In 2002, after a six-year layoff from the recording studio, Canadian prog rock heroes Rush returned with the album Vapor Trails, the group's first album of the new millennium, and a return to the business of making music after drummer Neil Peart struggled with the death of his wife and daughter. While the group's loyal fans embraced this new batch of songs, not everyone was happy with the way the album sounded -- including the members of Rush. Bassist Geddy Lee told a reporter in 2013, "We overcooked it...the mixes were really loud and brash. The mastering job was harsh and distorted." When Rush released the compilation Retrospective, Vol. 3 in 2009, they included newly remixed versions of two tracks from Vapor Trails, "Earthshine" and "One Little Victory." The group and their fans were pleased with the sound of the new mixes, and Rush invited producer David Bottrill to give the full album a new mix that would correct the harsh, compressed tone of the 2002 release. Presented with Rush's full approval, Vapor Trails: Remixed features the same songs and same sequence as the original album, but with a sound that better suits the group's original intentions. "(David Bottrill) understood what it should sound like," Lee said, "so I'm very pleased with the end result. I think he's finally brought some completion and some justice to some of those songs we'd put so much of our heart and soul into."
Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Geddy Lee Bass Guitar,Vocals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandola
Neil Peart Cymbals,Drums
Technical CreditsRush Producer
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
Ray Danniels Management
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Vapor Trails [Remixed] based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.