Rush / Vapor Trails Remixed + The Studio Albums 7CD box set


Atlantic/Rhino will next month reissue a fully remixed version of Rush’s 2002 album Vapor Trails.

The band were never entirely happy with the original version of the album with Geddy Lee recalling that it was “made under difficult and emotional circumstances.”

The frontman adds, “mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill’s remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work.”

This new remixed version of Vapor Trails is available as part of a seven-disc box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007, which features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records. Refreshingly, it is also being made available separately on CD and heavyweight 2LP vinyl, so fans don’t have to stump up for the box just to get the newly remixed album.

The box set and Vapor Trails Remixed are released on 30 September 2013.


Studio Albums 7CD box set

Vapor Trails Remixed CD

Vapor Trails Remixed 2LP 180g Vinyl

The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the following:

  • Presto (1989)
  • Roll the Bones (1991)
  • Counterparts (1993)
  • Test for Echo (1996)
  • Vapor Trails (2002) – 2013 Remixed Version
  • Feedback (2004)
  • Snakes & Arrows (2007)

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According to a review on amazon.com, the other albums are also remastered (whether they are the same as the “Rush Remasters” CD, it doesn’t say), so that’s one concern over this set thankfully eradicated. I wondered if they would use the original CD masters. So it’s all good.

Marcus Sigismund

Good news, I have been waiting for this a long time – I’m thrilled to hear how much Vapor Trails will improve because of the remixed sound. In its current state it makes your ears bleed.

John Dotters

All other bands take note. Not everyone want to buy stuff they already have in these box sets that seem to be the fashion these days. Good to see Rush making a separate release for the album that fans would only be buying the set for.

Chris Gerard

This is excellent news! “Vapor Trails” was completely ruined by the terrible mixing job. It’s got some great material on it, and the remixed tracks that appeared on Greatest Hits Volume 3 sounded terrific. Can’t wait to hear the entire album remixed.