In time for 21/12 celebrations, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release deluxe editions of RUSH‘s landmark album “2112” that will feature 5.1 Surround Sound mixes, unreleased live tracks and the first-ever RUSHcomic book, available globally starting December 18.

There will be three configurations of “2112”: deluxe editions (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray) and a special super deluxe edition (CD/Blu-ray/hardbound book case). The deluxe editions contain a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray material including the remastered “2112” CD with three live bonus tracks and a DVD or Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 Surround Sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos.

The super deluxe contains the CD/Blu-Ray and is meticulously assembled in a hardbound bookcase packed with a 40-page comic book representing every song on “2112”.

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“Every album is a point in RUSH‘s history,” Geddy Lee said in 1978. “And if it’s not getting better, something’s wrong. Every album has to be the perfect RUSH album.”

“The first record,” Alex Lifeson says about ‘2112’, “where we sounded likeRUSH.”

Originally released in 1976, RUSH‘s epic, landmark release “2112” was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the band’s most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike. With lyrics written by Neil Peart, and influenced by author Ayn Rand“2112” kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite title track (side one), set in a futuristic world run by the “Priests Of The Temples Of Syrinx” who regulate “every single facet of every life,” which includes books, music, work and play. “2112” conveys the story of humanity’s instinctual, inner need for one’s free will.

After the mythological journey through “2112”, side two brings you back to the present and continues with five stand-alone tracks. From hard-rocking tracks such as “A Passage to Bangkok”“Lessons”, and a trip to into the fourth dimension with “The Twilight Zone”, to the album’s soaring conclusion, “Something For Nothing”“2112” is the album that ushered in the next stage in their continuing evolution as artists.