Only Rush could have pulled this off, and only in the 1970s. 2112
--the title suite of the band's 1976 breakthrough album--is a comically pretentious, futuristic rock opera; written by a nerdy drummer and sung by a whiny-voiced geek. It also happens to be a great piece of rock and roll that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures from genteel acoustic ("Oracle") to thrilling metal ("The Temples of Syrinx"). Perhaps realizing that they had taken conceptualism about as far as it could go, even these guys backed off on the epic hero stuff for later releases. 2112
still stands though, as one of the great signposts of the prog-rock era. --Michael Ruby
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe CD/Blu-Ray edition of this 1976 masterpiece from the Canadian Rock trio. Contains the remastered 2112 album and three live bonus tracks on CD plus a Blu-Ray with a 5.1 surround sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos. Originally released in 1976, Rush's epic, landmark release 2112 was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the band's most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike. With lyrics written by Neil Peart, and influenced by author Ayn Rand, 2112 kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite title track (side one), set in a futuristic world run by the "Priests of the Temples of Syrinx" who regulate "every single facet of every life," which includes books, music, work and play. 2112 conveys the story of humanity's instinctual, inner need for one's free will.