2112 Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, 14 Jul 1997
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Futuristic sci-fi imagery, virtuoso technique, absolutely killer rock riffs it all came together on Rush's 1976 concept album 2112 . The title opus joins A Passage to Bangkok; Something for Nothing; Tears; Lessons , and more!
Only Rush could have pulled this off, and only in the 1970s. 2112--the title suite of the band's 1976 breakthrough album--is a comically pretentious, futuristic rock opera; written by a nerdy drummer and sung by a whiny-voiced geek. It also happens to be a great piece of rock and roll that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures from genteel acoustic ("Oracle") to thrilling metal ("The Temples of Syrinx"). Perhaps realizing that they had taken conceptualism about as far as it could go, even these guys backed off on the epic hero stuff for later releases. 2112 still stands though, as one of the great signposts of the prog-rock era. --Michael Ruby
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I have been a fan of this album for years so when I heard Rush were releasing special vinyl edition of their albums this was always for me. The Rush website had advertised the special 'Hologram Edition' which granted a bit gimicky was an added bonus all the same. The promise of heavyweight vinyl seemed more reason for the splashing of cash.
On receiving the album today I am a little disappointed that the UK release is 180g weight not the US 200g vinyl. What the difference might mean in absolute sound terms who can tell? Although I have a half decent turntable and hifi set up I would be surprised if I could, it's more the principal that bugs me. Regardless there is still quite a buzz opening the Amazon parcel and then the gatefold sleeve for a 12 inch LP compared to downloading a digital album (there is a code for a 320kbps download of the album inside, in addition to the Amazon auto-rip). The inside of the gatefold has all the lyrics including the intros for each segment of 2112 which are not spoken on the tracks. They help set the scene and flesh out the story.
And so to the disc. I must have some heavier vinyl because I was a little underwhelmed by the weight at first but having compared it some original 70s and 80s discs it is more apparent. Once playing though, there is no doubt this is a great quality pressing. There is just something extra to be heard in a good quality recording on vinyl, a warmer more natural sound.
After playing through side 1 I turned to side 2 and immediately noticed the larger than normal run out track. It is here that the hologram is hidden (see photo). With the disc spinning on the turntable and direct light shinning on it (I used the flash from my phone) the pentagram from the cover can be seen. Not sure why?? but then again why not! Something to point out to friends but I can't imagine bothering with it again. But as for the music I am off to listen through again!
PS if the extra 20 g bothers you, Amazon.com sell that version and it looks like you can get it sent to the UK for around the same price as this (assuming you don't have to pay customs).
I personally swithered on whether to buy the regular blu ray edition or the super deluxe, did I want to spend the extra money just for the hardback comic book? Well I was given some money for my birthday so treated myself and wow what a treat!! The blu ray 5.1 surround audio is about the best I have ever heard and I love surround sound SACD's and DVD Audio discs. The sound of the waterfall in the 2112 Suite is so real sounding you'd swear you were in the cave with him and his new found guitar! The comic book is fab well illustrated and follows the story fab, and it doesn't just cover the opening 2112 Suite but illustrates the whole album. What set it apart from me is that they have taken the time to put the visuals onto the blu ray and the pictures follow the story, with the lyric on screen like dialog bubbles in a comic, so now you don't just listen to this album you can pour yourself your tipple of choice turn the light out and lose yourself for 40 minutes in one of the best rock albums of all time!!
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