Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rush: Vapor Trails Remixed debuts on Billboard charts

Rush’s “Vapor Trails Remixed” has debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The updated version of the band’s 2002 release also lands at #9 on the Rock Albums chart and at #3 on the Hard Rock albums chart.

"We overcooked it," bassist/singer Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone recently. "The mixes were really loud and brash. The mastering job was harsh and distorted."

Lee came to this realization not long after the record came out, but there was little he could do to fix the situation. "It's a terrible feeling that, due to lack of objectivity, you let an imperfect piece of work get out there," he says. "But the songs are very strong and people really responded to the record and people were welcoming us back. The sonic defects of it got lost in the excitement of the band's return to functionality. It's always been a bee in my bonnet."

Eleven years after the album came out, Rush fixed the situation by hiring producer David Bottrill to remix the album. "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."

“Vapor Trails Remixed” is available via CD, double LP, and digital download.

Hear the full “Vapor Trails Remixed” album here.

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