Sector 1 Box set, Original recording remastered, CD+DVD
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My reservations disappeared as soon as I held this set. First, the packaging is very nice. Each album is done as a replica of the original vinyl release. Having spent hours upon hours in high school looking at the gatefolds for the vinyl versions, this was like coming home to an old friend. A booklet is also included with printed lyrics, rare photos, album credits, etc (apparently just in case the album replica writing was too small.....)
But I was most pleased with the sound. In a side-by-side with the '97 releases (which as a whole I thought were very well done), these new remasters do present a very clear, if subtle improvement. This batch of albums especially have always suffered from murky sound. These remasters FINALLY fix that problem -- it's as if a layer of murk has been removed from the sound. The effect is most noticable in the crispness of the drums, but there are sonic improvements to be noticed across the board. And it's not just a matter of louder mastering either. In fact, the volume here is nearly identical to that of the 1997 remasters. These versions really do sound better.
Then of course, there is the fabulous 5.1 mix of "Fly By Night." What an amazing job! Until you've heard "Anthem" coming t you from all angles, you haven't lived.
So, in the end, for the $45 price tag, I would say these are worth it. Perhaps not if you primarily listen as MP3, but all in all a great job done by the engineers and Mercury.
Replacement Discs for Sectors Box Set Now Available
Rush has just announced that replacement discs for their Sectors Box Set are now available. As reported last year, the band officially confirmed that some production issues did occur that impacted both the Fly By Night CD as well as the A Farewell to Kings DVD. Here are the instructions for obtaining replacement discs:
For US & Canadian fans, please contact Universal customer services team on:
For fans in the UK & Ireland please contact:
UK e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Phone: +44 (0) 845 250 0965
For fans in Germany please contact:
Germany e-mail: email@example.com
For fans in any other country please contact your original Sector store where you made the purchase for assistance in getting your replacement discs.
Universal will ensure corrected discs get to the Sector-buying fans worldwide as soon as they possibly can.
All new stock of the Sectors box sets are free of the defects listed above. Ordering of all three box sets is available at Amazon.com:
Rush: Sector 1
Rush: Sector 2
Rush: Sector 3
Hopefully the process will be a painless one for Rush fans around the world.
Fly By Night consistently has glitches all the way through, with the audio disappearing from one of the channels. Occurring at least once (sometimes twice) on all but one of the tracks.
The Hi-Res stereo version of Closer To The Heart is not a stereo master but rather an erroneous version of the front 2 channels of the 5.1 mix. There are also questionable decisions made to the remix of Cygnus X-1.
The wrong mixes were used on at least 7 of the Hold Your Fire tracks.
Each box is flawed in some way.
If this doesn't bother then go nuts......
Disc 1 - Rush - I think the last time I heard this all the way through in one sitting, it was a 8-track... The remaster sounds great to my ears. Very clear sound, and really, quite a bit better music than I thought it would be. Good stuff.
Disc 2/3 - Fly By Night - WOW! The 5.1 channel DVD audio disc is amazing. Channel separation is very good, and Lee's vocals sound just like he's in the room. "Fly By Night" "In The End" and "Rivendell" especially stand out... Still getting used to music mixed in 5.1 rather than two channel stereo. I'm accustomed to crowd noise and building echo from the rear channels, if anything. Wickedly cool to hear a guitar come tearing out of the back corner of the room. I think with this DVD, the CD won't get played much :)
Disc 4 - Caress of Steel - "Bastille Day" is a familiar tune, and sounds great, and "The Necromancer" is appropriately spooky. I'm really impressed with the clarity of the sound on this set so far, but then I'm not familiar with the previous issues to compare them to...
Disc 5 - 2112 - The 2112 overture makes me smile every time I hear it. This is the first Rush album I remember listening to, and probably still my favorite one.
Disc 6 - All The World's a Stage - The live release from 1976. Very good performance, with live versions of songs selected from the above releases.Read more ›
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Up until purchasing the "Sector" sets, I had every live CD but I never had the complete Rush studio collection on CD. I do have some of these on original LPs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dave
The 5.1 mix is really good. that's the only reason why I wanted it. to hear fly by night in 5.1 ...a lot better than the 2112 mix..Published 17 months ago by B Bu
Love it. Always really liked Rush but didn't know much of their music prior to Moving Pictures. Got 5 discs all reasonably priced (under $10 per CD), plus there is one of them... Read morePublished 18 months ago by erik bowen
Would be great if the most used part of the packaging wasn't defective. The disc sleeves aren't sealed properly and the discs fall out of them, so be prepared to spend even more. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JRL NY