Thursday, February 3, 2011

Alex Lifeson confirms Vapor Trails re-mix in Classic Rock interview
12:22PM EST | comments (108) |

UPDATE - 2/4@9:59PM: Richard Chycki posted the following to his blog, confirming his involvement in the re-mix (thanks RushFanForever):

A while back, I re-mixed One Little Victory and Earthshine from Rush's 2002 release 'Vapor Trails' to be included on their 2009 release 'Retrospective 3′. The re-mixes were very well-received so the band has decided to let me move ahead and re-mix the remainder of the CD.

To put rumors to rest, there was no re-recording or performance correction done on the first two tracks and that will continue for the remainder of the CD. The reason 'new' details may seem to have appeared in those songs is due to the fact that I listened to the multitracks and interpreted the mix structure without first analysing the original [deliberately] - so tracks either muted or turned down in the original mixes may shine through differently (the acoustic guitars in Earthshine might be a good example of this). As well, the same technical tweaks will continue for the remaining songs and I still will not have a buss limiter on the mix set to stun.

In any case, both the band and I are really excited to re-visit Vapor Trails and hope you'll all enjoy the re-mix. ...

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The UK's Classic Rock magazine recently spoke with Alex Lifeson and were told the following regarding a re-mix of Rush's 2002 album Vapor Trails:

Rush are planning to totally remix their 2002 album Vapor Trails.

Talking exclusively to Classic Rock, guitarist Alex Lifeson revealed: "We were never happy with the production. Perhaps we should have taken more time over the record. But now we've got the chance to improve things. There will be no re-recording, just a remix". ...

Vapor Trails has been widely criticized by fans over the years for its production and sound quality. Re-mixes of 2 tracks from the album - One Little Victory and Earthshine - were included on Rush's 2009 compilation album Retrospective 3 and were generally well-received by fans. Richard Chycki assisted in the remix these 2 tracks and it's assumed he would also be involved with the remixing of the entire album. Thanks to dhigh for the heads up.



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#108 - Posted 3/13/13 @2:32PM by chutch15 [contact]

The remixes are still way too loud. Stop cranking up the volume and retain the dynamics! This is Rush, not Soundgarden!
#107 - Posted 6/18/12 @2:18PM by Homey M Holmes

Here's another interesting youtube on the 'loudness wars,' this time looking at Iron Maiden albums over the years...a particularly interesting case, since on a recent album they decided to forgo mastering entirely, with very positive results.

#106 - Posted 7/6/11 @7:45PM by 1001_SOS [contact]

NO. NO. Do not tamper with this record. They were going for this kind of sound and they nailed it. This is not an accident that should be corrected. Based on the two tracks that have been tinkered with it would be a disaster. Those tracks sound gutless. This is rock and roll people, a little distortion never hurt anything. Sometimes it is called for. The SONIC MAJESTY of this album has a lot to do with in being IN THE RED. I don't think this is a form of recording that RUSH or any band should always do but it has its place and in the context of what they were going for its perfect. Vapor Trials people.........exhaust fumes and the aftereffect of internal combustion. Sound and Fury drown my heart..every nerve is torn apart... Its perfect.
#105 - Posted 5/31/11 @11:14AM by syrinxthrawn [contact]

Wow! I am excited. I always thought that VT sounded a little "muddy". Now I know I wasn't hearing things . . . both literally and figuratively speaking.

I'm looking forward to the re-mix.
#104 - Posted 5/22/11 @9:56PM by evann30 [contact]

Really, really excited about this remaster. Any ideas anyone when we can expect it?
#103 - Posted 5/15/11 @2:36PM by lilmikey93a

Yep. Still anxious.
#102 - Posted 5/3/11 @10:39AM by jicommon [contact]

Does anyone have an ETA on the release of the full remixed album?
#101 - Posted 2/21/11 @11:07AM by D-Slam

Just checked out the two new remixes: LOVE IT. Putting songs from the original VT on the same compilation album would have made it too obvious how bad they sounded....finally these great songs get the production they deserve.

I went back and forth between old and new, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I was stunned at the detail I could hear. That's quite a bass player this band has, I think his name is Geddy somebody, it's nice to be able to hear what he's doing, instead of hearing a wall of sludge at the bottom end.

And the guitars! Listen to 4:20 of OLV... Lifeson is noodling around with three different layers of lead, and you can actually HEAR THEM, instead of something that sounded like static through blown speakers. There is still a bit of crackling in the guitars of OLV, it must be in the original tracks. Oh well, I can live with it, since the overall improvement is pretty great.

And a big ROTFLMAO at the comments such as: "You just need to listen to VT through a good sound system and it sounds fine." To each their own, but I'm listening to this through AT M50 headphones and an Edirol Audio Interface, which is better gear than most people ever hear in their lives, and NO, it doesn't.
#100 - Posted 2/19/11 @5:20AM by Tom [contact]

for the record, i would go for the 2 cd - original and new remix cd - package - my original VT cd is coming to the end of its life...played too much
#99 - Posted 2/19/11 @5:10AM by Tom [contact]

Great news. I expected it though - does anyone else think that the intro part of 'secret touch' during the bit about neil on his bike in the lighted stage DVD, sound a bit clean? I am tempted to think they had also secret touch remixed at that time. Anyway, good news that VT is getting the treatment - definitely buying it, one of my faves only spoilt by the sound.

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