822 545-2 M-1 2112
Produced by Rush & Terry Brown
Released on April 1976
UK CHART POSITION #61
Find it at GEMM
822 545-2 M-1 cover  

2 112 was more than an album; for pot-smoking male adolescents it was a rite of passage. To them, the title track was a fulfillment of their rock & roll fantasies: toppling a totalitarian future-world with the power of music. Peart’s lyrics were carefully crafted to reference the listener’s likely state of mind (notably on “Oracle: The Dream” and “Soliloquy”), and written for two voices (rendered by Geddy Lee in a way that recalls Jesus Christ Superstar) as if it were a play. And while it was a dramatic improvement over previous albums, musically the band still struggled with the epic format. The musical themes are incestuous from part to part, little time is found for flashes of instrumental brilliance, the end seems abruptly tacked on, and references to earlier storytellers (The Who, ELP) show a band slightly out of their depth. The rest of the album returns to song format, including a paean to pot (“A Passage To Bangkok”) that would have fit on Physical Graffiti, “The Twilight Zone” (about the TV series of all things) and an impassioned manifesto on “Something For Nothing.” If you’re looking for concrete evidence on 2112 that makes a case for greatness, you won’t find it. The appeal of this album is that so many fans listened to this album when they were young, when they were high, and have listened to it often since then. Otherwise, except for the thematic shift from fantasy to science fiction, there’s nothing on 2112 that wasn’t already present on Caress of Steel and Fly By Night. Of interest, the band does experiment with some new sounds, including the opening synthesizer section on “Introduction,” and the ever-popular Mellotron on “Tears” (with Lee providing very Rutherfordian accompaniment on bass). This is the culmination of the band’s first phase, a period marked by music that had yet to break free from the pull of past influences (Genesis, Led Zeppelin, The Who et al). In my opinion, 2112’s is a subjective greatness, a first cRush where adolescent emotions walked on a new moon, breathed the air, and found it good.

822 545-2 M-1 inner gatefold
822 545-2 M-1 inner gatefold

TRACK LISTING

  1. 2112
    I. Overture    4:32
    II. The Temples of Syrinx    2:13
    III. Discovery    3:29
    IV. Presentation    3:42
    V. Oracle: The Dream    2:00
    VI. Soliloquy    2:21
    VII. Grand Finale    2:14
  2. A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK    3:34
  3. THE TWILIGHT ZONE    3:17
  4. LESSONS    3:51
  5. TEARS    3:31
  6. SOMETHING FOR NOTHING    3:59

CREDITS

GEDDY LEE --
ALEX LIFESON --
NEIL PEART --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1976 Mercury LP/CS SRM/MCR4-1-1079 gatefold cover
UK 1976 Mercury LP 9100 039 gatefold cover
NET 1976 Mercury LP 6338 678 gatefold cover
CAN   Anthem LP/CD/CS ANR-1/VANK/4AN-1 1004 gatefold cover
US   Mercury LP/CD/CS 822 545  
US 1993 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-590 original master recording
JPN   Anthem CD AMCY-2292 digital remaster
US/GER May 6, 1997 Mercury CD/CS 534 626 digital remaster

 

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