Rush Set to Release Epic Box Set Trio
By Mike Duffy
Progressive rock or hard rock, whichever way you prefer Canadian rock gods Rush will be available in one place – or perhaps more accurately three places – when the legendary trio releases Sectors on November 21.
A series of three box sets, Sectors splits Rush’s 15 albums released on Mercury into groups of five in chronological order, with each package also containing an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, and one album from each set specially remixed on DVD in high resolution 96kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
Sector 1 begins with the band’s 1974 self-titled debut and concludes with a live album, 1976′s All the World’s a Stage.
Sector 2 boasts Moving Pictures from 1981 and 1977′s A Farewell to Kings.
Signals, the synthesizer-driven 1982 record, highlights Sector 3, which also features 1988′s double live album, A Show of Hands.
In all, it’s a rush of Rush, if you will.
Bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart have been working on their next album, Clockwork Angels, which is scheduled to drop in early 2012 via Roadrunner Records.
“We’re almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago.” Lee told Rolling Stone in October. “After a sluggish start, we’ve had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I’m very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we’d like to write, and then we’ll start recording in earnest.
“Hopefully we’ll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we’ll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out … I hope it’ll be out by the spring anyway.”
“Caravan,” Rush’s latest single that was released in June of 2010, flew to No. 3 on the radio chart.
In the meantime, they put out a DVD, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland earlier this month.
But Sectors marks the definitive collection that every Rush fan should have on their shelf.
Sector 1: Rush (1974) Fly By Night (1975) Caress of Steel (1975) 2112 (1976) All the World’s a Stage (1976) Fly by Night (DVD)
Sector 2: A Farewell to Kings (1977) Hemispheres (1978) Permanent Waves (1980) Moving Pictures (1981) Exit…Stage Left (1981) A Farewell to Kings (DVD)
Sector 3: Signals (1982) Grace Under Pressure (1984) Power Windows (1985) Hold Your Fire (1987) A Show of Hands (1988) Signals (DVD)