We've known for some time now that Rush's back-catalog of albums under Universal (formerly under Mercury Records - 1974 through 1987) were going to be part of a major reissue campaign sometime in 2011 (though an exact release date(s) are still pending). Not much is known about the nature of this reissue, however speculation about a potential remix in 5.1 Surround sound was thought to be a possibility.
We've just learned from a posting from Richard Chycki's blog that Rush'sMoving Pictures will definitely get the 5.1 Surround Sound treatment:
Ok, so the word is out. I've been in the studio for last month remixing the original Moving Pictures CD in 5.1 surround. I finished tweaks on Red Barchetta yesterday. It really was an amazing experience to spread the original tracks of such a classic CD into the 3D word of surround. (The car speeds off, goes behind and banks a sharp right in rear BTW). The listening experience is drastically enveloping and coupled with songs and performances that epitomize this band, it's definitely a great time to re-discover Rush.
After discussion with the band, the goal here was to pay serious homage to the production of the era so a considerable amount of time was spent researching and working through effects etc. that matched the original but would fare well in the 5.1 world. And of course, placement was also a critical issue. I'm pleased with the results and Alex Lifeson was pretty blown away when he came in to listen to the finals.
So enjoy and more to come shortly!
Sounds pretty exciting! Hopefully we'll get word from Richard and/ or the band about any potential plans to treat the rest of Rush's back-catalog to a 5.1 remix.
Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news. - February 4th, 2011