The 5.1 Surround Sound remix of Rush’s classic 1981 album “Moving Pictures” will be released on April 5th as CD/DVD and a CD/BD (Blu-ray disc) set. The 5.1 Surround Sound remix of “Moving Pictures” was handled by Canadian producer/engineer Richard Chycki — who is known for his work with Aerosmith and Our Lady Peace, and who teamed up with Nick Raskulinecz on Rush’s last studio album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows.” He recently wrote on his official blog, “I finished tweaks on ‘Red Barchetta’ [on February 3]. 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, [by the way]). 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 [Rush guitarist] Alex Lifeson was pretty blown away when he came in to listen to the finals.”

Rush’s current “Time Machine Tour” is an evening with the band, where they perform their classics, give a taste of the future — and for the first time ever — feature the “Moving Pictures” album live in its entirety.

Released in 1981, “Moving Pictures” was Rush’s most successful album, certified four-times platinum and features some of the band’s most well known songs and perennial radio favorites “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” and the Grammy-nominated instrumental “YYZ.”

Congratulations are in order as the documentary about legendary Canadian trio Rush, called “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage”, was honored in the “Documentary In Feature Film” category at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards Sunday night (February 20) in Los Angeles. The MPSE Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing. Rush lost in the “Best Long Form Music Video” category at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13 to The Doors film “When You’re Strange”.

The two-disc DVD release of “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” was certified double platinum last fall by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies. (Note: Due to the fact that the set consists of two discs, it was eligible for platinum certification after shipping 50,000 copies; platinum certification for a single-disc release is 100,000 copies.)

Guitarist Alex Lifeson told The Pulse of Radio that it wasn’t until he saw the film himself that he thought there was actually an interesting story to tell about the band. “It’s just kind of a, you know, a success story — kids from the suburbs have a dream and they live their dream,” he said. “And everybody can relate to that. There’s been quite a dynamic in the band, a lot of stuff has happened, so there was a story to tell there. And I don’t think I really realized there was one until we actually saw a rough cut and how they pieced it all together and the chronology and the ebbs and flows of the story.”

Rush bassist Geddy Lee told that the band was initially hesitant when approached by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen about making a documentary, saying, “We thought, ‘How foolish are these guys?’ We’re just this dull band. I remember [drummer] Neil [Peart] asked them rather pointedly, ‘What’s your angle? What’s the story you want to tell?’ They said, ‘Well, to be honest, we don’t know.’ We liked that and said, ‘Good luck, let you know what you want us to do.'”

“Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival last April.

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