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|Geddy Lee||Bass Guitar, Vocals|
|Alex Lifeson||Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola|
|Neil Peart||Cymbals, Drums|
|Geddy Lee||Composer, Engineer|
|Alex Lifeson||Composer, Engineer|
|Paul Northfield||Producer, Engineer|
|Neil Peart||Composer, Lyricist|
|Hugh Syme||Art Direction, Paintings|
|Liam Birt||Executive Producer|
|Pegi Cecconi||Executive Producer|
|Lisa Glines||Reissue Design|
|Lorne Wheaton||Technical Maintenance|
Posted October 1, 2013
I liked Vapor Trails (2002) from the first listen, but came to understand that complaints from audiophiles about distortion and "audio clipping" were justified. Enter this remixed and remastered version of the album, which far exceeds the original in every possible way. Thanks to David Bottrill's fresh ears approaching the recorded material as if for the first time, the CD is now cleaner overall and we can also hear parts of each song we previously hadn't heard! It almost sounds like the band has rerecorded the songs ("Wait, I never noticed that drum fill in the 2002 version! That must be new!"), but they haven't added a thing; Bottrill just got the noise out of the way and increased the volume on certain instruments at certain times. Dozens of things are entirely new to my years, including a bass bit at the beginning of "One Little Victory," a guitar solo on "Ceiling Unlimited," and some songs which now sound like they're sung in a different key altogether, thanks to Bottrill highlighting a different layer of vocals than (original producer) Paul Northfield did, and making THAT the lead vocal melody. It's like a whole new album!
I can't say enough about this remix. The great songs Rush wrote for their comeback album can now be heard and appreciated the way they were intended - without the dynamic instrumentation being buried beneath a wall of noise.