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What the deal with all the rush remasters?

For example, I have the original 1974 Rush by Rush. I'm told there was a remaster of this and various others in 1987, and then ANOTHER remaster in 1997!?

Would it be worth upgrading my original CDs? If so, which remaster is better?
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Volta View Post
What the deal with all the rush remasters?

For example, I have the original 1974 Rush by Rush. I'm told there was a remaster of this and various others in 1987, and then ANOTHER remaster in 1997!?

Would it be worth upgrading my original CDs? If so, which remaster is better?
Sorry for thye delay and in digging up an old thread, but I tue have gone down this remaster route.

The gold standard CD versions of all Rush's first 6 CDs are the premium priced Mobile Fidelity series. These are on Gold CDs.( I have been told, but as I can not find them, I can not comment)

The original CDs of Rush, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112 were mastered with almost the same eq as for vinyl and as such are compressed with poor information. You have to remember that their first two albums were recorded late at night on 8 track machines.

The original CD of Farewell to kings is not bad in that they have spent more time to get it right.

So what to do

If you can find copies of the Mobile fidelity gold CDs, I would have a listen.( and if you do, tell me what you think cause I am still searching for them at a reasonable price)

The new Dig rem versions in the Rush Remasters Series, the following are worthy

Rush
Fly By Night
Caress of Steel

I have both versions of 2112 and neither is in any way perfect, the RR version is over bright and almost fatiguing, but yet contains more info than the lo fi original.

I have both versions of Farewell to kings and again, I have no idea what the chaps at Gateway Mastering have done to add extra information and at the same time wreck the tonal balance.

I have listened to these 4 CDs back and forth and I cant decide which one I can live with.

I may end up sending back both the RR versions and then using my money to seak out the so called pinnacle of the Mofi gold disk versions.
post #3 of 14
I replaced all my Rush by the remastered versions, they sound better, BTW BMG has all of them...
post #4 of 14
Same here, replaced all with the remastered versions which I believe were released in the late 90s along with a retrospective CD.

And although they all sound A LOT better than the original CD releases some came out better than others.

2112 and Moving Pictures to me had the most noticable sound improvement.
post #5 of 14
Their recent Gold greatest hits is good.
post #6 of 14
If you want to try one of the MFSL remasters at a reasonable price, they're currently selling Permanent Waves.
ProductCart shopping cart software - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Inc.
post #7 of 14
If you have a CD from 1974, you have quite a find there.


Not all the MoFis are the best. Some sound much better on the original West Germany pressed versions.
post #8 of 14
Agreed!
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I replaced all my Rush by the remastered versions, they sound better, BTW BMG has all of them...
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Same here, replaced all with the remastered versions which I believe were released in the late 90s along with a retrospective CD.

And although they all sound A LOT better than the original CD releases some came out better than others.

2112 and Moving Pictures to me had the most noticable sound improvement.

I did the same thing, although I didn't compare the sound between them. At the time, I just made the assumption that they would have better SQ.
post #10 of 14
I replaced all of mine as well. IMO Steves golds sound ass( They seem to bright to me) Just My opinion. Now his Metallica Ride and Master are really good.

Now back to A PASSAGE TO OSLO
post #11 of 14
I find the original CD releases to be much better. They're not bright and compressed.
post #12 of 14
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I find the original CD releases to be much better. They're not bright and compressed.


It's an old topic, but gathering Rush's discs here (almost unknown in France! WTF, I've missed them for so many years!) I hate that current "The Rush Remasters" serie. The worst sounding of all, ear piercing highs, no dynamics, bad.

post #13 of 14

The '97s are pretty good.

post #14 of 14
Just Released 4/5/2011
Rush - Moving Pictures Deluxe Edition CD & DVD

CD - Remastered Audio
DVD-Video, entire album in Dolby 5.1. & PCM stereo
DVD-Audio, Advanced Resolution Surround Sound 96/24
Advanced Resolution Stereo 96/24

Got my copy today...

Next month it will be released on blueray wondering if I want to get that also for comparison.
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