Rush's 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemispheres Coming November 16th - Pre-Orders Now Available
Over the last two years, Rush has released special 40th Anniversary editions of both 2112 and A Farewell to Kings. With 2018 marking the 40th anniversary of Hemispheres, many fans have been anxiously awaiting news of a special 40th Anniversary release of Rush's progressive masterpiece.
“Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”
Today, the wait is finally over.
Pre-order links as well as cover-art for the 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemisphere's have begun to appear on Amazon:
Amazon is also citing a November 16th release date.
The track list for the 2 CD's appears to be this:
Disc 1The Blu-Ray disc included in the Super Deluxe package will contain a newly mixed version of the studio album from the original multi-tracks in 5.1 surround sound, along with four bonus videos: three shot in 1978 as promo videos, and one of “La Villa Strangiato,” originally shot at Pinkpop with newly restored stereo audio
1. Cygnus X-1 (Book II Hemispheres)
3. The Trees
4. La Villa Strangiato
1. A Passage To Bangkok (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
2. Xanadu (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
3. The Trees (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
4. Cygnus X-1: Book II Hemispheres - The Sphere (A Kind Of Dream) (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
5. Closer To The Heart (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
6. La Villa Strangiato (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
7. In The Mood (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
8. Drum Solo (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
9. Something For Nothing (Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands/1979)
10. 2112 (Live In Arizona/1978)
UPDATEAccording to official listings that have just appeared on the Rush Backstage Club, the Super-Deluxe Edition will include the following:
The Super Deluxe Edition includes two CDs, one exclusive Blu-ray disc, and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s masterful June 1979 Pinkpop Festival performance in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the Pinkpop recording engineer failed to capture the first several minutes of “2112,” so an amazing, unreleased performance of the song during the Hemispheres tour from Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears here in its place.Below is an official video from the band that further details the Super Deluxe edition:
The third bonus disc contains audio from the album newly mixed from the original multitracks in 5.1 surround sound on a Blu-ray disc, along with four bonus videos: three shot in 1978 as promo videos, and one of “La Villa Strangiato,” originally shot at Pinkpop with newly restored stereo audio.The Super Deluxe Edition of Hemispheres-40th Anniversary will also include several exclusive items, including a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme; an extensive, 11,000+-word essay by Rob Bowman; The Words & The Pictures, a replica of the band’s rare 1979 UK tour program; a 24x24-inch wall poster of the newly created Syme art; a Pinkpop Festival replica ticket; a Pinkpop Festival replica cloth VIP sticky pass; and a replica 1978 “Rush” Hemispheres iron-on patch.
Can't wait until November 16th? You can download/stream the live version of the Trees at this Amazon link.
Tremendous thanks to William Winsborough for passing along the news.