Mercury Records is reissuing all of their Rush catalogue on 200g vinyl this year, along with selections on blu-ray in 96kHz/24-bit PCM stereo and 5.1 surround mixes. I plan to post throughout the year as each release reaches my door. Today I’ve received the first installment, Fly By Night.
The first thing I noticed was just how well it’s all put together. The packaging, especially the vinyl, is delivered in a very simple and elegant way. The LP is pristine, with almost no surface noise, and blows away any previous vinyl pressing I’ve heard. The DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mixes breathe new life into the album, adding excitement to many of the tracks. The solo section of By-Tor & The Snow Dog is particularly amazing.
With all of that said, the winner here is clearly the incredible 96kHz/24-bit PCM stereo mix. I believe this is the only way to truly hear what the musicians and engineer heard in the studio as this music was created.