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A brilliant remastering of one of Rush's great albums,
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This review is from: Vapor Trails (Remixed) [VINYL] (Vinyl)
When Vapour Trails was originally released in 2002 and it had real audio qualities. The music was somewhat distorted. Neil Peart was going through hell and the album seemed like the band just rushed to get it out. The band always said they needed to remaster and reissue the album but felt it might not be achievable as some of the original recordings were distorted on tape. Roll on 11 years to 2013 and it seems that modern technology has managed to recover the masters and sonically improve what was laid down 11 years previously.
Lifeson says: "Over time, both Lee and Lifeson have felt that Vapor Trails didn’t sound right. “It really bothered us that it didn’t sound like it did when we were making it,” Lifeson says. “Now we’ve remixed it, it’s the way it should always have been. But Neil still won’t listen to the record.”. Apparently the songs are too full of emotion for Neil and he cannot listen to it but if he did I think he would love it. They also play some of the tracks in their live set and so it can't be too hard for them.
The main downside of this release for me is not the 180gm vinyl, nor the change of album art, but the fact its a single sleeve and could have been a gatefold with much more imagery on the inside.
Apart from the sleeve this album is faultless and makes vapour Trails, for me, possibly Rush's greatest album with some of their best tracks on it including: One Little Victory, Earthshine and Sweet Miracle.