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Vapor Trails Remix - Richard Chycki weighs in...

Ever since its release, both fans and critics alike have lamented the mix of Rush's triumphant 2002 album, Vapor Trails. A victim of what has become known as the loudness war, as succinctly described in depth by reviewer Rip Rowan, a remix has long been anticipated. In fact, Atlantic Records had announced a remaster as early as 2004; this reissue obviously was shelved. It wasn't until later that the band finally addressed the issue when in the April 2007 issue of Metal Edge Alex Lifeson stated "it was mastered much too hot; it's too loud and it eats away at us and we want to address that". Finally, nearly ten years after the original release, it seems the time of the Vapor Trails remix is nearly upon us:
"Rush are planning to totally remix their 2002 album Vapor Trails. Talking exclusively to Classic Rock, guitarist Alex Lifeson revealed: 'We were never happy with the production. Perhaps we should have taken more time over the record. But now we’ve got the chance to improve things. There will be no re-recording, just a remix'." -, February 3, 2011 - Thanks to Ed at RushIsABand for the headsup!
Update: today Richard Chycki discussed the Vapor Trail Remix in his blog, and how certain elements appeared for the first time in the remixes of "One Little Victory" and "Earthshine".
"A while back, I re-mixed One Little Victory and Earthshine from Rush’s 2002 release Vapor Trails to be included on their 2009 release Retrospective 3. The re-mixes were very well-received so the band has decided to let me move ahead and re-mix the remainder of the CD. To put rumors to rest, there was no re-recording or performance correction done on the first two tracks and that will continue for the remainder of the CD. The reason 'new' details may seem to have appeared in those songs is due to the fact that I listened to the multitracks and interpreted the mix structure without first analyzing the original [deliberately] — so tracks either muted or turned down in the original mixes may shine through differently (the acoustic guitars in Earthshine might be a good example of this). As well, the same technical tweaks will continue for the remaining songs and I still will not have a buss limiter on the mix set to stun. In any case, both the band and I are really excited to re-visit Vapor Trails and hope you’ll all enjoy the re-mix." - Rhichard Chycki,, February 4, 2011
No word yet if any bonus tracks will be included. Click here for the complete history of the Vapor Trails remaster/remix saga.


  1. Alright! Finaliy! Rush is going to fix (or remix) "Vapor Trails". Now I hope this isn't a joke this time.

  2. It's about damn time! They poured everything into that record except the kitchen sink and it sounds like something Metallica would release. Terrible. It's the ONLY compact disc I ever bought a SECOND copy of because I thought my copy of was defective.
    Anyway, if this is legit, I'll have my third copy for sure!
    Thanks for the post.

  3. I will be very excited if this really happens! VT is one of my all-time favourite Rush albums. While I am used to the lousy sound of the original release, I think a refresh will give new life to this great record! Maybe the band will even start playing more tracks in concert! I was happy with the remixes of One Little Victory and Secret Touch, but that was just a teaser for the deeper cuts! I can't wait!!

  4. Chad, its totally legit, seriously, no joke! :-) Check the ClassicRock link!

  5. I am so ecstatic about this news!!! Finally I can ENJOY one of Rush's BEST!

  6. Has there been any update about a remixed Vapor Trails coming out?

  7. Still nothing yet. It was considered for release in a special version of Clockwork Angels at one point...