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Rush "Sectors" - Replacement Disks Now Available

UPDATE: has announced that the replacement disks for the Sectors boxed sets are now available:
"Replacement 'Fly By Night' CDs and 'A Farewell To Kings' DVDs are now available.
For US & Canadian fans, please contact Universal customer services team on:
Phone: 1-800-288-5942

For fans in the UK & Ireland please contact:
UK e-mail:
UK Phone: +44 (0) 845 250 0965

For fans in Germany please contact:
Germany e-mail:

For fans in any other country please contact your original Sector store where you made the purchase for assistance in getting your replacement discs.  Universal will ensure corrected discs get to the Sector-buying fans worldwide as soon as they possibly can." -, February 7, 2012
The band confirmed the problem back in December, shortly after the sets first went on sale:
"We are aware of some slight technical issues surrounding the CD of 'Fly By Night' inside the Sector 1 box set release and the DVD for ‘A Farewell To Kings’ inside the Sector 2 box set that some fans are experiencing. It stems from a production flaw and it is currently being addressed. As soon as production is completed a formal announcement of how to replace the discs will follow shortly. Please be aware that there may be a time delay in shipping and receiving the disc and we sincerely apologize for this inconvenience – Geddy, Alex & Neil" - December 2, 2011
  • SECTOR 1: Rush, Fly By Night, Fly By Night (5.1 DVD), Caress of Steel, 2112, All The World's A Stage - buy now
  • SECTOR 2: A Farewell To Kings, A Farewell To Kings (5.1 DVD), Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Exit Stage Left - buy now
  • SECTOR 3: Signals, Signals (5.1 DVD), Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, A Show Of Hands - buy now
In a new interview with Masterdisk Chief Engineer Andy VanDette, Andy discusses the new remasters completed for the new Sectors boxed sets.  Andy tells how through Richard Chycki he first was brought in to master Snakes & Arrows Live in 2007, and has also mastered all other Rush releases since that time.  He briefly discusses the state of the original master tapes, the previous Rush remasters, and issues that were discovered in the remastering process. Click here for more. -, November 28, 2011
  • has added two interviews featuring Mercury-era interviews with Geddy, Alex & Neil, compiled from the archives of in celebration of the Sectors Box set release.
  • Multiple wallpaper images from the boxed set booklets have been added to the Desktop Wallpaper page. - Thanks to John @ for the raw images!
  •  Universal Music has confirmed all 15 albums were remastered in 96/24 then downconverted for CD in 44.1/16; only the DVD has the full 96/24 lossless audio.  However, all 15 albums are going to be available as full 96/24 downloads at for about $18 each.
  •  Click here for the preview trailer.
"Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) celebrates the legacy of Canadian rock trio Rush with the release of three separate six-disc box sets which together spans their entire historic Mercury Records recording career. Each "Sector" contains five of their 15 Mercury albums in chronological order, all transferred to high resolution 96kHz/24-bit audio and digitally remastered for optimal quality. In addition, each volume includes an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, and features one album from each set specially remixed on DVD in high resolution 96kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround sound and stereo, compatible with both DVD-Audio players and DVD-Video players. Each album is packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release with all three box sets forming a Rush CD road case." - Sectors Press Release

"Based on the strong feedback from the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Universal Records had asked me to remix Fly By Night, A Farewell To Kings and Signals in surround to be included in their ‘Sector’ series of box set releases currently underway. Like Moving Pictures, all the multitrack masters I worked with were transferred from the original analog tapes at 96 kHz/24 bit resolution and this quality was maintained right down to the finished master. Listeners are in for a revelation of new detail for these releases." - Richard Chycki,, October 15, 2011


  1. Alright! The boxset idea came through. But I wonder will the boxsets contain bonus features?

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  3. Will the 5.1 remix be available separately?

  4. Someone didn't think this through...that's exactly one month too early ;)

  5. It's assumed Rich Chycki did the mixes. There have been no announcements or rumors of the 5.1's being released separately.

  6. The choice of albums in each box set seems odd: Rush, Fly By Night and All The World's A Stage - I can understand leaving out 2112 ('cause most Rush fans probably have it) but why does Caress Of Steel get overlooked again? And Farewell To Kings without Hemispheres - surely those two belong together? I don't understand A Show Of Hands without Hold Your Fire (or Power Windows actually) Farewell To Kings in 5.1 will probably sound fantastic though - didn't they record the percussion outside?

  7. Snowdog, each Sector has four albums and 1 studio album, in chronological order. I.e. each package is 5 disks.

    I will clarify the detailed listed in my post.

  8. ah yes - thank you - I should really read things properly before commenting - I understand now

  9. So do you have to buy all Sectors to get the Road Case?

  10. BT, I think the slip cases themselves form the Road Case...

  11. I'm a big Rush fan, but jeez. How many compilations/best of/remasters/regurgitated Rush material can one handle? Can't they just stick to putting out new stuff and touring? To me this smells more of marketing and mercantile swindling than true creativity. And it's a bit disappointing...

  12. Any idea what the production problems are?
    Mine arrived today and I've only just had a chance to look through them…
    The quality is great in terms of presentation; the boxes are solid and the replica vinyl sleeves look great and thankfully each disc is protected by a plastic inner sleeve. There are no picture inner sleeves. ATWAS has the full triple sleeve (as opposed to the UK vinyl gatefold).
    A few pictures that were new to me in the booklets.

    I didn't have many of the 97 remasters so was happy to buy these new remasters. The dvds are held with the CD in a gatefold sleeve.

  13. As far as production problems, apparently audio cuts out on the left channel on Beneath Between & Behind on the Fly By Night CD, not sure about the Kings 5.1 DVD.

  14. lovely, just discovering that my Sector set has these issues..... probably too late to get replacements. Damn. It.