Rush's ninth studio album, Signals, had the unenviable task of following up the band's 1981 commercial breakthrough, Moving Pictures. Canadian rockers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart built on the sound of Moving Pictures with their continued use of electronic instrumentation and were rewarded when the album reached the top ten in the United States as well as the top five in the United Kingdom and No. 1 in their native Canada. The album produced by Rush and longtime collaborator Terry Brown yielded three singles; "New World Man" topped the chart in Canada and became Rush's biggest U.S. hit (and only U.S. top 40 Pop entry) with a No. 21 placement on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Top Tracks chart. On April 28, Mercury/UMe will revisit the oft-reissued Signals as a 1CD/1LP/1BD/4-7" single Super Deluxe Edition to (belatedly) mark its 40th anniversary.
Adorned with new cover artwork by Hugh Syme cover, the 40th anniversary Signals contains the following:
- 2015 remastered Signals on CD (previously issued on vinyl) for the first time;
- 2015 remastered Signals on half-speed mastered, 180-gram LP in a tip-on jacket;
- Blu-ray Audio Disc featuring Signals in both Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mixes by Richard Chycki as well as the 2015 remaster in 48/24 stereo, new animated visualizers, and music videos for "Subdivisions" and "Countdown";
- "Subdivisions" b/w "Red Barchetta" (Live) 7-inch single;
- "Countdown" b/w "New World Man" 7-inch single;
- "New World Man" b/w "Vital Signs" (Live) 7-inch single; and
- "New World Man" (Single Edit) b/w "Digital Man" 7-inch single.
The box is rounded out with a 40-page hardcover book featuring previously unpublished photos from the Signals tour and new illustrations, plus an assortment of swag: three lenticular pieces transitioning from black-and-white headshots into the "Digital Man" color headshots, four Signals tour lithographs, a replica of Syme's original cover sketch; and a double-sided poster with Syme's art on one side and an outtake photo from the cover shoot on the other side.
The Super Deluxe Edition of Signals is due April 28. You'll find pre-order links below.
- The Analog Kid
- Digital Man
- The Weapon (Part II of "Fear")
- New World Man
- Losing It
- Subdivisions/Red Barchetta (Live) (Mercury U.K. single RUSH 9, 1982)
- Countdown/New World Man (Mercury U.K. single RUSH 10, 1982)
- New World Man/Vital Signs (Live) (Mercury U.K. single RUSH 8, 1982)
- New World Man (Single Edit)/Digital Man