Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rush producer confirms plans for Vapor Trails remix

Some Rush fans turned their heads when news came out this week about the band’s plans to remix 2002’s “Vapor Trails” album, but the band knew what they wanted to do.

“We were never happy with the production,” guitarist Alex Lifeson told Classic Rock. “Perhaps we should have taken more time over the record. But now we’ve got the chance to improve things. There will be no re-recording, just a remix.”

Speculation was that producer/engineer Richard Chycki would handle the job, but it had not been officially confirmed at the time the news broke.

Chycki has since posted to his blog that he is, in fact, working on the project.

A while back, I re-mixed One Little Victory and Earthshine from Rush’s 2002 release ‘Vapor Trails’ to be included on their 2009 release ‘Retrospective 3′. The re-mixes were very well-received so the band has decided to let me move ahead and re-mix the remainder of the CD.

To put rumors to rest, there was no re-recording or performance correction done on the first two tracks and that will continue for the remainder of the CD. The reason ‘new’ details may seem to have appeared in those songs is due to the fact that I listened to the multitracks and interpreted the mix structure without first analysing the original [deliberately] — so tracks either muted or turned down in the original mixes may shine through differently (the acoustic guitars in Earthshine might be a good example of this). As well, the same technical tweaks will continue for the remaining songs and I still will not have a buss limiter on the mix set to stun.

In any case, both the band and I are really excited to re-visit Vapor Trails and hope you’ll all enjoy the re-mix.

Rush Rush

Rush – Earthshine
Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA - October 13, 2002

See also:

Rush working on 5.1 surround sound mix of Moving Pictures
Rush: Neil Peart talks new book and forthcoming DVD
Rush: New limited edition autographed Neil Peart book available
Rush set to remix 2002’s Vapor Trails album
Neil Young, Rush receive Juno Award nominations