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Rush’s ‘Hemispheres’ Gets 40th Anniversary Deluxe Treatment

Having already given 2112 and A Farewell To Kings the expanded reissue treatment, UMe/Anthem/ole label group will continue its Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, deluxe edition of the band’s groundbreaking 1978 release, Hemispheresdue out November 16th.

Hemispheres, Rush’s sixth studio album, was originally released in October 1978. With this album, the band built on the adventurous and progressive sonic template established on their 1977 release A Farewell To Kings.

The album’s first track, “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres,” encompassed the entirety of Side 1 on the original release and was the logical, heady continuation of the epic album-ending Kings track, “Cygnus X-1.” Side 2 commenced with the hard-driving commentary on English culture “Circumstances,” followed by the socially aware and environmentally conscious FM radio hit “The Trees,” and concluded with the instrumental tour de force and longtime concert favorite, “La Villa Strangiato.”

“Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span, to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”

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The Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary reissue will be available in four different formats – a Super Deluxe Edition, a 2CD Deluxe edition, a 3LP Deluxe edition and a Deluxe Digital Edition.

A Super Deluxe edition boasts two CDs, an exclusive Blu-ray disc and three 180-gram vinyl records. This set encompasses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remaster of the original album and the band’s previously unreleased and newly restored June 1979 performance at Pinkpop Festival in the Netherland.

Since the recording engineer at Pinkpop failed to capture the opening minutes of the band’s performance of “2112,” an exceptional unreleased performance of the song from the Hemispheres tour in Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears in its place.

The third bonus disc consists of the original album newly mixed from the multitrack masters in 5.1 surround sound on a Blu-ray Audio disc; four bonus videos are also included, three shot in 1978 as promotional videos and one of ‘La Villa Strangiato,’ originally shot at Pinkpop, with newly restored stereo audio.

The Super Deluxe set will also include a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme; an extensive essay from Canadian music writer Rob Bowman, a replica of the band’s rare 1979 U.K. tour program, a replica Pinkpop festival ticket and VIP pass, a replica Hemispheres iron-on patch and a 24×24-inch wall poster of the newly created Syme art.

The second configuration of the reissue will be released in a 2CD Deluxe Edition digipak that includes the newly remastered Hemispheres album; the Pinkpop Festival performance and “2112” from Arizona; a 28-page booklet with unreleased photos and new artwork by Syme; and an edited, 5,700-word version of Bowman’s aforementioned essay.

The third Hemispheres configuration will be offered as an audiophile black vinyl 180-gram 3LP Deluxe Edition featuring the same audio content as the two-CD edition housed in a slipcase with double-gatefold packaging, along with a 24-page booklet with unreleased photos and Syme’s new artwork and the 5,700-word version of Bowman’s liner notes. Gatefold 1 features the original album with Syme’s 40th anniversary artwork, while Gatefold 2 contains the Pinkpop Festival and Arizona bonus content. A 5×5-inch digital download card sticker of Syme’s new 40th anniversary art is also included.

The fourth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition is the digital equivalent to the 2CD Deluxe Edition.

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HEMISPHERE’ – 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS: TRACK LISTINGS

SUPER DELUXE EDITION

CD – DISC 1
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

  1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
  2. Circumstances
  3. The Trees
  4. La Villa Strangiato

CD – DISC 2
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

  1. A Passage To Bangkok*
  2. Xanadu*
  3. The Trees*
  4. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
  5. Closer To The Heart*
  6. La Villa Strangiato*
  7. In The Mood*
  8. Drum Solo*
  9. Something For Nothing*

    Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978
  10. 2112*

BLU-RAY AUDIO – DISC 3
96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Mix
96kHz 24-bit Original Stereo Analog 2015 Remaster

  1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres*
  2. Circumstances*
  3. The Trees*
  4. La Villa Strangiato*

Bonus Promo Videos
48kHz 24-bit Stereo Only

  1. Circumstances (1978 Promo Video)*
  2. The Trees (1978 Promo Video)*
  3. La Villa Strangiato (1978 Promo Video)*
  4. La Villa Strangiato (Live at Pinkpop Festival: June 4, 1979)*

3-LP VINYL

LP 1 – SIDE A
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

  1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

LP 1 – SIDE B

  1. Circumstances
  2. The Trees
  3. La Villa Strangiato

LP 2 – SIDE C
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

  1. A Passage To Bangkok*
  2. Xanadu*

LP 2 – SIDE D

  1. The Trees*
  2. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
  3. Closer To The Heart*
  4. La Villa Strangiato*

LP 3 – SIDE E

  1. In The Mood*
  2. Drum Solo*
  3. Something For Nothing*

LP 3 – SIDE F
Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

  1. 2112*

2CD DELUXE EDITION / DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION

DISC 1
Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

  1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
  2. Circumstances
  3. The Trees
  4. La Villa Strangiato

DISC 2
Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

  1. A Passage To Bangkok*
  2. Xanadu*
  3. The Trees*
  4. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
  5. Closer To The Heart*
  6. La Villa Strangiato*
  7. In The Mood*
  8. Drum Solo*
  9. Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

  1. 2112*

*Previously unreleased

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