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RUSH TO RELEASE “SECTORS” THREE BOX SETS SPANNING ENTIRE
MERCURY RECORDS ERA ON NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Each Box Set To Include A Specially Mixed Album In 5.1 Surround Sound And Stereo


On November 21, 2011, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release three separate six-disc box sets which together spans their entire historic Mercury Records recording career.
Each “Sector” contains 5 of their 15 Mercury albums in chronological order, all transferred to high resolution 96kHz/24-bit and digitally remastered for optimal quality.
In addition, each volume includes an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, and features one album from each set specially remixed on DVD in high resolution 96kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround sound and stereo, compatible with both DVD-Audio players and DVD-Video players. Each album is packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release with all three box sets forming a Rush CD road case.

 

SECTOR 1
• RUSH – Their hard-rocking, self-titled 1974 debut hit the Billboard 200 and features classics such as ”Working Man” and “Finding My Way.”
• FLY BY NIGHT (1975) – Released in 1975, Fly By Night sees the debut of drummer Neil Peart who would help drive the band towards more complex material. Included are fan favorites such as the title track, “Anthem” and the eight-minute composition “By-Tor And The Snow Dog,” which shows the band’s musical growth and progression.
• CARESS OF STEEL (1975) – Also released in 1975, Caress Of Steel hit the Top 200 and gives a further glimpse of the band leaning toward prog rock and features Rush classics such as “Lakeside Park” and “Bastille Day.”
• 2112 (1976) - One of Rush’s all-time classics, 2112 was the band’s commercial breakthrough reaching the Top 100 on the album chart and remains one of their most popular albums successfully merging prog rock with their hard rock roots, a first for its time. 2112 features epic tracks such as the 20-minute title track “2112,” taking up the entire first side of the original vinyl album.
• ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE (1976): Hitting Top 50, this was Rush’s first live album and features classics such as “Fly By Night/In The Mood” which reached Top 100, “2112,” “Bastille Day” and “Something For Nothing.”
• DVD: FLY BY NIGHT – Their classic 1975 sophomore release is now, for the first time, presented in high-resolution 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
 

SECTOR 2
• A FAREWELL TO KINGS (1977) – Their 1977 Top 40 release features their hit “Closer To The Heart,” “Xanadu” and the title track, “A Farewell To Kings.”
• HEMISPHERES (1978) – Reaching Top 50 on the album chart, Hemispheres includes the 20- minute opus “Cygnus X-1Book II – Hemispheres” and the metaphoric social commentary “The Trees.”
• PERMANENT WAVES (1980) – This 1980 release hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and features classics such as “Freewill” and “The Spirit Of The Radio.”
• MOVING PICTURES (1981) – Considered one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time, this quadruple platinum-selling masterpiece features the Grammy nominated instrumental “YYZ” and rock radio staples such as “Tom Sawyer,” “Red Barchetta,” “Vital Signs” and “Limelight.”
• EXIT…STAGE LEFT (1981) – Released in 1981, this Top 10 live album features performances of favorites such as “Tom Sawyer,” “Freewill,” “YYZ” and deeper album tracks such as “La Villa
Strangiato” and “Broon’s Bane.”
• DVD: A FAREWELL TO KINGS – The album that set their musical course and signature songwriting style is now presented in high-resolution 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
• DVD: FLY BY NIGHT – Their classic 1975 sophomore release is now, for the first time, presented in high-resolution 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
 

SECTOR 3
• SIGNALS (1982) - The synthesizer-driven Signals reached Top 10 and produced their No. 1 hit “New World Man” and the Top 20 hits “Subdivisions” and “The Analog Kid.”
• GRACE UNDER PRESSURE (1984) – This 1984 release hit Top 10 on Billboard’s album chart and features classics such as “Red Sector A” and “Distant Early Warning.”
• POWER WINDOWS (1985) – Released in 1985, Power Windows features Top 10 hits “Marathon” and “Big Money,” plus the Top 50 hits “Territories” and “Mystic Rhythms.”
• HOLD YOUR FIRE (1987) – The Top 20 album includes “Force Ten” and “Time Stand Still” with both reaching No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart, plus the Top 50 hits “Lock And Key” and “Mission.”
• A SHOW OF HANDS (1988) – While 1976’s All The World’s A Stage shows Rush’s hard rock roots and 1982’s Exit…Stage Left showcases their mix of synth and prog rock, the Top 50 double live album A Show Of Hands concentrates on the band’s later synth-driven era with tracks such as “Subdivisions,” “Force Ten,” “Red Sector A” and “Marathon.”
• DVD: SIGNALS – The 1982 Top 10 album Signals is also featured in high-resolution 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo.

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post #2 of 62
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I'm afraid I can't help it and will buy them.

Looking forward to the 24bit versions offcourse, especially Signals. Subdivisions in 5.1, yay! (but also Anthem, By Tor, Cinderalla Man, Analog Kid, Cygnus X-1; let's hope for nice remasters) 

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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but are these cds with dvd-audio discs included as extras (like the King Crimson 40th Anniv. Series)?

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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but are these cds with dvd-audio discs included as extras (like the King Crimson 40th Anniv. Series)?


The way I read it, they will release 3x 5 albums and in eacht package one will also include a DVD-A. So if sector 1 has Fly By Night as 5.1/24bit DVD-A, it will also have Fly By Night as normal cd and the other 4 as normal cd
 

 

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Heard about this yesterday and am sooo hype. 

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anybody heard them yet?

 

They were released a couple of days ago

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A lot of the Amazon reviews are saying that Fly By Night in sector 1 has manufactoring issues. I'll be waiting until that sorted out to buy them.
 

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anybody heard them yet?

 

They were released a couple of days ago



 

 

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A lot of the Amazon reviews are saying that Fly By Night in sector 1 has manufactoring issues. I'll be waiting until that sorted out to buy them.
 



 

 



     Sad to say this is true, and it's not only Fly By Night, but also A Farewell To Kings.  Would not be surprised if other discs are found to have the same problems.  According to Rush.com, the problems are known and being addressed, but how long that will take is anybody's guess.  Nevertheless, I'll be returning all 3 boxes to Amazon until this mess is sorted.  As far as sound goes, I've only listened to Signals all the way through, and although the sound has a nice punchy crispness, it is also noticeably compressed.  It reminded me somewhat of Rhino's Genesis remasters from a few years ago.  I'm listening to the 1997 remaster of Signals as I type this and to my ears it is better.

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     Sad to say this is true, and it's not only Fly By Night, but also A Farewell To Kings.  Would not be surprised if other discs are found to have the same problems.  According to Rush.com, the problems are known and being addressed, but how long that will take is anybody's guess.  Nevertheless, I'll be returning all 3 boxes to Amazon until this mess is sorted.  As far as sound goes, I've only listened to Signals all the way through, and although the sound has a nice punchy crispness, it is also noticeably compressed.  It reminded me somewhat of Rhino's Genesis remasters from a few years ago.  I'm listening to the 1997 remaster of Signals as I type this and to my ears it is better.



Not good news about those manufacturing issues!

 

Even less nice news about the compression on Signals. I can't comment on the 1997 remaster, I have the 'atomics' version and the MFSL

 

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Rumour has it that Santa might be bringing these down the chimney for Christmas. Fingers crossed...I've left hint after hint for my wife for all three. smile.gif

 

I hope she gets the message!

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I had quite a few of the albums on vinyl many years ago; I just downloaded the 24/96 Moving Pictures from HDTracks; sounds fantastic.  

 

With all of the various remasters out there, and now these new box sets, what's the best route to go to get more, possibly all, of their catalogue?

 

I just found out about the new box sets, and would get all of those in a heartbeat if I knew they would compare to the new Moving Pictures I have now.

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Rumour has it that Santa might be bringing these down the chimney for Christmas. Fingers crossed...I've left hint after hint for my wife for all three. smile.gif

 

I hope she gets the message!


So my wife did get the hints...working through them now. Simply outstanding remasters and a must for any Rush fan IMO.

 

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That's good to hear; have you run across any of the glitches on certain discs mentioned earlier?  I wonder if those problems were isolated to one batch of the box sets, or are on all of them.

 

I've since read that eventually more of these will make their way to HDTracks as 24/96 downloads; although going that route would be more expensive than the box sets, I guess.

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That's good to hear; have you run across any of the glitches on certain discs mentioned earlier? 
 

 

X2, Macedonian.

 

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The 24/96 HDTracks version of Moving Pictures is simply outstanding.  Are you guys saying that the rest of the catalog will eventually show up at HDTracks?  Is this reality or just us hoping?

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