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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Rush – 40th Anniversary (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rush – Rush – 40th Anniversary (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 40:21 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mercury Records
Recorded: Early-1973 (beginning of the sessions) and November 1973 (ending of the sessions) at Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada

Rush was released in March of 1974 and is the first studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It was produced by the band and was well-received upon its release. It peaked at #105 on the US Billboard 200 chart and has been certified Gold by both the RIAA and CRIA.

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Rush – Fly By Night (1975/2015) [40th Anniversary] [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rush – Fly By Night (1975/2015) [40th Anniversary]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 38:51 minutes | 1.42 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mercury Records
Recorded: December 1974 – January 1975 at Toronto Sound Studios in Toronto, Canada

Originally released in 1975, Fly By Night peaked at #113 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA and CRIA.

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. –Greg Prato

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Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary (1977/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 37:29 minutes | 1.2 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mercury Records
Recorded: June 1977 at Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK

This 1977 release, the band’s fifth studio album, was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed in London’s Advision Studios. It became the band’s first U.S. gold-selling album within two months of release, and went platinum. The singles included “Closer to the Heart” and “Cinderella Man” while the album peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the U.K. album charts.

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Rush – Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rush – Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 36:11  minutes | 1.32 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mercury Records
Recorded: June–August 1978 at Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK

Another favorite of true Rush fans, this sixth studio album, released in 1978, once more explored fantasy and science fiction themes in Neil Peart’s lyrics. The final track, the ambitious nine-and-a-half minute La Villa Strangiato, was the band’s first instrumental. The album peaked at #47 on theBillboard charts, and was the group’s fourth consecutive gold album in the U.S., featuring the singles The Trees and Circumstances.

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Rush – Moving Pictures (1981/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192Hz]

Rush – Moving Pictures (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz  | Time – 40:04 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | © Anthem Entertainment/Mercury Records

Moving Pictures is the intersection between Rush’s ’70s art-rock style and their sequencer-laced ’80s efforts. An incredible stylistic leap for the band, the songs here incorporate reggae, percolating synth and even a new wave-tinged early ’80s pop sensibility. ‘Tom Sawyer,’ the ultimate alienated-teen saga, is the album’s best known song. ‘Red Barchetta’ picks up where 2112 left off with futuristic, sci fi-oriented lyrics. The instrumental ‘YYZ’ is as far into straight-up progressive rock as the band had ever ventured. Things get socio-political on the ominous ‘Witch Hunt,’ and a Jamaican flavor enlivens ‘Vital Signs.’ The increased reliance on synthesizers and sequencers would later become irksome to old school Rush fans, but on ‘Moving Pictures’, electronics are tastefully applied to further the group’s musical vision, making for what just might be their finest batch of songs.

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Rush – Sector One (5CD Box Set) (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rush – Sector One (5CD Box Set) (2013)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 4:01:51 minutes | 5.31 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet

Mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz.
We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Canadian rock trio Rush with three separate five-album sets which together spans their entire historic Mercury Records recording career. Each sector contains five of their fifteenMercury albums in chronological order. In addition, each volume includes a booklet with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits.

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