Review by Marpow November 29, 2014 (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
|Rush: Counterparts Hybrid SACD Stereo 2012
Limited Numbered Edition. My number 0924.
I have seen Rush 2 times Shoreline Amphitheater.
This reissue of the original 1993 has the best DR rating of the 5 versions, a DR of 12 which is pretty good whereas the 1993's DR is only a 9, same as HDTracks, a 9. Obviously if you want the least dynamic compression choose this disc.
Performance: Rush's 15th studio album. I have always liked this disc mainly for the opening track, Animate, drum intro. There is a track, I forget at moment, on Pearl Jam's "VS" disc that has almost exactly the same drum lick.
Also for some reason I always liked the lyrics of Nobody's Hero, about a straight man and a gay mans friendship. In the Rush documentary, Neil Peart says this is one of his favorite recordings, as according to him they got back to there basics.
You will not hear the Geddy synth sound of say Hemispheres.
Stereo Sonics: Very good, maybe a little bright for my taste but insignificant when all that is needed is a little trim of bass/treble and touch up of sub woofer.
Packaging: Plastic jewel case with square corners. Outer AP cardboard protector sleeve. Paper mini booklet, exact replica of 1993 with all lyrics and original recording notes. A few sentences of SACD rerelease, mastered by Kevin Gray, etc. Different actual disc paint job than the 93.
Rush is such a favorite band of mine and has such a huge volume of work that I am only giving 4.5 stars because it is not an ICONIC Rush disc.
I certainly like it and is a must for my library.
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