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2112 40th Anniversary
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 6, 1997
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For those of you on the fence about purchasing this that already have a copy of 2112, get it. Why? Because of the bonus video mainly. Seeing and hearing this band in their youth, young and hungry playing their hearts out. It has tracks from Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112 of course.
The bonus disk is cool with the covers. The highlight covers are clearly by Steven Wilson ( Twilight Zone) and Alice In Chains ( Tears).
The original album itself seems to have a bit better sound but I thought the 1997 version sounded good anyway. In other words, you can only improve a song so much based off of the original recording and production. The main thing is, it still has good seperation on not compressed.
Now for a little background based on my title of the review. I was 10 when 2112 was released. I first heard it when I was 12 or 13 most likely as I was getting into harder rock around 78, 79.
I have a good friend of mine who has several older brothers. When we got to those early teenage years, we put down the toys more often and got into his brothers albums. We were enticed to some wonderful classic rock( well classic now) and discovered a whole new world that still effects my love for music to this day.
We discovered Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others including Rush.
I remember clearly, ( even though I don't remember what I had for breakfast today) the first time I heard 2112 was not on vinyl, but 8 track tape. My friends mom made one of his brothers give us a ride somewhere. So there we were in the back seat with our heads near those 6x9 speakers. His brother looks at us from the rear view mirror with a smile and says, " check this out you little dorks". and commences to blast that keyboard opening to the 2112 suite. Then allowing it to play through until the temple of syrinx was complete. He turned it down and asked what we thought. We both responded enthusiastically that we just heard some of the best music ever and wanted more, and we got to as we completed side one. We then got to our destination and we were dissapointed we couldn't finish the album until later. But when we finally did at a later time, it was like discovering prehistoric fire for the first time to a 12 year old. Special memory.
It’s a nice package with a quality remaster of the original stereo mix on both discs, the high resolution stereo mix on the bluray is VERY good but the surround mix is pretty meh. It’s ok I suppose but the soundfield is basically just an mild echo effect in a large space with little to no directionality on the bulk of 2112, the five other tracks fair a little better in the surround mix but frankly I would just stick with the Hi-Rez stereo mix because it just sounds great.
The one thing I don’t particularly like is the comic presentation throughout the music, it’s a nice feature but I wish there was a way to turn it off and just listen to the music with lyrics displayed or something as it plays along with all of the mixes no matter what you do. Just fork it through your stereo/receiver without the TV on and you’ll be good.
Overall it’s a good remaster for the original stereo presentation but if you’re hoping for an immersive surround presentation to show off your system then you’re going to be disappointed.
Worth the money for the basic 2 disc set (I got it for 26.95, not sure I’d recommend it for any higher than that) but just barely.