Rush To Release Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition of “Hemispheres”

Rush will be releasing a 40th anniversary deluxe edition of “Hemispheres” on November 16. It will be available in the following options: super deluxe edition, two-CD deluxe edition, three-LP deluxe edition, and deluxe digital edition. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Alex Lifeson commented:

“‘Hemispheres’ was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make. From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a four-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.”

Blabbermouth offered a rundown of each configuration:

The Super Deluxe Edition includes two CDs, one exclusive Blu-ray Audio disc, and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s masterful June 1979 Pinkpop festival performance in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the Pinkpop recording engineer failed to capture the first several minutes of “2112”, so an amazing, unreleased performance of the song during the “Hemispheres” tour from Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears here in its place. The third bonus disc is the album newly mixed from the original multitracks in 5.1 surround sound on a Blu-ray Audio disc, along with four bonus videos: three shot in 1978 as promo videos, and one of “La Villa Strangiato”, originally shot at Pinkpop with newly restored stereo audio.

The Super Deluxe Edition of “Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will also include several exclusive items, including a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme; an extensive, 11,000-plus-word essay by Rob Bowman; “The Words & The Pictures”, a replica of the band’s rare 1979 U.K. tour program; a 24×24-inch wall poster of the newly created Syme art; a Pinkpop festival replica ticket; a Pinkpop festival replica cloth VIP sticky pass; and a replica 1978 RUSH “Hemispheres” iron-on patch.

The second configuration of “Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will be released in a two-CD 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 three-LP 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 two-CD Deluxe Edition.

Hemispheres Super Deluxe Edition:

CD – DISC 1

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

CD – DISC 2

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

BLU-RAY AUDIO – DISC 3

96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Mix

96kHz 24-bit Original Stereo Analog 2015 Remaster

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres*

Circumstances*

The Trees*

La Villa Strangiato*

Bonus Promo Videos

48kHz 24-bit Stereo Only

Circumstances (1978 Promo Video)*

The Trees (1978 Promo Video)*

La Villa Strangiato (1978 Promo Video)*

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

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

LP 2 – SIDE C

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

LP 2 – SIDE D

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

LP 3 – SIDE E

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

LP 3 – SIDE F

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

Hemispheres 2-CD Deluxe Edition/Digital Deluxe Edition:

DISC 1

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

DISC 2

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

*Previously unreleased

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