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Universal’s ‘ReDISCovered’ vinyl box set of Rush‘s self-titled 1974 debut was released last week and we’ve taken some photos for you.

The set comes in a sturdy ‘lift-off lid’ twelve-inch box and there is some excellent artwork reproduction, with the inside of the box lid and base showing off the labels from the original two tape boxes (sides A and B of the album).

Contents include a repro of the original Canadian retail poster (only 500 printed back in the day) and three Moon Records publicity photos. If you are wondering what that big image of the tape reel is about, this is a circular card that contains reissue credits, your download code (MP3s only) and some info on the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process.

The album sounds wonderful (remastered at Abbey Road studios by Sean McGee) – very warm and very quiet. You really need to crank up the volume, which is no bad thing. It’s also very thick having been pressed on 200g vinyl at the Quality Record Pressings plant in Kansas (EU versions are pressed at GZ Vinyl).

This set is not fault free. Given the care that has clearly been taken with the remastering and vinyl pressing, we would have expected a proper poly-lined inner sleeve to protect the vinyl [8.5.14 update – the US pressings DO have poly-lined sleeves, only the EU versions don’t). Instead we get a thick plain white card sleeve, which is disappointing. Also, in design terms the Rush ‘Family Tree’ is woeful. It looks like something that has been knocked up in Word or Powerpoint in half an hour (see photo below).

This set was £38 for a while which definitely feels overpriced, but I think if you can pick it up for around the £30 mark or less, it represents reasonable value. The vinyl is not available at the time of writing without the box, so if you do want to check out the remaster then you don’t really have a choice.

 Rush ‘ReDISCovered, vinyl box is out now. Check out our photo gallery below.


This Rush box can be ordered via the Acoustic Sounds website (QRP pressing) or using the links below.


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Lift-off lid box
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Publicity photos
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Card ‘spool’
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Reverse if card ‘spool’
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Poster
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Vinyl with Moon Records label
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Rush ‘Family Tree’ (front)
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Rush ‘Family Tree’ (detail)
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Rear of box

 

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[…] inclusion of a replica Japanese Tour Programme from the time is a very nice touch. Unlike the Rush vinyl box this has an excellent Pete Frame ‘Family Tree’. Although we couldn’t find his […]

joe

You guys must have the EU version. The US release has the record in a poly lined sleeve.

I’m think the EU version was pressed at gz vinyl, not Quality Records.

Jon Shaw

I agree that this set is a little overpriced as there are no extras – no alternate version of Working Man or the tracks from the their first single which has yet to be reissued at all (Not Fade Away and You Can’t Fight It). I found my copy very noisy and crackly, one of the reviewers on amazon.com found the same so I’ll be returning it for a replacement shortly. I too, found the lack of a lined inner sleeve pretty poor. It seems a bit of wasted opportunity but maybe they’re saving the extras for the uber deluxe…..