Rush – Hemispheres (1978/2013)

Rush - Hemispheres (1978/2013)
Artist: Rush
Album: Hemispheres
Genre: Heavy Prog
Label: Audio Fidelity
Year Of Release: 1978/2013
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)

1. Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres (18:04) :
– i. Prelude (4:27)
– ii. Apollo / III Dionysus (4:36)
– iv. Armageddon (2:55)
– v. Cygnus (5:01)
– vi. The Sphere (1:02)
2. Circumstances (3:40)
3. The Trees (4:42)
4. La Villa Strangiato (9:35) :
– Buenos Nochas, Mein Froinds!
– To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…
– Strangiato Theme
– A Lerxst in Wonderland
– Monsters!
– The Ghost of the Aragon
– Danforth and Pape
– The Waltz of the Shreves
– Never Turn Your Back on a Monster
– Monsters! (reprise)
– Strangiato Theme (reprise)
– A Farewell to Things


– Alex Lifeson / guitars (6- & 12-string electric & acoustic, classical, Roland synth), bass pedals
– Geddy Lee / basses, Taurus bass pedals, Minimoog, Oberheim Polyphonic synth, vocals
– Neil Peart / drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, timpani, gong, crotales, percussion

– Terry Brown / co-arranger & co-producer

Hemispheres on SACD does not have the golden moments that come with the remastered version of Vapor Trails, however as with all of Audio Fidelity’s remastered albums whether on gold disc or the SACD format, the nuances exist.

The best way to describe experiencing an Audio Fidelity remastered album is like looking through a window and not noticing the accumulated film until someone cleans it. Lee’s bass thumps a little brighter, Alex Lifeson’s guitar solos sound a bit cleaner and Neil Peart’s cymbals and high hats come across crisp and sharp. But really you’d never know unless both albums were compared side-by-side.

During the beginning jam of “Cygnus X-1 Book II” there’s a subtle cymbal crash that sounds like slightly shaken keys that may go unnoticed on the original disk but once you hear it through the SACD version, it’s not lost anymore. The same can be said for the birds chirping on “The Trees.” It’s these peculiarities that emerge on the remastered version that often get overlooked on the original recording. However, with today’s modern equalizers you can easily tweak the bass and treble and other frequencies to produce the more ethereal sounds hiding thanks to the inferior recording capabilities of the past.

Hemispheres on SACD is numbered and like all of Audio Fidelity’s Rush releases will sell out. It is the third straight Rush album reproduced in the SACD format and second one this year – Counterparts was released in March. The gold-plated remastered CDs must be too expensive as the last gold Rush album was Signals in 2007.

The Audio Fidelity album is more of a collectible thanks to the limited edition nature and any Hemispheres fan should be happy with the original. Regardless, expect more, if not eventually, all Rush albums to find their way on the SACD format or whatever else Audio Fidelity dreams up next.

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