Published Nov 04, 2016Currently looking back on their 40 years of music making with a new documentary, Rush are now gearing up to look back on the record that kickstarted their success. The band will be rolling out expanded 40th anniversary edition of 1976's 2112 on December 16 via UMe.
Going under the title of 2112—40th, the expanded reissue will arrive in three different formats. A 2CD/DVD edition will feature a newly remastered version of 2112, while a second disc will contain re-recordings of album tracks by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, along with Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree, Jacob Moon and Alice in Chains, in addition to rare live and previously unreleased material.
The collection's rare recordings include "Solar Federation," highlighting Neil Peart's isolated vocals that close the song "2112" in "Grand Finale," two outtakes from the band's 1976 three-night stand at Toronto's Massey Hall including "Something for Nothing" and a nearly complete 15-minute-plus performance of "2112," as well as a recently rediscovered live version of the album track "The Twilight Zone."
The DVD will feature a restored concert from 1976 in Passaic, NJ, and a new interview with guitarist Alex Lifeson and producer Terry Brown, plus bonus videos of the Grohl/Hawkins/Raskulinecz track and Billy Talent song.
For those who collect vinyl, a three-LP edition will see all the aforementioned recordings pressed to 200-gram wax, also including a laser-etched side, a "Starman" turntable mat and the hologram on Side B that originally appeared on last year's single-LP reissue.
A "super deluxe edition" will bring both CDs, the DVD and all three LPs together with bonus items including lithographs, a replicated ticket stub and handbill from the band's famous three-night stand at Toronto's Massey Hall and three buttons featuring each band member.
Pre-orders for all three expansive packages are available now, and can be found here, where you can also check out the simply massive tracklist.
The first 1,000 fans to order the super deluxe edition will receive a limited-edition 7-inch pressing of the album's first single "The Twilight Zone" (b/w "Lessons") and a custom red star 45 large hole adapter ring.
Pick up a copy via MusicVaultz here.