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The excitement of a new Rush album in 2002—six years after 1996’s Test for Echo and its first since Neil Peart’s unfathomable family tragedies (the death of his teenage daughter and his wife within a year)—soon turned into the ultimate fan argument. The songs were the strongest in years, but the production and mastering was a mess—too digitally hot to handle, with a clipped sound that made listening an uncomfortable situation. How could you love an album with such obvious flaws? Finally, in 2013, Vapor Trails was remixed and remastered by David Bottrill—and a brilliant Rush album, guitar-heavy and unlike its '80s output, was fully realized. “One Little Victory” delivers as a comeback anthem, with “Ghost Rider,” the post-9/11 track “Peaceable Kingdom,” and the tuneful “Sweet Miracle” filling out an album that Rush fans knew was the sign of a refurbished, rejuvenated band. No more excuses or rationalizations. The real deal is here at last.

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A great album, finally given the attention it has always deserved

Vapor Trails has always been one of one of my favorite Rush albums, but the original mix never sounded right. I so badly wanted to fix it that I resorted to instructions I found online to "remaster" each track, rebuilding the peaks in the audio. This official remix from the band is so much better, though. Rolling Stone has a preview stream available for the week leading up to the release and listening to it is indisputable proof that it's a required purchase for any serious Rush fan.

Like loving a second child as much as the first - only differently.

I fell in love with Vapor Trails when released back in 2002. As a lifelong Rush fan, I kind of feel that I, in some way, shared in the sad events leading up to this album - certainly in no way comparable to theirs, but in being such a fan since 1977, I felt for them and what they went through and was so saddened for Neil. I didn't understand it in full (certainly no outsider could) but began to understand some of what Neil and the band went through after hearing this album, and then reading Neil's book Ghost Rider. I loved VT from the first listen, and still feel pain when I hear it - like when Ged sings the line "What is the meaning of this?" in Stars Look Down. That hurts to listen to - you can feel what Neil was going through in the lyric, and you can feel the weight of it all in Ged's melody. It always leaves a shadow when I hear it. Or the drive and determination in the drumming near the end of Ghost Rider, preceeding and through the "Shadows on the road behind" line. The new remixed album is really like hearing this all over again for the first time. So much that was buried in now brought to life. I can't say I like this better than the original - that's like picking my favorite leg. I'm just glad to have them both - my legs, and these albums. Buy it.


Formed: 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians. Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprising guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander...
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