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2112 Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Anthem Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00005B7XS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 2112: I. Overture/II. The Temples Of Syrinx/III. Discovery/IV. Presentation/V. Oracle: The Dream...
2. A Passage To Bangkok
3. The Twilight Zone
4. Lessons
5. Tears
6. Something For Nothing

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
In March of 1976, Canadian rockers Rush released their fourth album entitled 2112. This album was seen as their make or break disc after the disappointing results of its predecessor Caress of Steel. When initially released, it was the first Rush album to crack the Top 100 but would not go Gold until the success of its successor A Farewell to Kings a year later as would the live disc released in 1976 All The World's a Stage. The epic 20 minute plus title suite kicks off the album. It tells the Brave New Worldish story of one man's quest to find change. One day, he discovers a guitar and shows it to the evil priests but they destroy the guys creation and then the guy takes his own life at the conclusion of the track over dejection and despair. Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee's work on this track is amazing. Guitarist Alex Lifeson wails on this track and drummer Neil Peart is on fire. Also of note, this was the first Rush track to feature synthesizers on the intro. The second half features two more Rush composed tracks A Passage to Bangkok(a live staple for the next few years) and The Twilight Zone. Alex Lifeson's Lessons follows and is a great tune. Geddy's ballad Tears is beautiful and poignant with Hugh Syme on keyboards. The concluding Something for Nothing is a great track and reminds us that we have to work for success and don't get things handed on a silver platter. Highly recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Rausch on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
These days, 3 seconds seem like an eternity for the gullible masses who don't even bother if there's no simple hook to get perpetually drilled into their heads right from the get-go. I always knew there was a lot of substance to Rush. I just had the problem that many tend to have, that being with Geddy Lee's voice. Given that I am simply enamoured of Axl Roses's whinings and shriekings, that hardly seems fair, especially for such an intricate band such as Rush. Nonetheless, things are the way they are. For anyone who "respects" but can't "get into" Rush, make sure you understand that ESPECIALLY by today's standards, they may be somewhat of an acquired taste. And it's easy to look the other way...
But I've always WANTED to love Rush. They represent everything that is to be hailed about music; brains, talent, hard work, complex arrangements, and they ROCK. I knew I had to just buy an album, lock myself in a room, and listen to it over and over and over, and not come out until the epiphany.
It took forever, but allow me to gear myself towards prog/rock fans with similar issues: it's worth it.
2112 is a good starting point, as it is like listening to a symphony, a musical journey, more than just a collection of songs ready for radio. Thus, your mindset in the first place is much more open for a work like this. 2112 was made like some early Pink Floyd albums - one epic and a few songs to fill out the time. However, I don't call them "filler" - indeed, such tag-along-songs are more often than not, golden nuggets in and of themselves. Allow me to highlight the wonderful gem, "Tears." A wonderful, creative, and haunting melody floats over a very uniquely atmosphered soundscape. Tender, yet dark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JR Media Freak on June 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is where I started my RUSH journey. I have been a fan for most of my life (30 years as long as they have been around). My older brother, Tom, was a fan of RUSH when I was born. I grew up listening to RUSH while Tom jammed along on his guitar. I used to beg him to play this album over and over. Today I am going to permanently mark my body with ink to honor RUSH and their 30 years of existence. I will emblazon my right arm with the bold black characters "R30" after their 30th anniversary tour logo. 2112 is RUSH's best album, and when I got a CD player for the first time in 1989 this was the CD I bought to play. ORDER IT AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evil Lincoln on Aug. 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
While many Rush fans will regard rating 2112 at anything under five stars as heresy, I feel I must look beyond just the title track and evaluate the oft forgotten *other* five tracks on the album.
The 20-minute title track is a pretentious, purposely un-commercial classic. It is the first time that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart seem to have sat down and honestly tried to write a cohesive musical story with other goals than just to make it time-consuming. "2112" is seven short-form songs strung together as one beautiful concept piece based on Ayn Rand's novella Anthem (true story: I read Anthem for the first time a few scant days before hearing "2112" for the first time- and I had no idea of the book's or the author's inspiration of the Rush. Imagine how freaked out I was!) Sometimes I wish the seven parts were divided up into their own separate tracks (like they are on the Different Stages live album), but if I listen to "Overture" and "The Temples of Syrinx," I'm usually sucked into the whole song, so it hardly matters. There's really nothing else I can really add to the rave reviews that this song has received.
Now, do you want to know something really surprising?
There are five other songs on this album!
Yes, believe it or not, there is a quintet of under-four minute tracks that make up the second side of 2112. Unfortunately, only one of them is worth listening to more than once. "A Passage To Bangkok" is a tongue-in-cheek adventure in search of the world's best...um, coffee. Yeah, coffee. The song has a great guitar riff and a passionate singing by Geddy, not to mention a killer guitar solo and a fun drumbeat.
Too bad the rest of the short pieces fall unbelievably short of that.
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