Rush to Re-Issue Debut Album for 40th Anniversary
Universal Music Enterprises re-released the album in April 2014 as part of its ReDISCovered Vinyl series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the self-published album’s release. The album is part of a big package, as described in the promotional material:
“Housed in a sturdy box with a lift-off top, this landmark album is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters, cut to copper plates using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) process at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Rush also features the original Moon Records jacket art, complete with the original MN-100-A/B Matrix etching, and will include a 16’x22′ reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three 5’x7′ lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey, a 12’x12′ Rush Family Tree poster, and a digital download card for a free digital copy of this newly remastered release.” More on the Rush ReDISCovered LP Box.
Earlier coverage of the re-release:
The article is about the recent trend in which bands release re-mastered versions of old albums, something Rush just did with its 2002 Vapor Trails album.
The article doesn’t provide any details on Rush’s plans other than to say that the band has been “’very involved’” in next year’s 40th-anniversary reissue of the group’s self-titled debut album.”
The quote is from Ivar Hamilton, Universal Music Canada’s VP of catalog marketing.
Ed at RushIsABand speculates that the re-issued album will include a re-master of the tracks and new and expanded liner notes, among other things.
In addtion to being the band’s first album, Rush is also the only album to feature John Rutsey on drums. And it’s also the only album to be self-published.
One group of fans is trying to get Google to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the album by creating a Google Doodle of it. But that’s unlikely to happen, since Google has traditionally reserved corruptions of its masthead for events or people that have had a broad cultural impact, which, for all its importance to the band, can’t really be said of the album. But you can’t blame them for trying!
Credit for the head’s up about the upcoming album goes to RushIsABand, which credits Rob B for getting the news out first.