This is without a doubt my favourite album by Rush. I will admit I did not get Rush for quite a while and apart from the first album and 2112 I did not really have much in my collection.
That all changed when I heard YYZ and I was just stunned. All my doubts faded away when I heard the album all the way through, from Tom Sawyer to Vital Signs the album just crackles with class and takes unexpected turns while floating on a timeless production. In 2011 I upgraded to the CD/Blu-Ray Deluxe Edtion which is stunning so will this latest 4oth Anniversary Edition tempt me once again?
The 40th-anniversary reissue is available as a
- 3CD Deluxe Version
- 5LP vinyl box set
- Eight-disc super deluxe which combines CD, vinyl and a blu-ray.
The CD versions include the 2015 Remasters for the first time. The 2011 versions sound fabulous to me so this will be interesting to see what difference this makes.
So for people like myself who already have the Deluxe Version from 2011 what else is there to tempt us?
The 3CD version also comes with a new unreleased concert from March 1981 which was recorded in Toronto. The booklet has a far more in-depth look back at the album with contributions from Kim Thayil, Les Claypool, Taylor Hawkins, Bill Kelliher and Neil Sanderson.
For vinyl collectors, the 5LP version includes the same concert spread over 4 LPs and has been half-speed mastered.
For the Uberfan, there is a far more expensive ‘Super Deluxe Version’ which includes all of the above plus a model car, plectrums, drums sticks, a book, ticket stubs etc! (see below)
It is worth noting that the Super Deluxe Version includes a Blu Ray and 5.1 mix and this is different from the 2011 version.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine