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Rush's Moving Pictures 40th anniversary box set releases tomorrow

Thu, Apr 14, 2022@5:21PM | comments

UPDATE - 4/16@3:54PM: John at has transcribed the liner notes and scanned all the images and made them available online here.

UPDATE - 4/16@1:00PM: Here's a five-star review of the box set from Classic Rock magazine (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/14@8:25PM: Ged and Al will be on The Strombo Show tomorrow at 10AM to discuss the box set among other topics, and you can watch in all on YouTube here (thanks RushFanForever):

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The Moving Pictures 40th anniversary box set will release TOMORROW and a number of fans have already received their copy, despite some reports of delays with the vinyl editions (an industry wide problem). A number of purchase options/combinations are available, including a 3-CD set, a Deluxe vinyl edition, and a Super Deluxe Edition. The latter contains three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc, and five high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The CDs include the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album, along with two discs of previously unreleased and newly restored bonus live content titled Live In YYZ 1981. These 2 discs are newly mixed from the original analog live multi-tracks by Rush's original producer, Terry Brown, and feature the band's complete, unreleased Toronto concert from Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on March 25, 1981. The Blu-ray Audio disc includes the core album newly mixed from the original multi-tracks by producer/engineer Richard Chycki in Dolby Atmos (a Rush catalog first), Dolby TrueHD 5.1, and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound, alongside the previously available PCM Stereo mix. Also included on the Blu-ray are four bonus videos: a brand-new video for YYZ plus three remastered vintage promo videos for Tom Sawyer, Limelight and Vital Signs. Additionally, all of the vinyl in the Super Deluxe Edition has been cut via half-speed Direct to Metal Mastering (DMM) (another Rush catalog first) on five 180-gram audiophile LPs. The Super Deluxe Edition is housed in a premium lift-top box and also contains several exclusive items, including a 44-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, a Red Barchetta model car mounted on a black perch with an MP40 nameplate, two Neil Peart signature MP40 branded drumsticks, two metal-embossed guitar picks, a replica of the Moving Pictures 1981 official tour program, an MP40 logo enamel pin, a 3D lenticular Moving Pictures in motion lithograph, an 18×24-inch Toronto 1981 concert poster, a replica concert ticket from the 1981 Maple Leaf Gardens show, a 12×36-inch Rush Through The Years 1973-1981 poster, a YYZ luggage tag, and an All Access World Tour '81 insert. Several audio tracks from the Live in YYZ 1981 bonus disc have been released over the last several weeks including To Sawyer, Vital Signs and Limelight. There's also a Super Deluxe Edition unboxing video here, the FANTOONS-produced animated video for YYZ here, and Rush - Behind The Cover: Moving Pictures where Rush album artist Hugh Syme narrates the creation of the iconic Moving Pictures album art here. Ultimate Classic Rock's Ryan Reed posted a review of the box set earlier this week and had great things to say:

... Without an engineering degree, 99 percent of fans won't be able to detect much difference in the new remaster ... In short: It sounds perfect, just like before. The Super Deluxe Edition is stacked with the requisite superficial goodies (extensive liner notes, lavish box, multiple audio formats on Blu-ray) aimed at the nerdiest among us. But the crux of this package is a rattling, previously unreleased 1981 live album, captured in Toronto and spread across two discs. It captures an unvarnished, warts-and-all aesthetic, all jagged edges in contrast to the main LP's smooth contours. It's always fascinating to hear Rush go ragged, with Lee straining to hit the high chorus of "Limelight" or the full band failing to grasp a solid tempo on the soft-to-soaring "Closer to the Heart." And several of these live tracks are almost punishing in their intensity: Peart's ringing toms during the big-band jazz section of "La Villa Strangiato," the dynamic shift into hard rock on "Natural Science," the heavy reggae switch-up on "Working Man" amid the multi-track medley. ...

You can get all the details regarding the box set via the press release at and order your copy today via Amazon (Super Deluxe, Deluxe vinyl edition, 3-CD edition) and other retailers.

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