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Alex Lifeson confirms Vapor Trails re-mix in Classic Rock interview

Thu, Feb 3, 2011@12:22PM | comments removed/disabled

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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