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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rush remastered album collections available on HDTracks.com, physical format coming soon
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Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Yesterday Rush released 2 new digital-only album colections: Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years contains Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands), including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and 2008's Working Man vault edition. This Mercury collection was essentially already made available via 2011's Sectors box sets (excluding the 2112 Deluxe Edition and Working Man vault edition), but this marks the first time they've been released for sale digitally. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows). The collections were made available via iTunes for $79.99 and $49.99 respectively, and billed as being mastered for iTunes (see this article explaining what that really means). The Atlantic-era Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 along with the Sectors collections were also made available as 96kHz/24bit lossless audio via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality. From the HDTracks.com website:

Mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz.

You can purchase these remastered Rush collections via HDTracks.com at this location and get a 10% discount by using the coupon code rush10 (thanks Mark R). The latest Masterdisk newsletter also reveals that the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection will eventually be made available on a physical format as well:

Rush fans rejoice! Andy VanDette's highly-acclaimed remastering work for Rush continues! Andy recently completed the series of albums from 1989's "Presto" to 2007's "Snakes and Arrows." The new remasters will first see release at the Mastered for iTunes store, then HD Tracks, and later in physical formats.

Note that the Atlantic-era collection contains a remastered version of Vapor Trails, but not the same re-mixed version that Rush and Rich Chycki have been working on (this project is currently in limbo), and which was partially released (One Little Victory and Earthshine) on the Retrospective 3 compilation.

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#20 - Posted 6/6/13 @6:33PM by elephantsOfScotland [contact]

I just bought the Vapor trails from HDTracks. Such a nice improvement. There are still issues with the mix and the arrangements. It's still a little crowded. But the mastering is a ton better. The drums can actually breathe and you can tell Neil is in a live room. There's no distortion from the brickwalling. And, get this, when the band plays a softer section the album is quieter. Well worth the $18 to make this album ... listenable!
#19 - Posted 6/2/13 @11:25AM by Scott_PA [contact]

Late to this post, so probably no one listening! But, the HD Tracks version of Vapor Trails is well worth the price if you have a system that can play HD. I cannot imagine that the iPod AAC versions are not better... the masters are no longer squashed, so even the compressed AAC files have to be better. That being said, if you are like me and really like VT but just get frustrated over the sound, buy the HD version. Even if you are only using an iPod, buy the HD version that will play on an iPod and don't convert to AAC. WELL WORTH the cost and the memory usage. Massive difference to these (always ringing) ears.
#18 - Posted 5/22/13 @11:26AM by zkzt

Yeah, I don't get the infatuation with the loud remasters or even the HD tracks. Seems they were doing everything right sound wise until Counterparts. Some of these HD releases are downgrades. Roll The Bones and Presto held up well but are also downgrades compared to the originals even with the infamous lack of bass issue, there's a fullness to the sound.
#17 - Posted 5/21/13 @4:40AM by freewilly [contact]

#16 I'm no audio expert but that looks ridiculous, thanks for sharing and warning!
So sad and annoying how "everything louder than everything else" seems to rule everywhere in music production nowadays, and already for years.
#16 - Posted 5/17/13 @11:07AM by Bruno Sampaio Barbosa [contact]

High Resolution for NON AUDIOPHILE people. No make sense!

Freewill (96khz /24bit from HD Tracks) Exit...Stage Left:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/966369_536519353053152_864000571_o.jpg

Freewill Original First Press CD - Exit...Stage Left:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/977826_536519829719771_674722838_o.jpg


If you like headache, eardache and Rush playing inside a shoe box, the Remasters is for You!
#15 - Posted 5/17/13 @9:48AM by miater [contact]

Rushbert you can get vapor trails by itself for 16 bucks. go to the itunes store and just look for that album. most of the catalog now says 2013 mastered for itunes.
#14 - Posted 5/17/13 @8:44AM by chutch15 [contact]

#8 - You're right about the sound of good vinyl rips, and the DR scores reflect that.

There is talk that the Moving Pictures and A Show of Hands 24/96 files have issues. There is a chance that they are upsampled from 24/48 or 24/44.1 and not true 24/96.
#13 - Posted 5/17/13 @6:04AM by jaeger [contact]

Ten: To roll the bones or not roll the bones, that is the question...
#12 - Posted 5/16/13 @11:17PM by kjbird [contact]

Call out for direction and there's no one there to steer......lost in the Fountain of Lamneth - - it's going to be a long night....
#11 - Posted 5/16/13 @6:55PM by Big_Al_Fan [contact]

Take A Friend in Advanced Audio Coding is almost worth the price of the package. Almost.

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