Friday, October 17, 2008

Rush: Retrospective 3 to Feature Remixed Vapor Trails Tunage?

StarmanThe Rush Is a Band blog is reporting that the latest Rush "best of" package will contain remixed and remastered versions of two Vapor Trails songs. My research has shown that a lot of the damage to this album was done during the recording stage, but if they've been able to improve upon it at all, is it too much to ask for a redo of the entire album?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the issues with Vapor Trails were in the recording stage - there is much else on the internet about why that is not the case.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Hollow Man said...

I've never seen any conclusive proof on the 'net showing me that the problem occurred after recording. I'd be curious to see this, since if you look at the article I cited, Alex and Geddy point to problems during recording.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article you have linked points to problems "late in the recording process" and notes about digital distortion occurring during he mixing stage because of the "levels" they were trying to get. That likely means that the original recordings, pre-mix and pre-mastering, are not distorted and could be successfully remixed and remastered.

Here's a quote from Alex:

"For me it's really a sonic issue: it was mastered much too hot; it's too loud and it eats away at us and we want to address that - and maybe for no other reason than it would just make us sleep peacefully at night." - Alex Lifeson, Metal Edge, April 2007

The following is a great article by Rip Rowan called "Over the Limit at the following web address:

Although there is a little qualification to it, the author clearly believes the distorted sound came about as a result of the mastering process, not during the original recording.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Hollow Man said...

Yeah, I've linked to that article before. I used to always point to the mastering as being the issue, but as time has gone on, I've personally realized that without being there, I can't be sure when it comes to new albums where the loudness gets introduced.

With remasters of old albums it's easy, because you can go back to the original and say, "Yep, it's not loud and crummy sounding here. They blew it when doing the remaster." New stuff...who knows. With Metallica's Death Magnetic we know most of it had to have been during the mixing, because a) Ted Jensen says it has hot before he mastered it and b) the Guitar Hero mix sounds much better.

I'll be very curious to here the remastered Vapor Trails tracks on this new Best of disc. It couldn't be any worse than the album versions!

10:23 AM  

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