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#1 Gedneil Alpeart

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:50 PM

I know all of Rush's albums have been remastered and I've only bought one so far........Signals.  I def hear a much improved difference in the remastered version of Signals and I love it.  Which other remaster albums did you find a big difference from the original in terms of sound and clarity?

I'm most interested in the getting the remastered 80s albums the most, so suggestions from that era would be most helpful as to which ones are worth buying.  

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:01 PM

Same here...I need to update to the remasters.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:28 PM

IMO - ALL Mercury releases are well worth the upgrade to the remastered version.  I'm saying from Rush through Hold Your Fire, there is an astounding difference - just like what you've heard on Signals.

The Atlantic remasters... are another story.  I've seen some around here say there is some difference, but I don't hear anything different - at all.  To make it worse, the actual CDs look exactly the same, and I'm not 100% sure I haven't accidentally mixed them up.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:44 PM

Yes the Rush-HYF remasters are definite must-haves. I can't believe they're 13 years old already. Maybe time for another remaster? lol

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:47 PM

Presto isn't worth it.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:06 PM

Get them all!!

When will they remaster "Vapor Trails?"  No one ever talks about that on here.   tongue.gif  

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:24 PM

Shm baby, that's all you need

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:19 PM

I always found the Mercury/Anthem remasters to be too bright sounding. A little harsh on the ears at high volumes. The remasters basically just add EQ, compression, and loudness to the recordings. The only one I've really thought was better than the original is Caress Of Steel. The reason being that the original seems to be sourced from a higher gen tape, and is a victim of print-through.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:40 PM

I have found a big difference in the older album remasters.  Even the volume adjustment makes a big difference.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:10 PM

CoS, AFTK, Hemispheres, Signals

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (Afterimage71 @ Mar 3 2010, 03:24 PM)
Shm baby, that's all you need

AMEN! trink39.gif  

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:18 PM

What is SHM?

I'm not that tech-minded at all.
Is that yet another format?

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:42 AM

QUOTE (Mr. Krinkle @ Mar 3 2010, 10:18 PM)
What is SHM?

I'm not that tech-minded at all.
Is that yet another format?

SHM is a SHAM from JAPAN

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:57 AM

All of them!  2.gif  

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:42 AM

QUOTE (shaun3701 @ Mar 3 2010, 10:42 PM)
QUOTE (Mr. Krinkle @ Mar 3 2010, 10:18 PM)
What is SHM?

I'm not that tech-minded at all.
Is that yet another format?

SHM is a SHAM from JAPAN

HAHAHAHA!!  Been down that Sham Road!  I know that one liner very well!  SHAM!  SHAZAM!!

Still as an audiophile nut I have listened to all of the different pressings of RUSH cds from over the decades.  The SHM pressings RULE thus far.

If you have the proper stereo system then you can slightly tell the difference.

The Rush SHM remasters are like having them pressed on gold cd by MFSL back in the Eighties and Nineties.

They have a bit more warmth to the tunes, and also have a bit more oomph on the back end.

It is what it is, but remember, those badass Rush SHM cds come in LP style replica cardboard sleeves.

Worth every penny. 1022.gif

Signed,

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Johnny Blaze knows what I'm talkin' about! trink39.gif  

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:54 AM

The sham from Japan is good news indeed, those baby's play like a dream, almost like spinning the black vinyl, butt kicking sham

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 02:03 AM

I guess I'll have to get a copy of Hemispheres and see what the fuss is all about then. Will I be blown away or will it just be a little bit better?

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (Show Don't Tell @ Mar 3 2010, 07:19 PM)
I always found the Mercury/Anthem remasters to be too bright sounding. A little harsh on the ears at high volumes. The remasters basically just add EQ, compression, and loudness to the recordings. The only one I've really thought was better than the original is Caress Of Steel. The reason being that the original seems to be sourced from a higher gen tape, and is a victim of print-through.

I pretty much agree. I have COS and it does sound great and improved.
As for the others,  I think Rush pretty much got right the first time. The exception being VT which sounds like mud, and I don't see where a remaster is available for purchase.

Of the newer batch of remasters the only one I have is Presto. It has noticible more botton end, which I like because I am a bass player. I don't know that it sounds better, it just has more bottom.

I have a gold Mofi of PerWaves. It sounds good, but don't see what all the rave is about.



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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:12 PM

beats me...since the Remasters are the only versions I've heard anyway...except for a very old cassette of the first half of Exit Stage Left.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:37 PM

QUOTE (Pags @ Mar 3 2010, 04:28 PM)
IMO - ALL Mercury releases are well worth the upgrade to the remastered version.  I'm saying from Rush through Hold Your Fire, there is an astounding difference - just like what you've heard on Signals.

The Atlantic remasters... are another story.  I've seen some around here say there is some difference, but I don't hear anything different - at all.  To make it worse, the actual CDs look exactly the same, and I'm not 100% sure I haven't accidentally mixed them up.

This is exactly right based on my experience.




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