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Free Streaming: Rush’s ‘Vapor Trails’ Gets The Remix Treatment
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Vapor Trails, the 2002 record by long-standing Canadian prog rock trio Rush, has been given a facelift treatment, as a remixed version gets released this week on CD* and MP3, and is streaming online for free for a limited time.

The record, the band’s first in six years at that point, sported “mixes that were loud and brash, according to bass player/singer Geddy Lee, and a mastering job that was “harsh and distorted,” detriments that Lee had realized not too long after the album was originally released. He summed up his feelings about the record when he stated that although he felt Vapor Trails was an “imperfect piece of work that got out there,” he still believes that the songs were very strong and a huge catalyst to a welcoming audience that made the album and the following tour become rousing successes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.

The original album has long been held up as a prime example in the “loudness war.”

Producer David Botrill has helmed the task of the remixing, and the end result is something that Lee is pleased with. No doubt fans will be too, whether they discover Vapor Trails for the first time via this new release or hear a sonic reimagining of a record they’ve already heard for more than a decade now.

You can listen to a free stream of the remixed album over at Rolling Stone.

*The CD is an AutoRip, which means you’ll get a FREE MP3 download of the album when you purchase the CD through


  1. I don’t have money right now to buy this improved version, but if they
    offered a trade-in for the original version, my copy would be in the
    mail already waiting to be picked up tomorrow!

    Comment by totz the plaid — September 30, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

  2. that sure would be nice. considering the band admitted that they weren’t fans of the original. but commerce doesn’t work that way :(

    Comment by cyrollan — October 1, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  3. That sort of thing isn’t ENTIRELY unheard of, but it is indeed incredibly rare, and even if Rush themselves were into the idea, I doubt that their label (are they still on Columbia?) would allow it.

    At least I have the unofficial “Bubba Skarda ‘Less Vapor’ Mix” to listen to in the meantime.

    Comment by totz the plaid — October 1, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

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