In conjunction with Rush celebrating their 40th anniversary with a tour this year, a limited edition hologram vinyl of the album 2112 will be released on March 17, 2015, and is available for pre-order right now. (Purchase of the vinyl comes with a FREE MP3 version of this album.)
Check out the sneak peek video of the vinyl in action here below.
For the Canadian power trio, three has always seemed to be a magic number. For over 40 years now, the three men — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — have released scores of adventurous progressive rock records with Rush, with an absolute flair for hyper rhythms and complex melodies, all arranged in time meters which keeps the band and their sound on their proverbial musical toes, and which creates serendipity in the listener, who is part of a fan base that gets stronger with each passing year.
Another magic number in the band’s rich history is 2112, which arguably stands as the band’s first true conceptual masterpiece. Rush had been dabbling in the kind of Ayn Rand-styled themes on earlier records, but it wasn’t until 2112 (released originally in 1976) that the band sort of crystallized a style that they would take with them into the 1980s. Starting with the title track, which took up an entire side of an album in its original form, was a relentless, neverending sonic patchwork of intensity, as the song followed the tale of an individual who accidentally stumbles upon something that makes him one again, having lived in a dystopian world in which governmental rule seeks out to destroy any form of culture and art, be it in presentation or creation. The multi-part song, filled with the kind of muscular musical interplay that is now wholly expected of Rush (guitarist Alex Lifeson and rhythm section off-the-rails of lead singer/bassist Geddy Lee and drummer royale Neil Peart) remains one of the band’s biggest centerpieces, either on record or on stage.
The rest of the album rounds out with great, more shorter but still-packs-the-same-punch-as-the-title-track does with songs like the ode to cannabis “A Passage to Bangkok,” the ballad and done pretty much in straight 4/4 time of “Tears,” the Alex Lifeson-penned whimsical and light “Lessons,” and the album closer, the heavy and informative “Something for Nothing.” In short, until 1981’s Moving Pictures changed the game for Rush and what once was a cult fan base, 2112 puts the band on the on-ramp to that road.
As preparations for the upcoming R40 tour are being made, Universal Music Enterprises continues its 12 Months of Rush celebrations with the release of a special vinyl Hologram Edition reissue of the band’s epic, landmark release 2112 on March 17, 2015. This special edition will also come with a free download card for the high resolution Digital Audio version.
Pressed on high fidelity 200gram vinyl, this unique Hologram Edition showcases a custom, hand- of the “Red Star of the Federation” in the album’s dead wax runout of side two. To reveal the spinning hologram, fans can use any focused source of light, such as the LED flashlight on a smartphone, directly above the turntable while playing.