Originally Posted by smcgov
wow that really changes up the fidelity...I can hear things I had no clue were in those songs...the problem for me is I don't like a lot of those songs and can't tell you why. I think Earthshine is just fantastic and I like a couple others, but this is one of the few Rush albums where I dislike more of the songs than I like.....am I the only one who feels this?
You are not alone. And I'll tell you why you don't like the songs: Lack of melody. This problem, IMO, started on Test For Echo
and has only gotten worse with each subsequent album. I'm a big Rush fan, but I don't like their newer stuff because Geddy has forgotten how to write a good melody. Go back and listen to their older albums, and you'll be humming the tunes. Not so much the new stuff.
That being said, I know how important Vapor Trails
was to the band, it being the first one recorded after Neil's tragedy and hiatus. Alex recently said that the album was the most important of the band's career in that without it, the band would have likely broken up. That was the main reason they wanted to remix it, because they felt the same as the fans: it was unlistenable with the original master. I may buy it for those reasons alone.