Rush announces deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of ‘Hemispheres’

Canadian prog-rock band Rush will celebrate their 1978 Hemispheres studio album turning 40-years-old next month with an anniversary box set scheduled to arrive on Nov. 16. The band announced the upcoming album project late last week, which will see the multi-part concept album being released on CD for the first time ever, in addition to vinyl, digital and audio cassette.

Hemispheres will technically turn the big 4-0 on Oct. 29, but the amount of amazing content included in the birthday reissue will take another few weeks for the band to finalize before its arrival in mid-November. The various packages fans can pick from including a Super Deluxe Edition, a two-CD Deluxe Edition, the three-LP Deluxe Edition and a standard Deluxe Digital Edition.

According to the album’s pre-order page, the Super Deluxe Edition of the Hemispheres reissue will include previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content on both three 180g LPs and two CDs. The Deluxe Edition will also include a Blu-ray disc mixed for 5.1 surround sound with music videos, a hardcover book comprised of rare photos and an 11,000-word essay from music writer Rob Bowman, in addition to a replica of the Hemispheres tour program and an iron-on patch, Consequence of Sound reports.

Some of said previously unreleased content will include Rush’s June 1979 performance at  Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands. According to Blabbermouth, the engineer who recorded their Pinkpop performance wasn’t able to capture the opening of "2112,” so the band replaced that part of the show with another previously unreleased performance of the epic song during a show from the Hemispheres tour in Tucson, Arizona in November of 1978. A Pinkpop festival replica ticket and a Pinkpop festival replica cloth VIP sticky pass will also be included in the Super Deluxe Edition.

“‘Hemispheres' was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make," guitar Alex Lifeson mentioned in a statement about their latest post-retirement project. "From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a four-week span, to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in RUSH's long recording history."

More details on all the different package options for the upcoming release can be found by visiting the album’s page on the Rush website. The reissue is being released through UMe/Anthem/ole label group.

The famous rock trio announced their retirement from touring - and performing altogether for the most part - following their R40 Live tour, which came to a close on Aug. 1, 2015, following the 35-show run across North American.