Rush have announced a massive, Super Deluxe reissue of their landmark 1981 album, Moving Pictures.
A celebration of the album's recent 40th anniversary, the reissue will be available in single-LP, five-LP, and three-CD editions, as well as a Super Deluxe edition, which comes with three CDs, a Blu-Ray Audio disc, and five LPs.
Notably, the Super Deluxe, five-LP, and three-CD editions feature Live In YYZ 1981, a previously unreleased, 19-song live set recorded at the band’s March 25, 1981 performance at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
You can check out an unboxing video for the reissue – which is set for an April 15 release via UMe/Mercury/Anthem – below.
In addition to the music, the Moving Pictures Super Deluxe edition will also feature a 44-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by the record's original designer, Hugh Syme, plus new illustrations for each song. Liner notes by a number of rock luminaries – Kim Thayil, Les Claypool, Taylor Hawkins, Bill Kelliher, and Neil Sanderson among them – are also included in the book.
There's a host of other memorabilia in the Super Deluxe edition as well, including a Red Barchetta model car, two Neil Peart signature MP40 drumsticks, two metal-embossed guitar picks (one each with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's respective signatures), and plenty of merch from the band's 1981 world tour.
The reissue will also be available in two digital editions – one deluxe, with the original remastered album and the '81 Maple Leaf Gardens set, and a remastered version of the original album.
To preorder any version of the 40th anniversary edition of Moving Pictures, step right this way.
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