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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album now sounding great!, 10 Oct 2013
This review is from: Vapor Trails (Remixed) (Audio CD)
I must have listened to the original release of Vapor Trails a dozen times, maybe 20 but no more than that. It wasnt that i didnt like the songs, it was just I couldn't hear them!

Buried behind a wall of distorted noise was a good album trying to get out. But the aural assault was so wearing the CD was often abandoned half way through, It didn't get better with time, I just learned to resent the sound so much it was relegated to the back of the pile and forgotten

Fast forward to this release and it's like discovering an old friend you really didnt like back then, but age and time have softened how you feel and yeah, you kind of like him / her now.

Stripped back to 'sensible' (ie: Not so loud it makes it sound like your hi fi is bust) levels, we now have a solid collection of songs that sound like a better-than-average Rush album.

I cant do the comparisons as so many have done on here about new solo's, more clarity on the bass, a change of vocal here and there, because I just dont know the original that well.

What I can hear though is several really great Rush Songs, the opening pair, One Little Victory, and Ceiling Unlimted, the quite fantastic Ghost Rider, and the best of the bunch, Secret Touch.

For me the abum hinges on the aggressive guitar and intricate riffs backed up with some fearsome drumming and great vocal melodies from ol' Ged. All things you had no hope of hearing on the original release.

From a retrospective point of view VP sits nicely along side more recent output, perhaps stronger than most releases since say, Counterparts. I've never been a great fan of the Loudness War issues and found I can control the volume thank you very much, and don't need the producers / masterers setting the volume for me. When it goes wrong like this, it goes VERY wrong. Clockwork Angels seems the same, way too much distortion, as did Metallica's Death Magnetic.

If this release hastens the end of the Loudness Wars and we have a return to the clean sound of the late 70's early 80's the more the better. One of the few times where time, technology and progress make not a good album.

Thankyou Rush for correcting the mistakes and giving me a 'new' album to listen to...
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2013 17:27:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2013 17:28:34 BDT
N. A. Veen says:
"If this release hastens the end of the Loudness Wars and we have a return to the clean sound of the late 70's early 80's the more the better."

Don't know if it's the initials we share, but I think you're spot on (the whole review)! Cheers from the Lowlands (Netherlands)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2013 22:18:17 BDT
N. A. Davies says:
Lol thanks!

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 14:50:06 BDT
Russ says:
Quite correct on Clockwork Angels; same problem as original VP for me, too. And those songs sounded terrific live. Hope they don't leave it 12 years to remix CA! This remix is quite excellent.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 22:54:48 GMT
Nice review, my sentiments exactly.
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