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Rush 'Presto' set for Super Audio CD release

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Rush fans can soon purchase a Super Audio CD version of the legendary Canuck's prog-rocker's classic 1989 studio album "Presto". Audio Fidelity will reissue the Toronto power trio's thirteenth studio release for high fidelity buffs, using 24-carat gold CDs, which capture the true sound of the recorded performance without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminum discs.

According to an article released June 9 at Blabbermouth.com, "Presto" will be reissued in a numbered, limited-edition Hybrid SACD. The specialty label previously reissued two other Rush classics - 1978's “Hemispheres" and 1993's “Counterparts.”

All three Rush SACD reissues were mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. For more details, check out AudioFidelity.com or pre-order at Amazon.

Produced by Rupert Hines, "Presto" was Rush's first album with Atlantic Records after leaving Mercury/Polygram. The record certified Platinum in Canada and gold in the U.S. It's notable for marking a shift in sound for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers away from their 80s synth dominated approach back to a more traditional rock approach.

Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont. announced last week that they will bestow honorary degrees to all three band members at a ceremony to be held on June 12. The multi-Juno Award winners also recently earned an induction into the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

Rush are currently on hiatus for the year following their hugely successful Clockwork Angels Tour, which ran from Sept. 7, 2012 - Aug. 4, 2013. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson recently revealed the band has plans in the works for a world tour to kick off in the spring of 2015.

The band celebrated the 40th anniversary of their classic 1974 self-titled debut album with a new vinyl boxset, titled "Rush ReDISCovered," which hit shelves April 29. For more information, check out Rush.com.

Did you know? Rush drummer Neil Peart was voted greatest of all time, following a tournament held last month by Chicago-based music site ConsequencesofSound.net.

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