When two tracks from Rush’s “Vapor Trails” album were remixed for 2009’s “Retrospective III” collection, fans began to anticipate the day a remixed version of the full album might arrive. That day will finally come on Oct. 1, 2013.
“‘Vapor Trails’ was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances — sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again — and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill’s remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work,” says bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee. “Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of ‘One Little Victory,’ ‘Secret Touch,’ and ‘Ceiling Unlimited’ to the melodic musicality of ‘Sweet Miracle’ and ‘How It Is’ … these songs have been redeemed. Thank you David!”
The remixed versions of “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” previously were released on the “Retrospective III” collection.
The remixed version of “Vapor Trails” also will be included in the new seven-disc boxed set “The Studio Albums 1989-2007.” The set features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records: the RIAA Gold and Platinum albums “Presto” (1989), “Roll The Bones” (1991), “Counterparts” (1993), and “Test For Echo” (1996), as well as the band’s covers EP “Feedback” (2004) and the Billboard Top 5 album “Snakes & Arrows” (2007).
Except for “Vapor Trails,” which has a reinterpreted version of the original cover, each album in the CD box set is presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork. The set, which also will be released Oct. 1, 2013, will retail for $49.98.
With a career that spans nearly 40 years — and 40 million records sold since its 1974 self-titled debut — Rush is among rock’s iconic acts. The RIAA lists Rush as the rock band with the third-most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums, topped only by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Canadian power trio consisting of Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. and will conclude its Clockwork Angels 2013 tour Aug. 4 in Kansas City.