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Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Rock
Artist: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass and twelve-string guitar, Mini Moog, bass pedal synthesizers), Alex Lifeson (electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizers), Neil Peart (drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, bell tree, vibraslap, triangle, tubular bells, temple blocks), With Terry Brown (spoken intro on “Cygnus X-1”)

Production/Label: Burning Shed
Duration: 01:09:16
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: LPCM, DTS-HD MA, Dolby True-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 7974 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6498 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6410 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 14.54 GB

A 40th Anniversary super deluxe edition of Rush’s enduring Progressive classic A Farewell To Kings.
Contains three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc and four 180g LPs.
The CDs and LPs feature a 2015 Abbey Road remaster of the album, a complete concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (mixed by original AFTK producer Terry Brown from multi-track live tapes), four cover versions of songs from the original album (by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes), and an instrumental studio outtake of spacey sound effects called Cygnus X-2 Eh.
The Blu-ray disc contains a 2017 5.1 surround mix of the album by Steven Wilson, along with three 1977 promo videos.
The Super Deluxe package features an elaborate 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, who has created a new artwork for each of the album’s six songs, and an extensive 12,000-word essay by Rock historian Rob Bowman. Also included are several exclusive items: a unique King’s Ring (with custom velvet pouch and neck chain); two lithographs with original artwork by Hugh Syme; a special 12-inch turntable mat (with distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme); a reproduction of the 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour programme.

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Rush – Sector 1 (Remastered) (2011/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rush – Sector 1 (Remastered) (2011/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 04:01:24 minutes | 5,5 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Anthem Records Inc.

Sectors is a three-volume compilation of Rush’s historic 15 album run on Mercury Records from 1974 to 1989, broken down into three separate box sets. Each box set includes five chronological albums, all transferred to high resolution 96kHz/24-bit audio and digitally remastered for optimal quality. Sector 1 covers the band’s earliest period starting in 1974 and includes Rush, Fly By Night, Caress Of Steel, 2112 and All The World’s A Stage.

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Rush – Counterparts (1993) [Audio Fidelity ‘2013] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Rush – Counterparts (1993) [Audio Fidelity ‘2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:59 minutes | Scans included | 1,73 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-152 | Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Grey at Cohearent Audio

By 1993, alternative rock had arrived in a big way, and surprisingly, Canadian veterans Rush were game, releasing their most honest and organic rock & roll record in over a decade with Counterparts. Opener “Animate” is straightforward enough, but doesn’t even hint at the guitar ferocity and lyrical angst of “Stick it Out,” a song which undoubtedly polarizes Rush fans to this day. Intellectual melodic rockers like “Cut to the Chase,” “At the Speed of Love,” and “Everyday Glory” are also present (and less shocking), but diversity continues to rule the day with Geddy Lee’s bass taking charge on the amazingly somber “Double Agent” and the giddy instrumental “Leave That Thing Alone.” Pure hard rock resurfaces on “Cold Fire,” but it is the largely acoustic “Nobody’s Hero” which provides the album’s most gripping moment with an impassioned plea for HIV consciousness and understanding.

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Rush – Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary) (1980/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rush – Permanent Waves (40th Anniversary) (1980/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:58:58 minutes | 2,48 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury Records

Celebrating 40 years of Rush’s Permanent Waves, deemed the poignant moment the band reinvented themselves and their sound. The 3LP Deluxe Edition features original vinyl packaging with a newly designed gatefold jacket for the two discs of live bonus tracks (from the 1980 World Tour). With a 20-page booklet of reimagined artwork by original designer Hugh Syme & unreleased band archive photos. Housed in a slipcase. Features hits like “The Spirit Of Radio” and the cinematic “Jacob’s Ladder”.

Rush’s 8th album, 1980’s Permanent Waves, is where the little Canadian trio that could, became one of the biggest rock acts on the planet. Much of the success is thanks to the album’s best known track “The Spirit of Radio”—proof that a prog-rock band known for marathon epics could also pen short(er) catchy singles. “Spirit” also marked the band’s initial experiment with adding reggae flavors to its music. The new shorter, lower approach made another pair of songs here—”Freewill” and “Entre Nous”—into instant Rush highlights.

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Rush – The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rush – The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (2013)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 6:41:57 minutes | 8.28 GB | Genre:  Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: hdtracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Rhino Atlantic

Mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz.

This is the first time that this must-own set is being offered together as a hi-res download. It features the following studio albums by the legendary Canadian trio: Presto, Roll The Bones,Counterparts, Test For Echo, Vapor Trails, Feedback and Snakes & Arrows. The band is one of the most successful rock groups of the 70s and 80s with 24 Gold and 14 Platinum records.

Rush fans will be excited to know that HDtracks now has the newly remastered and highly anticipated Vapor Trails remix in 96/24 quality and is included in this updated box set. The long awaited and in-demand remix is band approved and will please fans everywhere. Hiring producerDavid Bottrill to remix the album, bassist/singer Geddy Lee says: “He understood what it should sound like,” he says, “so I’m very pleased with the end result. I think he’s finally brought some completion and some justice to some of those songs we’d put so much of our heart and soul into.”

The original recording was mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through an analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz. The Remix utilizes the same recording but is remixed and remastered with less compression.

Albumlist:

1 Presto (1989)
2 Roll the Bones (1991)
3 Counterparts (1993)
4 Test for Echo (1996)
5 Vapor Trails (2002)
6 Feedback (2004)
7 Snakes and Arrows (2007)

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Rush – Sectors – Fly By Night (2011) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Rush – Sectors – Fly By Night
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – Fly By Night | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1975 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 8 | Size: ~3.59 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015888-00 JK02) | Note: Not Watermarked

Prior to one of Rush’s first U.S. tours, original drummer John Rutsey split from the band, since he wasn’t prepared to commit to the band’s rigorous touring schedule. And it proved to be a blessing in disguise, since his replacement was to become one of the most respected rock drummers of all time, Neil Peart, who would also steer the band towards success with more challenging material — starting with Fly by Night. While the title track and the album-closing ballad, “In the End,” still had Zeppelin roots, the album isn’t as straightforward as the debut. Rush’s first bona-fide classic, “Anthem,” is included, while the over eight-minute “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” helped pave the way for the group’s future epics (“2112,” “Cygnus X-1,” etc.), and introduced the fans to Peart’s imaginative lyric writing, often tinged with science-fiction themes. The reflective and melodic “Making Memories” is an underrated early composition, while “Beneath, Between, & Behind” is a furious heavy rocker. Fly by Night may not be one of Rush’s finest albums, but it is one of their most important — it showed that the young band was leaving their Zep-isms behind in favor of a more challenging and original direction.

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Rush – Sectors – A Farewell to Kings (2011) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Rush – Sectors – A Farewell to Kings
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – A Farewell to Kings | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1977 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 6 | Size: ~3.59 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015889-00 JK01), 2011 | Note: Not Watermarked

On 1977’s A Farewell to Kings it quickly becomes apparent that Rush had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach. Synthesizers also mark their first prominent appearance on a Rush album, a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases. With the popular hit single “Closer to the Heart,” the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute “Xanadu” remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush’s best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated “Madrigal” proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while “Cinderella Man” is one of Rush’s few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, “Cygnus X-1,” closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two extended songs on 1975’s Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden Rush’s audience on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Rush – Sectors – Signals (2011) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

Rush – Sectors – Signals
Artist: Rush | Album: Sectors – Signals | Style: Progressive, Hard Rock | Year: 2011 [1982 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96Khz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 8 | Size: ~4.11 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Anthem Entertainmenta | The Island Def Jam Music Group (B0015890-00 JK01) | Note: Not Watermarked

Instead of playing it safe and writing Moving Pictures, Pt. II, Rush replaced their heavy rock of yesteryear with even more modern sounds for 1982’s Signals. Synthesizers were now an integral part of the band’s sound, and replaced electric guitars as the driving force for almost all the tracks. And more current and easier-to-grasp topics (teen peer pressure, repression, etc.) replaced their trusty old sci-fi-inspired lyrics. While other rock bands suddenly added keyboards to their sound to widen their appeal, Rush gradually merged electronics into their music over the years, so such tracks as the popular MTV video “Subdivisions” did not come as a shock to longtime fans. And Rush didn’t forget how to rock out — “The Analog Kid” and “Digital Man” were some of their most up-tempo compositions in years. The surprise hit, “New World Man,” and “Chemistry” combined reggae and rock (begun on 1980’s Permanent Waves), “The Weapon” bordered on new wave, the placid “Losing It” featured Ben Mink on electric violin, while the epic closer “Countdown” painted a vivid picture of a space shuttle launch. Signals proved that Rush were successfully adapting to the musical climate of the early ’80s.

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Rush – 2112 (1976/2015) {40th Anniversary} [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rush – 2112 (1976/2015) [40th Anniversary]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 38:56 minutes | 1.04 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mercury Records
Recorded: February 1976 at Toronto Sound Studios in Toronto

The band’s label didn’t want Rush to do another “concept” album. The band ignored this advice and went on to record their first major commercial success and a signature record, which enabled them to chart their own course moving forward. Writing the material took about six months, and the album, recorded at Toronto Sound with Terry Brown, required about a month in the studio to finish.

“We don’t want to change what people think about rock & roll, we just want to show them what we think about it.” – Alex Lifeson, 1976

Influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand, the album features the side-long title suite. Based in the future, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. By 2112, the world is controlled by the “Priests of the Temples of Syrinx,” who determine the content of all reading matter, songs, pictures — every facet of life.

“We’ve got a big future ahead of us.” – Geddy Lee, 1976

Most fans consider 2112 the band’s definitive album. Certified triple-platinum, 2112 is #2 onRolling Stone’s ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time’. This newly-remastered edition was remastered at Abbey Road from original analogue masters

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Rush – 2112 (1976/2013) {Deluxe Edition 2012} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rush – 2112 (1976/2013) {Deluxe Edition 2012}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 49:35 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Mercury

Rush’s first major commercial success and a signature record is based around the eponymous side-long rock opera. Influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand, the story takes place during a galaxy-wide war in the year 2112. Rush spent about six months writing this album and then took another month to record it. This deluxe edition includes three album tracks recorded live.

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