2112 Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
I differ from some of the reviewers in their comments regarding the second half of the album, i.e. the songs not part of the 2112 suite. I actually prefer these to some of the sections from the first side, in particular, Twilight Zone, Lessons and Tears. Listening to these three songs in a row has remained a pleasure for the best part of 20 years. The musicianship, arrangements and general song-writing abilities on show here are simply breathtaking.
As for the Amazon review, this is borderline disrespectful. The Amazon writer should remember just how many tens of millions of records Rush have sold over their 30-year reign at the top of prog/intelligent rock & metal. You don't have to be the most photogenic or 'cool' band to succeed, thank god.
If you are a Rush fan you will of course already own this album. If you are new to the band, this is a must. Anyone who can play an instrument or write a song to a decent level will appreciate this even if you don't consider yourself a rock fan. Most highly recommended!
The second group of five songs, unconnected with both "2112" and each other, cover subjects as diverse as the hippy trail ("Passage to Bangkok") to a ballad ("Tears") that seesm to be about lost love.
People seem to get hung up on two things with this album - "1" it's a concept album. Yeah, So what? The 70's were full of concept albums, big deal. It doesn't alter the fact there is brilliant playing on this record. Lifeson's guitar drips emotion throughout 2112, you can hear it cry and scream, particulary in the segment "Presentation" when Geddy's character offers the newly discovered "guitar" to the priests, is rejected, then flees. Listen to the guitar howl at that point and tell me that's not raw despair being wrought from the frets. Listen also to Geddy Lee's galloping bass lines, then remember he's singing the melody over the top at the same time. Which brings me on nicely on to point "2". Geddy's voice. So many people can't seem to get past the fact he has a high pitched voice. This may be so, but it's never strained or out of tune, and carries over the music so you can hear the lyrics.Read more ›
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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When it came out I was too much involved in punk and new wave to appreciate this excellent hard/symphonic rock album. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hans Westerlaken
62 now,want an album to timelessly love.This is it,before more popups appear,listen lads this is not dated,rush are the most non genre seeking brilliant band ever,never seen them... Read morePublished 9 months ago by tone