As all Rush fans know, the year-long 40th anniversary celebration of all things Rush is motoring along nicely.
Fans have turned out in droves since the band launched the R40 tour in May. However, the clock is ticking for fans to experience Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart performing together in concert for the last time.
That said, here’s some great Rush news for all you super-fans. To coincide with the tour, the band has been reissuing their studio albums on high-quality vinyl.
It has been confirmed this week that Rush will re-release vinyl versions of the remaining Mercury albums as well as the six studio albums that the band recorded for Atlantic Records between 1989 and 2007.
Not content with your normal style vinyl, each of the albums will be pressed on audiophile-quality, 200-gram vinyl, and each album will also ship with a code to access a high-definition digital download. Or as we like to say here at RMW, “double bubble.”
The upcoming albums will be released between October 2015 and January 2016 and the releases will be in chronological order as single or double LP sets. The albums are available now for pre-order at rush.com https://www.rush.com/rush-vinyl-reissues/
Here are the release dates:
September 25: Exit…Stage Left
October 9: Signals
October 23: Presto, Roll The Bones
November 6: Counterparts, Test For Echo
December 4: Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows
December 11: Hold Your Fire, A Show Of Hands
January 15: Feedback, Snakes & Arrows
Also, as a bonus, the albums Counterparts and Test For Echo will both feature etched designs on side D of the album. The designs are available for the first time on these pressings.
The vinyl reissues capture some of Rush’s finest work including the band’s platinum-selling Roll The Bones, as well as the Top 5 albums Counterparts and Snakes & Arrows.
It’s worth noting that this unbelievable trio has sold more than 45 million records worldwide, and the band has only ever played to sold-out tours.
Rush is without doubt one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history; it is hugely admired by its contemporaries.
If you are in any doubt how popular the band is check out this stat: Rush has been certified by The RIAA® as third for most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums sold by a rock band. Rush is only topped by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
In 2013, the band was recognized for its incredible achievements when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 40th anniversary serves up plenty of opportunities for fans who just can’t get enough Rush.
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