - it was usually deleted for a good reason in the first place. Tight editing appears to be a lost art with some directors. In music, Def Leppard's recent re-recordings are clearly motivated by business, and they don't do the original classic recordings any justice.

So here's Rush, with a 2002 album that is readily acknowledged by any discriminating listener as having received a below-average mastering. The original album is muddy and incoherent, especially for those of us used to the crisp, precise sound of this band in previous recordings. So the first condition is easily satisfied: a poor mastering job is a great reason to revisit a work. So all that remains is: does the new edition do justice to the original work while simultaneously providing an improvement that even a purist would welcome?

Gratefully, the answer is YES. Finally, "Vapor Trails" truly sounds like a Rush album, with crystal-clear production values that live up to the sonic standard Rush has set on so many previous recordings.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mud is gone! September 30, 2013
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When this album came out originally I remember liking the songs but actually feeling fatigued listening to them because they were just so muddy. I realized just how bad the mix was during their next concert - the songs sounded so much better live.

Well with the new remix the mud is gone! In just the first track "one Little Victory" I've already heard a bass line completely obscured before.

But the biggest treat is Geddy's vocals. They are SO MUCH clearer now that they don't have to compete with guitar, bass, and drums turned up to 11.

This is definitely worth the re-buy. It's like getting a whole new Rush CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice has finally been done September 30, 2013
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Vapor Trails was always a very strong album -- in terms of the songs themselves. Miles better than Test For Echo, and arguably better than Snakes & Arrows, too. Thse great songs were buried in an awful "wall-of-sound" production that actually induced a headache when you listened to it. I kid you not -- the album actually gave me a headache (and it wasn't "my favorite headache," either). But now? These terrific songs, buried in the muck and mire, have been resurrected and given a new life, and they sound fantastic. Clear separation of the instruments for the first time reveals nuances in these songs that you just could not hear before.

Enjoy Vapor Trails again...for the first time.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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This review requires three components.

First, the Vapor Trails material is very strong. It has been since Day 1, whether in the "wall of sound" mix or in this new mix. There are some excellent songs here, and the playing is very good, as is to be expected.

Second, the first mix of Vapor Trails was an acquired taste, but one I acquired. I liked it after I accepted the booming, thunderous muddle of a sound it was. It was a departure, but it worked pretty well. It didn't diminish the material in any significant way, in my opinion. It just made it a bit crunchier than normal Rush.

Third, the remix of Vapor Trails is not an acquired taste, as it is more mainstream in its sound signature. Now, that change has pros and cons. There are songs where the new mix reveals them in very nice ways. There are songs that lose crucial emotional punch because some passages have had their power drained away. Overall, it definitely makes your ear listen to the songs anew, but I don't know that I'll end up preferring it in the long run. It's like seeing an x-ray of your hand. It makes you appreciate what's underneath the dermal layers, but I still prefer hands with skin, mushy as it may be.

A nice alternative mix, but only an alternative. Some songs work well with this new mix, some songs work better in the original mix. Too bad they didn't get Vapor Trails right the first time.

Or did they?
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation September 30, 2013
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Since the release of the original version of "Vapor Trails," I've thought that the album had some of the band's strongest material, but the quality of the actual recording was so bad and so muddied as to make the album all but unlistenable. The new, remixed version changes all that! After the remix, vocals - including harmony vocals I never knew were there - are crystal clear. The drums have punch. The bassline is distinct. Most importantly, Alex Lifeson's guitars are no longer an overwhelming mash of indistinct, buzzsaw noises, but rather are well balanced and integrated with the rest of the band. It's so nice to hear distinct rhythm and lead parts. The addition of new (or previously buried) guitar solos to many of the songs bring new life to the music. Especially with a good set of headphones, the new release is a revelation!

I was never tempted to crank up the volume with the original disc, but the new version sounds so good that it's hard not to crank it up. If you purchased the original version of "Vapor Trails," but you were disappointed by the sound quality, this remix is absolutely worth the price. In fact, even if you were fine with the sound quality of the original, there is so much more to hear, whether newly added or simply clarified, that many Rush fans will want to purchase the remix to hear a fresh take on a pivotal Rush album.

Five stars, all the way.
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Published 3 days ago by Judith A. Falout
3.0 out of 5 stars Tip of the hat to Rush but.....
I enjoy Rush and the remix sounds better, I would see'em live any time but the newer albums do not work for me, any band 25 30 50 years old the best is behind them ,
Published 7 days ago by W. Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like the change.
There is something very, very raw and powerful about the original mix. It's close, intimate and powerful and big at the same time. I think it's an underrated job. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jack Cade
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted this remix to grab me and make me like this album more
Huge, longtime Rush fan here. I really wanted this remix to grab me and make me like this album more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tied for one of the best CDs from the greatest band ever
If you like Rush, or even if you hate them, you should still buy this CD. This was the first studio album after their drummer, Neil, took 5 years off due to devastating personal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TopJim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a Hard Rockin' disc. It's a freaking RUSH REMASTERED CD!!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Avey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Cain
4.0 out of 5 stars Original with minor adjustments
I went into purchasing this album with trepidation as I have loved the original version of this album since I first bought it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excelent sound and I like it very much
Published 1 month ago by Pablo Jara Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have record
My personal favorite album of all time from any artist. Incredibly deep and moving. A guitar masterwork.
Published 1 month ago by Mac Allan
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I am probably one of the only people on the planet that love Vapor Trails - as is - including the creators it seems. I love the rawness, emotions... but also that it represents.... RUSH and especially NEIL coming back to us after suffering something no one should ever have to endure. NEIL is... Read More
Aug 1, 2013 by Tonya L Sweatt |  See all 129 posts
Not me, I'm all in. I might buy the vinyl too. I'll post a review so you'll know what's up.
Sep 6, 2013 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 41 posts
Just listened via Rolling Stones preview and I WILL be buying the remix!
Yes I heard the RS stream too. I like the approach to the remix much more than what we heard by Richard Chycki on Retrospective III.
Sep 27, 2013 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 2 posts
Rush keeps their promise
Well, they put out 3 studio albums (Feedback, Snakes and Arrows & Clockwork Angels) and toured 5 times! Rush in Rio, R30: 30th Anniversary Tour, Snakes and Arrows Live, Time Machine, and Clockwork Angels Live tours, which are all on DVD. So this project always seemed to be put on the back burner... Read More
Sep 19, 2013 by jukebox |  See all 10 posts
Ceiling Unlimited - Where's The Riff?
I said the same exact thing in a Rush forum.......very disappointed, still a great tune, but damn it lost some real punch.
Oct 3, 2013 by Mark Twain |  See all 3 posts
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