Streams: Preview the long-awaited remix of Rush’s 2002 reunion project Vapor Trails

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Can’t wait for the badly needed — no, really, very badly — remix of Rush’s Vapor Trails? Here are 12 striking audio samples to tide you over until the updated disc arrives: Amazon-Germany is offering 30-second clips via its website in advance of the reissue — which is due on October 1, 2013.

The original 2002 Paul Northfield-produced album, which heralded Rush’s studio return after six years away, followed a difficult period for Neil Peart, the band’s drummer and lyricist. In the hopes of capturing the energy and excitement of this one-thought-impossible reunion, Rush ended up issuing the project with a flat, overly loud mix. The difference in clarity, even with these very short samples, is astonishing.

Frontman Geddy Lee has long said he agrees with fans who hoped for a reworking of the material. Those calls only became louder as Rush oversaw sparkling 5.1 remixes of both 2112 as well as Moving Pictures.

At least two tracks from the album — the opening “One Little Victory,” along with “Earthshine” — have already been tinkered with once, by engineer Richard Chycki. They were included on the 2008 Retrospective 3 project. Producer/engineer David Bottrill, a Grammy award winner, is overseeing this new version. Despite consistent complaints about the mix, Vapor Trails was a gold-seller in Rush’s native Canada.

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